Recession Roadkill: Maria Pinto

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In what is certainly turning 2010 into the winter of fashion discontent, the onetime Michelle Obama fave Maria Pinto told the Sun-Times she is closing up shop.

Recession Roadkill 2010, part 2

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City Soles has announced they’ll be closing their location at 3432 N. Southport on February 15. The Bucktown location, 2001 W. North, remains unharmed.

Recession Roadkill: Ultimo

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Crains is reporting that Chicago’s onetime non plus ultra boutique, Ultimo, will throw in the towel at the end of this month. Though the store no longer enjoyed the primacy in the zeitgeist it wielded under founding owner Joan Weinstein, its closing is still a loss of prestige for Oak Street.

Borrow a Dress Couture

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IMG_5045UPDATE: As of January 2010, Borrow A Dress Couture has closed.

3221 N. Sheffield, (773)904-8735, [ratings]

Goods: Women’s dresses, purses and outerwear, available for rent or for purchase. Designers: Vera Wang, Cassandra Stone, Alexander McQueen, Jessica London, Marc Bouwer, Dolce & Gabbana and Marchesa. Read the rest of this entry »

Recession Roadkill, part 6

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In the process of fact-checking and updating our semi-annual print edition, we confirmed that the following boutiques have closed or are closing: A Cooler Planet, Ciao Bella, Eva May (moved her designs into Mr. & Mrs. Digz), Grace, Guise/Chic, Hip Fit, Hejfina, Mint Boutique, Only She (reincarnated as Urban Style Emporium in a new location), Pivot, Plein Aire, Revolver, Soko Fashion, Untitled closed its Evanston store and Verse closed its Bucktown location with plans to reopen in the West Loop next spring.

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SERPICO boutique

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UPDATE: As of January 2012, Serpico has closed.

1514 N. Ashland, (773)252-5940,
Goods: Womenswear and accessories. Owner: Melissa Serpico Kamhout is also the designer of the eponymous boutique. Read the rest of this entry »

Seventy Five Shoes

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UPDATE: As of January 2012, Seventy Five Shoes has closed.

2506 1/2 N. Clark, (773)549-7663,
Goods: Women’s shoes and accessories. Designers: A variety of old standbys from Chinese Laundry, Naughty Monkey and Carlos Santana mixed in with some new favorites like Not Rated, Michael Antonio, Shoes for Lovely People, Anne Michelle and Bamboo. Read the rest of this entry »


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UPDATE: As of January 2012, all Skinstinct locations have closed.

5135 N. Clark, (773)506-7343, 845 N. Michigan, 4th Floor, (312)202-0708, 3343 N. Broadway, (773)857-6900,
Goods: Men’s and women’s organic clothing, fabric care, skin care and home accents. Read the rest of this entry »

Recession Roadkill, part 5

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In the course of doing the fact-checking for our semi-annual print edition we discovered that the following stores had also closed since last fall: Andina Buenos Aires (closing this month), Armadio, Cerulean 1, Eliana Lily, Entendre Couture, G’bani (moving to Old Town), The Gourmet Clothing Company, Kachi Bachi, Sugar Magnolia.

Jake closed its Southport location, Leaders closed its Bronzeville location but opened in River North. And Veruca Salt also opened a new location in River North.

Recession Roadkill, part 4: Old Town

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Wells Street has been particularly hard hit by the ailing economy: the following stores have closed: Gray, One Yellow Shoe, Trend for Men and Uri Boutique