During a coffee meetup with a dear friend, I was sharing my woes and explaining how I felt enslaved to a fashion system that was in disarray with seemingly no open door for new ways of approach or thinking. And she asked me, “If you were never given or taught the “how-to” about building a brand, what do you think you would do or how would CHC look?”
A seemingly simple question, right? But no one had ever opened up the box for me in that way, so to speak. I promptly replied, “I’d get rid of seasons, especially with accessories and I would focus completely on my customer and what they want instead of splitting my time/energy between them and buyers, I would make killer product, the absolute best way I know how with the best materials I could. And I would have fun with it...inviting my customer into the space and process and releasing limited edition product whenever I could, for whatever reason I wanted.”
She just smiled and said, “Well then why don’t you do just that….?” Long pause mixed with a daunting “ah-ha” moment…...and then for the next hour, we brainstormed all the fun CHC could have by getting out of the box and staying out of the box. Needless to say, it was a pivotal coffee date that I walked away from feeling so refreshed and revived, knowing I had ALOT of work to do but so excited to do it!
In design, we have strived to provide timeless, thoughtful silhouettes with a CHC edge that carry a unisex feel. With our desire to produce a product that he/she can care for and carry for years to come but always feel fresh and pulled together.
-All of our edges are finished--this brings a more refined look, less leather fray and forced attention to every angle and edge of the product while in production. Think of it as “quality control” throughout every step of production.
-Our new way of cinching with the straps provides extra security in carrying as well as a way for some of the designs to transform.
-(Coated) brass findings provide added strength and durability at the most-used joints of the product.
-Keep your eyes peels for the potential of some color;-)
Our mission/vision/values are immovable. We are still USA sourced, Chicago made and a Giving Company. Timeless product, produced to last. Our customer’s experience is still of utmost importance but now even moreso than ever before.
At CHC, we value INTEGRITY through responsible business practices and conscious consumerism.
We cultivate JOY. The fashion industry is full of heavy topics, sweat-worthy deadlines, and high standards. We must make joy a priority to continue in excellence.
We pursue CONNECTION. We are nothing without community.
We prioritize FREEDOM by encouraging ideas to flow freely from all levels within the company. There is something to be learned from everyone.
We are building a LEGACY as we lay the foundation for a better fashion industry.
…..also, we make killer bags.
As we build our relationship(s) with our customers and continue to receive more feedback, our product will evolve to better suit your needs. “When you know better, do better.”
Photos by: Rachel Loewen
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During a recent trip to Horween, I came across a plush leather hide I'd never seen before. The sunlight peering through the window of this family-owned tannery caused the color to glimmer; a rich forest green. It wasn't until I touched it that every possibility of moving on passed it was gone...
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I designed this symbol to visually communicate the beauty and balance of dawn & dusk. They are bookends to the day; similar in purpose but different in approach. They are faithful but not monotonous. They are opposite but equal.
So for Lucy's Fall/Winter project, we decided to expand on this idea. Continually inspired by light & movement, she endeavored to use leather to craft shapes & designs that express this particular inspiration. In doing so, she created three distinct abstract designs and then worked them within three distinct accessories; hanging wall art, a tote and a clutch.