Ciao, Bella

The Italian sportswear brand Dismero (50 E. Oak St.; 312-380-6590,, opened its United States flagship store in Chicago (the other locations are in Munich, Germany and Verona, Italy) after its owner and designer Andy D’Auria fell in love with the city on a recent trip. The white, refined space creates a neutral backdrop for the luxury line, which is known throughout Europe for a fit that keeps a woman’s curves in mind, particularly in its stretch jeans. The color palette sticks to basics such as navy, taupe, white, and black, with an infusion of yellow coming for spring; each season is intended to match with previous seasons. The soft, mostly machine washable fabrics are chosen with comfort and ease of travel in mind. Jeans range from $219 to $419, such as the denim infused with sparkly silver flecks and silver lining around the pockets ($329). The popular Sarala ruffle shirt, naturally wrinkled for easy packing, goes for $279 and T-shirts are $189. The company’s versatile and patented coat liner can be worn with a coat for extra warmth, or flipped inside out and worn by itself; it also comes with a rabbit and raccoon fur collar ($469). You’ll also find a small selection of jewelry and shoes.

Top Sales This Week

The 39th Annual Winnetka Antiques Show runs March 7th through 9th at the Winnetka Community House (620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka; 847-446-0537) with more than 50 national and international dealers in American, English, and Continental furniture and decorative arts, accessories, jewelry, art, vintage clothing, Oriental rugs, period silver, antiquarian books, and prints. Hours are Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The $15 admission is good for three days.
Hejfina (1529 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-772-0002) holds a warehouse sale on March 7th and 8th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to make room for spring merchandise. Men’s and women’s items will be priced $25, $50, $75, $100, $150, and $200. With purchase, you’ll receive a 10-percent-off coupon to use toward a spring/summer item.

The Best of the Rest

  • The new Ukrainian village pet boutique Spotland Yard (907 N. Damen Ave.; 773-698-6087) caters to West Town’s pooches, with dog beds, collars, leashes, all-natural treats, and a “Barkista” drink bar for cats and dogs, with selections like Doggy Java (a vitamin drink) and doggie churros.
  • See four designers on the rise at the Chicago Fashion Foundation’s first CFF Scholarship award benefit, where the winning designer receives a $2,500 scholarship. The ceremony is March 5th at 6 to 8 p.m. at Macy’s (111 N. State St., 7th fl.) with cocktails, appetizers, a silent auction, and a design competition that takes its inspiration from Project Runway. Tickets range $20 to $40 at or at the door on the night of the event.
  • Northbrook company be.ology carries a line of apparel, candles, and mugs with inspirational messages, and a selection of T-shirts.  Shop online at
  • Macy’s (111 N. State St.; 312-781-1000) holds a suit event for women on March 5th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the fifth floor. Receive a gift with purchase and complimentary alterations up to $50 on suit purchases of $150 or more.
  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early at the opening reception with Hayley McCormick and her line of Ireland photographs at Sacred Art (2040 W. Roscoe St.; 773-404-8790) on March 6th from 6 to 9 p.m. Photos available through March 31st.
  • Handmade Market, a fair featuring jewelry, clothing, handbags, and greeting cards created by local crafters and designers is March 8th from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western Ave.; 773-276-3600,
  • North Shore spa and wellness center Silken Tent (2300 Chestnut Ave., Glenview; 847-510-1240) hosts “Nutrition Myths: Busted!” on March 6th from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with registered dietician Susan Allen offering facts about fat, salt, and cholesterol, and tips for weight loss. A $15 fee includes 15 percent off retail purchases for the night.