Still Open for Business: SoKo Fashion

*New Boutiques, Wicker Park/Ukrainian Village 1 Comment »

dsc_0185A year and a half ago, Sheri Roney opened up a business in Ukrainian Village. With “clean lines, fresh cuts and bright colors,” Roney’s clothing boutique, SoKo Fashion, was everything other stores weren’t—that was kind of the point. “We just did a lot of research [on] what customers experienced with bigger boutiques,” she says. Noting that many found shopping in such environments “intimidating,” Roney centered SoKo around customer service. Incorporating everything from the décor to the price—almost everything in the store is under $100—Roney created a shopping haven in the neighborhood that needed it most. Read the rest of this entry »

SoKo Fashion

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citysearch6UPDATE: As of October 2009, Soko Fashion is closed.

1925 W. Chicago, (773)592-1089, sokofashion.com
Goods: Women’s clothing and accessories. Designers: Customer favorites include Colcci, Kensie Girl, LA made, BB Dakota, Goorin, MissMe and Silver. Owner: Sheri Roney’s background is in nonprofit and business, but she “knows what looks good” and isn’t afraid to share her opinion. “I think people really appreciate that honesty,” she says. Vibe: Comfortable. The store is all about making the customer at ease. Price Range: Inexpensive-Moderate. Almost everything here is $100 or less. The Look: Fun. Roney does all the buying herself, and favors designs from funky youthful lines. Shopper’s Perks: With a new partner on board, the store plans to host monthly events like fashion shows and in-store shopping services—customers will be able to get a mani or a brow wax while scoring sweet deals. Plans to expand the store’s brief foray into online shopping are also in the works.

UPDATED MAY 2009

SoKo Fashion, 1925 W. Chicago

Belmont Army

-Mens Shoes, -Menswear, -Vintage, -Women's Shoes, -Womenswear, Lakeview, Wicker Park/Ukrainian Village No Comments »

855 W. Belmont, (773)549-1038; 1318 N. Milwaukee, (773)384-8448, belmontarmy.com [ratings]
Goods: New and vintage clothing and shoes for men and women. Designers: Ben Sherman, BB Dakota, Nice Collective, B. Son, Common Projects, Cheap Monday, Fiber & Fellow, Frye, Nike, Converse, Vans, Gravis, New Balance, Shades of Greige, Schmoove, Insight, Levi’s Capital E, Lifetime Collective. Owners: Chang Yoo, Tae Yoo, Tony Lee and Craig Scholla moved the legendary Belmont store over to the West Side when the Brown Line expansion forced the closing of the original location. They’ve reopened on Belmont as well, near the original spot. Vibe: The upstairs stock is completely new, while the vintage goods are in the basement. The clothing (yes, even the vintage) is neatly arranged and the staff is completely hands-off (unless you need them, of course), which makes for a totally no-pressure shopping experience. Price Range: Inexpensive-Expensive. The Look: Trendy hipster upstairs, thrift-store devotee downstairs. The person who shops on both floors has a personal style that is completely their own, and thrives on blending pieces to create a unique look. Shopper’s Perks: Massive amounts of both new and used clothing in one location. Perfect for fashionable friends with dueling shopping styles.

UPDATED OCTOBER 2009

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Belmont Army

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Belmont Army

The Dressing Room

-Women's Shoes, -Womenswear, Lincoln Square No Comments »

4635 N. Lincoln, (773)728-0088, thedressingroomchicago.com [ratings]
Goods: Clothing, accessories and shoes for women. Designers: BB Dakota, Tano, 525 America, Tulle; denim by Red Engine, Christopher Blue, !iT  and Joe’s Jeans, dresses and skirts by Skunkfunk. Owners: Barbara Ruiz and Sarah Sanchez opened this North Center boutique with the hopes of making shopping easy and fun again—especially for moms with tots in tow. They also have a shoe store up the block. Vibe: With easy-on-the-ears John Mayer playing in the background, funky wallpaper lining the walls and exposed pipes dangling above, The Dressing Room is something right out of Dwell magazine. Price Range: Moderate. The Look: On-top-of-it young mom who effortlessly taps into timely style (think Kate Hudson). If kids aren’t in your picture, think more daring Southport dweller. Shopper’s Perks: An increasingly diminishing kids’ play area (sorry kiddies, the shoes had to go somewhere) and plenty of goods from local designers including Deana Rose and Jess L.C. Jewelry.

UPDATED OCTOBER 2009

The Dressing Room

Mint Julep

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UPDATE: As of January 2012, Mint Julep is closed.

3709 N. Southport, (773)472-6717 [ratings]
Goods: Women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories. Designers: LAmade, Shoshanna, BB Dakota, Susana Monaco, Tulle, K. Amato. Owner: Sarah Bruno opened this sister shop in July 2007 after running the original Mint Julep on Armitage for about five years. Vibe: Small, cozy and quaint, it almost feels like you could be trying on clothes at a friend’s house. Price Range: Moderate. The Look: Casual-chic shirts and jackets for work. Halter tops, tank tops, glam skirts and sweater dresses for a night out with the girls for cocktails.

UPDATED OCTOBER 2009

Mint Julep

Futurgarb

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

1359 N. Milwaukee, (773)276-1450, futurgarb.com [ratings]
Goods: Men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. Designers: For men, Tankfarm, Civil Society, 7 Diamonds, Projek Raw; for women, BB Dakota, Billabong, Yag Couture; for both men and women, Ezekiel, Rise Up, Jedediah and Chaser. Owners: Timothy and Reggie McGuire opened Futurgarb in May of 2001. Vibe: The super-friendly McGuire family staffs Futurgarb, and its dim lighting and dark-shaded decor make the store seem like an inviting neighborhood bar. Price Range: Moderate. The Look: The sort of guy and gal who want to make sure no one else at the party has their look, whether it’s jeans-and-tee-casual or dressed-to-the-nines. Shopper’s Perks: Futurgarb constantly has sales going on, so you’ll almost always be able to find a sweet deal.

UPDATED OCTOBER 2009

Futurgarb


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