There are a lot of shops out there. There are even more online. But there’s always room for a new point of view, for someone to take the pieces already out there and flip them their own way. We grew up on hip-hop, which taught us the art of sampling: to take something everyone’s familiar with, break it down, and reassemble it into something new.
We’ve worked in high fashion in NYC, we’ve collected Nikes, we’ve built furniture, we’ve DJed all over the world, we’ve won rap battles, we’ve sipped good scotch, we’ve cared too much about denim, we’ve been connoisseurs of everything and nothing—the list goes on.
MEYVN is the accumulation of that experience. We appreciate good design and believe it should permeate your life, that you should seek out what’s interesting, what’s beautiful, and what will last. MEYVN is the kind of place you come to kick it. Everyone is welcome. We’re down to inform those who want to know and hold long conversations with those who already do.
We carry some brands most of #menswear know, some they covet, some they wouldn’t expect, and maybe a few they’ve yet to discover: Niuhans, A Kind of Guise, Han Kjobenhavn, Common Projects, Barena, Dana Lee, and Folk, just to name a few. You can also find vinyl, art books, a coffee table, and Frank Leder hand soap made with the herbs that go into German sausage. We also have our own line of accessories and collaborate with ceramics designers and leather workers to drop exclusive goods.
The founder, Noah Zagor grew up in NYC and started working in retail in the late 90’s. His best friend was into Helmut Lang, CDG, and the Antwerp 6 at an unusually young age, and introduced him to that side of fashion. Meanwhile, Noah was collecting Jordans and going to underground hip-hop shows. So when he started working for companies like Helmut, Stone Island, Steven Alan, and Odin he was one of the few guys in SoHo wearing designer gear with a pair of AM90’s.
Fast-forward to 2010 in Chicago where Noah linked up with Tony Kim. Tony was and is an ill producer and DJ with exceptional taste that goes far beyond music. It only made sense that Noah and Tony would become partners. As a native of Chicago who successfully manages his own personal brand and knows the city, Tony’s input is invaluable.
The final piece was Ryan Bardsley, a talented 3D designer, woodworker, and jack-of-all-trades. Ryan entered the crew as a mutual friend, but soon became a crucial voice in visualizing and constructing the store.
We opened the shop in Logan Square in March 2014. The neighborhood is filled with some of the best restaurants and bars in Chicago, but retail hadn’t really reached out here yet. Chicago has some good stores in other neighborhoods, but most of the creative people we know and hang out with (including all three partners) live in Logan.
MEYVN remakes our story, our style, and our neighborhood into something new.