You may have seen a Club Monaco retail store and wondered, “What’s the deal with the black and white?” Indeed, the two neutral colors make up the majority of Club Monaco’s selection, with hot accessories to complement the non-chromatic palate. As the newest member of the burgeoning Bucktown boutique scene opens its doors July 18, Chicagoans are offered yet another source for a rich, stripped-down aesthetic that bursts with class.
The simple, often minimalist pieces at Club Monaco range from updated classics to trends with elegance. Featuring both women’s and men’s lines, a new eyewear collection and a wealth of accessories, Club Monaco is an affordable addition to the boutique row in Bucktown, where it can be tough to find a dress under $200. But that doesn’t mean a sacrifice in quality. Club Monaco has taken steps in the last few years to upgrade their fabrics and overall standard while still retaining the affordable price point that has given them staying power. These luxurious improvements can be seen in their soft Italian cashmere sweaters, rich leather handbags and beaded jewelry.
Committed to the Chicago retail scene, the new Club Monaco will offer a special bonus, as well as giving back to their new community. Customers who spend $500 or more on opening day will receive a limited-edition Club Monaco black iPod Nano. The iPod Nanos are engraved on the back with the store’s moniker and they will be pre-loaded with Club Monaco’s store playlist, which is consistently requested by customers. And they’re also proving philanthropy is always in style, as a special black-and-white photography exhibit, curated by the non-profit Chicago Photography Center, will be on display for two weeks after the event. Scoop one up of these photos and redecorate your home as well as your wardrobe while supporting the arts. Proceeds benefit the Chicago Photography Center.
Because the new Bucktown location will be a Club Monaco flagship store, the new Fleur de Lys jewelry collection will be available. The symbol of French aristocracy will be featured on necklaces, bracelets and in other charms and perfectly sets off Club Monaco’s simple, no-frills designs. (Beth Dugan)
Club Monaco, 1731 North Damen, clubmonaco.com