When you live in Chicago, there are days when you literally go through all four seasons in a span of one day. Fall has been kind to us, though the freeze is here and soon snow will follow. All this cold weather talk means its time to asses your wardrobe/closet and add a few key, warm and chic pieces to it and I think I have just the items.
Whether its for my current shopping list or holiday wish list, I’ve had my eye on a few items from Chicago fashion designers, brands and creators killing it! We lament that there isn’t a solid and cohesive fashion community here in Chicago but how about we start by supporting through purchases the ones creating and/or selling fashionable items and through that, we can one day have a collective where they are celebrated and also mentor the next gen. The new school, cool kids of fashion like Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, Rihanna, Jasmine Sanders, Kristen Noel Crawley are just a few that are already hip on game and rocking wares by these Chicago designers and brands. It’s time you get into these fall/winter favorites courtesy of some talented Chicagoans and support our local but most definitely global fashion scene.
The young designer has been creating eye catching pieces for some time now but it really caught on when Kylie Jenner wore one of his pieces back in 2016. The Wisconsin native and now Chicago resident has been evolving his brand and for fall, the oversized flannel button down jacket is the perfect casual or dressed up piece on my radar.
Tyler Lambert 1.0 Oversized Button Down Flannel| Buy Here
Being the daughter of one of Chicago’s power players in civic and finance, CEO of Loop Capital Jim Reynolds, might mean a cushy lifestyle to some but in the case of Kendall Reynolds, it means working hard to carve her own lane and be known as the creator of super chic footwear brand Kendall Miles and achieving that goal she is doing. Her shoes have been spotted on chic “IT” ladies like Rihanna, Lupita Nyong’o, Hailey Baldwin (Beiber) to name a few and countless magazine editorials.
Kendall Miles Pout boots | Buy Here
Kendall Miles Posh White/Gold Snake Pump| Buy Here
Kendall Miles NYC Chocolate Suede | Buy Here
Belt bags are still so in right now and my best recommendation for where to get one is right here in Chicago at Laudi Vidni founded by Laura Kofoid. Why? you can customize it, duh! Sure everyone and their cool hip influencer friends are #liketoknowing the heck out of every trend but they all wear the saaaame boring thing. If a belt bag is not what you want, there are many more options for customizable bags which can be done in person at the Lincoln Park store or online.
Laudi Vidni Bravo Belt Bag | Buy Here
Its easy to see her apparel at luxury retailer Barney’s New York and think wow overnight success how did she do that?! but this mayjah entrepreneur, momma and wife has been at this design game for some time now and now she’s earning her keeps. Whether its a gala outfit, bridal shower, vacation dress or even an accent statement making accessory you can get it at the flasgship store in 900 N. Michigan, on their website or Barney’s.
Azeeza Lin Jewel-Embellished Silk Satin Wrap Gown | Buy Here
Azeeza Shirin Silk Wrap Gown | Buy Here
VERONICA ARIEL I AM SOCIALITE
If you talk to any real Chicagoan you will quickly find out that the degrees of separation between you and the next person is less than six. I have been familiar with and have had my eye on the Iamsocialite brand for a bit now and come to find out she’s collaborating with one of the freshest and stylish Chicago gals I know, Brandy and I am so excited for it. The pieces from her current collections are cute and affordable
Socialite Camo Jacket | Buy Here
The watch brand that officially launched earlier this year is already making its mark in the fashion-design game. Recently partnering with the famous Horween leather company for a line of innovative and responsive Horween leather bands, their watches feature expertly crafted enamel coated dials. The coating used is placed over the finished watch dials, an apparently laborious and rare step taken by many watchmakers which provides an incomparable and unrivaled finished product – A dial with a radiant sheen and creamy texture that simply cannot be accomplished otherwise.
Wolfpoint Watches Aberdeen Horween 40.5MM | Buy Here
REINVINTAGE COLLECTION BY ZENA BRYANT
One day on her insta stories, Kim Kardashian shared with her millions of followers her favorite vintage store, which happens to be right here in Chicago. Not sure if her Chicago native husband Kanye West hipped her to game or perhaps a stylist, someone on the Yeezy team or BFF Kristen Noel Crawley who happens to be the fresh Don C’s wife, it doesn’t matter but we are loving Zena Bryant’s online shop of amazing vintage, logo-ed out designer wares. It reminds me of another wonderful vintage wonderland, Deliciously Vintage, which was owned by Style Architect Law Roach and Siobhan Strong back in the day.
Chanel Bag | Buy Here
Chanel Blazer S/M | Buy Here
Mini Dior Saddle Bag | Buy Here
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pronounced: Boh-la-jee, like the Bellagio but w/o the O. SLC Founder and Editor, loves to write about topics at the intersection of career and lifestyle for today's young professional and future leaders.