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Vintage Couture Resale Shop Hits West Loop

Fashion Flashback
When the Midwest native Kelsey Tanner-O’Connor moved to Paris at age 18, she fully realized her love for vintage and couture fashion. But that doesn’t mean it’s where all her money went…

Fashion Flashback

When the Midwest native Kelsey Tanner-O’Connor moved to Paris at age 18, she fully realized her love for vintage and couture fashion. But that doesn’t mean it’s where all her money went. “I was raised a farm girl, and I didn’t have a bank account to finance the habit,” she says. Instead, the former model collected gently used or never worn clothing and accessories from a variety of sources—estate sales, dealers, and auctions—eventually leading her to open Décollage (1219 W. Madison St.; 312-226-8087, shopdecollage.com) this past March. “My whole concept is to make people feel like they are not in a vintage store,” says Tanner-O’Connor, who decorated the space with 1920s Vogue covers and dress form mannequins. “I want it to feel like you’re walking into a store from the 1940s and 1950s, not a store from 2011 with clothing from the 1940s and 1950s.” The current inventory spans across several decades, including a 1930s black chiffon asymmetric cocktail dress with shoulder strap detail ($249), a 1960s pink shift dress with pearl and rhinestone detail ($78), a 1970s orange dragon print dress ($48), and a 1980s Bill Blass customized suit ($134). If you don’t see something you like, just ask Tanner-O’Connor. “My husband and I own the building, and I have 2,000 square feet of storage filled with other pieces,” she says.


Top Sales This Week

The International Academy of Design & Technology (iadtchicagoimagine.com) hosts its annual student fashion show, Imagine 2011, on Thursday, May 19th, at 8 p.m. Held at the UIC Forum (725 W. Roosevelt Rd.; 312-413-9875), the event features more than 100 student designs, a performance from musician Kristinia DeBarge, and an appearance by Miss Illinois USA 2011, Angela Sparrow. To buy tickets ($25 to $30), e-mail iadtimagine@iadtchicago.com or call 312-980-9242.

Find new and gently used women’s clothing, shoes, hats, accessories, and more during the second annual closet clearance sale at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (756 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 312-243-9088, art.org) on Saturday, May 21st, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Best of the Rest

  • Virtu (2034 N. Damen Ave.; 773-235-3790, virtuchicago.com) holds the opening reception for an Anne Sportun spring trunk show with 10 percent off the designer’s jewelry on Friday, May 20th, from 4 to 8 p.m. The trunk show continues through Sunday, May 22nd.
  • In conjunction with Feisty Kitten Showroom, Annie O (324 N. Leavitt St., suite 200; 312-421-8676, annieo.net) holds its spring sample sale with 20 percent off wholesale prices on pieces from Tulle, Topin, Scrapbook, and more, as well as a less-than-$10 section on Thursday, May 19th, from 12 to 7 p.m. Cash only.
  • Green Home Experts (823 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park; 708-660-1443, ghexperts.com) and other eco-friendly Oak Park businesses partake in Earth Fest 2011 on Saturday, May 21st, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oak Park Public Works Center (201 S. Blvd., Oak Park; 708-358-5700). The event includes clothing and gardening items as well as health services and entertainment. For more information about the fest, visit oak-park.us/earthfest or call 708-660-1443.
  • Find clothing and accessories from around the world during the fair trade fashion show at Greenheart Shop (1911 W. Division St.; 312-264-1625, greenheartshop.org) on Saturday, May 21st, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Krista K (3458 N. Southport Ave.; 773-248-1967, kristak.com) and Krista K Maternity + Baby (3530 N. Southport Ave.; 773-248-4477) celebrate nine years with 20 percent discounts and refreshments Friday, May 20th, through Sunday, May 22nd.
  • White Chicago (222 W. Huron St.; 312-397-1571, whitechicago.com) hosts a Lori London trunk show of veils and headpieces on Friday, May 20th, and Saturday, May 21st, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Save 10 percent off any Lori London purchase at the event.
  • The Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence (driehausdesign.org) features fashion designs from local student, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction at 700 South Des Plaines Avenue on Friday, May 20th, at 6 p.m.



After five years, Anjenu (1747 W. Division St.; 773-469-2212, anjenu.com) will close its bricks-and-mortar store to focus on expanding its selection of wedding invitations. Until the closing date—Sunday, May 29th—get 35 to 75 percent off everything in the boutique.


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