Bonnie & Clyde’s

-Menswear, -Womenswear, Wicker Park/Ukrainian Village No Comments »

1751 W. Division, (773)235-2680, shopbonnieandclydes.com [ratings]
Goods: Men’s and women’s clothing, accessories jewelry and graphic art. Designers: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, MB_999, Alexander McQueen Puma, Michel Berandi, Rick Owens, Injury, Adidas, Y-3 and Billy Kirk for accessories. Owner: Artist and former Columbia College student Stephen Naparstek began his shop to combine his two passions: art and fashion. Vibe: The store is inspired by the gallery-boutique hybrids of Miami and Paris and showcases cutting-edge clothing alongside pop surrealism art. Price Range: Moderate-Expensive. The Look: Edgy and eye-catching with punk-rock flair. Shopper’s Perks: Shoppers are treated to a variety of beverages while they shop.

UPDATED OCTOBER 2009

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Self-Conscious

-Mens Shoes, -Menswear, -Women's Shoes, -Womenswear, Near West No Comments »

1021 W. Lake, (312)633-4000 [ratings]
Goods: Men’s and women’s footwear; baseball caps, zip-up hoodies and tees. Designers: Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Timberland shoes; Artful Dodger, Levi’s, Akoo and Rich Yung clothing. Owner: Percy Gibson helms this West Side boutique in addition to his North Side sneaker shop, Encore. Price Range: Moderate-Expensive. Vibe: The store is tricked-out bachelor pad meets upscale boutique. The front is filled with high-end footwear displayed like art, a big-screen TV, couches and a well-kept bar waits in back. The Look: Sneaker-head heaven—the walls are even decked out in autographed hip-hop photos. Shopper’s Perks: The store is open until midnight on the weekends, and a party vibe permeates the shop as the night goes on. Also, Self-Conscious is one of five stores in the Midwest to have a quick strike account with Nike, meaning that highly coveted shoes show up out of nowhere.

UPDATED OCTOBER 2009

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Encore

-Mens Shoes, -Women's Shoes, Lakeview No Comments »

3941 N. Sheridan, (773)477-4007, facebook.com/encorechicago [ratings]
Goods: Sneakers for men and women. Designers: Nike, Adidas, Puma, New Balance, Creative Recreation and several labels from Germany and Japan. Owner: Percy Gibson became the sole owner of this streetwear shop. Vibe: A pulsing, high-energy room with bright lights and hip-hop beats to accompany your shoe shopping. No shoe racks here; each sneaker is given its own display space, making it easy to marvel. Price Range: Moderate-Expensive. The Look: The Encore client may seem laidback and sporty, but don’t be fooled. This shopper is going to sidestep even the smallest puddle, as they think of their shoes as works of art. Shopper’s Perks: Encore carries hard-to-find shoes and Gibson only stocks a few in each size, which means these are more than shoes—they’re collector’s items. You can also get one-of-a-kind sneakers customized.

UPDATED OCTOBER 2009

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Leaders 1354

-Mens Shoes, -Menswear, Near North, Wicker Park/Ukrainian Village No Comments »

UPDATE: Leaders has closed its Bronzeville location and opened a new location in River North as of May 2009.

1400 N. Milwaukee, (773)489-1900; 672 N. Wells, (312)787-7144 leaders1354.com [ratings]
Goods: Clothing, caps, accessories and shoes for men. Designers: Play Cloths, Ice Cream, BBC, Nudie Jeans, Prps, Pegleg NYC and LDRS1354 house line for clothing; Palladium, Alife, Creative Recreation, CLAE, Reebok, The Hundreds and Adidas for shoes. Read the rest of this entry »

Akira

-Accessories, -Mens Shoes, -Menswear, -Women's Shoes, -Womenswear, Bucktown, Lincoln Park, Loop, Wicker Park/Ukrainian Village 2 Comments »

1814 W. North, (773)489-0818 (women’s flagship store), 1910 W. North, (312)423-6693 (men’s), 1849 W. North, (773)342-8684 (shoes), 2357 N. Clark, (773)404-5826; 122 S. State, (312)346-3034; 643 W. Diversey, (773)649-9257; shop.akirachicago.com [ratings]

Goods: Women’s and men’s clothing, accessories and shoes. Designers: Rock & Republic, Citizens of Humanity, 7 for All Mankind, G-Star Raw, J Lindeberg, Paige Premium Denim; dresses by BCBG, Anna Sui and Betsey Johnson; sunglasses by Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Gucci, Ray-Ban and Dior; shoes by Ted Baker, Creative Recreation, L.A.M.B., Chinese Laundry, Schutz, Adidas and Converse. Owners: College friends Eric Hsueh, Jon Cotay and Erikka Wang began their North Avenue domination with the Akira women’s store in 2002. Now Akira encompasses several different stores all over the city, and 20,000 square feet of retail space on a single street in Bucktown. Vibe: The atmosphere mimics the clothes—it’s young, poppy and vibrant. Clothing is organized by style and designer so you don’t have to mess around. Price Range: Inexpensive-Expensive. The Look: With so many designers, there are so many looks. But a youthful energy shines in feminine prints, bright colors, current trends and designer denim. You can score everything from denim-focused, kick-it gear to an ensemble perfect for sipping martinis at Enclave. Shopper’s Perks: The store’s stylists expertly lead you through “one-stop shopping”—they’re happy to grab shoes or accessories from the other stores to completely finish your look.

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UPDATED OCTOBER 2009


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