Launched in 2014 by luxury consignment brand eDrop-Off (2117 N. Halsted St., shopedropoff.com), The Collection is—well—a collection of new and gently used clothing and accessories. Representing a slew of high-end labels, the line features everything from a graffiti-inspired Chanel umbrella ($475) to a pleated-silk shift dress from Celine ($445) and jeweled sunglasses from Prada ($349). Displayed online, the inventory changes constantly as new products arrive and others leave the virtual shelves—or, as of June 22, off the real shelves in a brand new retail space.
When eDrop-Off founder Corri McFadden opened a pop-up shop for The Collection in the Gold Coast, shoppers took kindly to the high-design merchandise. Based on the success of the pop-up, McFadden decided to make The Collection a permanent shop, and opened it within eDrop-Off’s Lincoln Park headquarters last week. (The Gold Coast pop-up has closed.)
At 1,500 square feet, the new retail area has clothing displayed on custom floating racks and shoes and handbags resting on steel-and-glass shelves. There are built-in TV screens and plush seating to encourage hangout time.
McFadden says her summertime must-haves include short, lightweight jumpsuits (worn with flat sandals by day or a leather jacket and heels by night); sandals with short, chunky heels; and matching sets. For on-trend pieces currently in stock, McFadden points to a fringed, purple python shoulder bag from Gucci ($1,650), butterfly-print sunglasses from Valentino ($299), and woven leather sandals from Proenza Schouler ($525.)