There are two types of retail therapy sessions in Chicago. Meet Michigan Avenue, the main downtown thoroughfare with a vasty array of commercial giants like Zara and Topshop to satiate your shopping needs. Then there are local retail boutiques in Wicker Park and Bucktown with an eclectic selection of vintage and modern clothing for you to gratifyingly peruse and purchase.
Stores with Industrial influences. Euro minimalism. Hint of little Tokyo.
Being an avid supporter of local Chicago boutiques like MadStyle and Joanna Alot Design, and having participated in a few Windy City blogging events hosted by local artisans, I wanted the opportunity to bring them together – the fashion writers and the fashion providers. So I thought to myself, why not a shopping event to showcase a store or designer whose creations hit close to home?
So while googling “Chicago fashion stores”, I came across Rocky + Luella, an independent retail boutique in Logan Square with a wide-ranging selection of apparel and accessories. Classic American sweaters with a modern twist fused with global imprint. Versatile outerwear with utilitarian details. Bold patterns and youthful designs with street wear influences.
Not to mention a delight for bling-lovers as many of the statement jewelries are made with vintage chains and semi-precious stones!
So it was done – last Saturday Nancy and I hosted our first shopping event of the year at Rocky + Luella. Given the diverse choice of apparel, we kept the looks fun and funky by donning opposite styles – Nancy modeling a classy, feminine ensemble with a Rachel Rose Print Dress and I pulling off a menswear-inspired silhouette with a floral print button down shirt under a mixed knit pullover.
A night of sipping black tea & rum, raffle draw where our friend Rosalie won her 1st prize ever, and an after-party at Dos Amigos with the best grilled halibut in town, it was a fun night to remember!
So next time you’re hunting for a stylish piece in Chicago, why not stop by Rocky + Luella for a swoon-worthy retail fix? When it comes to shopping, do you have a favorite store? :)
Shirt & Pullover: Rocky + Luella// Leather Pants: J. Brand// Shoes: Zara
Photo: Jason J Photography