Akira was founded in 2002 by Eric Hsueh, Erikka Wang, Sarah Hughes, and Gordon Liao. This well known boutique was brought to life right in our backyard! The first Akira boutique opened up in the trendy Wicker Park neighborhood and has been successful ever since.
Due to Covid-19 the fashion industry has had to make several drastic measures to stay afloat. I’ve stated before that face masks have become a part of everyone’s everyday wardrobe. The easiest masks to get your hands on are either cloth or surgical masks. Yes, they protect us by creating barriers when we are among other people, but let’s face it, when you want to go out and try your best to go back to normal life they tend to clash with your outfit.
The owners of Akira have always stayed true to the Chi-town culture and they have recognized Chicago as one of the places to be considered a “hot zone,” so they created a line of masks to encourage fashionistas like me to keep wearing their masks.
This line of face masks surpass fashionable. You can easily pick out an outfit and pair it with one of the unique designs. Akira has it so easy to keep making face masks a part of everyone’s daily wardrobe. These face masks range from $5.00 to $29.90 and are worth every dime!
By Brittanie Sturdivant, Sophomore, Open Campus Parsons School of Design