Boutique from the French word “shop,” specializes in elite and fashion-forward unique pieces that set your style apart from the mall masses. As an emerging fashion capital of the world, here are your Haute 5 Chicago boutiques to get your little back dress, dazzling jewels and sky high heels to make an entrance and leave an impression.
Slightly off the beaten path strip of Clark street. p + L is a local boutique with global flavor. Family owned and operated, owners Paul and Leena have a hand in picking out each individual piece.
2956 N Clark St. 773.248.3758. http://www.pandlchicago.com/
Lissa on Maxwell
Lissa on Maxwell offers a well-edited selection from the industry’s emerging designers and ‘under-the-radar’ lines. The modern and sophisticated edgy collections span the globe from New York to Brazil and Sweden.
729 W. Maxwell St. 312.563.9470. www.lissaonmaxwell.com
As one of the first boutiques to make a home in Bucktown, Chicago’s venerable shopping district, p.45 is a landmark destination for innovative clothing and accessories from new talent discoveries as well as internationally recognized collections. They have been featured in InStyle, Elle, Travel & Leisure, The New York Times, Glamour, Bazaar, Crains, WWD, and are regularly mentioned in Lucky, Chicago Magazine, CS, Time Out Chicago, and Daily Candy.
1643 N. Damen Ave. 773.862.4523. http://www.p45.com/
Located in the historic Monadnock Building in the Loop, Florodora features vintage-inspired contemporary fashions for women as well as unusual gifts, accessories and home accents. They highlight lesser known American and European designers including Lara Miller, Twinkle, Nougat, Feral Childe, Lia Molly, Chan Luu, Yoana Baraschi, and more.
330 S. Dearborn. 312.212.8860. www.florodora.com
Founded in August 2009 by two sisters from the North suburbs, Fix aspires to bring the most current fashion to Chicago with an array of top designers, as well as the newest, up-and-coming designers from around the world.
1101 W. Fulton St. 312.226.4565. www.shopfixchicago.com