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Chicago…that toddlin’ town.

Having lived in the Windy City from ’88-92, we were excited to return to Chicago for a couple of days, lucky to be meeting with two great families/companies in the footwear world, Horween Leather and Hanig’s Shoes.  Both are renowned, family-run companies who have continually provided premier product and service to their customers for generations… and who have also been generous enough to offer guidance, support and interest in the success of Moccatomic.

almost like coming home…driving in from O’Hare and the Chicago skyline.

At Hanigs (www.hanigs.com), we reviewed both Men’s and Women’s F’12 selling with Peter and son, Daniel  – and discussed strategies and product evolution for Fall’13.

a Chicago landmark, Hanigs at 2754 N. Clark Street, one of five locations.

The best seller this season for the women of Chicago,

The W’s ChukkaMocc in Powder Suede / Coffee.

At Horween, Skip and I worked on leather selection for the two styles that will be made in Maine.  I also showed him a coordinating belt that was in the works, with an aluminum buckle milled in Massachusetts.

On N. Elston, arriving at Horween…

Welcome to Horween.  Indeed famous around the world…

On Skip’s desk – ChukkaMocc (in Calico and Utica), RingMocc (in Utica)

belt in tumbled chrome-xl, aluminum buckle. made in USA.

No NESCAC rivarly here … Skip (Bowdoin) helping to build Moccatomics in Maine.

Urban industry… tanning leather in the city.

And if ever in Chicago, here are a few tips to enjoy this great city -

the architecture …

driving south on Lake Shore Drive

the hospitality…

stay at the Blackstone Hotel (www.blackstonerenaissance.com/)

Looking out from the Blackstone towards Lake Michigan…

the food…

eat at The Girl and the Goat (www.girlandthegoat.com/) and sneak a picture… get there early.

the sports…

play some platform tennis… Chicago is a great paddle town!

and since Chicago is a great toddlin’ town…

remember to rocc-your-Moccs!

 

 

 

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