CHICAGO — Men’s wear retailers at the Chicago Collective this month exuded realism, caution and hopefulness.
“Could it be better? Yes,” said Thomas George, owner of E Street Denim in Highland Park, Ill. “But it could also be a lot worse. This isn’t a blip in the road, it’s a fundamental change in the industry. Retailers have gotten the message, now manufacturers need to find other ways to satisfy their margin.”
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"