CASEY KOHN IS THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND ARCHIVIST BEHIND COUP DE GRÂCE, CHICAGO’S SHOPPABLE LIBRARY OF RARE AND HIGHLY COVETED DESIGNER PIECES. THE ARCHIVE IS EXPANSIVE, FEATURING A VARIETY OF VINTAGE STYLES FROM DESIGNERS LIKE RAF SIMONS AND HELMUT LANG TO RICK OWENS AND MANY MORE. ORIGINALLY FROM SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI, KOHN’S AFFINITY FOR BROWSING SKATEBOARDING CATALOGS AND LISTENING TO INDIE ROCK MUSIC NATURALLY LED HIM INTO THE WORLD OF HIGH FASHION. DESIGNERS' USE OF WELL-EXECUTED SUBCULTURE REFERENCES AND TIMELESS STREETWEAR UNIFORMS PLAY A MASSIVE ROLE IN KOHN’S ARCHIVE, WHERE INTERESTING PRODUCT DESIGN AND MASTERFUL STORYTELLING ARE BOTH RESPECTED AND CELEBRATED. 

COUP DE GRÂCE OFFERS FINDS SUCH AS A MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA ARTISANAL JACKET FROM SS04 AND A BLACK MOHAIR SWEATER FROM HEDI SLIMANE’S FINAL SEASON AT DIOR. AND THOUGH KOHN’S ARCHIVE SHOWCASES LUXURY AND MUSEUM-WORTHY PRODUCTS, HE ALSO SOURCES MORE ACCESSIBLE RTW PIECES LIKE AN UNDERCOVER SS09 POLO OR A COMME DES GARÇONS AW03 TRUCKER JACKET. “I WANT TO BE ABLE TO WEAR A PRODUCT MULTIPLE DAYS IN A ROW, LOOK SMART WHILE DOING IT, AND NOT HAVE SOMEONE SAY, “HEY, DIDN’T YOU WEAR THAT YESTERDAY?”” KOHN SAYS. INVESTING IN ARCHIVAL FASHION IS A GREAT MEDIUM TO DRESS WELL WHILE MAINTAINING A CONSISTENT UNIFORM DOING SO.


OVER THE YEARS, COUP DE GRÂCE’S COLLECTION HAS BEEN SEEN STYLED ON ARTISTS LIKE TRAVIS SCOTT AND BLACKBEAR AND PURCHASED BY MEMBERS OF MIGOS AND DRAKE. KOHN’S ABILITY TO CURATE GARMENTS THAT TELL A UNIQUE STORY IN FASHION HISTORY AND REPRESENT A TREASURED MOMENT IN TIME IS WHAT MAKES COUP DE GRÂCE SUCH AN INFLUENTIAL ARCHIVE. IN ADDITION TO CONSTANTLY UPDATING HIS ONLINE ARCHIVE, KOHN ALSO POSTS GREAT VISUAL REFERENCES AND CULTURAL DEEP-DIVES TO HIS INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT COUP DE GRÂCE

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