Even though it sounds unimaginable, there are days when we're just to tired/lazy/cold to shop. But, that doesn't mean we get lax about supporting Chicago boutiques. We've built the only guide you'll ever need for shopping online and locally at the same time. Take to the web to shop your favorite boutiques and brands, then wait like a kid on Christmas for packages to arrive at your door. Pay close attention because we even scored exclusive discount codes to make your online experience even sweeter!
Chicago shopping can't happen without Akira. The boutique has made a household name for itself by supplying Chicago with an insane selection of brands and unique shopping opportunities. Akira's online shop, aside from being incredibly easy on the eyes, is a great place to find Chicago exclusives. Right now, you'll find the McFly by Jeffrey Campbell, a design found only at Akira. Don't worry about overpaying for shipping, because Akira gives it to you for free when you spend $150 or more. Need more incentive? Shop Akira online between now and March 31, and enter REFINERY29 at checkout to score 15% off your order!
Photos by Kelly Jung.
Our feelings for Eskell are downright amorous, and it's probably because their online store is so easy to use. Or maybe it's because Eskell's own line of gorgeous prints and feminine styles are just a mouse click away! Whatever the reason, we're hooked. Take a virtual trip to Eskell and find all fall merchandise at 40-70% off, plus you can snag Eskell's fall 2010 collection for 30% off. This information will come in handy around 11 p.m. when we grab this little number. Want your own? Get it now, because from now through Friday, enter eskellheartsrefinery at checkout for 15% off everything!
You know you've glued yourself to Lori's window like that chick from the Mervyn's commercial. It's cool, we don't blame you. Lori's is Base Camp One when it comes to shoes and accessories in Chicago. This editor is no exception, and has impulse purchased more than one handbag from this local gem. The key here is selection. You're going to find exactly what you're looking for in Lori's online store, and you might even be inspired to take the style south of your ankles in a whole new direction. This week, Lori's is adding more items to their 50%-off sale, so look alive.
We're going to contradict ourselves a little here and say that if and when you can, close the laptop and actually go to R.S.V.P. Gallery. 5 words: gigantic neon pink Chanel sign. In the meantime, R.S.V.P. brings Chicago's most creative and of-the-moment fashion and accessories to the internet. This is our pick when trying to gift something spectacular to the very hard-to-shop-for man in your life. R.S.V.P. will hook you up.
Veruca Salt is trusted citywide for a really edited selection of brands. That's because the ladies behind Veruca Salt won't sell anything they wouldn't wear themselves. The website definitely wins points for user-friendliness, and one more feature we're crazy about: Will Call. Can't wait for Mr. Deliveryman to get his act together? Purchase whatever you're craving in the heat of the moment, then hustle over to Veruca Salt where it will be wrapped up and waiting for you. We could get used to this.
Our shopping roundup wouldn't be incomplete without a nod to vintage. Sisters Lisa and Michelle Stuchly credit their mother with forging their love of vintage, and we'd like to thank her, too. Our girls hunt high and low for hot vintage finds, and we get to enjoy the spoils. You're going to have to race us to this floral tiered dress, because as with all vintage, once it's gone, it's really gone. Skip the hours you spend poring over Ebay and go straight to Chicago's best handpicked selection. We're all about to be addicts.