1509 N. Milwaukee, (773)486-0830, eskell.com
Goods: Women’s clothing and accessories. Designers: Handmade tops, dresses and skirts by Eskell, Dolce Vita, Pendleton’s The Portland Collection, Dusen Dusen, Something Else, Mink Pink, Greylin; accessories by In God We Trust, Laura Lombardi, Lowluv, as well as a selection of affordable vintage attire. Owners: Best friends since high school, Elizabeth Del Castillo and Kelly Whitesell co-design Eskell’s eponymous line from a studio in back of the shop. Vibe: A smallish space with large quantities of cheer, from the staff to the clothes. Price Range: Moderate-Expensive. The Look: Vintage-inspired, creative and just plain pretty. A DIY vixen with fashion-forward taste. This romantic girl loves to infuse her wardrobe with a touch of fairy tale (think wispy fabrics, poetic ruffles and pretty prints). Shopper’s Perks: Designers Kelly and Elizabeth are on hand to dole out expert fashion advice and the store offers truly hard-to-find pieces. Plus, the combination of vintage and new pieces means you can craft an entirely one-of-a-kind ensemble.
UPDATED JANUARY 2012