Leaders has stood as the epicenter of Chicago’s streetwear, hip-hop, and creative scenes since opening its doors in 2002. Not only does the shop keep the latest sneakers, but its branded apparel makes the place a one-stop-shop to cop a complete fit. Beyond the sneakers and gear, owner Corey Gilkey served as a mentor to creatives in the city, many of whom got their start working on the store’s retail floor. Pay homage by spending a few dollars to make sure he and Leaders remain around to teach future generations.
The Leaders “1354” story was created in 2002 at 1354 E. 53rd Street, the Historical Hyde Park neighborhood, where our vision of selling conscious customers an item that they identified as either art or part of their own story. Where the brand name did not matter but the message was everything!