Last Friday, we had the opportunity to attend the unveiling of a new retail space in Chicago and the launch of a new collaboration from Nike and St. Alfred. Nike linked up with St. Alfred, a premier clothing boutique here in Chicago, for the first retail partnership of its kind - incorporating art, fashion, and music to celebrate soccer and the upcoming World Cup this summer. We talked with Krabby outside of the new retail space, located next door to St. Alfred on 1531 N. Milwaukee, so he can give us his perspective on what the event and the collaboration is all about and what lies ahead for St. Alfred.
During the month of April, the new space will be home to well known artist Cody Hudson - a Chicago-based artist and owner and creative director of the design firm Struggle, Inc. Centered on the themes of soccer and Chicago, this artwork has been created exclusively for the space and will be available as a limited-edition screen print for tees and other products through an on-site customization process that will enable visitors to work directly with St. Alfred's designers. Peep the vivid photo gallery from Nike an original photos from ourselves below; they contain pictures of Hudson's designs and the retail space itself. Soccer heads and clothing heads: you'll wanna check this out! Big thanks goes out to Krabby and Cindy H.!
The space opens to the public Thursday April 15. Hours will be 12-8pm, Monday through Friday, with extended hours beginning June 1.