Production Mode burst onto the scene this year with a pitch-perfect debut collection of limited-edition, impeccably tailored leather pieces for men and women. The line, which launched in January by rising star designer Jamie Hayes, is ethically produced from beginning to end. Committed to sourcing material locally (leather comes from Chicago tannery Horween), reducing environmental impact, and employing fair trade and ethical labor practices, Production Mode raises the standard of what we can expect from our clothing. Undoubtedly, this gem will stay a Chicago secret not much longer.
—Megha Ralapati, residency and special projects manager, Hyde Park Art Center (Art 50)
Best of Chicago 2015