This Week’s Top Story
After an expansive renovation, Gucci (900 N. Michigan Ave., gucci.com) reopens its Chicago flagship on Friday. The space—which has an added second floor and now covers more than 10,000 square feet—stocks the complete collections of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, shoes, jewelry, and accessories; it also carries the Gucci children’s collection and Gucci beauty. Initially unveiled in Milan, Gucci’s new design concept mixes contrasting materials—think velvet armchairs and layered oriental rugs—with industrial-style display units.
Top Sales This Week
Attention, brides-to-be: Diana’s Bridal (4646 Oakton St., Skokie, dianasbridalboutique.com) will have its “Blow Out Sample Sale” from November 16 to 21. Dresses will be 50 to 70 percent off; book appointments here.
Joe’s Jeans at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago (5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont, joesjeans.com) has relocated to a new space within the mall. To celebrate, the brand will host a grand reopening event on Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. There will be hors d’oeuvres, champagne, and 20 percent discounts on all items.
Also at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, the Bloomingdale’s outlet store is holding a friends and family sale through Sunday. Nearly all sale and full-priced merchandise for men, women, and kids will be 25 percent off; fashion and fine jewelry is an additional 20 percent off the lowest marked price.
Earlier this week, Dr. Martens opened a new boutique at 1133 North State Street. The store carries the line’s sturdy shoes for men, women, and children; there’s also a small selection of shoes made with vegan leather.
Upscale women’s boutique Chalk (2611 Prairie Ave., Evanston, chalkboutique.com) is planning a trunk show for jewelry line Ash + Ames (ashandames.com), which supports female artisans around the world. On Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., shoppers will score flutes of bubbly and have the chance to win a pave diamond quill necklace.
On Thursday, Bucktown boutique Robin Richman (2108 N. Damen Ave., robinrichman.com) holds a trunk show for local brands Andrea Reynders and Misanthrope. Reynders’s collection focuses on reconstructed garments for women; Misanthrope offers edgy, unisex designs. The designers’ collections will be 15 percent off during the show, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m.
Women’s boutique Muse (106 N. Marion St., Oak Park, museoakpark.com) will host a trunk show and launch party for Mary Marigold jewelry this evening from 5 to 8 p.m. The line is by local designer Danielle Stotts, who makes her pieces using materials such as recycled brass, sterling silver, and vintage glass.
Rocky + Luella, which was formerly located in Logan Square, has reopened at a new location (1919 W. Chicago Ave., rockyandluella.com) in Ukrainian Village. The shop stocks minimalist wardrobe staples for men and women, and labels include Bridge & Burn from Portland and Native Youth from the U.K.
Dose Market (dosemarket.com), which focuses on food and fashion, will hold a “mini market” at Soho House (113–125 N. Green St.) on Sunday. The market will feature made-in-Chicago items designed for holiday gifting and entertaining; it runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find ticket information here.
The Junior League of Chicago’s Gazebo Holiday Market (jlchicago.org) will pop up at Block 37 (108 N. State St.) on Saturday. Right across from the new Latinicity, the market will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; its 50 vendors will sell beauty products, jewelry, holiday cards, and more. There’s a $10 suggested donation at the door.
Up for a little road trip? In Oswego, Emerson Creek Pottery & Tearoom (5126 Stephens Rd., ecreekpotteryandtearoom.com) will host its holiday market on Saturday and Sunday. The shopping event features 30 vendors selling jewelry, hairpieces, aprons, and bags. Tickets are $3 at the door.
Retail News of the Week
- Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th will open two new Chicago locations in spring 2016. Read more.
- Jewelry designer Alexis Bittar says that Chicago is one of the “top cities in the world for sales in fashion.” Read more.
- Tokyo Fashion Week highlighted lace and floral patterns for spring/summer 2016. Read more.