Designers: Elizabeth Del Castillo and Kelly Whitesell
Background: Kelly Whitesell and Elizabeth Del Castillo both attended the University of Indiana’s Apparel Merchandising program. In addition, Whitesell studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Design Aesthetic: Eskell’s signature look focuses on vintage with a contemporary twist. “Kelly has more of an edgier look and I’m more feminine so we mix modern with vintage,” says Del Castillo.
Designer Inspirations: Alexander Wang’s edgy and modern designs and Narciso Rodriguez’s classic and feminine aesthetic.
Chicago Inspirations: One of their biggest sources of inspiration is their customer. “I always keep in mind the functionality of clothing,” Del Castillo says. “People in Chicago dress appropriately to the weather and are more casual in that way.”
On being a designer in Chicago: Setting up shop in Chicago has allowed Whitesell and Del Castillo to find a distinct niche. “It’s so beautiful to provide something that’s creative and unique,” Del Castillo says.
What’s New: Whitesell is currently creating a new solo line of affordable cotton dresses so that customers can go easy on the wallet without sacrificing style.
Find Eskell at Eskell, 1509 N. Milwaukee and online at eskell.com
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