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Co-Owners at Alcala’s Boutique Steal the Show

Co-Owners at Alcala’s Boutique Steal the Show

Ukrainian Village is full of friendly people and fun shops, but none friendlier and more entertaining than the sisters behind the chic Alcala’s Boutique. Inside you’ll find bright, patterned tops and dresses, trendy boots, shoes and accessories to compliment any outfit, but the real showstoppers are co-owners Linda and Elia Alcala. After working retail for […]

Cure the Winter Blues with Bike Fashions and Fun

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Cure the Winter Blues with Bike Fashions and Fun

Bike Winter Art Show  is up and open this week at Ancien Cycles . It is a new bike shop that aims to be  “a social hub for the many thousands that bike along our beloved Hipster Highway every day” according to Chainlink. The Art Show opened on  Feb 21, but it is going on all week, […]

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Fast Fashion: An Unrealistic View of the Cost of Making Clothing

News, ideas and trends spread more quickly today than ever thanks to the widespread use of the Internet. Especially in the fashion world, this has changed the way corporations operate. When consumers can live-stream New York fashion week from home, they want the physical manifestations of new trends delivered to them as quickly as possible. […]

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Chicago Toy and Game Group Turns Fashion into Playtime

“It’s the ultimate unconventional challenge.” This is how Project Runway star Peach Carr describes the PlayCHIC fashion show produced each year by the Chicago Toy and Game Group (ChiTAG). PlayCHIC is a fashion show that focuses on fun. It pairs fashion designers with toy and game makers to create an original, imaginative and playful look. […]

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Chicago Milliner Brings New Approach To Teaching

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Chicago Milliner Brings New Approach To Teaching

In a trendy black quarter-length sleeve high-low hem dress with black booties, Angela Morano, 26, could almost be mistaken for one of the teenagers she teaches in her program Hats, Headbands & Beyond at After School Matters. The light pink end of Morano’s braided blonde pony tail swings back and forth as she maneuvers around the table in […]

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Latino Fashion Week: Kick-Off Event

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Latino Fashion Week: Kick-Off Event

Latino Fashion Week was celebrated  with the sounds of salsa and cumbia at Block 37 on State Street. The theme of the night was, “Made by Latinos for everyone.” A unique display of local and international designers showed off their unique, contemporary and traditional designs that reflect Latino culture. The array of talent was refreshing […]

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Eclectic Chique Puts the “Chi” in Chique

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Eclectic Chique Puts the “Chi” in Chique

It’s hard to miss the fact that Eclectic Chique is extremely on trend. For the small space the boutique occupies, its quantity of fall trends is just as prevalent as any major department store. Wearing skinny black leather pants, black lace up sneaker wedges, a perforated leather T-shirt and top knot bun, Monique Scott, the […]

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Creating a Fashion Movement

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Creating a Fashion Movement

From a phrase to a logo, and now, to a movement, No Manches Clothing Company wants to use its T-shirts to empower the Pilsen neighborhood. And this new vision, which was developed by four young Latino men, is already taking its effect as one local resident said, “I don’t wear T-shirts, but I wear his.”

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A Jewelry Journey

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A Jewelry Journey

Even though 40-year-old jeweler Jason Zastrow’s grandfather has retired from the jewelry industry, he taught Zastrow a world of jewelry that has earned him a job at a famous Chicago landmark. Zastrow’s grandfather, Landess Mills, 85, was in search for work after World War II and began to work in the jewelry industry. Zastrow said […]

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Mobile Tailoring and 3-D Body Scans, the Future of Men’s Fashion

From the slim wool blazers that fit the Mad Men gentlemen like a glove, to the hem of Nate Reuss’ trousers being so high, it looks as though he’s always in immediate danger of a flash flood. It’s obvious that men are going to great lengths to express their style through the tailoring of their […]

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Chicago’s Seapunked Digital Sea: Tales of Contemporary Chicago Nightlifers

Every Wednesday night the Chicago Beauty Bar hosts a party called Mainframe that flies under the banner of an internet movement known as seapunk. If one were to walk by the venue, located a stone’s throw from the city’s Blue Line Chicago stop, he or she might encounter a rogue group of oddly familiar cigarette […]

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Rip the runway with Dime Child Foundation

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Rip the runway with Dime Child Foundation

Warnita Taylor uses the fashion runway to raise money for college students. Taylor started the Dime Child Foundation 12 years ago when she was a student at DePaul University. She gathered some of her friends together and coordinated a fashion show fundraiser and awarded scholarships to students. After Taylor graduated from college she helped develop […]

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“I’M A MIDWESTERNER” Fashion Icon Dominates the Region

From the  Midwest comes originality, creativity, and individuality in fashion from local designer, Rahphael Hunter . Hunter’s presence along with masculine demeanor dominates the small Chicago coffee shop  upon entry, comes across casual, but confident.  He began studying fashion in the heart of the city and as a student he was drawn to both fashion and graphic design.  But […]

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Chicago Men’s Style and Fashion Guide

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Chicago Men’s Style and Fashion Guide

Chicago, the third biggest city in the country, also has some of the wildest weather. While it certainly does make living in the city exciting, it also provides a recurring dilemma to its residents: “What am I going to wear today?” With spring here, the weather is going to be more random than ever. Spring-time […]

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Hack Like a Woman

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Hack Like a Woman

When you open the door of the  Pumping Station 1 (PS1) at 3915 N. Elston you enter one of  Chicago’s hackerspaces. Anything might be going on there, but on a recent Saturday, the work tables on the 2nd floor were shoulder to shoulder with members of Chicago Women Developers on hand for a session called “eTextiles using Arduino.” […]

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