Chicago News. Second City Fashion for First Timers.

July 17, 2008 • Fashion


WWD ran this profile of Chicago designer Kate Coxworth today. They ask, "Why would a twentysomething technical designer for Polo Ralph Lauren
leave New York to launch a line of tailored women’s shirts in Chicago?"

Well, we know! Chicago might not be the number two city on the American fashion scene yet, but we certainly are up-and-coming! Like Coxworth points out, the city is making an effort. "Mayor Daley created a Mayor’s Fashion Advisory Council, appointed a city
director for fashion arts and events and sponsored an annual Chicago
Fashion Week."

Coxworth does more than half of her business through her website, but the city’s initiatives have helped her significantly. Coxworth became one of six local designers chosen to participate in the
first Chicago Fashion Incubator housed at Macy‘s on State Street, where
she shares office space and has access to buyers. She also has profited by city-sponsored shows, like Gen Art’s Shop CHICago and the One of a Kind Show and Sale at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. How’s that for helping a designer get her start!

Despite some drawbacks, like the spread of the fashion business across the city and the less-than-New-York pace of things, Coxworth’s happy here in the Second City. "To get this much attention from people who can help you and want to help you is unlike any other place in the country." We’re happy to have her, and designers like her!

Check out Kate’s line of blouses, Kate Boggiano, here.

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2 Responses to Chicago News. Second City Fashion for First Timers.

  1. savvyshopper67 says:

    I am a huge fan of this store called Susie’s Deals!
    They carry clothes for everyone, men’s, women’s, and kids too. I always know that I can walk in to one of their stores a come out with a big bag of really cute stylish stuff for $25! Everything in the store is sold for $5.99 or less and you can even find things that are 2 for $5.99!
    I have bought some really nice name brand things at this store and given them to friends and family for Christmas. People have NO idea that these nice items only cost me $5.99 each .. It’s Awesome!
    I urge you to check them out, because you only have one store on your site that carries clothing and this store appeals to everyone! And they have a web site where you can also shop online or snatch an e-coupon to use at the store, and if you spend $50 the shipping is FREE which is a definite plus!
    They have a website and stores in Utah, Nevada, and California.

  2. Kathleen says:

    Kate is one of my fashion-incubator designers. Good to see her moving forward!

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