Despite the cultures and miles that separate A Kind of Guise and Still by Hand, the two brands share much in common: attention to fabric and trim, local production, and a minimalist aesthetic that allows detail and fit to shine through. Uncharted Books, Logan's Square's preeminent neighborhood bookstore, offers the perfect backdrop for these two clothing lines that value process as much as product--a tenant that many great writers write, and live, by. Yet it's also important to remember that writing exists in object form as well--that books have both a rich textual and textural history. So it's not an accident that the burnt orange suede on the A Kind of Guise Teheran Leather Jacket and the nearly obsidian navy wool on the Still by Hand Wool Slacks play so well when placed against a worn black book jacket. Nuanced textures can rarely be faked, which is why the handmade processes of A Kind of Guise and Still by Hand are necessary to create clothing with so much depth.
November 14, 2016