This is Liz Williams, the designer/ founder of The Checkroom! I started this business in 2014 after becoming frustrated by the lack of quality garments available on the market.Elizabeth Williams, designer Coat Check Chicago

As a graduate of Parson's School of Design I've always been interested in clothing as a form of expression.

However, my skills as a pattern maker and seamstress were forged while creating costumes  some of Chicago's most iconic theatres.

It was during my years as a seamstress that I learned, among other things...

Some of the most beautiful and well-made clothes were constructed decades ago when quality was valued.

Modern garment workers are being extremely undervalued and under-paid.

As a result of a broken fashion system, modern customers were ultimately losing out by having to continually purchase poorly made goods season after season.

With all this in mind I set out to create something better...modern women's outerwear that could be cherished for years to come, not only because of its timeless style but also because of its quality craftsmanship. Since day one, I've pledged to have my pieces ethically-made right here in the City of Chicago.

My coats and jackets have been tried and tested in a city known for its bad weather. Their functionality is just as important to me as their looks.

It's no accident that I am drawn to outerwear as a means of expressing my values. My only hope is that others may take notice and share in them too.