HPSI, together with Oak Street Bootmakers founder and design director, George Vlagos, will be hosting a professional event on March 15, 2018, at George’s clothing store, Independence.

The son of a Greek immigrant cobbler, George apprenticed at his father’s shoe repair where he learned the craft of shoemaking from an early age. Eight years ago, seeking to preserve the heritage of fine shoemaking through thoughtfully designed and attentively crafted shoes, George founded Oak Street Bootmakers. Oak Street shoes and boots are handcrafted in the USA by shoemakers with over 20 years of experience. The brand is sold worldwide, online (, and also locally at George’s brick and mortar store Independence ( Located in Chicago’s Gold Coast, Independence features the entire Oak Street Bootmakers product line as well as other all-American made brands.

Beer, wine and light appetizers will be served.

In advance: $10 (+ Eventbrite fee)
At the door: $15

Independence (map)
47 E Oak St. Floor 2
Chicago, IL 60611

Independence, Chicago, IL, United States
StartThursday, March 15, 2018 6:00 pm
EndThursday, March 15, 2018 8:00 pm