Being There: NorthernGRADE Chicago

Photos by Nathan Michael

Thinking back on this past Saturday’s NorthernGRADE Chicago pop-up, I can’t help but feel overwhelmed with gratitude. Gratitude to the vendors for participating in it. Gratitude to the bloggers and publications that helped promote it. And, above all, gratitude to every person that came to be a part of it. I’ve always liked NorthernGRADE more than the other menswear events because of how laid back it is. It’s an easy place to strike up a conversation with a stranger, and actually enjoy it. And I think that carried through in Chicago. It seemed like everyone was having a pretty good time. I know I was. A few of the many people and products that made the day what it was are after the jump. Hat tip to Nathan Michael for the photos.

Thank you Penelope’s, Haberdash, Red Wing, Tellason, Winter Session, Pierrepont Hicks, Oak St. Bootmakers, Independence, Portland General Store, Field Notes, Archival Clothing, MidNorth Mercantile, Stormy Kromer, Sir & Madame, Locally Grown, Corter Leather, Inland Clothing, Heritage Bicycles, Drift Eyewear, Urban Remains, Half Acre Beer, Stumptown Coffee, Complex, Urban Daddy, Chicago Magazine, The Silentist, Racked, The Midwestyle, Thrillist, Daily Candy, Refinery29, Get Kempt, N’East Style, and Ben Dahl.

  • Will

    Venue-wise, it’s like the complete opposite of the Mpls event. Bright, stark, spacious, the goods really stand out that way.

    But in the end, you’re right, it’s all about the people!

  • John

    What a great show! How was it promoted to the people showing off their goods? I’d love to get on the mailing list to rent a space or just attend.

  • Eric kessler

    How does one get on a list to be notified when these vents are to take place?

    • Brad

      @ Eric – Follow NorthernGRADE on Twitter and Facebook.