Chicago Fashion Directory

by John Mark Hoffman

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

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Chicago Fashion Directory

À La Carte Fashion: Directing Fashion Initiatives for the City of Chicago

Chicago is home to numerous fashion businesses that span the continuum of apparel and accessories production from textile suppliers, designers, pattern makers, stylists, models, event producers, boutiques, sewing contractors to full-scale cut and sew manufacturers. The Chicago Fashion Directory was created to lend visibility to the fashion industry in Chicago. This is, by no means, a comprehensive list. Listing your business here is free. You may request to add/edit/delete content for the Chicago Fashion Directory via an email to:



Chicago Chic


Chicago in Stilettos

The Chicago Life

Chicago Street Style

Chi City Fashion

ChiTown Fashionista

Fashionista Chicago

InsideHook Chicago

The Midwasteland


Rose Reserve

Sequins & Stripes

Somewhere Lately

Thrillest Chicago

Tres Awesome

UrbanDaddy Chicago


Chicago Boutiques (that feature Chicago designers)

apartment 9

Art Effect

Belle Up



Faith Boutique & Antiques



Hazel Apparel

Lively Running

Local Goods

Mildblend Supply Co

Milk Chicago

p 45

The Red Balloon Company

Sacred Art

Squasht by Les

Union Made

Urba Baby


What Knots

Wolfbait and B-girls


Business Development

Apparel Industry Board, Inc – fee-based counseling and workshops, line critiques, Made in Chicago shop

Business Affairs and Consumer Protection – check out the Small Business Center

Women’s Business Development Center – mentorships, fee-based workshops, business loans

SCORE/Small Business Administration – free mentorship, fee-based workshops


Calls for Vendors/Selling Opportunities

DOSE Market

Chicago Artists Resources – Open Calls

City of Chicago – Chicago Farmers Markets Program – Non-Food Vendor

City of Chicago – Festivals with Fashion Markets (Jazz, Blues, Gospels…)

City of Chicago – Fashion Focus Chicago (Sidewalk Sale, Fashion Week, Made in Chicago Market at Taste of Chicago, Holiday Delights at Chicago International Airports)

Randolph Street Market/Indie Design Market


Design & Production Support

Cut & Sew Manufacturers

Culinary Classics

Crown Sewing

Gil Sewing

Kunz Glove Company


Rubin Brothers

Sew Precise

Stock Mfg Co

YS Apparel


Fabric, Materials & Notions- retail

Fishman’s Fabrics

Hancock Fabrics (Chicago suburbs)


Joann Fabrics

Supreme Novelty Fabrics

Textile Discount Outlet

Vogue Fabric Store


Fabric, Materials & Notions- wholesale

Fine Fabric Sales

The Sourcing District


Master Tailors

Oxxford Clothes

Chris Despos


Pattern makers

Dollparts Design

Midcoast Pattern

OnPoint Pattern

Xochil Herrera Scheer


Product Development

the Apparel Agency



Sewing Contractors


Education or Incubation Programs

Bridgeport Art Center

Chicago Fashion Incubator

Columbia College Chicago – Fashion Studies

Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago – Fulton-Carroll Business Incubator

Illinois Institute of Art of Chicago – Fashion Merchandising, Design, Marketing

Sanford Brown (fka IADT) – Fashion Design

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago – Fashion Design


Event Producers

Var’geez Productions: Fashion Styling & Events

Benjamin Cottrell Designs

Luxury Management

Mandel Productions

Shari Duffy Events


ZZAZZ Productions


Events (extended programs)

Africa Fashion Week

The Art of Fashion

Chicago Couture Fashion Week

City of Chicago Fashion Focus: Chicago’s Fashion Week, October 14-19, 2014

Latino Fashion Week – October 1-5, 2014

Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival – August 22- September 1, 2014


Festivals- Neighborhood Listings

City of Chicago Special Events

TimeOut Chicago




Industry Organizations

Apparel Industry Board, Inc

Chicago Fashion Foundation

Council of Fashion Designers of America

Fashion Group International of Chicago


Model/Talent Agencies


19:30 Model Management

Agency Galatea

Factor Women



Publications- Print & Web, local

Chicago Sun Times- SPLASH

Chicago Tribune

Michigan Avenue Magazine


Refinery 29

Time Out Chicago

Today’s Chicago Woman (TCW)



Bridgeport Art Center

Chicago Artists Resource

Chicago Reader (Sun-Times)


Lacuna Lofts

Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago – Fulton-Carroll Business Incubator




Bridal Expo Chicago, October

Chicago Collective – January and July

Chicago Textile Expo, October

National Bridal Market Chicago, September

StyleMax, January/February, March, August, October


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