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If you're searching for a sentimental something to give your fiancé prior to the wedding, consider something representative of you as a couple and your ties to where you're tying the knot. We have you covered with some of Chicago's best local companies that are perfect for finding a gift on any budget.
We can't say enough compliments about the leather goods made by this family-owned and operated brand. Go big with a covetable travel bag made from Chicago's own Horween Leather, or choose from smaller accessories like a chic eyeglass slip or tablet case inspired by mid-century bank teller's deposit bag.
Haberdash is a stylish menswear store where English tailoring and fine fabrics meet the wearability of American sportswear. Throw in a super friendly, helpful staff, and good luck walking out with anything less than a head-to-toe look.
With all jewelry made on site and nearly all men's pieces made to order, you know you're buying a truly one-of-a-kind item from this fourth generation family jeweler. Go for a custom piece of bling, and see the process from a sketch to 3-D computer image to plastic cast in order to ensure the final product is absolute perfection. Read real brides' reviews here!
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Choose from a unique selection of accessories like Paul Smith cufflinks and pocket squares at this specialty menswear boutique known for its mix of local and high-fashion designers and impeccable taste.
Astor & Banks
These watches are designed and assembled by hand in Chicago using the finest luxury materials, and we love the idea of giving your hubby a one-of-a-kind version of a very common groom's gift.
While we think every man looks good in a sharp suit, not everyone appreciates the buttoned-up look. If your fiancé joins the sea of gray on weekdays in the Loop, treat him to a one-on-one consultation at Frederick Lynn to create a custom garment. Whether it's a sport coat he'll wear on date nights or tailored tuxedo for the big day, a perfectly fitting piece of clothing will make him stand a little taller, and that is something every man appreciates.
This upscale Gold Coast boutique stocks an eclectic selection of clothes and accessories, but we go for the minimalist wallets by Ashland Leather Co., a local company founded by a duo who works the Horween Leather tannery by day and creates these well-constructed, stylish pieces by night. They believe so strongly in their materials and craftsmanship that each piece comes with a lifetime guarantee.
The Tie Bar
This local biz was born in 2004 by two locals who wanted more affordable men's accessories, and their collection of simple, classic tie bars and colorful ties quickly gained a cult following of celebs like Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Dwayne Wade. Read real brides' reviews here!
Long before Virgil Abloh began making recent headlines as the creative director for Kanye West, we knew the design mastermind as one of the owners of this lifestyle boutique. Stocked with brands like Raf Simons, Givenchy, and Off-White (of course), RSVP Gallery is for the one whose true love will always be fashion.