I first met Cody Hudson as one of the owners of Michelin starred restaurant, Longman & Eagle. A friend was shooting a video about his favorite cocktails around the city and invited me along to the Longman shoot. I was a regular at the bar and knew much of the staff, but when we arrived we were greeted by someone I hadn't met before--an artfully disheveled, soft spoken, unassuming, down to earth guy who offered to help us with whatever we needed and even gave us a tour of the soon to be opened hotel rooms above the restaurant.
It wasn't until later that I discovered that Cody was much more than a restauranteur. Slowly, I started to realize the scope of his work as an artist and graphic designer. I realized how many albums I owned that he had done the artwork for. I realized just how many Nike and Stussy collaborations there were where I had seen is work. I realized how many incredible galleries and museums around the world have shown his art. This is just scratching the surface when it comes to all the amazing work he's created both under his own name and though his commercial art house, Struggle Inc. And, all the while, here's this laid back, good natured guy, opening more and more successful bars and restaurants in Chicago.
On top of all that he was happy to help out this fledgling men's clothing store in his neighborhood any way he could: hooking us up with food and drink sponsorships for events, bringing friends by and showing them the shop, and now, giving us the honor of displaying and selling some of his original prints here at MEYVN.