Finally! Marc by Marc Jacobs has found a home in Chicago after a more than two-year search and tons of speculation.
company has signed a lease to open a 4,000-square-foot store in the Bucktown neighborhood this summer, making it the first
major retailer on a street filled with independent boutiques and trendy
restaurants in Chicago.
"I just felt at home," said
Robert Duffy, president of Marc Jacobs. "It’s just something emotional.
I just liked the people I saw. I loved their style. I loved the way
they were dressed. "
Marc by Marc Jacobs, set for the ground
floor of the red-brick building at 1714 North Damen Avenue, will be the
street’s first national retailer. Much, I’m sure, to the chagrin of the independent boutiques which have had a choke hold on the area for years.
a groovy neighborhood," said Lorraine Adney, vice president of the
McDevitt Co., which represented Marc Jacobs in brokering the deal. "I
definitely think it’s a good fit."
The store will feature women’s, men’s and children’s apparel along with lifestyle items such as books and accessories.
Retailers in the Bucktown district will be keeping
watch on the store’s impact given that Marc by Marc Jacobs attracted
other major retailers when it opened on New York’s Bleecker Street and
on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.
"I hope no one follows us and we don’t change the neighborhood," Duffy said.
I do! The area could use a little shake-up.