Ever been to St. Louis? If so, have you visited the City Museum? If not, this place is amazing! Seriously so cool.
Piece by piece (literally) reclaiming old parts of just about everything the city represents and transforming them into something amazing, the City Museum brings the remnants of industrial St. Louis back to life. There’s a small space for little ones but most of the museum lends itself to children three or so all the way up to anyone ‘young at heart’.
Last weekend, I took T, my older son, on the six hour drive from Chicago to St. Louis to meet up with one of my sisters (who attends college there) and my parents.
We packed a slew of great activities into the weekend including a visit to this museum, a trip up to the top of the The Arch, and lunch at a local, throwback soda shop called Fitz’s Root Beer.
Of course you care what I wore, right?! 🙂 (Did you catch my self-deprecating eye roll on the other side of the computer screen…)
As is my M.O. for family time, I kept my outfit super casual. Simple jeans and a thrifted striped shirt accompanied by ‘the greatest hoodie ever’ and the Chicago skyline artistically displayed across my feet.
Jeans, hoodie, and canvas shoes. American-born style at its best!
Are these not the coolest shoes ever? Maybe just for someone who lives in downtown Chicago among this skyline? A local Chicago painter painted this depiction on a canvas. Bucketfeet (a Chicago-based, international company) loved it so much, they turned it into a shoe! I’m a giant fan of supporting local artisans, so this is totally up my alley.
Not sure what ‘the greatest hoodie ever made‘ is all about? Those aren’t my words, but I agree. American Giant, a US-based, all-American made clothing retailer, has totally reinvented the apparel cycle (from design to production to sales) with an entirely customer-centric focus. (Check out the article for lots more detail on the brand and it’s unique perspectives and business model decisions.)
The founder of American Giant, Bayard Winthrop, strives to run a company whose values and goals perfectly align with its customers. I recently had the opportunity to attend a Talk at Chicago Ideas Week called The Future of Retail at which he was a presenter. You can watch his talk if you’re more interested in the brand and his persona. He’s a no B.S. guy that’s not afraid to challenge accepted paradigms, precisely the reason he’s paving new paths to success in the american-made apparel market.
Needless-to-say, the products achieve the highest production and quality standards and will become a staple in your closet, maybe even your kids’ closets as they get better with age. They’ve mastered the hoodie (and so many other American style classics) you’ll surely find something that will be loved dearly and last a lifetime.
Back to our St. Louis adventure, I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking. With the gorgeous fall weather, we primarily explored the outdoor portion of the museum. There were several indoor floors, a rooftop exhibit with a Ferris wheel, and a ten-story slide we’ll have to return to on our next visit.
Staircase spindles made from conveyor belt roller bars likely pulled from the remains of an old St. Louis manufacturing plant. Each painted in a unique way, these fascinated me. (I spared you the ridiculous number of photos I took and chose one to share. You’re welcome.)
Some views from inside The Arch.