Kelley Mullarkey has a way with words and fashion. She launched the fiercely creative style and culture magazine majestic disorder while living on Chicago’s West Side and now it’s gone global — Mullarkey moved to London two years ago and currently publishes from there. Though she travels the world, Mullarkey’s style stays rooted in Chicago. To celebrate majestic disorder’s third issue and her holiday homecoming, she shared her new and go-to local favorites.
Eat Play Love: “Chicago’s vibrant Theatre District and growing restaurant scene are fantastic places to source inspiration. Dinner at Tru (676 N. Saint Clair) followed by a show is a must every time we come back to visit, [and we make] shopping stops at élu (1211 W. Webster) and Humboldt House (1045 N. California).”
Urban eyes: “Locally, we’ve got our eye on Chicago photographers and frequent travelers Daniel Kelleghan and Kyle La Mere (below). Their bodies of work are incredible and globally driven, yet they still remain so connected to the Chicago community. They are ones to watch.”
Launch and lunch: “This year, Sean [Stillmaker, majestic disorder’s co-founder] and I are really looking forward to seeing Owen + Alchemy (2355 N. Milwaukee) and The Kitchen Chicago (316 N. Clark) develop and take off.”
The city’s best: “I always stock up on [pieces from] local designers while I’m back. I never travel without a piece by Azeeza [Khan] — she makes the best dresses. Chicago is filled with so much talent and it’s been amazing watching the likes of designers such as Khan and Samantha Sleeper grow.”
From Morocco to Chicago: “I was recently traveling around Morocco for our upcoming issue with majestic disorder’s senior writer and fellow former Chicagoan Callahan Tormey. He said the best part about Chicagoans’ style is its basis in practicality and adaptability, while still looking your best. Here we are camping in the Sahara Desert, going to bed freezing and waking up in boiling heat — Chicago’s own errant weather certainly prepares you for a quick costume change.”
Current and past issues of majestic disorder can be purchased at Majesticdisorder.com.