Chicago Magazine Press

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Heiji Choy Black profiles Marshall Brown ‘s ten favorite things for Chicago Magazine.  Marshall’s suit was a dream project: inspirations included Muhammed Ali, uniforms, 1960′s African liberation movements, and even dictator fashion (I don’t mean to glamorize dictator politics but there’s no denying that propagandists’ are typically great at visuals). And Marshall wears it so well (see below)! […]

Production Mode Line!

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For the last few months, I’ve been devoting most of my time to moving into a new studio that I’m sharing with designer Gerry Quinton of Morua Designs, and planning the launch of my line, Production Mode.                                       […]

Chicago Sweatfree Ordinance is Introduced!


On Wednesday, thanks to Chicago Fair Trade, a Sweatfree Ordinance was introduced in Chicago’s City Council. The campaign is part of a larger campaign called Sweatfree Communities. The campaign is brilliant, and here’s why: it calls on municipalities, states, religious denominations, school districts–basically any large body–to use large-scale purchasing power to create a sea change […]

Old News: Chicago Reader Feature

My living room In January the Chicago Reader’s Andrea Bauer came by to photograph my apartment and talk to me about furniture, style, and the history of the neighborhood. My favorite things about the article was that it gave me an opportunity to learn more about the history of my apartment from my fantastic landlady, […]

Catching up: WBEZ’s Alison Cuddy writes about the UNIFORM project


Last November just prior to the UNIFORM project show, WBEZ’s Alison Cuddy interviewed  me about the UNIFORM project show and the upcoming launch of my line, Production Mode. It’s a real gift to be interviewed by such a pro. It pushed me to think critically and to speak articulately about my work, and I loved […]

On WBEZ’s Worldview


Last Thursday I had the pleasure of  speaking on WBEZ’s Worldview program with host Jerome McDonnell and 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar, who is sponsoring the ordinance. We discussed Chicago Fair Trade‘s campaign to pass an ordinance in the City of Chicago to ensure that uniforms and other apparel procured by the City be manufactured without the […]

Uniform Gallery/Runway Show


  Announcing! Past Perfect: UNIFORM fashion & gallery show. Saturday, 11/2 7 pm opening, 9 pm runway show Dance Party immediately following with Deejays Damon Locks, Wayne Montana, & Major Taylor Location: Marshall Brown Projects 3621 South State St., Ground Floor, Chicago IL 60609 1 block south of Red Line 35th/Bronzeville/IIT station For this show […]

Ethical biz shout out: ishi vest


New to my blog will be articles and features on ethical fashion businesses. I plan on posting not only about fellow design/manufacture businesses like Ishi Vest, but also on the suppliers that I’ll be using once I develop my line, Production Mode. My goals are to: 1. Help promote design and clothing manufacturing businesses that […]

Doug McCombs- Swiss Army Blanket Jacket


In anticipation of the uniform project, here’s a peek at Doug McCombs’ Swiss Army Blanket Jacket. Those of you who know Doug or who have seen his piece for the Vietnam project know that he has an encyclopedic knowledge of early 20th century workwear. This jacket builds on that tradition and that of old hunting jackets. It’s […]

The Small Bag

I found a bag very similar to this one at the Unique Thrift years ago. I loved it immediately because I love small leather bags with an across-the-body strap, but they are for some reason hard to find. They are easy on the back, and force me to pack lightly. If I’m on my bike […]