When I met jewelry designer Laura Lombardi last month at the Dose Market, we discussed whether men or women were more drawn to her androgynous pieces. I also discovered she had roots in New York City and admired her body art. I still had questions for Lombardi, whose work has been admired in just about every women’s mag—from Martha Stewart Living to Bust—so I followed up with her via email.
1444 N. Wells, (312)664-2222
Goods: Men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry and accessories. Designers: Genetic, Citizens of Humanity, Ella Moss, Splendid and Junk Food are all in rotation at this premium denim boutique. Owner: 25-year-old Mallory Ulaszek may be young, but when it comes to denim, she knows her stuff. “I’ve been shopping for premium denim since I was like, 10!” she says. Vibe: Loud tunes and bright colors put the final spin on this edgy little shop – it’s a total rocker’s paradise. Price Range: Moderate to Inexpensive. The Look: Rock and roll all the way. Amongst the Jimi Hendrix tees and record-based display cases you’ll find everything you need to channel your inner superstar. Bring back the ’80′s with some acid-wash jeans, or go back a little further with a hip tye-dye scarf: no matter what decade you’re going for, Ulaszek pays homage to it Shopper’s Perks: All of the art is up for grabs – all you have to do is ask!
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900 N. Michigan, Level 3, (312)944-0040 [ratings]
Goods: Men’s and women’s denim, shoes and accessories. Designers: The store houses thirty women’s denim brands and twenty men’s, including C.R.A.F.T. Denim, Hudson, G-Star, Rebecca Minkoff, House of Harlow, Naked & Famous, Nobody and Grace Sun to name a few. Read the rest of this entry »
4161 N. Lincoln, (773)525-4400, embellishchicago.com [ratings]
Goods: Women’s jewelry and accessories. Designers: Rebecca Zemans, Anne-Marie Chagnon, Ubuntu, David Aubrey, Bellissima. Read the rest of this entry »
UPDATE: The current version of this listing is found here.
5668 N. Clark, (773)447-8527, mrandmrsdigz.com
Goods: Men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and gifts. Designers: Mixing couture vintage with great new finds, you can find everything from classic Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel to fun tees, hoodies and frocks from labels like Eva May, Nabi and Corporate Punk. Read the rest of this entry »
75 E. Walton, (312)440-0044, sabbia.com [ratings]
Goods: Fine jewelry and accessories. Designers: Dodo by Pomellato, Alex Sepkus, Yossi Harari, Lina Fanourakis. Read the rest of this entry »
200 E. Delaware, Unit C, (312)335-1353, urbanstyleemporium.com [ratings]
Goods: Formerly known as Only She, the store has expanded from women’s clothing and accessories to also include gifts and art. Designers: Lorain Croft, Elm Design and Ivan Grundahl. Read the rest of this entry »
900 N. Michigan, 5th Floor, (312) 867-0900, yolandalorente.com [ratings]
Goods: Women’s apparel and accessories. Designers: All of the clothing is hand-painted and designed by the store’s namesake, with jewelry from local artist Elaine Fisher. Read the rest of this entry »
1253 W. 18th, (312)927-3535 [ratings]
Goods: Paintings, jewelry, scarves, vintage and handmade accessories. Designers: JenStyle, Sherry Lou, Natalie Prazen, il Jocale, Jewelry by Jessica, Happenstance, Kaley Kouture and more. Owners: Anne Marie Garza and Jennifer Lorenz. Vibe: Artsy. In the heart of the art district, the store’s décor is loud—bright orange walls are adorned with colorful paintings and sheet metal surrounds the door. Price Range: Inexpensive. The owners and their designers wanted prices “that fit the current economy.” The Look: Cultured. Many of the pieces are inspired by Meso-American culture in particular, or have been influenced by the designers travels. Shopper’s Perks: The prices. You can find a lot of great stuff for under $20!
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009
Bella Chica, 1253 W. 18th
2027 N. Damen, (773)292-1120, hunnyjewelry.com [ratings]
Goods: Clothing, accessories and jewelry for women. Owner: Charyl Witz of Hunny Jewelry. Designers: Clothing from J Brand, Serfontaine, RYU, Testament, Jenny Han and Fluxus; jewelry from Lulu Frost, ToyWatch, Pyrrah and Lana. Vibe: The exterior black-and-white sign is a nod to the interior’s elegance. Inside the neutrally decorated shop, jewelry is housed in sophisticated armoires, chandeliers radiate glamor and displays feature combined clothing and jewelry for ensemble inspiration. Price Range: Inexpensive-Expensive. The Look: A gal who has her act together, she effortlessly combines current trends with classic pieces. Head to Juicy Wine Company for a glass of vino, then Piccolo Sogno for Italian. Shopper’s Perks: Witz is abreast of the latest Hollywood trends.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009