Friday, August 28, 2009

Yet Another Trendy, Budget-Conscious Retailer: A'Gaci

Posted By on 08.28.09 at 11:17 AM

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At the opening party for the new A'Gaci store on State Street last night, I felt like I was seeing my fashion past everywhere I looked. Madonna wannabe phase circa 1983, complete with ropes of pearl necklaces and shiny bustier? Check. Be-fringed post-hippie? Check. Early 1990s flirtation with grunge in the form of plaid shirts? Check.

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Of course A'Gaci is just reflecting the fashion industry's love of the past. And for most of the people who shop there—women in their late teens and early to mid-20s—all of the references will be relatively new, anyway.

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Almost everything I looked at was under $30, even the shoes. (Nothing is over $100.) I saw a more-than-passable faux-python bag for $28.50, a relatively understated strapless dress in midnight blue with sophisticated pleating in a half-sunburst semicircle, and a dress made up of a red bandage skirt and a black leotard-like top.

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Chock-full of inexpensive takes on the trendiest of trends, A'Gaci is perfect for the twentysomething creating her own fashion past.

The store is located at 17 E. Monroe (312-658-0401).

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