The September issue of Vogue currently sits pretty on bookstore shelves, with headlines celebrating the arrival of autumn and heralding the importance of a new fall wardrobe. Although autumn has since childhood been associated with a ‘new you’, back-to-school mantra of sorts, in adulthood it’s harder to translate the adjustment of the season into a quality closet revamp. Lucky then, that this summer two of Chicago’s top fashion experts – Mary Lehman of the chic local boutique Perchance, and Annie Barlow of Julie Watson Style – together launched their fabulous new style consultancy, barlow.lehman, designed to do just that.
Dividing their services into the personal and corporate arenas, Barlow and Lehman aim to appeal to the busy, modern woman who may not have the time (or the interest) to scour websites and stores in order to build the perfect wardrobe. The dynamic duo aid with everything from in-home closet consultation – looking at your wardrobe and evaluating its contents against your lifestyle needs – to personal lookbooks and shopping, using their trained eye to seek out the best retailers and pieces to put together outfits that take you from work to play to travel. Based on their impressive combined resumes and the highly covetable inventory at Lehman’s Perchance, there’s no doubt these two will leave you with a wardrobe that’s the distilled essence of ‘you’, whether it’s J. Crew basics, Diane Von Furstenberg cocktail dresses, or statement accessories from Kelly Wearstler. Easy!