Sweet n' Chic
You may already be familiar with her playful, ultra-femme label Cotton Candy Couture, but Chicago designer Jenna Zielbauer is out to prove she’s more than just a nationally-stocked, best-selling, one trick pony. Along with her husband Patrick, Zielbauer has brought not only her own chic brand of fashion to buzzy shopping hub Bucktown, but a whole boutique’s worth of covetable womenswear and accessories from some of Europe and Australia’s favourite names. And just to sweeten the deal that little bit more, she’s keeping price points reasonable and the self-service in-house candy bar well stocked. So far, so good.
Named in honour of her husband’s German immigrant ancestors, Von Z melds an uber-cool interior of charcoal walls and vibrantly coloured and patterned furnishings, with a stockpile of glam apparel referencing all of today’s top trends – think peplum tops, breezy florals and Lucite accessories. Of-the-moment brands lining the shelves include Bardot, oneoneseven, Blaque Label, Janessa Leone and Hunter Dixon, and too-good-to-stop-at-one gluten-free macarons from New York City’s Dana’s Bakery. Sugar rush still not gone to your head? Well, be sure to visit on the weekend when fresh spun cotton candy is up for grabs too. Sweet!