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1948 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

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Boutique by day, event and gallery space by night, Ad Hoc offers a selection of hand-picked clothing, home goods, and accessories, as well as a gallery and event space for local artists.

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For The Wild And Free : All About Bird Trouble

Kat Heil

We have an exciting new member of our little slice of heaven! Alexz Sandoval, the maker and mastermind behind this incredible brand has set up shop in the back of AD HOC, and is now making it a little bit brighter here. To learn more about her, and her mission, visit her WEBSITE. She's pretty much the coolest because of her mission to make things that are sustainable, affordable and beautiful. Plus she also drives the coolest Camper Van ever.
 

Also make sure to check her out on the social medias with @BirdTrouble ! Come visit us and see all the magic she makes, live and in person.

All photos provided by Alexz Sandoval

All photos provided by Alexz Sandoval

 

 

Sunglasses 101 : Get Some

Kat Heil

Sunglasses are one of the most iconic and easily update-able parts of your wardrobe. Sunglasses can turn you from a movie star to a rebel with no effort, and with the sunshine beating down it's that time of year where you can switch your personality as easily as you sip spiked lemonade.

Here is a guide to some of the most popular styles this season, and currently it's all about retro (see what we did there?!)

The Aviator

These frames were originally designed in the 1930’s to shield  US aviators from the sun’s strong rays when up in the air, but their civilian popularity developed almost immediately after the style was released. These frames block the sun from all angles and have caught on as a classically edgy look. Feel like a maverick and pop these on as you enter "The Danger Zone."

The Wayfarer

Classics. Iconic. Easy. The Wayfarer is good for everyone and we owe it to Ray-Ban for minting this style. Good on any face shape, the only deciding factor with these comes with size and fit. The smaller frames are becoming popular again and give you that effortless cool that used to only be available to movie stars. Get yours.

The Browline/Hornrimmed/Clubmaster

These frames are inspired by the 50’s browline sunglasses trend, which featured rounded lenses with larger, statement-making upper rims (the “browline”), often made of plastic, and slim wire rims around the bottom. You can’t go wrong with these iconic frames that have stood the test of time. There's something a little posh about this style and can help to punch-up a preppy look, or be re-claimed for a more iconic, clean style. We recommend anything tortoise shell.

Round

Think of the swinging sixties. Thing of The Beatles. These cutesy frames are gaining popularity again with the help of steam-punk, hippie resurgence and feminist babes. Fear not! Anyone can learn to rock this look, just make sure to keep the lenses proportional to your face!

These four styles are all available in the store for REPLAY sunglasses who find and sell vintage Dead Stock. Dead Stock is : "a term used to describe merchandise that was never sold to or used by consumers before being removed from sale, usually because it was outdated. Dead stock is often warehoused, but it can also subsequently be offered for sale and typically retains its original package and tags". Which is super rad because as vintage is all the rage, these sunglasses are authentically cool and not knock-offs or re-makes. We suggest stopping by and grabbing some daring new pairs for yourself!

 

 

All About Vetiver: Our New Fav Plant

Kat Heil

Do you know anything about vetiver? We didn't. It's a commonly used essential oil in scented products; beard oils, candles, cologne. We here at AD HOC have carried a multitude of items that have used vetiver as a scent, and finally after a short research expedition into the world of Wikipedia, we have come to the conclusion that vetiver is the best plant ever.

Seriously.

So it's related to lemongrass and citronella. It's mostly grown in warm areas of the word like India, and it has tons of amazing uses. It's roots are strong and are used to stabilize eroding soil. It makes hearty ropes and mats. It helps protect other crops against pests, can feed animal and of course it's roots are used to create the essential oil we know and love. It can even suck the oil out of the ground to make it fertile and healthy again! When it comes to products, it can be used as an antiseptic and to treat acne, so go getcha' some beard oil containing vetiver. Did you know it is contained in 90% of all western perfumes? This stuff is magic and we're huge fans.

Get your vetiver fanfare on with Sydney Hale's amazing candles. These guys are awesome. Their small batch, handmade candles have the most intense and impressive scents. Check out this new scent, Coconut Milk and Vetiver, for a chance to both support both great artisans and the bask in the glory of the coolest plant ever!

 

How-To : Paperbag Pants/Waists

Kat Heil

As the slow and steady march towards a different way we look at "fit" and style continues, Paperbag pants, skirts and waistlines are an old school concept retro-fitted for today's market. Most women will balk immediately at the thought of putting volume or pleats near the waist, but times are changing, and the waist as we know it is not longer the only way to define fit or tailoring.

Paperbag waists are a throw-back to the growth of the female work force, the fight for women's rights, and fashion choices as feminism. They come from a time when women were choosing comfort, needed mobility and refused to let the men have all the fun. Today they represent a glamorous women, a design oriented one, or cutting edge comfort.

The blog MAN REPELLER says so beautifully "Because these are the Netflix and Chill of pants. They give you the best excuse since “We’re Closed” to not visit your tailor, they provide ample opportunity to show off new belts or old scarves, and, if you’re not squeamish about smelling like PB&J, they can stay true to their name and store your lunch." They are versatile, sexy and comfortable. And they ARE flattering.

So now that you're beginning to fall in love, how the heck do you wear them?

The Paperbag waist uses it height (because a true paperbag should ALWAYS be high-waist) to compliment or create a waist for anyone, and the pleating helps elongate the leg. Often sold with tie belts already attached, it feels like wearing your boyfriends dress pants. Belts are NOT necessary, though they are always an excuse for more accessories and can help really push that baggy and bunched feeling, making you appear smaller.

Although traditionally paired with a more fitted or cropped top (see gorgeous, perfect human Chrissy Tegan above!), don't be afraid of tucking in a looser top, either entirely, just to the front, or off to the side.  This again helps makes one look tiny - by nipping in at the high, true waist, and allowing the rest of the fabric to flow about you, clinging gently to curves and then billowing behind creating movement.

There are all kinds of lengths too! Go for a wide leg for a dressier or more glamorous style, a more tapered version to turn-up at calf height for a casual and comfortable look. They also come in wide-leg culotte versions and shorts! ANY heel height, shoe or sandal looks amazing, though currently we LOVE a good espadrille/wedge or a sleek slip-on flat.

We are slowly re-defining the shapes we consider flattering, and are changing what "fit" means. Comfort is just as important as good style, and one need not be compromised for the other. If you need to find a classic item that still feels edgy and trendy - look to the Paperbag pant as the first piece you buy to start you on your style journey.

(We do not own any of these pictures!)

Hooray for Chambray!

Kat Heil

Is there anything more American than denim? A staple part of any wardrobe, jeans have forever been part of collective conscious since their inception, and the many styles and creative ways this fabric has been used in fashion is often separated and visually marked by the decades. Right now we are in a renaissance of the silhouettes of the 70s and 90s, both iconic times marked by flares, patchwork and the classic blue washes we know and love. 

This season Chambray is the darling of the denim world. We're doubling up on the vintage feel of this wash by pairing denim with denim, similar washes or opposite. Even different colors are popping up with this comfy, lived-in feel. It's a classic that gives the ease we're all chasing, that look that we rolled out of bed always looking this dang gorgeous, and "OH! This old thing? I can't remember where I got it..."

I know that we will have to pry your favourite skinny jeans out of your cold, dead hands, BUT hear us out. These denim culottes and flare capris you're seeing are flattering! Bag pants and the boyfriend jean is back with vengeance and Kate Moss would be so proud. Pair these styles with all the soft grey tones we're seeing and the geometric cuts to give a comfortable structure to your wardrobe that inspires confidence in the simplicity of design.

Let's get retro! Fit and flare, the classic jacket and PATCHWORK are back! Thought you'd never see the day again? Wrong. Flares are so highly flattering to all women, and patchwork can be boho chic, but also very cleanly done to give more of a textural feel or that of color blocking. Don't be afraid! From the highest end fashion house down to the fast fashion supplier, all are embracing the versatility of this material and re-working the classics, with all of their strengths and less of the goofy caricatures we remember.

Also keeping with the quintessential nature of Denim being and American fabric, printed denims are rocking out boldly, often with stars, stripes and a rebel yell.  More of an edgy person? Like your things distressed and lived in? Denim is a great way to get the look. Pair with the common over-sized tee, bralettes, leather and vintage-feel and print tees to drink beer and soak-up the sunshine that I promise, is coming. (The awesome Star Print denim shirt pictured in the lead banner is available NOW at AD HOC for $48)

So keep an eye out for these pieces that will be showing up over the next few months in-store and on our website, and keep checking back in for blog posts to keep you updated on the trends and styles we will be bringing you from now on! (We do not own any photos used in this blog post, they were all sourced from other places!)

Friends don't let friends buy from chain stores:

Kat Heil

Small business is the backbone of neighborhood vibrancy and flavour.  Indie stores offer not only unique items, often times local/handmade, USA made, and a shopping experience that is more personal than buying from a rack full of shirts that have been reproduced 10,000 times.  Shopping local does so much for your community as well- retaining local vibrancy, community investment, keeps rent costs affordable (landlords increase rent tenfold when a chain is interested- but hey!  they can afford it so who cares about the rest!)  Over the past few years, as online shopping has become common place and big box stores offer discount shopping at an absurd rate, while still making billion dollar profits, we have watched the disappearing act of locally owned shops.  So keep these details in mind next time you say to yourself- Our neighborhood is so rad!  It won't stay that way unless you support it.  

 When you shop at an independently-owned business, your entire community benefits:
- Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.
- Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
- More of your taxes are reinvested in your community--where they belong.
- Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
- Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.
- Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.
- Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
- More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.

The Vest you have to have....

Kat Heil

I thought about writing a post about how rad this vest is. Until I saw this picture: 

Gwen Stefani.  Nuff said. 

Forgive my phone picture.  Either way.... this vest needs to be on your body.  

Forgive my phone picture.  Either way.... this vest needs to be on your body.  

TimeOut Chicago writeup!

Kat Heil

We are so honored to have been featured in the Great New Store section on TimeOut Chicago.  Check out the great images and write up here: (click the photo)