Sustainability and community involvement are becoming movements in the fashion scene. Within the neighborhoods and shopping districts, there are a handful of such boutiques, offering on-trend products and services within a system that promotes wellness, mindfulness, and contribution to societal improvements.
Sararose On Oak, 67 East Oak in the Gold Coast, makes it’s mark as an ecological, ethical, and sustainable clothing boutique, with it’s own in-house clothing line and personal styling service. What makes this boutique unique is the mindful questions at each step in the production process, ensuring that the sourcing, materials, facilities, and the output embodies their mission statement. In terms of being a shop to watch in the new year, this boutique offers new innovative style trends apart from sustainability aspects, a new men’s clothing line coming out this month, and momentum within the community through hosting events in their boutique space on Oak Street.
Felt Chicago, 2317 North Milwaukee, one boutique that stocks Stix & Roses, rests in the growing Logan Square nook, between coffee shops and apothecaries like Owen + Alchemy. Felt blends together emerging and established designers into an upscale boutique setting, seeking to create genuine connections and a highly personal styling service for their clients. The term felt describes the warm feeling this boutique would like to emanate. Some of their more established brands include Hudson, Equipment, and Bailey44, while most are emerging and lesser known.
Back to the Gold Coast, a recently opened jewelry boutique within the 900 North Michigan Shops. Kendra Scott, has created a flurry since it’s inception, with community involvement. This boutique makes it a priority to give back to the community, through intimate social gatherings with a charity benefit, hosted by outside vendors and organizations, and the company itself. This store recently partnered with the National Art Education Association and donated a portion of profits from their store gathering to this organization!
Close by the 900 North Michigan Shops, and a brisk walk down Goethe into Old Town, you see a welcoming salon and boutique, Arch Apothecary, 1359 North Wells. This boutique rests between prime restaurants and a block north of Plum Market. What stands out about this boutique is the cozy atmosphere, the quality brands, and the staff of course. Recently, this boutique has been featured as part of a new segment for “Best Brow Wax” and they are quite lovely. Compared to alternate salons in the area, Arch takes better after-care, and the brow waxes are actually enjoyable.
The salon portion covers hair styling services, waxing, nails, and makeup. One of it’s primary markets is the bridal market, hairstyling and special occasion up-dos. Product wise, some of the most notable are Ellis Faas, Lipstick Queen, Jouer, and RMS, since these brands are rarely found elsewhere. What sets this boutique apart besides it’s products and quality services, is also the community involvement, partnerships with boutiques and also hosting a series of styling workshops.