Creatures of the Wind’s Designers on Their Favorite Things

MIX MASTERS: Tastemakers Shane Gabier and Chris Peters pick Comme des Garçons sneakers, Jun Takahashi hats, and more

(page 1 of 2)

Shane Gabier and Chris Peters

Soon after Chris Peters moved into Shane Gabier’s Humboldt Park two-flat in 2007, the couple started collaborating on sketches for women’s clothing. Two and a half years later, they were producing a full line of women’s wear. And by the fall of 2011, their label, Creatures of the Wind, known for its unique mix of textures and materials, was a finalist for one of fashion’s top prizes: the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund award for ­up-and-coming talent. (“It was an exciting honor,” says Gabier, and one that hasn’t been achieved by any other Chicago-based designer.)

From their home studio, Gabier, 38, (left) and Peters, 28, are putting the finishing touches on Creatures of the Wind’s latest collection, which will be shown September 6 at New York Fashion Week. Their clothes fuse Peters’s fondness for antiques and folk craft with Gabier’s love for modernist design, and their divergent aesthetic choices also blend harmoniously throughout the space where they work and live. See below for ten things they love.
 

10 Things They Love


CARAN D’ACHE MECHANICAL PENCILS

CARAN D’ACHE MECHANICAL PENCILS ($23 each, Greer, 1657 N. Wells St.)
Gabier says: “I love fancy mechanical pencils, and I love enamel. These are the perfect combination.”

 

 

COMME DES GARÇONS SNEAKERS

COMME DES GARÇONS SNEAKERS ($100 for similar style, barneys.com)
Peters says: “Comme des Garçons’ street wear doesn’t concede to another aesthetic.”

 

 

VINTAGE MUSHROOM LAMP

VINTAGE MUSHROOM LAMP
Gabier says: “Weird fantasy furniture from the late sixties. The mushrooms light from underneath.”

 

 

1960s PAPER MOBILE

1960s PAPER MOBILE
Gabier says: “It’s such a delicate piece. I don’t think I’ll ever find a duplicate!”

 

 

IKRAM CAFE

IKRAM CAFE (15 E. Huron St., 312-587-1000)
Peters says: “We go there for lunch as often as possible and always have a fresh juice.”

 

Photography: Anna Knott

Share

Submit your comment