When Laura Schoch launched the Winnetka staple Gray seven years ago, she specialized in neutral basics-hence the boutique’s name. Over time, her inventory evolved into a more colorful mix of casual pieces, from summery dresses to flowing tops. Now, Gray is evolving further: Schoch has shuttered the Lake Forest shop and opened a new Old Town location in the former Etre space (1361 N. Wells St., 312-573-0750). Expect a familiar aesthetic, featuring soft tees from Krisa in punchy colors like salmon and lime green ($69), and a V-neck dress from T-Bags in a San Tropez-style print ($203). More structured items include a seersucker blazer from Cynthia Steffe ($320), Billy Blue trousers ($272), and a silky empire top from Jully Kang ($88), plus denim from J + Company ($158) and Lucky Brand ($98), and camis from Bordeaux. Highlights from the feminine, delicate jewelry selection include a silver necklace of interlocking circles from Sparkling Sage ($115), silver hoop earrings ($30), and a mesh metalwork cuff ($93). Need to see it to picture it? Drop by the store’s grand opening party, featuring goodie bags and live music, Thursday, June 28th from 5 to 10 p.m.
Denim, Denim, Everywhere . . .
Two major denim outfitters have opened up shops in the city. True Religion (2202 N. Halsted St.; 773-281-9590) stocks its trademark California-style jeans ($172-$319) in as many as 28 washes per look, in sizes up to a 32 waist in women’s and a 38 waist in men’s. The selection also includes capris, skirts, shorts, and jean jackets. Meanwhile, Levi’s (600 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-9613), which opened a second local shop in Evanston (808 Church St.; 847-733-2914) a few months back, is expected to launch a Wicker Park store (1552 N. Milwaukee Ave.) this week. Each location carries jeans in nearly every fit imaginable and a variety of washes, from basics for as low as $45 to higher-end, more fashion-forward styles for $138 to $245.
Top Sales This Week
It’s back, and this time it’s for real: Traveling sample sale Thread Lounge returns to Chicago after pulling a no-show in March. This week’s installment features 60 more designers than the sale’s December visit; the roster includes Joe’s Jeans, Rozae Nichols, Marc Jacobs, Ella Moss, Earnest Sewn, James Perse, Penguin, Kasil, Diane von Furstenberg, and Alice + Olivia, among others. Items are offered at wholesale prices; the sale runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Monday, July 2nd at 912 West Armitage Avenue in Lincoln Park. For a full list of brands, visit www.threadlounge.com.
Following the success of its opening weekend, Chicago Antique Market (1300 block of West Randolph Street) has expanded its run to the last Saturday and Sunday of every month through October. This weekend features a “retro tiki” theme, featuring the one-of-a-kind collection of tiki mavens David and Amy Carter, and runs Saturday, June 30th and Sunday, July 1st from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also new is the Junior Collector’s Club; bring your kids to Plumbers Hall at noon both Saturday and Sunday, and they’ll receive a treasure map and directions for a scavenger hunt with stops at various dealers. Each finisher earns a vintage toy. Admission to the market is $8, free for kids 12 and under; early bird shopping at 7:30 a.m. Saturdays is $20. Visit chicagoantiquemarket.com for more info.
The Best of the Rest
• Ikram (873 N. Rush St.; 312-587-1000), an impeccable shop that rarely offers markdowns, will discount designer items by 40 percent. The sale begins Sunday, July 1st and will continue throughout July or until pieces sell out.
• The twice-yearly Floor Model and More sale kicks off Friday, June 29th at Jayson Home and Garden (1885 N. Clybourn Ave; 773-248-8180) with discounts on upholstered furniture, buffets, cabinets, rugs, home décor, and more. Back-stock furniture and floor models, available for immediate delivery, will go for up to 75 percent off through July 29th.
• The spring/summer clearance sale at Lissa on Maxwell (729 W. Maxwell St.; 312-563-9470) is going on now, with 30 to 50 percent off apparel and up to 70 percent off other merchandise.
• New Wicker Park boutique Bonnie & Clyde’s (1751 W. Division St.; 773-235-2680) holds a grand opening party Thursday, June 28th from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., featuring music and complimentary cocktails.
• From now until the goods are gone, Jade (1557 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-342-5233) hosts its twice-yearly sale featuring 25 to 50 percent off all spring merchandise, including apparel by Ella Moss, Kara Janx, and T-Bags, as well as jewelry, bags, and shoes.
• At G-Star (1525 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-342-2623), current discounts run up to 60 percent off and include select denim. The sale runs through Saturday, June 30th; all sales are final.
• We can pretty much guarantee this bride will be a bitch: In a fundrasier benefiting Animal House Shelter (animalhouseshelter.com), the pet boutique Cody and Carl’s Blvd. (756 W. Northwest Hwy., Barrington; 847-304-7140) hosts a dog wedding, in which a Rhodesian Ridgeback will marry his beloved pug terrier, 1 p.m. Saturday, June 30th. Bring a doggie gift to donate, or buy one at the store for 15 percent off. Already have a dog? Schedule a discounted 15-minute reading with an animal intuitive for $36.50.
• Carol’s Daughters, a nature-inspired hair care, body care, fragrance, and cosmetics line that received Oprah’s stamp of approval last year, now has a shop within a shop at Macy’s State Street location (111 N. State St.; 312-781-1000).