What started off as a casual conversation between two like-minded brands, has now taken shape to a visual collaboration. Located at 813 W Randolph St suite 200, in the restaurant row of West Loop, stands custom clothier: Stitch and Heart.
Stitch+Heart was started by Michael Barkin, an executive at Trunk Club, and Bill Burnett, an executive at LinkedIn. The two childhood friends decided to leave their respective corporate roles to start the company in 2018. The brand makes custom pieces ranging from casual wear (golf shirts, knits, chinos) all the way to formal attire and accessories.
On top of their quality concierge service to their clients, each customer can choose a cancer-fighting cause that a portion of their purchase goes to. The two main organizations the company works with are the American Cancer Society and the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation.
Mark Cesarik was selected from the Artist Replete roster as an additional voice to the brand. Stylist, Ashley Zielinska, an art lover and employee at Stitch+Heart, hand selected each piece to add new life to the swanky surroundings.
"Mark's traditional oil, mixed with collage and graffiti, I particularly find intriguing. His sense of realism with a touch of levity leaves the viewer to appreciate his art's sincerity. Not to mention Mark is an awesome storyteller and really takes pride in Chicago, which is completely reflected back in his work. I love his use of color and how he balances his collage work with empty space on the canvas; it shows so much control and maturity. I'm personally so happy to showcase Mark's work as the first artist to have in our space at Stitch+Heart."
The artwork and the luxurious space are currently available to view by appointment.
Stitch+Heart welcomes both art lovers and those who appreciate tailored apparel. Contact Ashley Zielinska (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any information regarding this collaboration.