1101 West Fulton, (312)226-4565, shopfixchicago.com [ratings]
Goods: Casual, professional and semiformal clothing for women and men. Owners: After working in retail for years, sisters Maggie and Jennifer Gelber decided that it was time to be their own bosses and run their own store in their own town. Read the rest of this entry »
After working in retail for years, sisters Maggie and Jennifer Gelber decided that it was time to be their own bosses and run their own store in their own town in the heart of the meatpacking district at Fulton Market. Raised in the suburbs of Chicago and inspired by their fashionista mother and the fashionable people they saw walking down the street, the Gelber sisters have always loved clothes and admired the people they knew who wore them well. But their concern was that fashion often wasn’t made for real people, and didn’t work with an ordinary lifestyle, which is why they established Fix boutique with “Chicago on the brain,” Jennifer says.
Jennifer noted that many of the styles she and her sister saw at fashion shows would not work for her family and friends. Because of crazy Chicago weather and a distinctive Midwestern fashion sense, Jennifer argues that Chicagoans need a fashion boutique for Chicagoans, and that is why she and Maggie handpicked each clothing item with a particular person or a particular situation in mind, customizing the clothes for lifestyles and people rather than trends. Read the rest of this entry »
Daily Candy is reporting the presence of a brand spankin’ new accessories boutique in Lincoln Park. Aberle has taken up residence in the old Isabella Fine Lingerie space, and displayed among the charming vintage decor you’ll find handbags from Rebecca Minkoff and Katherine Kwei, jewelry from Me & Ro and Sydney Evan, and gorgeous flats and heels from Loeffler Randall, Sigerson Morrison and Cynthia Vincent.
Now that’s an all-star lineup that rivals anything coming out of Wrigley or US Cellular Fields.
2035 N. Damen, (773)489-1311, roslynboutique.com [ratings]
Goods: Women’s clothing and accessories. Designers: Nicholas K, Elizabeth and James, Steven Alan, Demy Lee, Loeffler Randall. Owner: Former clothing buyer and merchandiser Roslyn Dulyapaibul’s Bucktown boutique focuses on up-and-coming designers out of New York and LA. Vibe: Clothing is divided by designer, and a framed bio hangs next to each rack, giving the room an art-gallery feel, while a comfy couch and paint-splattered chairs add a dose of cozy living room. Price Range: Moderate-Expensive. The Look: Clean, simple pieces that flatter the frame. Comfortable yet sophisticated. Dinner at Publican, followed by drinks at The Wit. Shopper’s Perks: Individuality. Many of the designers carried here are exclusive in Chicago to Roslyn. Dulyapaibul also orders no more than four of each piece, and brings in new items every three weeks or so.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009