California Eyewear Brand Comes to Gold Coast

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Oliver Peoples (941 Rush St.; 312-266-9000, oliverpeoples.com), an eyewear company that makes high-end glasses frames and sunglasses that are often spotted on celebrities (including Madonna and Kanye West), opened its first Chicago boutique in July in the Gold Coast. It is the ninth stand-alone store for the brand, which was established in West Hollywood, California in 1986…

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Oliver Peoples (941 Rush St.; 312-266-9000, oliverpeoples.com), an eyewear company that makes high-end glasses frames and sunglasses that are often spotted on celebrities (including Madonna and Kanye West), opened its first Chicago boutique in July in the Gold Coast. It is the ninth stand-alone store for the brand, which was established in West Hollywood, California in 1986. “Chicago always has been a target city for us,” says Larry Leight, the company’s founder and creative director. “It just has been a matter of timing and finding the perfect location.” The Chicago boutique has a similar inventory and interior design as other Oliver Peoples stores (“The boutique’s interior embodies that of the brand itself—simplistic, sartorial and sexy,” says Leight) but features an exclusive pair of specs: the limited edition, 18-karat gold “Oliver Peoples Loves Chicago” Benedict aviator frames ($595). Other notable items include the 1970s-inspired, polarized Blondell sunglasses ($395), as well as the unisex J Gold sunglasses ($395).

 

Top Sales This Week

Donate $75 to the North Shore Auxiliary of Jewish Child & Family Services (jcfs.org) to receive a key card with access to 20 percent discounts on full-priced merchandise at nearly 200 stores and restaurants in Chicago and the suburbs. The key card, good through Saturday, August 20, can be purchased at Sofia (72 E. Oak St.; 312-640-0878, sofiavintage.com), Psychobaby (1630 N. Damen Ave.; 866-545-2815, psychobabyonline.com), and dozens of other boutiques.

CarefulPeach Boutique (1024 N. Boulevard, Oak Park; 708-383-3066, carefulpeach.com) offers 30 percent off all merchandise during its semi-annual sale, Saturday, August 20 through Saturday, August 27.

 

The Best of the Rest

  • Chicago Summer Antiques Show & Sale (dolphinfairs.com/chicagoohareantiques), an annual antiques and fine arts event, returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont; 847-692-2220) this Friday, August 19 through Sunday, August 21. Admission is $10 and grants re-entry all weekend.
  • Equinox (1750 N. Clark St.; 312-254-4000, equinox.com) hosts a Lululemon fashion show during a group fitness event—including food, drinks, and goody bags—for mothers-to-be and recent moms on Wednesday, August 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets, $20 to $50, must be purchased in advance.
  • Save up to 80 percent on all inventory at Nika le butik (143 N. Northwest Hwy., Park Ridge; 847-696-1700, nikabutik.com) during its anniversary sale on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21.
  • The Golden Triangle (330 N. Clark St.; 312-755-1266, goldentriangle.biz) takes up to 70 percent off rare home furnishings and accessories from Thursday, August 18 through Saturday, August 27.
  • Enjoy the latest selection of new and gently used clothing and accessories from Luxury Garage Sale (1656 N. Bosworth Ave.; 773-360-7293, luxurygaragesale.com), along with food and drinks from La Madia, at Oak Street Design Corporation (57 W. Grand Ave.; 312-944-5803, 5oakstreetdesign.net) on Wednesday, August 17 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets, $10, are available online or at the door.
  • Coach hosts flower-arranging workshops by Denise Porcaro, owner of the New York-based flower shop Flower Girl (flowergirlnyc.com), on Friday, August 19 at Macy’s (111 N. State St.; 312-781-1000, visitmacyschicago.com) to celebrate the launch of the Coach Poppy Flower fragrance. Sessions will be held at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. Email skaufman@estee.com to RSVP.
  • Vitaphenol, an anti-aging skin care line that was once available through dermatologists only, now can be purchased online (vitaphenol.com). Find products for dry skin, oily skin, acne-prone skin, and more. Enter code “SAVE20” during checkout for a 20 percent discount.

 

Closings and Relocations

Annie Novotny closed her Pilsen store, Workshop (818 W. 18th St.; 312-226-9000), but her women’s clothing line, Frei, (freidesigns.com) is still available at Post 27 (1819 W. Grand Ave.; 312-829-6122, post27store.com).

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