VMR Showroom Showcases “Vintage, Modern, Retail” On Oak Street

July 25, 2013 • Chicago, Fashion Blog, Shopping

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Mark Gill, one of Chicago’s most acclaimed stylists, and his partner, well-known Chicagoan, Tina Kourasis opened VMR, a by-appointment showroom in the Gold Coast. VMR, which stands for Vintage, Modern, Resale, is a by-appointment showroom featuring designer clothing and accessories ranging from vintage to current season collections from major design houses.

Mark Gill, who is Creative Director, is a widely recognized stylist, wardrobe consultant and personal shopper. His clients are located throughout the country from Chicago and Miami to DC and LA. Gill says, “Stepping into the showroom is like stepping into the most refined, elegant and edited closet.”

Tina Kourasis, President of VMR, spent 17 years as an attorney, specializing in intellectual property with a focus in the retail and apparel sectors. Additionally, Tina has appeared on television for fashion commentary and has written blogs and columns relating to fashion. Mark and Tina collaborated on a number of fashion events over the past fifteen years prior to launching VMR. Kourasis explains “Mark and I came up with the VMR concept last fall after significant client feedback regarding unsatisfactory shopping experiences.”

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The non-resale items are part of Mark’s personal shopping business. If a collector has a need beyond what VMR has, Mark will try to fill those needs with what he has seen in designer stores. He is a big proponent of Fendi, Gucci and Jil Sander and can bring such items to the showroom if they are not there already. Their approach to giving women an unparalleled shopping experience is based on their knowledge that women want a calm, serene space when they shop and they want honest feedback. They know women also want privacy. At VMR, the by-appointment only approach and the beautiful space lends itself to a wonderful and calm shopping experience. Women leave confidence with their choices.

Although only open for a month and a half, VMR is already dressing Chicago’s elite. VMR has recently dressed women for the Botanic Gardens annual summer dinner and the Shedd Aquarium’s Bond themed fundraiser, as well as a highly-visible individual in the public sector for Melody Hobson’s wedding to George Lucas. VMR also offers fine jewelry from Sabbia to complement the clothing as well as Ellie perfume.

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VMR is a by-appointment only showroom. Appointments can be made via email at tina@vmrchicago.com or by calling 312.649.6673.

VMR  |  34 E. Oak Street, 7th Floor  |  Chicago, IL 60611  |  (312) 649-6673

–Carol Calacci

Photos: VMR

 

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