Chicago Designer Daryl Sneed Shares His Essentials

By Stephen Ostrowski | June 11, 2018 | Style & Beauty

As he prepares for the launch of his latest Ricorso collections, emerging Chicago designer Daryl Sneed dishes on his current muses and must-haves.

Daryl Sneed. Photo by Ian McLaren

It wasn’t until well into his career that consultant Daryl Sneed forayed into fashion. No matter: “Going into [unknown] situations has never been a big issue for me,” says the 48-year-old Edgewater resident, who co-founded his first line, 5p1t (later renamed Kirk James Collection), in 2007.

With Ricorso, the limited-edition womenswear line he started in 2013, Sneed delivers a vintage aesthetic that balances contemporary and classic luxury. As the line’s Capsule 3 and 4 series makes its debut, Sneed (whose side projects include streetwear brand Soundoff) shares what keeps him feeling inspired and creative.

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The brand: “Everything we do [at Ricorso] has a little bit of pop—enough to stand out, with a nod to vintage, but with this kind of luxury underpinning to it. And once we release it, it’s released—we don’t go back and make the same design.”

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The space: “[At Soho House] there’s such a wide variety of different people and backgrounds... It’s a great way of getting a lot of outside perspectives in one four-walled building.” 113 N. Green St., 312.521.8000

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The restaurant: Band of Bohemia in Ravenswood [is] one of my new favorites: eclectic, Michelin-starred and unexpected in the neighborhood.” 4710 N. Ravenswood Ave., 773.271.4710

The muse: “Everybody tries to get that Audrey Hepburn style, but in essence you’re trying to get her DNA—what made her confident, what made her independent, what made her strong and what made her an icon.”

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The programming: [Hubbard Street Dance] has a great set of talent. They’re always challenging the interpretation of dance and bringing new ideas to the city.” 1147 W. Jackson Blvd., 312.850.9744

The destination: “I love the heritage aspect of London, how much it’s still very much grounded in its culture; just the vibe of the city is really great.”

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