This Week’s Top Story

Coach (625 N. Michigan Ave., will launch its Craftsmanship Bar on November 3. The first of its kind in the Midwest, the bar will offer a range of services for Coach’s leather products—think repair, preservation, and customization. Shoppers can also get their goods cleaned at the bar, free of charge. (Previously, this service had only been available in London, New York, and San Francisco.) And, there’s plenty of eye-candy while you wait: the bar is flanked with vitrines that showcase vintage Coach bags from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. Speaking of decades past, Coach has a vintage auction running online through tomorrow afternoon; check out its rare goods here.

Top Sales This Week

Rebecca Minkoff ( is hosting an online sample sale with discounts of up to 75 percent on clothing, bags, and accessories. Items include a quilted cross-body bag (reduced from $195 to $98) and a royal blue satchel (reduced from $395 to $198).

Fabletics will celebrate the grand opening of its Old Orchard store (4905 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, by offering 20 percent off all purchases Friday through Sunday. The brand, which was co-founded by actress Kate Hudson, offers workout gear for men and women.


Mod + Ethico ( is now open at 27 North Morgan Street. The clothing and lifestyle boutique sells items produced in socially and environmentally responsible ways. Look for a made-in-America, cropped leather jacket ($750), a rose-gold feather necklace ($45), and snakeskin ankle booties ($295).

Brilliant Earth (, which specializes in responsibly sourced jewelry, is set to open its first Midwest showroom at 34 East Oak Street. The 2,000-square-foot shop, which opens in early November, will offer personalized consultations for shoppers seeking engagement and wedding rings, fine jewelry, and vintage pieces.


Monica + Andy ( will open a pop-up shop at Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan Ave.) on November 1. Open through February, the shop will sell clothes, bedding, and accessories for babies and kids. Look out for cute pieces like the cherub baby sweater ($48) and a miniature “moto jacket” made with organic cotton ($58).

Personal Appearance

Karen Fairchild, a member of the popular country band Little Big Town, will appear at Macy’s Water Tower (835 N. Michigan Ave., tomorrow. The singer will promote her new clothing line, Fair Child. With all pieces clocking in at under $150, the Nashville-inspired line offers printed metallic leggings, a studded faux leather motorcycle jacket, and a faux fur coat. The first 200 shoppers to make a purchase will be invited to meet Fairchild and snap a photo with her. And though the appearance begins at 5:30, staffers predict that lines will start forming before then.


Randolph Street Market ( returns to Plumbers Hall (1340 W. Washington St.) with a “Picks N Treats” theme on Saturday and Sunday. With 125 vendors, this run of the market will feature Halloween décor and fun dress-up items. There will also festive snacks (think taffy apples) and an airbrush-tattoo parlor, housed in a 1963 VW bus, from the Field Museum. Find ticket info here.

Health & Beauty

The ACME Hotel (15 E. Ohio St., hosts a pop-up barbershop for Cubs fans (that’s the entire city, these days) tomorrow. Open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the shop will be manned by barber Miguel Rosas of New Style Barbershop. Rosas will give guests free Cubs-logo buzz cuts; for $150, he’ll shave an intricate portrait of a Cubs player into your head. Way to top a baseball cap.

Retail News of the Week

  • Crain’s Chicago Business profiles Kelly Golden, owner of Neapolitan Collection. Read more.
  • Vogue calls the Chicago History Museum’s new exhibition “a long-overdue hometown homage to an autodidactic designer, Main Rousseau Bocher”. Read more.
  • The Chicago-based clothing company Public Rec creates fashion-forward sweatpants for men. Read more.