Marc Jacobs seems to be a trend setter in something more than just fabulous bags and garments. As soon as Jacobs leased space at 1714 North Damen Avenue, national and international retailers quickly followed. Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, which has been compared to what SoHo used to be, has tremendously grown as a retail destination in the past few years. Nanette Lepore, BCBG, and Cynthia Rowley all opened boutiques in the trendy neighborhood in late 2007, and LeSportsac, Jill Stuart, and Club Monaco have all revealed plans to lease space just steps away from the Marc by Marc Jacobs store. After years of retailers’ options being either Michigan Avenue and Oak Street, or Armitage and Halsted in Lincoln Park, the charisma and sense of community often found in Bucktown is a breath of fresh air. However, this phenomena is nothing new to Marc Jacobs — after all, they were the first on Bleecker Street.
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