Getting measured for a custom suit typically takes an hour—at least, and that’s just for the first fitting. At Alton Lane, a men’s clothier opening its first Chicago showroom on Saturday, the entire process is complete within a matter of seconds.
Using a 3D scanner with more than 30 sensors and 16 cameras, your measurements (160 of them) are taken on the spot. Your avatar is used to create a custom pattern, which accounts for your posture and other quirks that can affect fit.
Though it’s fast, you'll probably want to stick around. The appointment-only showroom was designed to have a speakeasy feel, featuring a large screen TV, leather couches, and a bar stocked with complimentary drinks.
Alton Lane opens in Chicago on Saturday, May 31 at 49 East Oak Street, level 2. Appointments can be booked online (altonlane.com) or by calling 646-896-1212. Shirts start at $89, suits at $595.
The Best of the Rest
- Women’s boutique Robin Richman (2108 N. Damen Ave., 773-278-6150, robinrichman.com) will hold its 17th Annual Yard Sale on Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Past season clothes and accessories, vintage store displays, furniture, findings, and other objects will be on sale along with 20 percent off current spring and summer collections.
- Bucktown shoe shop City Soles (2001 W. North Ave., 773-489-2001, citysoles.com) holds its Friends and Family Sale tomorrow, May 28. Score 25 percent off your purchase in-store and online with code FRIEND25.
- Home furnishings consignment warehouse Coyle & Herr (1200 W. 35th St., 773-575-9880, coyleandherr.com) is holding a Warehouse Sale through May 30. More than 200 items are marked 50 percent off, including designers like Bertoia, Henredon, Baker, and Herman Miller.
- Clever Alice (cleveralice.com) is back with another sample sale of “under the radar” designers at up to 75 percent off. The four-day sale takes place from May 29 through June 1 at 845 West Chicago Avenue.