They say clothes make the man.
In that case, yours is made of sweatpants and pleated khakis. (And a great personality.)
Here to save legions of dudes — and the women who love them — from embarrassment: Independence opens today.
Owned by Oak Street Bootmakers founder George Vlagos, the shop is a welcome addition to the luxury-laden Gold Coast, from the tattered American flag decorating the wall to the army green lights.
Vlagos and store manager Joel Bednarz (dapper in tortoiseshell glasses and a polka-dot button-up when we arrived) stock the shop with independently owned, made-in-America brands that are built to last: Gitman Bros. classic oxford shirt updated with a modern cut; an Engineered Garments sharp, reversible overcoat; and, naturally, Oak Street Bootmakers exclusives like the peanut suede Red Brick Sole Trail Oxford.
Coming soon, look for in-store cobbling demos by Vlagos and accessories like popcorn poppers and handmade leather baseballs and footballs.
Independence, 47 East Oak Street, between Rush Street and Lake Shore Drive, second floor (312-675-2105).
Photo: Courtesy of Independence