If a person doesn’t know about Akira, they don’t know Chicago fashion. Akira hit the scene in 2002 and since then has dominated the market. In less than 10 years Akira has fourished, going from the one flagship store on North Ave. in Bucktown to expanding to 14 different locations in the greater Chicago area! They carry extremely fashion forward pieces, at a much more affordable price than your upscale department stores. Akira carries full lines for men’s, women’s, footwear and accessories and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
In addition to their vast outreach with their stores, Akira has also brought the culture of fashion to the windy city. Their bi-annual fashion shows are the talk of the town and all of Chicago’s who’s who and tastemakers swarm the parade. The production will rival that of New York, Paris and Milan. Akira holds nothing back, they have even incorporated ballet and Cirque Du Soleil into their shows! If you are lucky enough to snag a ticket to one the these shows, put on your best Akira duds and arrive early.
Oh, and they happen to carry a pretty cool Chicago themed t-shirt line too. <- shameless plug