Local Artist Spotlight: J. Cheikh
The Windy City has a classic style that’s unmistakable, yet approachable. At The James Chicago, we’re committed to supporting our community by partnering with local companies and organizations and bringing their creative talent to our visitors. We believe that there’s no better way to display Chicago design than by dressing our staff in it. That’s why we’ve teamed up with local clothing brand J. Cheikh to keep our front office staff outfitted in uniforms that are as inventive as they are functional.
Always in Style
Founded in 2009, J. Cheikh is the brand of husband and wife team Cheikh Lam and Sophie Lin. Lin, who has a BFA from The School of thehe Art Institute of Chicago, was working in womenswear when she teamed up with Cheikh to create looks that are inspired by his longtime appreciation of European streetwear. This Chicago-based brand focuses on modernizing the fundamentals of classic menswear, drawing inspiration from the unique mix of European silhouettes combined with American ease.
Taking inspiration from the city’s classic menswear style, Lin and Lam created eight distinct looks for The James Chicago that are both chic and utilitarian. They spent several months conceptualizing the design and visited the hotel and staff for firsthand insight and inspiration, taking note of thearchitectural and interior aesthetics of the property and incorporating aspects of the unique space into their vision.
The result is a collection that perfectly showcases both J. Cheikh’s and The James Chicago’s style, with pieces ranging from the designer’s signature Peak lapels on blazers, an opulent shawl collar on the men’s outerwear coat, and exquisite details such as the hand-stitched leather buttons. The collection also includes neckwear specially designed by Artfully Disheveled, a Chicago-based tie company. The modern and sophisticated uniforms are an ode to the “Roaring ’20s”, with ornate art deco-inspired elements and special details including unique fabrics, textures, and styles. While Chicago is sometimes referred to as “the second city”, we’re proving that Chicago style is second to none.
See our staff’s uniforms for yourself when you book a room at The James Chicago.