His n' Hers
Let’s face it: his n’ hers retail is an activity fraught with peril. Inevitably someone is left holding the handbag outside the Agent Provocateur changing rooms, while the other yawns over electronics and sports gear at Wrigleyville. But Chicagoan lovers can now shop together in bliss, with beloved New York-based men’s and women’s designer Steven Alan at last having set up his first Windy City showroom on burgeoning Bucktown strip Damen Avenue.
Bringing with him the brand’s clever signature mix of own-line apparel with a supporting roster of emerging and on-trend names, Alan’s colonnaded, raw wood and white-washed-walled space plays heavily to the rustic Americana-tinged urban basics philosophy that has garnered the label a nationwide fanbase and a 23-boutique expansion since its 1994 debut. For gents there are smartly-tailored Steven Alan button downs, boldly-hued Band Of Outsider chinos and Arcteryx insulated hoodies, for gals there are own-line cashmere gauze scarves, Blanca Monros Gomez baubles and Mollusk parkas, plus Shinola watches, Artemis Design Co. slippers, and SA Italian leatherwear, wooly beanies and mittens for all. Add in adorable kidswear and soft toys, along with a hip homeware cache spanning everything from Small Spells planters to Morihata bath linens and Billy Wolf dog coats, and you’ve got a one-stop-shop everyone can get excited about.