Chicago style arbiter Rino Burdi offers a trio of must-try gentlemen's trends for spring.
Designer Rino Burdi in his Gold Coast boutique.
Trim, distinguished, and perpetually dapper, Rino Burdi is the ultimate ambassador for Gold Coast chic. It’s only fitting, since he practically grew up in the neighborhood while his Italian-born father, master tailor Alfonso Burdi, was establishing his boutique as the city’s premier source for handmade Italian style. Nearly 50 years later, designer Rino carries on the family name with flair—and shares three must-try men’s trends for the new season.
Deconstruct it. Burdi is all about this season’s deconstructed jackets, which often have no canvas but still fit like a regular jacket. “Because it’s deconstructed,” he notes, “if it becomes humid and hot, you can wear it and still look put together without being uncomfortable.”
Get geometric. Plaids are overdone, so Burdi recommends going with untraditional patterns for a fresh look. “We’re seeing a lot of geometrics this year. They’re easy to wear and they’re slenderizing but still classic.”
Pump up your kicks. It’s important to make a statement even with a casual look, notes Burdi— and an über-luxe sneaker fits the bill. His favorite combines grosgrain and leather in a sleek, Bottega Veneta-esque basket-weave that suggests retro Vans style taken to the next level. Sums up Burdi, “This is not your typical sneaker. So luxurious.” 58 E. Walton St., 312-642-9166