1872 N. Damen, (773)252-1888, michelletan.com [ratings]
Goods: Women’s clothing and accessories. Designers: Fab Studio jewelry, custom designs by Michelle Tan, Randall Hill and Ming. Owner: Design whiz Michelle Tan, who won Gen Art’s Fresh Faces in Fashion 2005. Vibe: Silver and white hues flood a minimalist space where Tan’s merchandise dangles from floating racks. But there’s none of that pretentious “gallery vibe” here; Tan is chatty, fun and full of energy. Price Range: Expensive, with some moderately priced accessories. The Look: Cutting-edge but still extremely pretty. This sartorially curious gal loves finding new ways to wear a garment. She loves subtle feminine frills and has a thing for ribbon. Shopper’s Perks: If you see something you need, but it isn’t in your size, Tan will custom make it for you.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009