Gents, imagine your dream digs. The dark wood walk-in wardrobe with ample space to display shirts, jackets, ties and shoes. A generous flatscreen TV, a comfy leather armchair, a mantelpiece for stacking spirits, and a few witty animal head trophies grinning from the wall… Welcome to ESQ, Chicago’s dandy outfitters dedicated to making you look and feel your very best.
Long favoured by celebs, the custom tailor finds its first retail spot in The Loop. Kick back on a worn Chesterfield – whisky warmer in hand, of course – and choose from over 20,000 swatches of the world’s finest fabrics, including lush Brit and Italian varieties.
For a handmade, customised garment, book an appointment for the ESQ Bespoke service. Your experience starts with a face-to-face consultation with creative director Ge Wang at the flagship showroom, ensuring your suit matches your body shape, movements, taste and needs; from $2,000. Even linings and shoes can be custom-created.
You can also shop for primo tailored menswear in store, snapping up sharp, slimline charcoal suits for power meetings or light seersucker numbers for summer cocktail parties. Sleek modern hooves include the burnished calfskin Wellington boot and the buckled Giovanni monkstrap. Cufflinks sport Swarovski crystals with daring designs featuring handmade Italian crystal skulls. Shirts, ties, bowties and pocket squares range from subtle classics to more dandy affairs. Mobile fittings can be arranged, but it’s a shame not to swing by.
ESQ / 555 W Jackson Blvd / The Loop / +1 312 631 3278 / 11am-7pm Mon-Fri, noon-4pm Sat / esqclothing.com