5219 N. Clark St., Andersonville
With its fireplace, piles of wool blankets, tartan flasks, plus vintage camping equipment and furniture, this log cabin-like shop (named after owner Julie Fernstrom’s favorite plaid) is heavy on prep, in the best possible way. If the wall of tartan and flannel fabric inspires, re-upholstery services are readily available. And don’t miss the fully refurbished, 1970s airstream parked in back (kids go nuts for it…as do adults).
5202 N. Clark St., Andersonville
Spotlighting what they describe as “well-built, aesthetically driven goods,” the guys responsible for this Andersonville menswear standby have nailed the elusive not-trying-too-hard vibe. The shop offers a thoughtful mix of luxe lines (A.P.C., Common Projects, Steven Alan) and classic standbys (Filson bags and Red Wing Heritage boots), but what sets them apart is their penchant for seeking out unique collaborations, like exclusive knits from S.N.S. and a sizable selection from the Barbour x White Mountaineering line.
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