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The shop is coming to 3240 W. Armitage Ave., according to a Tuesday Instagram post. It’ll be the third shop for the clothing label.

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LOGAN SQUARE — Popular Los Angeles-based clothing label Big Bud Press is opening a new shop in Logan Square.
Big Bud Press has been producing colorful, ethically made and size inclusive clothing since 2015.
It’ll be the label’s third shop and its first in Chicago.

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Big Bud Press, Popular L.A.-Based Clothing Label, Opening New Store In Logan Square It’ll be the label’s third shop and its first in Chicago. Logan Square, Humboldt Park & Avondale reporter

By celebrating different bodies and the way colors look on various skin tones, Big Bud Press is changing the definition of what it means to be a fashion brand in 2019. From having several people of different shapes and sizes modeling each piece to sourcing their fabric ethically and manufacturing in local facilities, the company is revolutionizing the fashion experience and how consumers connect to their clothes.

Philip Seastrom: “Unisex” is just a term for men, but what we make is female and male, inclusive, unisex. I really feel the same thing as Lacey. I had frustrations [with] shopping. Brands wouldn’t make something in my size or it would be hard to come by. What are these companies’ deals putting judgments on people? Everyone’s welcome. I want everyone to be happy and wear our clothes. How you dress is how you feel about yourself in a lot of respects. So, I don’t want to be prejudiced of people in all respects. I want to offer as much as we can.
What does the Big Bud Press customer base look like?

What are your plans for the future of Big Bud Press?
LM: We really would like to open our own sewing facility instead of using contractors. We have a lot of new styles coming: We have a few different pants styles coming, we have overalls, and wait for it. denim! We’re clearly not afraid to take risks because we do it all the time, and it’s the only way to succeed in my opinion. So, we have a lot of stuff coming.
Lacey Micallef: My weight has always fluctuated. I just wanted to make a brand that I could shop at no matter how my weight was fluctuating. That was very important to me. And I’m excited for a time when we can get even crazier with sizing, when we have a little more money and when we’re a little bigger.
PS: We locally source production, and keeping it local, trying to keep it a community, and trying to keep it domestic is a moral decision. Reproduction overseas, the exploitation of people, the loss of wages for U.S. workers—I never wanted to be a part of that. We create clothes because we want to make the world a more beautiful place. I want the lives of the people who are making our clothes to be as beautiful as possible as well. The problem with most companies is [they’re] fueled by greed. Obviously, we want to do well, but I don’t want to do well at the detriment of other people. There are even local sweatshops as well in our backyard, and we also do not use those. Everyone we work with is licensed, they get hourly rates—not per piece rates—and they’re above board. We don’t work with anyone who’s not.
Posing in front of murals. Monochrome looks in colorful cafes. Selfies in a rainbow-framed mirror. These are the photo results from a #BigBudPress search on Instagram. Customers love the garments from the size-inclusive and diverse company—and they are not afraid to share that love on social media.

The brand, with a logo depicting a smiley-faced sun at the end of a pastel rainbow, was founded in 2015 as an online shop that’s gradually transformed into a business with two stores and even more plans to expand. Big Bud Press is making waves in the fashion industry, not only with their innovative take on designing for all people and bodies but also by using vibrant colors like cranberry red, dusty rose, mustard yellow on clothing that ranges in unisex sizing from XXS to 5XL.

We spoke to the founders of Big Bud Press, Lacey Micallef and Philip Seastrom, about their revolutionary brand, what color means to them, and what they see for the future of Big Bud Press and the fashion industry as a whole.