Production Mode Spring News & Events

Join us, March 14–18, for The Fair, a curated, shopable exhibit at the Evanston Art Center of some of our favorite Chicago design­ers.

THE FAIR HOURS: THU/FRI 11am-6pm, SAT/SUN 11–3pm

The Fair brings together inde­pen­dent fash­ion design­ers arti­sans and collec­tives to present their current spring/summer collec­tions in a unique sales event bene­fit­ting the Evanston Art Center. As a part of the ongo­ing SHAPE OF NOW fash­ion resi­dency series curated by Katrin Schn­abl, the public will have the oppor­tu­nity to shop a curated selec­tion of fash­ion, acces­sories and objects created by the partic­i­pat­ing design­ers and guest artists at THE FAIR, a unique art-meets-fash­ion pop-up show­room at the Evanston Art Center.

Each collec­tion offers a unique and refined point-of-view, with garments and items that are care­fully crafted in small series. Whether the focus is on acces­si­bil­ity and collab­o­ra­tion through fash­ion as cham­pi­oned by the bright and play­ful, yet seri­ous work of Radi­cal Visi­bil­ity Collec­tive, sustain­abil­ity and ethi­cal manu­fac­tur­ing prac­tices via ‘slow fash­ion’ as in Jamie Hayes’ Produc­tion Mode, tech­no­log­i­cal inno­va­tion seen in Anke Loh’s knitwear, or on elevat­ing the sensual mate­ri­al­ity of garments and objects through arti­sanal atten­tion, such as Gillion Carrara’s jewelry as well as Andrea Reyn­ders’ and Anna Brown’s collec­tions, new design forms are artic­u­lated through these care­ful consid­er­a­tions. By doing so, design­ers open up new ways of collab­o­ra­tion and collec­tive engage­ment, and create fash­ion as an oppor­tu­nity to partic­i­pate and express our iden­tity by connec­tion to what is impor­tant to us.

Featured Design­ers include:

+Abigail Glaum-Lath­bury
+Alex Ulichny
+Ayrun Dismuke of Misan­thrope:
+Katrin Schn­abl
+Kristin Mari­ani
+Radi­cal Visi­bil­ity Collec­tive

+Andrea Reyn­ders
+Anke Loh
+Anna Brown
+Depart­ment of Curiosi­ties
+Gerry Quin­ton
+Gillion Carrara
+Jack Cave
+Produc­tion Mode

The Fair will be on display in our First Floor Gallery from March 14 — 18, 2018.

Thurs­day, March 15: 11am — 6pm
Friday, March 16: 11am — 6pm
Satur­day, March 17: 11am — 3pm
Sunday, March 18: 11am — 3pm

Designer Panel Discus­sion: Satur­day, March 17 at 1PM
This panel discus­sion will offer a window into the creative prac­tices of our design­ers, who will be on hand to intro­duce their work and to share insights into their processes and stories.


Trunk Show 4/19 at Exhibit Wilmette

Join us on the evening of Thurs­day, April 19th, 5–8 pm at our newest stock­ist, Exhibit Wilmette. I love Exhibit’s mix of struc­tural inde­pen­dent fash­ion. Owner Mari-Rose McManus takes the time to research each brand and designer, and makes sure to source from design­ers who produce in their coun­try of origin. I will be bring­ing the entire Produc­tion Mode line, please join us for an evening of slow fash­ion.
Save the Date: May 17–20
Jump­suit by Meg, who will be popping up in our studio May 17–20
Save the date for May 17–20, when we host New York-based designer Meg at our store­front studio, Depart­ment of Curiosi­ties. Meg will be bring­ing their Spring/Summer 2018 collec­tion of dreamy over­sized jump­suits, custom prints, sepa­rates and swimwear to Chicago for an exclu­sive sale in our shop. Stay tuned for more details …
I am excited to announce that I have been awarded a grant from the Chicago Depart­ment of Cultural Affairs & Special Events to produce a NEW Produc­tion Mode collec­tion. The collec­tion is called “REPEAT/EVOLUTION”, and will build on the work we created with The Weav­ing Mill for our recent MOVE/REPEAT collec­tion. We are thrilled to be able to revisit and evolve the concepts we created with our vari­ous collab­o­ra­tors. There are always ideas, silhou­ettes, presen­ta­tions, colors, and textures that we dream of creat­ing, and now we can. More to come soon …
Thanks to Chicago Woman Maga­zine for includ­ing me in their list of 20 women in Chicago on the top of their game. It’s an honor and it’s moti­vat­ing to receive this recog­ni­tion! The truth is, for many of us to be on our A game as we start busi­nesses and work multi­ple jobs to make ends meet, other areas of our lives some­times go to B game. Thanks to my friends, family, clients, and collab­o­ra­tors who have been patient with me and supported me through this period of sleep depri­va­tion and intense focus on work. It’s a true priv­i­lege to love one’s work—I am grate­ful! 📷 by Art & Science Salon. Hair by the amaz­ing Tara Hulka at Art & Science. I am wear­ing Produc­tion Mode:)