Friday, June 11, 2010

Boutique Opening: Cerato

Posted By on 06.11.10 at 11:48 AM

Shorts by Ali & Ro
  • Shorts by Ali Ro
Wednesday night the new Southport boutique Cerato Boutique threw its opening party. Cerato carries pieces by local women's clothing and accessory designers as well as collections by other small labels. In the past year and half or so many Chicago designers have told me how difficult it's been for them with so many small, independent boutiques closing; it's not that big of a deal for a relatively established New York line like Vena Cava if a store or two shuts its doors, but for these folks iit can be a serious financial setback.

Cerato provides an unintimidating north-side showplace for their work. Spring and summer dresses in sherbet shades as well as bright printed short-shorts were a theme when I stopped by.

Dress by JLee Silver
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  • Dress by JLee Silver
The tags show locally familiar names such as Frei Designs, Shorty, and Anna Fong as well as some new players: Avery Layne, Paoo Jewelry.

Rebecca Kussman of Bettie Bomb PR in a dress by Eskell
  • Rebecca Kussman of BettieBombPR in a dress by Eskell
Prices range from $50 up to about $350.

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