1726 W. Division, (773)572-6084, noirclothing.com [ratings]
Goods: Women’s and men’s clothing, shoes, accessories. Designers: Rubber Ducky, TSE, Gracia Fashion. Owner: About eight years ago, Clara Pilauit changed her vintage store, Le Garage, into one of the first Division Street boutiques. Vibe: If Noir stayed open past 10pm, it could be a small club. There is space for a DJ in the back, and the attention-grabbing tops beg for dimmer lights. But Clara’s gentle nature and genuine assistance make you feel like you’re shopping with family—if your family helped you buy halter-tops and mini skirts, that is. Price Range: Inexpensive-Moderate. The Look: A girl on the prowl. Clubby. European. Eye-catching. Shopper’s Perks: While current styles dominate the upper level, Noir has a bargain basement full of discounted finds.
UPDATED May 2009