It’s Friday night, and the Logan Square Auditorium is playing host to the first of two nights for the Chicago Grand Prix-an underground fashion and music event thrown together by promoter-by-way-of-finance-sabbatical Rebecca Austin. Seduced by her travels and experiences watching art, fashion and music collide at festivals and concerts, Austin created Grand Prix Productions to give a boost to the talent she hopes to foster or bring to Chicago.
“You have to pick what it is you love and contribute that,” she explains cheerfully, seemingly unperturbed by the sparse crowd grooving to the fashion show after-party. Upstairs in the balcony, artists and volunteers mingle. DJ Logic relaxes after his set with a bottle of Crown Royal that has just been placed in his hands while Eliot Lipp lies in wait, working through the remnants of the spread next to the bar which has been reduced to a few odd stalks of celery and empty beer cans. Read the rest of this entry »
3131 W. Logan, (312)698-8685, wolfbaitchicago.com [ratings]
Goods: Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories. Designers: Owners Shirley Novak and Jenny Stadler’s respective lines—Bruiser and Brazen Judy—plus 150 other local designers, including Squasht (apparel and hats), BroadStreet (jewelry made from recycled items) and Art Gecko (charms, necklaces and jewelry). Owners: Novak and Stadler opened the shop to showcase made-in-Chicago wares. Vibe: This DIYers’ wonderland is decked out with hardware draped in homemade accessories like charm necklaces and origami earrings. Price Range: Inexpensive-Moderate. The Look: The sort of lady who sports a bracelet made from recycled license plates and turns heads at the Pitchfork Music Festival. Shopper’s Perks: Sign up for the mailing list on their Web site and receive a coupon once a month good for twenty-percent off regular-priced merchandise.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009
Wolfbait & B-Girls
2639 W. Fullerton, (773)772-2007 [ratings]
Goods: Men’s and women’s designer resale and vintage clothing, jewelry, hats, shoes, coats and gift items like soaps and lotions. Designers: Marc Jacobs, Prada, Franco Sarto, Armani and dozens of vintage labels. Owner: Maria Morales took her personal collection of vintage items and filled a vacant storefront in her Logan Square building. Vibe: The hundreds of items are displayed in an organized clutter. Gorgeous pieces pull your attention from all corners, but Morales helps narrow the search for those on a mission. Price Range: Moderate. The Look: Like you just stepped out of a 1940s fashion magazine. Head-to-toe vintage makes a splash at a cocktail party, while an old-time purse or necklace is eye-catching anywhere you go. Shopper’s Perks: Morales takes consignment.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009