This Week’s Top Story

Los Angeles–based Aether ( has opened its first Chicago pop-up at 918 West Randolph Street. Referred to as an “outpost,” the minimalistic, 1,200-square-foot space is also the first local spot to sell Aether's products. The brand is best known for its high-tech outerwear, but it also sells full collections for men and women — everything from t-shirts and pants to accessories. Notably, this winter, the company plans to roll out its first-ever mountain boot. If you’re more of a rider than a hiker, here’s an inside tip: the Chicago store has a Ronin 47 motorcycle on display — and it’s for sale.

Top Sales This Week

Rent the Runway ( hosts its Pop Up Chicago Sample Sale at Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan Ave.) September 5 through 14. On Level 2 of the shopping center, the pop-up offers designer clothing, handbags, and accessories for up to 90 percent off.

Nordstrom Rack’s ( Clear the Rack event wraps up today. The promotion offers an additional 25 percent off “red-tag” clearance items, resulting in 75 percent off pieces from designers such as Rebecca Minkoff and Tory Burch. Find local stores here.


Anthropologie ( has launched a 70-piece home collection in collaboration with Soho Home. The Anthropologie store at 111 East Chicago Avenue carries select pieces from the line, which includes ottomans, beds, chairs, and more — all inspired by the historic Soho House locations in London and Greece. Peep the collection here.

Retail News of the Week

  • Hindman’s Haute Couture & Luxury Fall Fashion auction will feature Christian Dior clothing worn by actress Olivia De Havilland. Read more.
  • Isabel Toledo, who designed clothing for Michelle Obama, has died. Read more.
  • Virgil Abloh designed a new capsule collection of handbags to be sold exclusively at the MCA. Read more.