Posted on April 8, 2015
Posted on December 23, 2014
“Why not accept that manufacturing is gone from this country? Why not let the rust and weeds finish what they started? Why not just embrace the era of disposability? And why didn’t we buy a warmer coat before we moved here?”
These are the questions the team at Shinola ask themselves throughout the long winter. As more and more companies start to move out of the US, Shinola is opening more factories and stores within boundaries; specifically in Detroit and around Michigan. Shinola chose Detroit because they are both restoring beauty and history to something that was once vibrant; in one case, a watch company, and the other: a city.
Shinola started out as a shoe polish company in World War I and World War II, and slowly disappeared. In 2001, after being bought by another group of investors, Shinola decided to try again with luxury watches, leather goods, and now, bicycles that are all produced in the US. They bought a portion of an automotive factory and opened for business. I like Shinola as a company because they truly seem invested in their employees: training them with Swiss partner Ronda AG and giving them a chance to become great at something.
Shinola is one of the few watch makers based out of the US, and gets all of their leather for goods and watch straps from the Horween Leather Factory in Chicago, which is the oldest leather tannery in the US opened in 1905. Shinola recently opened their own leather factory in Detroit, and plans on starting to produce small leather goods through it by the end of the year.
I recently ordered a watch from Shinola, and was impressed by the quality of the watch and small personal touches. Every watch comes with a serial number, and a card with who made the watch. The watches come in beautiful wooden boxes, and really stand out from other companies.
You can check out Shinola on their website.
Posted on December 20, 2014
1. Harry’s Shaving Kit. 2. Lexdray San Diego Pack. 3. Rap Coloring Book. 4. Mr + Muse. 5. Cube Clock. 6. Fools Gold Records IPhone Cases. 7. “My Other Shirt is an Alphet” T-shirt. 8. A Bathing Ape Cork Coasters. 9. Ali 6 Original Painting.
Posted on November 4, 2014
Haberdash, Chicago’s go to menswear spot, is launching a new South Loop store, which gives shoppers an inside look at the behind the scenes happenings.It comes as no surprise that they are raising the bar for men’s retail with the first ever “Convergence” concept.
“Through the launch of the new model, our clients are now able to fully interact in a new way and experience Omni-Channel retailing first hand,” says Haberdash Brand Marketing Manager, Kimberly Stablein. Adding that “the new experience will showcase a fully interactive photo studio that is visible to the public along with the pick, pack and ship operation to show the usually behind-the-scenes process.”
The new Convergence concept allows Haberdash to be more efficient while also offering clients the best customer service. Now at Haberdash’s store, a consumer can find everything they need: coffee, barbershop, and edited wardrobe selections, as well as experience Haberdash’s daily e-commerce operations: photo studio, pick, pack and ship operations, and client services…all converged under one roof.
Haberdash’s stylists offer clients modern, cool, and old school aesthetic from a highly edited selection of brands including Alden, Eidos Napoli, Southwick for Haberdash, Barbour and Hardy Amies to Gitman Vintage, Filson, Shinola, Baldwin Denim, and Wolverine 1000 Mile.
Haberdash South Loop is now open. The store is located at the Shops at Roosevelt Collection, 150 W. Roosevelt Road.
Store Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, Sundays 12 pm to 6 pm
Posted on April 23, 2014
It’s not hard to update your wardrobe for Spring. A simple, light weight, oxford with jeans and boat shoes is a classic look that will never fail you, day or night. There is never an excuse for leaving your apartment in a sloppy outfit. Putting on nice shirt and jeans is just as easy as throwing on sweatpants and a t-shirt, right? It doesn’t matter if you are an office guy in business, or a fratty guy at the bar, grab a few polished oxfords to update your look. It’s time to give up the gym shirts.
Posted on March 18, 2014
Posted on February 19, 2014
Posted on December 28, 2013
Marc has been one of my long time friends at DePaul, and this is not his first appearance on StreetStyleChi. Luckily, when we met up and braved the cold to shop in Wicker Park, I had my camera with me. Marc’s classic style with an urban edge gets me every time. The classic pea coat layered with a heavy sweater is a nice alternative to the puffy jackets flooding the streets of Chicago. It’s time for everyone to step up their game.
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Posted on October 17, 2013
Posted on August 31, 2013
August 31st 2013
I remember the days when men thought having a sense of style was throwing on a Ralph Lauren polo, khaki shorts, and calling it a day.
Thankfully, this is not the case anymore. In the current day and age, we have men swearing by their favorite brands just as often as we have women with their cult favorites. Men are now layering their looks, and tossing on chains and accessories the way we slide on a wrist full of bracelets.
My personal favorite look that has evolved to be edgy yet refined, is mens streetwear. While the preppy, collar popping boy will always be a classic look that we’ll all love, it’s fun to see guys dressed in a new way.
Although I am a girl, I do take style inspiration from many men style stars. For example: Gerald Gillum [G-Eazy,] Baauer [I see you in those Free Flyknits boy,] Grady Brannan, Frankie de Guzman [StyleThroughMyEyes,] Derek Blasberg…and the list goes on and on.