University of Chicago grad Deborah Umunnabuike wasn’t a business major, but she certainly has an entrepreneurial spirit. As the founder of “experimental vintage” e-commerce site AvantGaudy.com, she finds and reworks thrift-store scores and sells them online. Working with fellow U. of C. student Vincent Choi, she spots treasures such as Bruno Magli flats and sells them at prices so reasonable, it’s almost like stealing.
In the Loop
There must be something in the Chicago water, because T-shirt start-ups are multiplying like mad. The latest, Loop Apparel, comes from three dudes who were tired of paying $60 for their tees. In their own line, sweatshop-free shirts ($18 at loopapparel.com) prominently feature the Sears Tower, Hancock building and other skyline landmarks. Available in various hues, the shirts bring a different definition to the term local color.
If the weather cooperates, why not hit the sand to do some beach reading? Two new style titles fit the bill: Project Runway paterfamilias Tim Gunn just released his first tome, A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style ($18, Abrams Image)—a title that accurately sums up the book. And for crafty types, there’s Get a Hobby!: 101 All-Consuming Diversions for Any Lifestyle ($20, Collins) by ReadyMade magazine editor Tina Barseghian.