UPDATE: As of January 2012, Casa de Soul has closed.
1919 W. Division, (773)252-2520, casadesoul.net
Goods: Art, accessories and clothing for men and women and an assortment of gifts. Designers: Industry, WeSC, Nooka, Lifetime Collective, Choye Toi, Incase, Livity, Arza, Imaginary Foundation, La Merde, Raygun. Owner: Kennedy Ashinze, a Nigerian native who DJs and is the owner and creative director of Globetrotter magazine. Vibe: Afrobeat tunes are sometimes slung out by a live DJ, local artwork spruces up the walls and a plexiglass accessories wall is backlit in cherry red. Price Range: Moderate-Expensive. The Look: Funky with an urban, global sense of style. Loves unique, hard-to-find items. A city dweller with an artistic curiosity, an active social life and a passion for travel.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009