This month marks the release of a new documentary from our sister company Moguldom Films called “Gunland,” which is a direct look into the extreme gun violence that’s plaguing Chicago and taking the lives of way too many young men and women. Watching the trailer got us thinking about the dangers of the city and how businesses might struggle to survive and prosper, and our thoughts naturally turned to fashion designers who have had success despite a city that claims so many of its own.
Even though Chicago doesn’t have the same style reputation as say Milan or Paris, it wasn’t very hard to find Chicago-based fashion designers with impressive talent and moxie. Like any thriving metropolis, Chicago is filled with artists and creatives working toward making their home better in a variety of ways.
Click through to check out the five Chicago fashion designers who are bringing beauty to the Windy City despite its persistent homicide problems, and don’t forget to check out “Gunland”–it’s available to rent or buy.
1. Borris Powell
Boris Powell came to Chicago from Alabama in 1997 with a head filled with Christian Dior-inspired fashion dreams and a desire to make simple, timeless fashion. He learned to sew in a Jo-Ann Fabric store and spent a decade working toward his line in the city, finally starting his business in 2006. Word of mouth and a skilled eye for womens’ formalwear eventually led him to win the Oscars Designer Challenge in 2011. Last year Powell opened a showroom and retail space, and last month he showed his Fall/Winter 2014 collection, “Freedom”–whose rich blue, Bordeaux, char Grey, and marble brown colors were inspired by a trip the designer took to Dallas, Texas. Keep up with Boris Powell here.