Maybe Sunday: A Day With The Owners
A Pilsen Treasure
Maybe Sunday: A Day With The Owners
Whose idea was it?
Maybe Sunday was founded in October of 2014 by artists and designers Jason Guo and McKenzie Thompson, recent graduates from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Now it has come to include many other creatives from Chicago. No one person can take credit for Maybe Sunday, everyone on our team is equally responsible for the positive response we have gotten throughout the year.
What steps did you take to make it happen? What were the biggest obstacles?
We began our journey with a successful Kickstarter campaign back in September of 2014. Initially we started by selling our Maybe Sunday Goodweather Tees, and later on expanded to include many other local and international brands at our brick and mortar shop such as Supreme, JaJa, Pearnova, History and more. Most recently, we have also grown to include art and designed objects in our store. We believe in building out an distinct and creative experience at Maybe Sunday that is unique to the Chicago community.
We are always looking to represent local designers, young and experience from all over Chicago to showcase their work at our shop. We believe that there is a lot of underrepresented talent here. Many artists and designers struggle to get their work shown, and their voices heard. We are here to help!
As for obstacles, we simply put our heads together and progress forward.
When did you open the store?
We opened our flagship store in October of 2014 in the Chicago Arts District, near Pilsen. Our address is 1711 South Halsted St. Chicago Il, 60608.
What motivated you and your friends to do so?
We all felt that many people in Chicago were trying to start off their careers in the creative field (fashion, art, designed objects, photography, music, etc). However startup costs often times prevent the pursuit of one's passion. This is where Maybe Sunday comes in, acting as an accessible platform for artists and designers to showcase and sell their work, and more broadly, a nexus of cultural exchange.
We want be an entity that supports this growing crowd, and all work together to reach a common goal.
Our shop is made up of very talented and hardworking creatives who all have their own specialty. As a group, we collaborate and share our ideas with one another to produce amazing things that will resonate with the world today.
Who are the major partners and managers involved with Maybe Sunday?
So far our major contributor are:
Co-Founders: Jason Guo, McKenzie Thompson General manager / designer: Janis To (JAJA)
Events coordinator: Tony Corrallez
Curator of rare / collectible apparel: Blake Pon
Fashion photographer: Falyn Huang
Our team continues to grow organically and the designers we represent are often present to help bring our collective ideas to life.
Pearnova: Rachel Leigh
History: Jerry Clay, Kurt Jenkins
Tanner Bowman Designs: Tanner Bowman
Be Buddha: Erin Leary
Lindsay Lewis Jewelry: Lindsay Lewis
Hair Stylist: Jana Hoeller
How did you come up with the idea to combine an art gallery with your boutique?
Jason and McKenzie come from a fine arts background, so combining the two was a natural progression in Maybe Sunday's evolution. We aim to create a lifestyle brand that encompasses not just fashion but includes many other traditional and nontraditional art forms.
How of often do you change the inside and who curates the space?
We change the interior space regularly, often several times per month. The space is curated by our internal team and guest curators, depending on the event. Jason and McKenzie are there to provide creative direction.
What about Pilsen drew you to the area, do you involve yourself within the community as well?
We made Pilsen and the Chicago Arts District home for Maybe Sunday because of the multitude of emerging artists living in the area. We were impressed and inspired by the talent that Chicago had to offer, and for the opportunity for all of us to do something great together.
We are directly involved in our surrounding community and have made many friends by simply having an open door. Our shows regularly feature works by artists living in our neighborhood, and we always do something fun for CAD's Second Friday Gallery Nights.
I've noticed a lot of local musical acts and Chicago personalities like Roy French & Anna Russet are involved in your campaigns. How did you get them involved or did they reach out to you?
Our collaborations with fellow creatives happen very naturally, and we are excited to grow together. Roy stopped by the store the first week we were open, and we instantly became friends. As for Anna Russet, we went to university together!
The local artist scene in Chicago is reaching a peak where artists are gaining more recognition and the country is seeing the talent that this city has. Where do you fit in within this artistic revolution?
Maybe Sunday hopes to be a uniting factor among Chicago artists and designers. We are a space for artists with a diversity of backgrounds to gain visibility, to find inspiration, collaborative insight, and to have physical and digital grounds to flourish. We hope that all of our artists will be recognized for their talents and will be represented in a way true to themselves. We believe that as we come together, we are able to accomplish more, pursue greater opportunities, and are able to resonate louder with Chicago and the world.
How do you feel about local politics in the city, everything going on with the police and with Rahm? How do artists fit in, how can their work effect change?
We believe that Chicago is at a turning point and there is a demand for positive change.
Historically, artists have come together during times of political tension to introduce ideas and experiences that express the voice of a generation.
The rise of Chicago's cultural scene has the potential to both shed light to the city's contemporary issues, as well as to change reality away from corruption and negativity toward a creative, uplifted, and united way of life.
What are you doing or if not, what do you think you guys could do with your brand to help educate the community on important issues?
As a brand, Maybe Sunday is truly the sum of its parts.
Some of the artists we represent do have a strong political stance, and we view it is our role to amplify their voices through shows and online media.
We are always sure to emphasize the importance of the work at hand and to help foster discussion therein.
Do you think local things happening has affected what you are doing, effected the message you are trying to convey?
Absolutely! As we mentioned above, Maybe Sunday is a sum of its parts and everyone who contributes to the brand is reflecting current ideas about the world around them.
We are constantly changing; change is necessary for growth!
Who are some important figures that inspire your brand?
We are inspired by artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, James Jebbia, Nigo, Gertrude Stein, and of course the artists from our community!