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So You’re A ‘Furry’? This Bridgeport Manufacturer Helps You Look The Part.

This Bridgeport company sells full-body animal suits.

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Lemonbrat has grown rapidly in recent years--the company uses every inch of the two converted apartments where it operates.

Manuel Martinez

One of Chicago’s most intriguing small businesses is located in two apartments on a residential street in the city’s Bridgeport neighborhood.

“Lemonbrat” is a boutique manufacturer that makes fursuits: full body stylized animal attire worn by a group of people who call themselves “furries.”

The furry subculture has been around since at least the early 1990s, and it’s popular: Midwest Furfest, held annually in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, claims it had over 10,000 attendees last year.

Lemonbrat’s suits retail for up to $5000. The company’s team of sixteen taylors, designers, and molders churn out twenty to thirty suits a month--they say they’re one of the largest fursuit makers in the country.

WBEZ documented Lemonbrat’s fursuit-making process in the photos below.

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