HISTORY AKIRA first opened in 2002 as one Women's boutique in the trendy Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago and is owned by Eric Hsueh, Erikka Wang, Sarah Hughes, and Gordon Liao. AKIRA offers a full-line of Women's clothing, footwear, and accessories, carrying brands such as adidas, Champion, I.AM.GIA and even our own private labels. Over the years, AKIRA has expanded to 32 stores (with more stores on the way!), and a website serving customers around the world. Known for statement-making, uber-trendy pieces and expert service, AKIRA is the shopping destination for anyone who loves to turn heads at the party. WHY THE NAME AKIRA? AKIRA is "Erikka" spelled backwards, with the letters switched around a little. Like Oprah and Harpo. The name was thought of within maybe ten minutes. Even with three months of afterthought, trying to think of something better, we ultimately ended up sticking with AKIRA. DEDICATION AKIRA will always represent Chi-town (ahem, Chicago) in the fashion world. Up until now, fashion in America has primarily focused on the East and West Coast. AKIRA is determined to change this mindset with original thinking and an emphasis on strong designers and curated styles. We are working hard to heighten awareness across the country and put Chicago on the Fashion Map.