A Julien David outfit
A Julien David outfit available at SPACE in Nordstrom. Photo: Courtesy of Nordstrom

This Sales This Week

The Mag Mile Nordstrom (55 E. Grand Ave., nordstrom.com) is now one of four Nordstrom stores to house SPACE, a shop featuring items by emerging designers from around the world. The in-store boutique, filled with hot pink mannequins and neon mirrors, offers accessories, shoes, and apparel from fashion-forward labels such as Simone Rocha and Creatures of the Wind.

Anne Fontaine (908 N. Michigan Ave., annefontaine.com), the French brand best known for its chic white shirts, is offering 30 to 50 percent off its summer goods. Discounted merchandise, on the floor indefinitely, includes shirts, dresses, shoes, and belts. Keep an eye out for fall wardrobe additions like the Ludmilla macramé mini jacket ($297 from $595).

Kate Spade (900 N. Michigan Ave., katespade.com) has a small sales rack filled with summer merchandise discounted by 30 to 40 percent. Selections include a geranium-hued, open-back mini dress ($256 from $428), a Chanel-esque pocketed cardigan ($278 from $398), and an embellished “cupcake-skirt” dress ($299 from $528).

Headed somewhere beachside for Labor Day? Calypso St. Barth (50 E. Oak St., calypsostbarth.com) is offering 30 to 60 percent off hand-beaded caftans ($639 from $795), straw sun hats ($149 from $200), and linen cardigans ($189 from $250). The sale runs indefinitely.


On Wednesday, men’s grooming emporium The Art of Shaving opened a new location at Fashion Outlets of Chicago (5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont, fashionoutletschicago.com). The stately shop, decked in tiled floors and tufted leather furniture, sells essential-oil-based products and luxury shaving instruments such as razors and brushes.

Margaret O’Leary (850 W. Armitage Ave., margaretoleary.com), a San Francisco–based brand specializing in knitwear, has a new store in Lincoln Park. The fall 2015 collection is inspired by California’s coastline, and contains cashmere jackets, skinny cardigans, and crewneck sweaters.

Kit and Ace (821 W. Fulton Mkt., kitandace.com) will open its first Chicago outpost in the West Loop next month. The line offers sporty apparel made with luxury fabrics. Fun fact: Kit and Ace owners JJ and Shannon Wilson are the son and wife of Lululemon’s, er, colorful founder Chip Wilson.


American Apparel (46 E. Walton St., store.americanapparel.net) will close its Gold Coast location on September 9. Until then, everything in the shop is 50 percent off. Find daisy-pattern jean shorts (originally $20), v-neck shirts (originally $24) and—for that Britney Halloween costume?—plaid schoolgirl-style skirts (originally $65).


Randolph Street Market (1340 W. Washington St., randolphstreetmarket.com) returns for its “Surf’s Up Vintage Hawaii Summer Lovin”-theme iteration on Saturday and Sunday. The market will showcase vintage and antique goods from more than 300 vendors, and crafty bloggers including Melody Smith will lead D.I.Y. demos. Festivities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

Dose Market (dosemarket.com) will take over the fifth floor of Soho House (113 N. Green St.) on Sunday. The vendor lineup includes La Bella Figura and Spirit Tea. Tickets, $10, must be reserved in advance.

Retail News of the Week

  • According to the Chicago Tribune, fall’s top fashion trends include patterned tights, 1960s-style looks, and Victorian inspiration. Read more.
  • South Loop–based fashion designer Tommy Walton, who recently appeared on MasterChef, is working on a Creole cookbook and may launch a style website. Read more.
  • Saks Fifth Avenue’s Michigan Avenue flagship store is now selling Burberry footwear. Read more.