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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

After much hype, beauty brand Glossier pops up in the West Loop

Posted By on 08.21.18 at 01:38 PM

  • Courtesy Glossier

New York-based beauty brand Glossier knows how to build buzz. In June it posted a photo to Instagram of a pink Bean in Millennium Park—utilizing the same shade as its popular brand color (Pantone 705 C)—and shared plans to come to Chicago this summer. The post generated nearly 135,000 likes—well over double what those bookending it commanded—as well as more than 4,000 comments, ranging from "OMG I’M STOKED I LIVE THERE ILY GUYS! Like I'm legit crying tears right now" to "Wait, Chicago is getting a Glossier store? Or just a pop-up? Either way, I’m dying. Covered in goosebumps."

Glossier responded to the comments with cryptic lines like, "We'll be sharing more details about our Chicago experience soon!" Those details have since been revealed.

A pop-up Glossier retail shop will open at 114 N. Aberdeen in the West Loop on Thursday, August 23, and remain through the end of October. Chicago was "awarded" the store because it ranks in Glossier's top five "engaged" cities. Curated by the beauty brand's in-house design team, the space is meant to draw inspiration from the city's architectural history and art scene.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Bling for the budget- and design-conscious

Posted By on 12.17.17 at 01:10 PM

click image Vitrines display the wares at Logan Square's Adornment + Theory. - ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • Vitrines display the wares at Logan Square's Adornment + Theory.

Adornment + Theory, the roughly month-old boutique next to the Logan Theatre, showcases what proprietor Viviana Langhoff likes to call "wearable art."

"I want to change the game as to what people expect from jewelry and their jewelry-store experience," the longtime Logan Square resident and Puerto Rico native says. "Creating a space for those who don't feel comfortable in jewelry stores, while still highlighting the best in design."

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Wear your art on your sleeve with the help of new Logan Square emporium Flair

Posted By on 11.18.17 at 11:43 AM

click image Logan Square's Flair gift shop specializes in pins, patches, and vintage clothing. - ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • Logan Square's Flair gift shop specializes in pins, patches, and vintage clothing.

The offbeat accessory is Flair's specialty. The recently opened Logan Square store's inventory is dominated by pins featuring figures from Prince to Audre Lorde and patches with generally woke sentiments such as "Fuck the patriarchy" and "We will outlive them."

"My focus is supporting small business by marginalized people, whether they be people of color, LGBTQIA, or women makers," Flair owner Melissa Elliott says. To that end she stocks her shelves with locally made goods—by such brands as Nyxturna, PinChe Loca, and the Found—and with merch from outside labels including JB Brager, Gaypin' Guys, and Peace Prospects. She also offers customers a carefully curated selection of vintage clothing and hosts periodic art shows and events in the space. Local vegan bakery Pie, Pie My Darling will have a pop-up on Friday, December 15, from noon to 4 PM (though they may sell out before).

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

At Festive Collective, party decor for the design-conscious

Posted By on 11.02.17 at 02:30 PM

Festive Collective - ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • Festive Collective

Like many businesses, Bash Party Goods began life as a creative answer to a relatively mundane problem. "I could never find paper plates that I liked, so I decided to make a few," says designer Angela Wator, who started the company in her Logan Square studio apartment in 2015. Inspired by the Memphis Milano movement of the 1980s, she covered her products in grids, polka dots, and squiggly lines, and used unconventional combinations of color. "Some Australian shops found me on Instagram, coaxed me into wholesaling them, and the brand took off," she says. 

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Melissa Kolbusz's found jewelry hits Europe

Posted By on 09.22.11 at 04:21 PM

Assemblage necklace by Melissa Kolbusz
  • Assemblage necklace by Melissa Kolbusz
She may not be Dumpster diving anymore, but Melissa Kolbusz still knows her junk. The founder of Wired Resistance “rewires” recycled and surplus industrial materials into couture, wearable pieces of art. The 12-year experiment is taking on international proportions: Through a promoter, Kolbusz was invited to the Berlin Fashion Week this July in Germany as part of the GREENshowroom, and this month Kolbusz will attend Paris Fashion Week, which she sees as the beginning of a long-term goal to delve into the European fashion industry.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mustache wax, scarab beetles, and other stuff you should buy from your neighbors

Posted By on 08.18.11 at 11:13 AM


EXT: TRAIN TRACKS — DAY Villain stands in front of damsel tied to railroad tracks, train oncoming. Music swells. VILLAIN (twirling mustache): I don't know what I'd do without Merle's Mustache Wax by Beefcake Handmade Grooming. Hahahaha!
$10, Broken Cherry Boutique, 1734 W. North, and other Chicago stores, cheesecakehandmadebeauty.com.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mario-inspired flashdrives, fair-trade bags, and other things you should buy from your neighbors

Posted By and on 06.09.11 at 01:00 PM


If you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, imagine how many you'll catch with this honey mustard from the Chicago Honey Co-op. $6, Chicago's Downtown Farmstand, 66 E. Randolph, chicagohoneycoop.com

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hand-printed invites, a boombox in a suitcase, and other stuff you should buy from your neighbors

Posted on 06.02.11 at 02:00 PM

Deliver the year's most coveted invitation with these letterpress-printed, vintage invites, printed by hand in Chicago from Steel Petal Press and made with 100 percent recycled cotton rag paper. $4.50, etsy.com/people/steelpetalpress or at Wolfbait and B-Girls, 3131 W. Logan, 312-698-8685, wolfbaitchicago.com.


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Friday, May 27, 2011

I Heart Illinois necklace and other things you should buy from your neighbors

Posted By on 05.27.11 at 05:32 PM

A moment of silence, please, as we take this time to remember our rodent friends who lost their lives crossing Lake Shore Drive. Honor their memory with this soap, cast from a raccoon skull and made from goat's milk, complete with its own concrete pedestal. $8, Sarah and Joseph Belknap, etsy.com/people/iamhome.


If I had my way, everyone would know that these earrings made from bullets and feathers by Cities in Dust are a warning to the band behind the awful "Hotel California." $38, available at Post 27, 1819 W. Grand, and other Chicago stores, etsy.com/people/citiesindustinc.


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Something's rotten in the state of jewelry design

Posted By on 05.27.11 at 05:00 PM

Featured this week on Local Wares, the Reader's column listing cool stuff made by Chicagoans, was a necklace by Stevie Koerner. Pretty, stylish, and most importantly a show of loyalty to a great state, the heart Illinois necklace (pictured) is one of a number of metal necklaces of heart-inscribed states Koerner sells under the line tru.che.

Heart Illinois necklace by tru.che
  • Courtesy of tru.che
  • Heart Illinois necklace by tru.che

If allegations Koerner made Wednesday prove true, and the Webiscite (that's Web+plebiscite) is voting in her favor so far, then it might turn out buying a necklace from Urban Outfitters is a pretty unstylish thing to do.

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