UPDATE: Zone is no longer a retail store as of September 2008; it now functions as an atelier for the Zone label.
1154 W. Armitage, (773)472-4007 [ratings]
Goods: Clothing for women. Designers: Pamela Vanderlinde. Owner: Pamela Vanderlinde is a women’s wear designer who was trained in London. She has a penchant for rich fabrics and designs with an East-meets-West mentality. Vibe: Enter the tucked-away shop by buzzer only. Inside, find a loft-in-the-city space filled with gleaming hardwood floors, exposed pipes and a rainbow of silky, lush fabrics. Price Range: Expensive. The Look: Saville Row-worthy tailoring nips and tucks sumptuous patterns and colors. Suit jackets inspired by the movie mavens of the thirties and forties—think Katherine Hepburn in color. Shopper’s Perks: Free alterations, custom-made designs. This store is open by appointment only, which elevates the VIP vibe.