SHOPPER: The new emporium for earthy cashmere and luxe leather comes to North Rush
SHOPPER: The Gold Coast took a hard fall with the economy, but now the high-profile openings show no sign of stopping. Chicago’s toniest shopping district has officially picked itself up and brushed itself off.
“He’s got the talent behind him and the money,” says Kelly Golden, owner of Neapolitan, of Gordon. “It’s a winning formula.” When the promising young designer Wes Gordon launched his fashion line in New York in 2009, it wasn’t long before his elegant, finely crafted clothes caught the eye of buyers from Saks Fifth Avenue … Read more
MAGIC EYE: Two Chicago fashion school grads use movie stills to concoct trippy silk prints
THE DIVA’S NEW DIRECTION: With a celebrated eye and an imperious style, Ikram Goldman turned her high-end Chicago shop into a quasi salon for the rich and well dressed. Now, even as reports surface that she’s no longer outfitting her most famous client, she’s making her boldest move yet—opening a 16,000-square-foot megaboutique that challenges her personalized sales formula
THE MOM BRIGADE: Nettelhorst was a failing educational backwater in Lake View when some determined moms got involved—and sparked a tremendous improvement
A textured cocktail dress, a camel coat, a leopard pump, and more—great pieces from Chicago designers Sam Kori George, Sarah McGuire, Lisa Kingsley, Anna Fong, Shernett Swaby, Kathryn Kerrigan, and Diego Rocha
REVERSAL OF FORTUNE: When the economy slowed, Jake boutique owners Jim Wetzel and Lance Lawson stopped paying their bills. The two are seeking redemption with a new downtown store, but are unpaid designers willing to forgive?
THE HAIR AWARDS: We combed through our network of stylish Chicagoans for this list of 32 recommended salons in the area
The fashion consultant Mark Gill talks tough to deliver the best for his high-profile clients