Meet the Makers
One of our raison d’être is to gather a community of makers and friends and share their stories. We want to highlight the “who” behind the products and garments we sell in our shop. We believe there is a story to be discovered behind each piece.
Mary Catherine Sarna, 10Metal
As I collected pieces and traded stories with jewelry purveyors and artists from around the world, I was driven to create my own designs from this unconventional point of view. Your jewelry should complement your natural spirit, attitude and energy-not define it.
range of fashion related endeavors in her varied roles as designer, educator,
curator, consultant, and mentor. Reynders’ most current line features
contemporary coats, and shirts under the Andrea Reynders label. Her modern
designs while linear and sculptural are classic. Her designs reflect and define the
space between body and garment, dreams and reality and the relationship
between our private worlds and our lived expressions of being.
Everyday Jane is a brand of clothing and accessories made from mostly antique and vintage textiles. Anna likes to make classic wardrobe staples and veers away from trendy fashion. What started off as a creative hobby turned into a passion because of the impact the fashion industry has on the environment. She cares about people and the planet. This business is her attempt to make a difference by employing a small team of women who enjoy working from the comfort of their homes and are paid a living wage. If you buy a pair of shorts from Everyday Jane and accidentally rip them, she can fix that. If your body changes and you need something altered, she can do that too.
Artist and educator Gillion Carrara embraces rich dualities in her work and her art. She is both a skilled artisan-designer whose elegant, minimalist women’s and men’s accessories, and tableware have received international acclaim. She is an educator who focuses on contemporary fashion and dress. Creating objects that are at once ornamental and functional, she maintains a workshop in Chicago and travels often to acquire materials and uncover found objects. She draws inspiration equally from the pure forms of architecture and the primal forms of nature. Carrara's singular, handcrafted jewelry pieces and tableware are constructed from bone, horn, wood, glass and Italian briar root, combined with silver, gold and differing metals.
Anjali Raj is the designer and founder of Indie-Pendant. Jewelry has been an everlasting love of hers from as far back as she can remember. She did her Graduate Gemology through the Gemological Institute of America and decided to pursue the designing stream. Her inspiration comes from her Mum and her husband, Ravi who convinced her to set up her design house of Indie-Pendant. Anjali's beautiful pieces are now available in the shop.
Indigene started with a passion for traditional textiles and handcrafted techniques. Its brand ethos emerged from this passion, and from an intuitive perspective on ‘artisanal clothing’, making a larger, yet deeply personal, statement through every piece, every detail. Indigene clothing is about ease and comfort, about keeping it stylish yet modest, celebrating the essence of the maker. An open closet with stories to tell. One that speaks of and for artisans, their skills and challenges; of consumers who know how it feels to pay it forward. Lending it form, shape and accent are its storytellers, designers Ruchi Tripathi and Jaya Bhatt, textile design graduates from Delhi’s National Institute of Fashion Technology.
Juler's Row began in 2011 as a blog dedicated to all things jewelry. Julie Bishop, the founder, had great enthusiasm to learn about jewelry design, antique to contemporary, as well as innovations within the industry that pushed the limits of craftsmanship. The brand's unique name draws inspiration from Julie's moniker and Jewelers Row, a bustling jewelry district in downtown Chicago.
As the blog evolved, it gave way to a new business venture, transforming Juler's Row into an art, accessory & decor business. This unique transformation saw the integration of Julie's mother, Amy Wilson, into the Juler's Row family. Amy, an artist, and interior designer by profession, brought a new dimension to Juler's Row with her artistic ability of rendering jewelry, gemstones & diamonds in watercolor. The fusion of Julie's jewelry expertise and Amy's artistic talents have resulted in a remarkable collection rich in antique influence and creative imagination.
In 2020, Juler's Row broadened its scope to include its own collection of jewelry. The jewelry is known for its innovative use of color through enamel. Antique and estate jewelry have been a consistent muse for designs, providing endless inspiration to create stunning, timeless pieces.
From a blog to a successful product-based business, Juler's Row's journey is the quintessence of passion turned profession.
Laura Hubka Millinery
Laura Hubka suspects she was a sculptor in a former life. Although her designs often begin on paper, it is not until her hands and materials converge that her creations begin to take on life.
Because she takes great pride in her craftsmanship, Laura trims each of her pieces with a delicate hand. To her, the work is all about color and texture. The contrast between a plush velour and a shiny buckle. The silhouettes are classic, even playful, but never fussy. The lines are clean and flattering to a woman’s face. The result is contemporary, wearable, and shamelessly feminine.
Made Here Chicago
Cozy, at home wear that translates to street wear. Nancy works with small local women's businesses for pattern making, sewing and selling. For silks, she uses dyes from plants in her garden. For this reason the label is MADE HERE.
Neon Fringey is a creative house exploring outer boundaries at the intersection of design, fashion & travel. Carrie Meghie, the company's founder, has been doing something creative since she was very young. Her handbag line was recently launched in March 2022. Her line is unique, colorful, unexpected and all handmade. She believes life is precious and values every moment. Carrie runs a charity that she founded with her husband in honor of their late son, Jackson. The Jackson Chance Foundation provides parking to families with critically ill babies in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Made to be centered as everyday statement pieces, Parron Allen's designs evoke a cohesive aesthetic of sophisticated whimsy and an attitude of resolute joy.Parron Allen is the namesake clothing brand of Brooklyn-based designer Parron Edwards-Stimola, whose design vision is inspired by his childhood in Lexington, Mississippi. Parron's grandmother, Momma Ruth, expressed her love by sewing dresses for the women in her family. Momma Ruth made dresses as so many Black women did—with whatever materials were available—creating beauty from remnants long before sustainability and up-cycling began their march toward the mainstream.Parron’s designs echo this joyous harmony of whimsy and practicality in a voice for the present moment, reclaiming sustainability as a part of his cultural heritage and designing inventive collections that incorporate fabric remnants, discarded textiles, and thrifted garments. Prior to founding his brand in 2021, Parron studied design in the US and UK and honed his skills at Vera Wang, Ellen Tracy, and Rebecca Taylor.
Pam Kendall, founder, and designer of Qui Collection, has a passion for all things vintage and the stories behind them. Pam’s new line of tees brings us back to a time when clothes weren’t disposable but instead treasured like a good story.
Growing up in a large family Pam always cherished her clothes (which were either hand-sewn by her mother, hand-me-downs from her sister or purchased on the once-a-year back-to-school shopping trip). As a mother of three, her two daughters even wore some of her childhood clothes and to this day, her daughters still love to shop her closet; they lovingly call her clothes-pam-me-downs.
Qui Collection believes that how a product is made and by whom matters. We honor the skills and livelihood of talented local artisans and sewists who work hard behind the scenes.
All of our items are made in the USA and crafted in small batches. We use sustainably sourced fabrics along with repurposed, reclaimed and vintage fabric. Our goal with every collection is to have zero waste in our production.
Salvage Cloth Studio is a Brooklyn-based clothing brand with a focus on eco-friendly and sustainable production. Designer Carie Evans weaves together seasonal colors and global inspiration with her first true passion of vintage clothing to intricately design and responsibly craft modern womenswear.
This passion project started while on a girls trip to India for Dee De Martin and her friends 50th birthdays. She works with a co-op that provides free French tailoring lessons and shelter to the homeless in India. Once trained, they have the opportunity to stay and become employees or move on to other employment. Dee Dee is a part of Chicago Fair Trade as she believes that everyone who touches their garments should be paid a proper wage and empowered to help others.
Souvie Organics is a certified organic Brazilian beauty brand founded by Janine Bitencourt. Her products are made with amazing ingredients like acai oil, aloe vera extract, murumuru butter, cupuacu butter and brazil nut oil.
Lauren, founder and designer of Syl Market is inspired by art and music and nature and everything that comes into her eyes. Her son is the biggest influence on her life and she is a big fan of astrophysics. All of these things play into the exquisiteness of her pieces.
Margo Breznik, Founder + Creative Director of Tatine, launched her company in 2001 as a way to express her inspirations and impart her passion for creating interior atmospheres that inspire, deepen, and enhance your surroundings. Her designs and bespoke fragrance blends are an expression of what she is feeling, thinking, and inspired by at any given time. Drawing solely on music which, to Margo, is the highest of all art forms, she also culls inspiration from her travels, hoping to impart those small magic moments that traveling brings into our lives. She is also influenced by interior design and creating inspiring atmospheres where people immediately feel at ease, passing that special feeling on through Tatine's products. Inspiration can come from anywhere, be it haute couture, a runway show, a song lyric, a well designed menu, or a moment in time. Margo creates from a personal and emotional place. As Tatine celebrates 20 years, Margo continues to place meaning in the small details, slow design, hand craftsmanship, and imparting soul through each piece. Everything is created to impart wonder, a sense of quality, and the quiet but evocative message of the handmade.
The Blue Passion
Born and raised in Croatia, Dunja always had her eyes set on tailoring. Her mother was a seamstress in a menswear suiting company, and Dunja would spend hours looking through different suit manuals that her mother would bring home from work. Even though she pursued a fashion design school, tailoring was always her favorite. In 2014, she moved to the USA to search for more options and a better quality of life.
During college in the USA, she is pursuing tailoring and decided to mainly focus on that direction. In her work, Dunja is mixing old-world tailoring techniques with the modern approach.
Creating for women who are passionate about life. Her new label, "The Blue Passion" is purposely driven to change the mindset of the industry and focus on quality, seasonless garments that are also in harmony with nature. Using natural and upcycling materials, she is on the mission to simplify womens wardrobe and provide women with the right fit.
Creating a space for women to be themselves, no matter what season of life they are going through. Space where they can express their soul and have sartorial garments that fit their individuality. Women are not one size fits all, and one trend fits all. We are so much more.
Artist Alison Donlan describes herself as a storyteller, advisor and character. She has always gravitated to paintings of people. More specifically, faces. And even more specifically, abstract faces. Abstract is never "wrong", and she loves starting with a blank face and seeing where it ends up.
Fernanda Daudt and her team make up-cycled leather handbags that are hand-stitched by refugee women. She gets her inspiration from having witnessed so much waste in the leather goods industry and working closely with an NGO that welcomes refugees. All of which made her feel that she could do something to tackle both problems through fashion. Fernanda is also influenced by her grandmothers, that were both into fashion and craftsmanship arts, and her mother, a Philosopher whose volunteer work would be making and mending clothing. Their lessons on how to sew, knit, crochet and style were always fun and therapeutic to her. Volta Atelier bags are designed in an array of coveted colors, styles and sizes.
Tanya Tucci is an Oncology Massage Therapist by day and a soap maker at night. She started making soap in 2009 using Converse shoe boxes lined with wax paper as her form of making soap loaves. Tanya became interested in making all natural products due to the severity that radiation and chemotherapy can cause on the skin. She is known for her 1951 soap truck! You can find her locally at street fairs and at our shop from time to time.