This Week’s Top Story
Frank & Oak (frankandoak.com), a Montreal-based, online clothing brand for men, will open a pop-up shop at 1953 West Wabansia Avenue on August 8. The brand’s second brick-and-mortar location in the States was selected via an online campaign that let customers decide where they’d like to check out the e-tailer live. Unlike most pop-up shops, this one will operate for at least a year, and there will be an option for the clothier to renew the lease at the end of the trial run. New collections launch each month, and items include outerwear, blazers and suits, shoes, bags and wallets, and more.
Top Sales this Week
Bloomingdale’s (900 N. Michigan Ave., bloomingdales.com) is hosting its Endless Summer sale through August 9. Clothing for men, women, and kids, as well as shoes and accessories, are marked down by as much as 80 percent.
On Oak Street, Parisian brand Maje (70 E. Oak St., us.maje.com) is offering up to 60 percent off spring and summer styles. Find a brightly patterned jacquard fabric coat (reduced from $660 to $330), linen and silk printed trousers (reduced from $355 to $177.50), and a soft tie-dye scarf (reduced from $155 to $77.)
Next door, Maje’s sister store Sandro (sandro-paris.com) is also hosting a sale, featuring up to 60 percent off on spring and summer merchandise for men and women. Items include a lacy orange top (reduced from $225 to $112.) The sales at both Sandro and Maje will run indefinitely.
Menswear store Ike Behar (67 E. Oak St., ikebehar.com) is running a season-end sale. The deals? Take 35 percent off a single item, and 50 percent off two items. Discounts apply to suits, pants, jeans, sports coats, and knits.
On August 6, Saks Fifth Avenue (700 N. Michigan Ave., saksfifthavenue.com) will put on an Escada trunk show. The show runs until 3 p.m. and offers a peek at the label’s pre-fall and fall collections.
Neiman Marcus (737 N. Michigan Ave., neimanmarcus.com) hosts a trunk show for Armenta on August 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The accessories brand has a new “Old World” collection, which features items such as an oval moonstone ring ($1,290) and a diamond and sapphire bangle ($1,990).
Enaz in Northfield (309 Happ Rd., enaz.com) will preview new, exotic-skin handbags from local brand J. Markell Designs on August 12. Scheduled for 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., the trunk show will also offer in-store discounts and an opportunity to meet J. Markell designer Julie Neff.
Retail News of the Week
- Persimmon, now open in Wilmette, offers exotic-feeling clothing and gifts—as well as an in-store pastry bar. Read more.
- More than 40 percent of Neiman Marcus shoppers are millionaires. Read more.
- Gabby Sidibe gave a fun interview about style and Empire while she's living in Chicago. Read more.
- Saks Off Fifth is opening on State Street next spring. Read more.