As we trundle toward frantic-shopping season, don’t forget the deserving dudes on your list. Here, we bring you the scoop on the latest boutiques, services and gifts for the man-about-Chicago.
Dapper dressers of Roscoe Village were recently gifted with Revolver, 2135 West Belmont, (773)832-4866, an upscale men’s boutique featuring “Godfather”-blaring plasma screens, video games and—oh, yeah—clothing from the likes of Juicy Couture, Howe, Christian Audigier and 7Diamonds. The young business owners behind the hot new shop (Patrick Draut, Andy Mullady, Cee Sanchez, Chris Poole and Bob Brown) have experience as club owners and real estate investors. With their latest venture, they hope to provide men with a one-stop outpost for fashionable street wear. The store’s aesthetic mixes a high-fashion sensibility with a down-to-earth vibe; it’s what the owners refer to as “badass meets runway.”
Last summer, pinstripes and cuff links got an attitude injection with the opening of TK Men (1909 West North Avenue). Owned by Lindsay McKay, formerly a stylist for Dave Navarro and Wyclef Jean, the bachelor pad-esque boutique comes stocked with a pool table, brass-knuckle hooks in the fitting room and an in-house keg. Recently, McKay made shopping even more comfy for men with the launch of her Stylin’ Service, an aptly titled personal-shopping service for men. Here’s how it works: dudes in need of closet Rx set up an appointment with Lindsay. She’ll set aside an hour or two to walk around the store and dish about clothing preferences and needs. Then, she takes each client’s measurements, draws up a personal file, and sets up a system in which she ships clothes to the customer on a weekly, monthly or annual basis. Shipping comes at no extra cost. To set up an appointment with Lindsay, call (773)342-9800.
For a healthy (and wealthy) segment of Chicagoans, Jake (939 Rush) is the place to stock up on designer clothing and accessories. Combining under-the-radar lines with picks from of-the-moment style stars, Jake’s stylish collection recently expanded to include Bing Bang men’s jewelry. Bing Bang—named for the noise a hammer makes when striking an anvil—is the creative brainchild of brother-and-sister team Anna Sheffield and Kevin Kearney. The first men’s collection is inspired by New York City’s rough-and-tumble Five Points neighborhood and is marked by dark silver patina and mixed-layer chains infused with matte green and yellow gold. Featured are engraved key chains and pocketknives. (Jennifer Berg)