Best Chicago Designers

There are a ton of companies that make Chicago what it is, and are synonymous with the city. Think Giordano’s, Lou Malnati’s—which are only pizzerias! There’s also landmarks like the Field Museum and the Sears Tower (we have a hard time calling it the Willis). 

These are iconic Chicago brands, but are you familiar with the city’s designers? There are a few top names with beautiful collections home to the Windy City. Read on to hear about our favorite, native Chicago clothing and fashion brands, in no particular order.

1. Leche Libre

Andrea Newberry created this clothing line to make it easer for women to breastfeed in public. The clothes are edgy, stylish and ultitarian. You can follow her on Instagram @leche_libre or visit her website at www.LechLibre.com!

Leche Libre, founded by designer Andrea Newberry, is a Chicago clothing line that makes it easier for women to breastfeed.
Leche Libre is a clothing brand making it easier for women to breastfeed in public.

2. Glass House Shirt Makers

This menswear line is stylish and functional, with beautiful prints and luxurious fabrics, like quilted cotton. The brand, founded by Daniel Bernardo, speaks out against child labor and also has stunning pocket squares, scarves and more. Follow them on Instagram @glasshouseshirtmakers or visit their website at www.glasshouseshirtmakers.com.

3. Ikram Chicago

While Ikram Goldman, the woman who founded Ikram Chicago, doesn’t actually design her own clothes, her brand is synonymous with Chicago’s luxury culture. The space itself is stunning; the outside is completely red. Ikram curates beautiful designer fashions from around the globe, and part of the collection includes vintage pieces Ikram hand-picks. Visit their website at www.ikram.com.

4.  Elise Bergman

Elise Bergman is a Chicago-based women’s apparel design house. The designer herself recently posted photos of the Women’s March on Instagram, and her collections can be found in multiple Illinois locations, including in Chicago and Glen Ellyn. Follow along on Instagram at @elisebergman.

5. J. TOOR

J. Toor is a menswear line in Chicago. The luxury store offers in-house tailoring, ready-to-wear suits and made to measure experiences. It’s also a staple in the city. Visit their website at www.jtoor.com

Okay, these are some of our favorite Chicago brands! What about you? Let us know your personal favorite Chicago designers and brands in the comments below.

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7 Signs Your Closet is Too Full

Do you ever feel like you have nothing to wear, but plenty of clothes? Or do you ever want a specific pair of jeans or your favorite sweater, but can’t find it?

You may have an overloaded, stuffed closet. 

While it might seem like a good thing to have hundreds of pieces in your closet, clutter is often frustrating and makes you feel depressed or anxious. The more there is, the longer it takes to organize and it’ll be tough to find your favorite clothes.

If you feel like you need a wardrobe overhaul or are thinking of taking drastic measures, don’t do it just yet! You may just have an overloaded closet. Read these seven signs your closet is too full, and then decide.

1. You have a mix of winter and summer clothes.

2. You always run out of hangers.

3. You can’t find what you’re looking for.

4. You can’t close your dressers, or some clothes are always in chairs, in the laundry basket, etc.

5. You find something you bought months (or years!) ago with the tag still on it.

6. You just can’t bring yourself to clean it. The thought alone is exhausting.

7. Putting together an outfit you actually like takes forever.

Does this sound like you yet? If so, you may want to think of donating the extra pieces to those in need or using a service like Armoire, which stores, cleans and delivers your off-season clothes whenever you need them.

If you have too many pieces in your closet, you’ll never be able to find the ones you want. So consider those organizing tips and get your wardrobe in order!