SCENE | Independence Chicago


If there's one word that sums up the aesthetic of blogs like this one over the last five years or so, it would have to be menswear. The explosion of the purposeful, heritage-heavy and highly-considered menswear category in fashion has been so exciting to watch and track, especially on those occasions were a menswear brand or retailer starts to design or sell directly to women. Recently, one of my favorite menswear stores in Chicago, Independence on Oak Street, started carrying menswear-y women's brands and carving out an area for shoppers like us (that admittedly were already shopping at the store). New labels at Independence include Engineered Garments FWK, Gitman Sisters, Levi's Vintage ClothingLevi's Made & Crafted, Imogene + Willie, and my favorite American Optical Deadstock Safety glasses ($79), all of it is just waiting for that weather to turn to Spring. Way to go Independence!

5 comments:

Art Farm said...

I need to go check this store out! Thanks for mentioning it.

Poppy K said...

Thanks for the tip - that's right in my backyard and I've passed it many times but didn't know they also carried a small selection of women's clothing.

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Briana Gonzalez said...

It's refreshing to see coverage on a store that speaks to the tomboy aesthetic of women's clothes. Especially since the store began as a menswear store. I will surely be checking out Independence the next time I'm in Chicago, and poke around on the websites of the brands you mentioned, they carry.

Lizzie said...

@Poppy K

They just started! It's exciting!