After one of the chilliest Aprils on record, warmer temperatures are finally starting to transform The Windy City. Should you be flitting through Chicago this May, it’s time to swap those winter layers for fresh spring fashion; here are a few shops to help you step into the new season in style.
Join the local fashionistas shopping at Ikram, one of Chicago’s most iconic boutiques. This glossy red tri-level stable houses a mix of American, European and Japanese big-hitters such as Gucci, D&G and Comme des Garçons, with every piece hand-picked by Ikram herself. There’s also an stellar selection of vintage, plus accessories, decor, art, and a chic cafe for post-retail sips.
Label lovers will also squeal with glee at the fabulous, style-for-dollar shopportunity afforded by Luxury Garage Sale. An immaculate stash of past-season and pre-loved designer garb – from YSL to Margiela and McQueen – shares the limelight with a wall lined with purses and shoes. Better still, shoppers can also opt to get kitted-out by a resident boutique stylist. Ah, heaven!
If street style staples are more your bag, gals n’ guys can book ahead to visit VMR, which offers appointment-only service and seasonal collections. Zip up the lift to Mark and Tina’s minimalist haven to discover designer vintage and resale finds by the likes of Balmain as well as emerging labels Off-White and Y/Project. Keep peepers peeled for one-off events and shoppable collection previews.
Laudi Vidni’s custom luxury leather goodies are the perfect stylish addition to any ensemble. Choose from a kaleidoscopic array of shades, skins and styles, spanning totes, clutches, satchels and passport holders, or commission your own butter-soft Italian keepsake from scratch. Looking for inspiration? Check out the prêt-à-porter range and have your goodies delivered straight to your door in three to five weeks (international shipping also available).
Ikram / 15 E Huron / River North / +13125871000 / 10am-6pm Mon-Sat / ikram.com
Luxury Garage Sale / 1658 N Wells St / Lincoln Park / +13122919126 / 10am-6pm Mon-Sat, 12-5pm Sun / luxurygaragesale.com
VMR / 34 E Oak / Gold Coast / +13126496673 / 11am-6pm Mon-Sat / 12-5pm Sun / vmrchicago.com
Laudi Vidni / 1007 W Armitage / Lincoln Park / +17736977847 / 11am-6pm Mon-Sat, 12-5pm Sun / laudividni.com