MADE IN CHICAGO Special Preview presented by AIBI

November 16, 2011 • Chicago, Events, Fashion Blog, Shopping, Yahoo


Jenny Pfanenstiel of Forme Millinery with Cindy Burns

MADE IN CHICAGO Champagne Celebration presented by AIBI

On Tuesday the Apparel Industry Board Inc. (AIBI) hosted a VIP Champagne Celebration for the opening night of MADE IN CHICAGO, a brand new event showcasing 21 Chicago-based designers. These premier designers and independent boutiques displayed their most recent lines of clothing, jewelry and home décor. The lovely fall evening brought in a large number of fashionistas eager to find that one-of-a-kind item. Shoppers tried on their favorite finds while sipping champagne and enjoying hors doevres.

One of my favorites at the event was the Marty Casey Silver Elements Collection– “a fusion of fashion and music.” His line includes contemporary silver jewelry, handbags and scarves. Casey played a song from his current CD while shoppers perused the rooms full of exclusive designs. My eye is on the rock star black leather bag with an attached guitar charm (it adds some bling).

Crescendo Apparel’s line of clothing is designed to fit women with tiny waists and wide hips. Crescendo’s jackets are a staple every woman should have in her closet. Forme Millinery’s lovely hats caught my eye, the colors and designs were mesmerizing. There were many options to choose from, maybe too many (I couldn’t decide on just one). I loved the the elegant purple cloche. Kreatia’s eclectic and contemporary designs are made from wool, linen and silk. Killion’s modern style of women’s clothing carries relaxed and elegant tops that can be worn with a suit or jeans, they have great versatility.

Marty Casey Silver Elements Collection

Marty Casey Performing a SongMarty Casey Silver Elements Collection

Agnieszka Kulon of Kreatia

Ann Chikahisa of Chikahisa Studio

Dana Killion of Killion Clothes

Designer Jennifer Philbrook

Crescendo Apparel

Other designers include: Barbara Keisman; Beth Ann Designs; Caramel Ribbon; Chikahisa Studio; Ecowrap; Elda De la Rosa Couture; Felt Inspired; Jennifer Philbrook; Lauren Lein; Le Fleur Interiors by Diana; Lucius Fine Jewelry; LuDia Couture Designs; Sarah Kuenyefu Collection; Sound Chick Accessories; Takara, Inc.; and VaVaVroom.

One really great reason to shop these designers, aside from the fact they are locally-based, is that 10% of your purchase will go to one of 10charities that you choose from the provided list.

The space at 44 E. Grand Ave. will be open to the public from November 16 – December 31, 2011.

For store information and hours, please contact AIBI at 312.836.1041 or

– Cindy Burns

Photos by: Second City Style

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