Gen Art Shop Chicago. Rachel and Carol’s Excellent Shopping Adventure

March 23, 2009 • Events


I was really looking forward to meeting Second City Style columnist Rachel Yeomans at Gen Art Shop Chicago last Saturday at the Great Hall at Union Station. Rachel has a way of finding the most unique jewelry and clothing at events like this, and I value her opinion for my own shopping. She also told me she has not shopped in a long time, so I was excited to see what she would select!

When I first arrived I was impressed with a beautiful display of easy to wear jewelry by Susan Elizabeth Designs, and even more impressed everything was 25% off!

Most of the designers were offering special deals and discounts for the event. I checked out the booths of familiar and favorite Chicago designers, and heeded Rachel's opinion on what I should buy from Vika, since I had several items in mind.

I was also looking for something new and different at Shop Chicago, and stumbled upon the wonderful (and reasonably priced!) wears of LA Designer Mod Khamhanphol and her line "Mod Clothing". I soon found Rachel already with a bag in hand. She pulled out a Selma Karaca (New York Designer) sleeveless sheath of gorgeous multi colors – she nabbed the only one of its kind (but of course) and a totally cute free hat that was thrown in for her purchase!

I dragged her back to the Mod Clothing booth where she find this adorable red and black plaid trench – get this – for $65! OrganiK Revolution had a variety of oh-so-soft natural cotton items for 50% off. I found a simple black scoop neck tunic top. There was only one in black (yes, it almost came to blows between us) but Rachel was a sport and got one in a silvery grey. She also picked up a super-cute yellow dress with a black zipper – very 80s! Oh – then they threw in a t-shirt for her purchase!

On to Vika's booth where Rachel helped me decide on a cream black belted sleeveless top. She will be heading over to Ecletica on Armitage soon so Vika can measure her and custom fit a blouse.

We tried on more clothes at Michelle Tan's booth. Everyone including myself wanted "the look" Michelle was wearing: a black and dusty violet vest with a black cotton ruffle blouse. Very cool.

Rachel found a wonderful convertible black and cream skirt/dress from Lara Miller. Getting mileage out of what you wear (and quality) is what we've come to expect from Lara Miller. We love wearing her clothes a multitude of ways.

Claudia Kliener now has her own clothing line as well as her established swimwear line at her boutique Malibar on Damen Ave. She told me her current black transitional dress designs all sold out and she will continue to have the one she was wearing year- round. I am putting one of her light cotton wrap blouses on my list of must-haves this summer!

Rachel could not leave without visiting Kate Boggiano. She found two perfect blouses – the black one pictured (could also be a jacket) and a white ruffle short sleeve to the elbow blouse. Designer Kate Coxworth also carries thin, long and non-riding layering tank tops in every color of the rainbow – for $16 each! Rachel walked in wearing one of her own and I had to get more than (the black) one!

When reviewing our shopping for the day over wine, we both agreed we were very happy with everything we purchased. This comes from our past experience with Gen Art Shop Chicago. There is nothing quite like finding unique designs and purchasing them directly from the designer. These are the items will make us happy for years to come!

— Carol Calacci

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