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!
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.