Post Holiday sales: Penelope's, Untitled, Robin Richman, Agent Provocateur and more
I've got a thing for the after-Christmas/early-January shopping season. In Chicago, the ranks of shoppers are thinned by frigid temps and strained credit cards, so there are no crowds to speak of—and the prices drop as steeply as the mercury. Plus, you've got plenty of cold left in the year to wear winter clothing. Right now, the shops in Wicker Park's crotch are sporting sale signs that come with actual sales. Untitled has Penfield, Shades of Greige parkas for men on sale and Nikita and other brands for women. Urban Outfitters, which I can barely stomach, had double-discounted skinny Levi's for dudes this weekend—so I walked away with $20 jeans yesterday. Skinny dudes, get on down. Solemates in Lincoln Park also tells me that the store is having a post-holiday sale with 20%–50% off everything, including its own Sir & Madame line.
Gamma Player's sale runs Thu–Sun, 50–70% winter collections.
Pagoda Red is holding a moving sale Saturday and Sunday, January 9–10, 10am–5pm at 30 N Racine with discounts up to 80% on items such as 19th-century calligrapher's tables, Chinese furniture, antiquities and whatnot.
Agent Provocateur is having a sale online—and also in the store. Looks like almost 50% off.
Here are many of the post-holiday sales the Get editors have rounded up for the upcoming issue of Time Out Chicago:
City Soles/Niche It’s one of the year’s most anticipated shopping events for Chicago-based shoe lovers. Buy one pair of shoes by brands such as Cydwoq, Faryl Robin and Camper and get the second one for a nickel. Better yet, become a Facebook fan by Thu 7 and stop in for the sale a day before everyone else. •2001 W North Ave (773-489-2001, citysoles.com). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 56, 72. Mon–Wed 10am–7pm; Thu, Fri 10am–8pm; Sat 10am–7pm; Sun 11am–6pm. •3432 N Southport Ave (773-665-4233). El: Brown to Southport. Bus: 152. Mon–Wed 10am–6pm; Thu, Fri 10am–7pm; Sat 10am–6pm; Sun 11am–5pm.
Connect If your New Year’s resolution is to be more charitable in ’10, this Wicker Park shop is here to help. Bring in a winter coat (which will be donated to Cornerstone Community Outreach) and you’ll get 10% off your next purchase at Connect. The organization is taking any type of coats this season, but it is in particular need of larger men’s outerwear. 1330 N Milwaukee Ave (312-890-3684, connect-chicago.com). El: Blue to Division. Bus: 9, 56, 70. Mon–Sat noon–8pm; Sun noon–5pm.
Eye Spy Optical We have mixed feelings about designer specs. Yes, they look great, but why spend a ton of money on something that you could very easily lose or accidentally sit on? Good thing this Lakeview specs shop comes to the rescue with its monthlong sale. Frames in the store by lines including IC!Berlin, Face a Face and Swiss Horn start at $75. 2130 N Damen Ave (773-252-8660, eyespyoptical.com). Bus: 50, 73. Mon–Fri 11am–7pm; Sat 10am–6pm; Sun noon–5pm.
Florodora Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but your winter outerwear doesn’t have to be. Upgrade last year’s winter frock at this Loop boutique because all coats are 25% off. Examples include a gray confederate jacket from Lola San Francisco (regularly $298, now $224), an ivory wool coat by Snoflake (normally $440, on sale for $330) and An Ren’s big button tweed coat (was $329, currently $247). 330 S Dearborn St (312-212-8860, florodora.com). El: Orange, Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Library. Bus: 126, 156, 151. Mon–Fri 10am–7pm; Sat 11am–5pm.
His Stuff The holidays are over, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop gifting yourself and your loved ones…especially when the sales are this good. Stop by His Stuff and enjoy up to 60% off almost everything (including selections by Hugo Boss and 2xist undies) in the store. •5314 N Clark St (773-989-9111, hisstuffchicago.com). El: Red to Berwyn. Bus: 22, 92. •3162 N Broadway (773-281-6111). El: Red, Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Belmont. Bus: 8, 22, 36, 77. Mon–Fri 11am–9pm; Sat 11am–7pm; Sun noon–6pm.
Ikram Scared to step foot in this Gold Coast boutique (owned by the First Lady’s personal stylist)? Let this sale be your incentive. Find 40% off all fall/winter items by high-flyin’ fashion lines such as Narciso Rodriguez, Yohji Yamamoto and Rodarte in the shop now through the end of February. 873 N Rush St (312-587-1000, ). El: Red to Chicago. Bus: 146, 147, 151. Mon–Sat 10am–6pm.
Penelope’s It’s a rare occurrence when the Wicker Park boutique Penelope’s hosts a major sale. Stop by now through the end of the month and enjoy 20%–60% off all men’s and women’s fall and winter merch by lines including A.P.C., Hyden Yoo and Sessun. 1913 W Division St (773-395-2351, shoppenelopes.com). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 70, 50. Mon–Sat 11am–7pm; Sun noon–6pm.
Robin Richman Sure, you should be pinching your pennies, but it’s okay to splurge every now and then. Stop by this inspiring Bucktown women’s boutique for 50% off select clothes, shoes and accessories by designers such as Gary Graham and Complex Geometries. You can always start saving money next month. 2108 N Damen Ave (773-278-6150, robinrichman.com). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 56, 72. Tue–Sat 11am–6pm; Sun noon–5pm.
Roslyn Boutique Here’s a way to have a rosy outlook on shopping in this economy: Visit this Bucktown boutique for its semi-annual sale and find 20%–70% off the entire store, including looks by Steve Alan and local designer Elise Bergman. 2035 N Damen Ave (773-489-1311, roslynboutique.com). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 56, 72. Tue–Sat 11am–7pm; Sun noon–5pm.
Scoop NYC We’ve got a scoop for you. Stop by this Bucktown boutique and enjoy at least 40%–70% off items such as sweaters, coats and shoes. Expect deals on men’s dress shirts by Theory (original $195, now $119), Cold Message corduroy blazers (normally $298, now $179) and accessories for as little as $9. 1702 N Milwaukee Ave (773-227-9930, scoopnyc.com). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 56, 72. Mon–Sat 11am–7pm; Sun noon–6pm.
SHE Boutique Last month, you were all about buying for others. Well, guess what? It’s time to get back to shopping for you, you, you! And because you’re a Time Out reader, this chic Highland Park women’s boutique is offering you a special deal. Mention TOC when you’re in the store this week, and you’ll receive 20% off everything, including items by Alice + Olivia, Raf Simons, Rory Beca and more. Can’t make the trek to the North Shore? Use the discount on the store’s website by entering “Timeout10” when checking out. 483 Central Ave, Highland Park (847-926-0150, shopsheboutique.com). Mon–Sat 10am–6pm; Sun noon–5pm.
Silver Moon It’s a new year and probably time for a new wardrobe—or at least some clothes that are new to you. Stop in for a great sale on vintage delights from as far back as the ’20s along with a few newbie accessories by Vivienne Westwood. The Bucktown boutique offers 25% off everything in the store. 1755 W North Ave (773-235-5797, silvermoonvintage.com). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 56, 72. Tue–Fri 11am–6pm; Sat noon–7pm; Sun noon–5pm.
Strut As Wicker Park boutique Strut goes the way of the wind and prepares to shutter its doors, shoppers have the chance to grab all the sleek, tight and snuggly items such as Members Only puffa jackets for $62 (originally $125) and Ella Moss tops for $75 (originally $149). 1744 W Division St (773-227-2728, strutchicago.com). El: Blue to Division. Bus: 9, 70. Sun, Mon noon–6pm; Tue–Sat noon–7pm.