- A Malene Birger dress, now on sale at Tula
UPDATE: Owner Laura Westgate says the store will stay open.Tula
, a high-end boutique at 3738 N. Southport, will be closing its doors next month after four years in business. After thinking about it for a year, says owner Laura Westgate, "it's sort of like ripping a Band-Aid off." She says the store, which carries contemporary, elegant pieces by European and American designers such as Hache
, Malene Birger,
, was not quite in step with the casual flavor of the neighborhood: "I just had someone come in today and say, 'Oh, grown-up clothes.'" The economic downturn didn't help.
Westgate says the store will continue online, where she'll also feature items from Panache, a sister store in Grand Haven, Michigan, owned by her mother. and she's open to the idea of reopening in a few years at a different Chicago location.
The physical store will close September 15th; until then, summer items are on sale for at least 50 percent off and jewelry, accessories, and fall clothing are 20 percent off.