Chicago Fashion: Style Series Part 2
By Rebekah Lazear
Not everything built in Chicago stays in Chicago. For fashion brands, this is almost always true. A few key businesses stay true to their roots in the city that bred them and those are the brands we’re interested in talking about. This round of the Chicago Style Series will highlight Fat Tiger Workshop, Sheila Rashid, and Jugrnaut – inspired by, made in and loved beyond Chicago.
Fat Tiger Workshop is a collaborative collective of streetwear brands based in Chicago. They view themselves as a vehicle for creative to express their visions and ideas. Their brick and mortar store on Milwaukee Ave (bigger and better than the original Noble Square location on Grand Ave) sits between the Noble Square and River West neighborhoods. The store includes a workshop room in which classes, galleries, pop ups and more are featured. Main brands in the collective include D.B.M, Vita Worldwide, Sensei and Squad. Pop up shops around the country and many a collab with large, multinational brands have spread the Fat Tiger name beyond Chicago. If you haven’t seen the store, you have seen the clothing – the Thank U Obama collection, “Chicago Over Everything,” “Chicago Girls Do It Better,” “Chicago Til The World Blow Up,” “World Domination,” and other slogans can be seen in photos of street style everywhere. Most notably, the “Chicago Girls Do It Better” tee Chance the Rapper wears in the video for “May I Have This Dance.” Hit Up fattigerworkshop.com or @fattigerworks for more
Dearborn Denim wants to give denim lovers “a better way to buy jeans.” In addition to its website, there are two brick & mortar shopping options – one in Hyde Park and one in Andersonville – where they offer products from other local Chicago brands as well. Their supply chain is fully sourced, produced and finished inside the U.S. Every pair comes with a free hem, executed in store, and is made of quality 100% cotton denim, or tri-blend stretch denim. The jeans are offered in a handful of silhouettes, in a variety of sizes and inseams to ensure proper fit. The brand is specific, focused and detail oriented. They offer a narrow product line with a deep selection. Visit https://dearborndenim.us/ or @dearborndenim for more
Sheila Rashid is a unisex brand that centers on distinctive streetwear pieces with impeccable fit. Her line of jackets, pants, overalls and hoodies look at the same time familiar and unlike any other pieces available right now. The current collections consist of a focused color pallet of warm yellow, olive, cement gray, and tans with pops of peach, orange and lime green. High profile fans include Chance the Rapper and Bella Hadid sporting the overalls and denim jacket. But there are gorgeous, high style pieces as well including a matched set of sweats that looks more like tailored workwear. Visit sheilarashid.com or @sheilathedesigner for more
Jugrnaut’s “quest for Midwestern domination” began in 2007, aiming to bring the best in art, music, fashion and culture to the South Loop with their S Dearborn St boutique. Self described as a “homegrown streetwear apparel boutique,” the brands on offer include Stussy, Cazal, Peabe, Raised by Wolves, Champion, and their own Jugrnaut line. A variety of collabs with Champion, Veritas, and musical artists add splashes of versatility to the lineup of tees, hats, sweats, backpacks, skate decks, beanies and other streetwear standards, always in exciting colors and prints. In a partnership with Tutoring Chicago, a program “empowering economically disadvantaged children through education,” Jugrnaut held a design contest for the students. The two 10-year-old winners’ designs are now for sale, a portion of which goes to the Tutoring Chicago program. On deck for 2019 – Jugrnaut x New Era fitted caps drop 4/29/19, Jugrnaut x Khaotic collective collab presale is over, but the designs aren’t to be missed. Head over to www.jugrnaut.com or @jugrnaut for more