I went to Chicago last week for the very first time (I must say, a very lovely city indeed) and asked the Cool Kids to help me get my style bearings. Chuck and Mikey were out shopping in Wicker Park and with their help, we’ve put together the first of our Stylee Friday’s Style Guides. Check it out after the jump.
Words and Images by Chioma Nnadi
Our hosts: Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks of the Cool Kids
Mikey Rocks: “A combination of stuff that ain’t cool and stuff that is.”
Chuck Inglish: “I used to dress for the girls, but now I wear whatever I’m comfortable in. My style fits my personality, ‘cos your wears should be your book cover.”
For Kicks and Outfits:
1531 North Milwaukee
Chuck: "When Saint Alfred opened, it really was the first store of its kind in Chicago. Before all we had was Footlocker. Now we come here to pick up new St Alfred tees, sneakers—Jordans and Vans mostly--or just to hang out."
In stock: Rockers NYC, Orisue, Phenomenon, Swagger, Nike, Vans
1400 N Milwaukee Ave
Mikey : “You see that bike in the window? We used it in our video for ‘Black Mags.’ I like to buy my hats here. In fact I think I’m gonna get these two right here.”
In Stock: 10 Deep, The Hundreds, Alife
Vintage Clothing and Denim
1460 North Milwaukee Ave
Chuck: “I like to get vintage track jackets when I see them. They sell out of this store pretty fast so it really depends on the timing. Sometimes they’ll be some Polo pieces in here too.”
In stock: Vintage Nike track jackets and polo for the boys, fur jackets and boots for the ladies.
For rare finds:
The State of Wisconsin
Mikey : “I have a thing for wolfman/wildman/wild animal shirts and the best place to find them is actually out of town. I’ll go to Wisconsin, to some out-of-the-way roadside Native American stores and buy in bulk.”
Fulton and Rockwell
Mikey: “It’s one of two dudes that cut my hair at Hector’s. I get in the chair and we have pretty good understanding of what I need—low, even tapered. Chuck goes there too, but he’s always changing his hair.”
2123 N Milwaukee Ave
Chuck: “I have a Puch Pinto moped but now it looks more like a warbike ‘cos I sprayed it gunmetal. Mikey has a red Puch Cobra that looks like a little Harley Davidson. Warbux is the place in Chicago to buy your moped, and you can get them fixed there too.”