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Anna Hovet is a Chicago-based designer known for her streetwear fused with high-end designer style. Choose Chicago got the chance to talk to Hovet about what she's working on, her favorite pieces, and what she loves about Chicago.
 
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How did you get into fashion and design?
 
I've loved art since I was very young. When I was 10 years old I started watching music videos and obsessed over 1990s fashion. Eventually I moved to Chicago and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to study fashion design. Since then I have been on a constant journey to refine and redefine my voice as a designer.
 
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What is your aesthetic? How does that inform the clothing you design?
 
My aesthetic is bold lines and color-blocking. I love to play with seams and colors to manipulate the wearer's silhouette. I primarily work in sweatshirt fleece which has a surprisingly nice drape to it. My signature hoods are oversized with beautifully-draped cowls.

What are you working on currently? Any big upcoming projects?

This past fall, I launched HOVET, a menswear line that was created due a demand from men to make male versions of my existing women's sweatshirts. In the coming weeks, we'll have lower-priced options such as T-shirts and tank tops for summer, which I'm really excited to release.
 
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Why do you like working in Chicago as a designer?

Chicago is a great place for innovators. I value the tight-knit fashion community and the city's support for entrepreneurs. As a major city, Chicago is full of inspiration yet small enough to easily navigate and problem solve.
 
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What's your favorite piece in your current collection?

This year we introduced bamboo fleece sweatpants and I wear them every day. They are incredibly soft and the style is easy to dress up.

What's the future for you and your line?

Overall I plan to continue growing the line to more stores nationally and increasing online presence.
 
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Where are your favorite places to shop in Chicago?

I love shopping at the boutiques that carry my line because they stock many other wonderful local designers. To see the full list of our retailers click here.