Happy holidays from Eskell!
Chicago shopping is one of the main reasons why our city is so great, especially around the holidays. But great finds extend far beyond the Mag Mile, and are definitely worth the trek to some of the farthest reaches of the city. One of the Chicago's most vibrant neighborhoods (and where Yours Truly calls home) is the Wicker Park/Bucktown area, home to a veritable array of mainstream retailers (Urban Outfitters, American Apparel), independent boutiques and studios (Helen Yi, P.45), and a wealth of incredible thrift stores. Nestled within this shopper's off- the-beaten-path paradise is Eskell, a local gem that embodies the character of this great neighborhood.
Founded by old friends Kelly Whitesell and Elizabeth Del Castillo, the charm of the Eskell boutique and in-store designed line is in it's unique aesthetic. Both Whitesell and Del Castillo were admittedly thrift and antique store junkies, hoping to create a store and a collection of clothes that blended the old and the new. Their first collection in 2005 did just that, made entirely by the duo using a mix of old and new fabrics. Eskell's sense of vintage feminism and self-expression quickly gained ground and the label took off, getting picked up by stores in New York, San Francisco, Portland and even Japan.
But the flagship remains on Milwaukee Avenue, enmeshed perfectly with the area's funky, artsy and stylish aesthetic. Though it sits just down the street from my apartment, I had never visited the space until the Eskell holiday party last week. Bathed in a warm, golden glow, the little boutique was a welcome reprieve from the cold and snow outside. The party's theme embraced a Far East vibe, with paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling and fortune cookies holding special discounts for guests.
In addition to the original Eskell line, the store also carries hard to find labels from all over the country and particularly delectable vintage pieces. Accessories included a playful assortment of Mary Green sleep masks, VoluSpa candles, Claus Porto soaps and warm add-ons from Wool Rich and Missibaba.
Sleep masks by Mary Green
The fun and playful vibe of Eskell's flagship store definitely needs to be seen in person, as does their gorgeous assortment of belted trenches, keyhole dresses and bubble skirts. Stop in for a peek and scoop up some sweet gifts at 1509 N. Milwaukee Ave. or shop online at Eskell.com!
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