Fashion Focus Chicago. The First Fashion Cafe

May 22, 2009 • Events


Second City Style attended the first event of the Fashion Café Series yesterday evening. The fashion series will bring Chicago boutiques and designers together for a once monthly evening of shopping and a discussion hosted by a member of the Chicago fashion community. This particular Café highlighted contemporary womenswear designers and retailers which included Beta Boutique; House of Sole; Bess & Loie; Shibuy Hada; Paul Sisti and John Schultz; Christopher Augmon, new jewelry designer Rebecca Zemans and new womenswear line Jlee Silver. There was an informal discussion with Melissa Gambel, director of Arts and Events for the City of Chicago and jewelry designer Rebecca Zemans.


The Cultural Center at 77 E Randolph provided an intimate yet ample setting for this event, complete with tables to sit and have a glass of complementary wine, unload after work and even get a manicure from Be! Products. The fun part was to actually get to meet the designers and boutique owners and find out what is new. There were plenty of discounts and some bargains. Don't miss the next Fashion Café on Thursday June 16th focusing on sustainable fashion!

Rebecca Zemans shows her jewelry, all hand made of pounded metals with gems and stones. She told us that she keeps her earring under $50 because women want to change them a lot – and they still want quality.

Christopher Augmon designs gorgeous classic leather bags that you can keep forever. His high quality bags are in the $400-$500 range.

House of Sole, on South Michigan Ave brought in some of the coolest shoes!

Bess & Loie a West Loop boutique, brought in some of their wonderful handbags and jewelry – and offered 20% Off! The MS by Maritine Sibon Bags looked like $1000 bags but are priced around $450.

Melissa Gambel discusses the design business with jewelry designer Rebecca Zemans.

Melanie Manego with a mannequin wearing Jlee Silver fall 09. All pieces are under $200, but look like they would cost much more. That's the point. The fall line will launch and be available July 1st at 

Paul Sisti with his designs which included handpainted silk dresses and chiffon blouses for a fraction of the price for this evening!

We loved the watercolors silk scarves for only $5 at the Paul Sisti and John Schultz booth!

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One Response to Fashion Focus Chicago. The First Fashion Cafe

  1. Wow, that looks awesome! (wondering what it would take to get something like that started here)…hmmmm…

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