- You’ve obviously gotta be able to get yourself to Chicago sometime between August 14 and 20.
- Tell us why you need this suit and how you’re going to put it to good use. Do this by tweeting your answer to us @themidwestyle with the hashtags #SuitUpCHI and #MWSgiveaway (so we can get a bird’s-eye view of the entries.) It’s important that we can get a hold of you so we can set you up with an appointment.
- One entry per person. We’ll pick a random winner and get you outfitted.
- Contest ends on Sunday (August 12) at 11:59 p.m.
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Hey, you. Yeah, you.
We’ve got some news. Indochino is coming to Chicago to throw its Traveling Tailor pop-up. And they want you there.
We’re betting you’ve heard the name by now. But if you haven’t, Indochino is an online company that makes custom suits based on your personal measurements. The result is a garment that fits like a glove. The process works pretty smoothly, but purists have scoffed about the fact that you don’t go in for measurements or fittings. We get that—if you measure incorrectly, alterations (or worse) can be a pain in the ass.
It turns out that Indochino gets this, too. So, they’re coming to town to take all the guesswork out of the equation. If you’ve held off because of unfamiliarity with how to measure, or just plain apprehension, this is your chance to get a closer look.
Here’s how this will work: The Indochino team is setting up shop in Union Station’s Great Hall from August 14 to 20. There, they’ll take your measurements and walk you through a suite of customizations from lapels to lining to monograms.
The Vital Info:
When: Tuesday, August 14 to Monday, August 20. (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Where: The Great Hall at Chicago’s Union Station (210 S Canal St)
We’ve been fascinated by the world of online custom suits for a while now, and we’re just getting our feet wet. We tried a similar company ourselves, and we were blown away by the results. It certainly sold us on the gospel of custom clothing. Our friend Zach went the Indochino route for his wedding. And we gotta say: He looked like a million bucks.
But now, we’d like to hear what your experience is like—and you’ve got the chance to show us.
Here’s the perk for you: We’re hooking up one of you lucky dogs with a free suit from Indochino’s “Essentials” collection. That’s a $379 value. There are just a couple of rules.
Just checking in quickly to say: Come hang out with us at Dose Market on Sunday. Seth will be working alongside Max Wastler (All Plaidout) at the booth he’s running for Buckshot Sonny’s limited edition “Kamp Kit.”
Here’s an exclusive first look at the patch design for Buckshot Sonny’s forthcoming dopp kit with Winter Session. It’s based on the model Max took to summer camp as a kid. Says Max: “At mine, they spelled it ‘Kamp.’ We nod to that with our Kamp Kit, debuting at Dose this Sunday, June 24th.”
From what GQ would have you believe, “suits are to women what lingerie is to men.” Though our female readers might be the most authoritative voices to confirm or deny, we can’t find any evidence to dispel the notion.
That’s one reason we were so excited to connect with Richard Hall and McGregor Madden, the magicians behind Proper Suit, an online custom-suit maker. We met the guys just over a year ago at one of their fittings in Chicago and instantly connected because of our common belief that the modern world has eliminated all excuses for men not to look sharp.
When you work from home, you sometimes have to come up with elaborate ways to actually trick yourself into, you know, working. (Yo freelancers, you feel me?) One of mine is actually getting dressed. In the words of the wise scribe Blake Royer, “If you don’t have pants on by 9 a.m., you’re finished.”
I can drink to that, Blake. It might be a throwback to the days of my high school dress code, but I do better work when I’m dressed for it. (Mention that you’re a freelancer, and be prepared to hear how jealous people are that you get to work in bed wearing your underwear. That can work for some folks. But not me; I’ll just end up power-eating dry pasta [think I'm kidding?] and marathoning FIFA’s career mode all morning.)
Just about every week, we find something to drool over at Huckberry, an online shop that wrangles storied products at members-only prices. Over the past year since we became aware of the what Richard, Andy and Alex are up to, they’ve exploded onto the market as sensible purveyors of American-made goods.
So, we couldn’t have been happier when they asked us to team up with them and curate a week-long flash sale of some of our favorite brands. That sale starts today. We’re pretty pumped about the lineup—so take a look, and if something catches your eye, get clickin’.
Chore coats from Buckshot Sonnny’s
On Seth: Herringbone chore coat from Buckshot Sonny’s—one of my favorite layering staples.
Holy shirts and pants from Nonnie Threads
On Jeff: trousers from Nonnie Threads.
Bow ties and a pocket square from AnnaRuna
On Jeff: bow tie by AnnaRuna.
Handmade prints from Grant Heinlein
Above: the man, the myth, the legend—Grant Heinlein himself.
Notecards from Terrapin Stationers
Badass bandana-lined envelopes and cards from Ted Harrington.
Courier satchels, iPad cases and card-carriers from Defy Bags
Courier satchel from Defy Bags.
What are you waiting for? These prices only last for eight days, so shop now.