As we’re sure you know by now, Storefront is launching in Chicago! To celebrate, we’re throwing an unforgettable party in the Lacuna Artist Lofts on Tuesday, July 15. Of course, a Storefront party wouldn’t be complete without the presence of the brands, makers, and artists that make up our Storefront community. To give you a taste of the incredible people we’re working with in Chicago and the wide variety of different brands that have benefited from Storefront, we’ve offered free booths to 10 amazing brands to curate our very own Storefront Showcase for the party.
The following 10 brands will be popping up in Lacuna with us and will be armed with their products to sell, so bring your wallets and a friend to check out the Storefront Showcase at our Official Chicago Launch Party! Please RSVP here so we can look forward to seeing you there.
Samantha Sleeper may be shaking things up in New York City now, where she’s currently pursuing her life-long design dreams, but she’ll always be a Chicago native. In fact, her very first brick and mortar shop was a pop-up location alongside designers like David Yurman and Jill Sander on Oak Street. Clearly, she’s no stranger to Chicago or Storefront’s concept, which is why we’re so excited to have her at our Chicago Launch Party. Her clients include Tina Fey, Heidi Klum, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Giuliana Rancic, and on Tuesday, all of the wonderful Storefront Launch Party attendees. Her booth in our Storefront Showcase will feature several of her own elegant yet edgy designs, made from eco-conscious materials.
Peoples Garment Co
It’s no secret that Americans—and Chicagoans in particular—love sports. The folks at Peoples Garment Co take it one step further, hoping to use their apparel to share the history of sports and its huge role in our communities. Their company works to celebrate this history through their locally designed and printed shirts. Their high quality sports apparel reflects the simple, gritty, and unique qualities of this country’s athletic past. The Peoples Garment Co booth on Tuesday will feature a variety of their traditional shirts, so you can support a local sports team while also supporting a local brand.
Mitchell Black is a lifestyle brand that celebrates the aesthetic from the past through modern living. In 2012, Mitchell Black was created from a collection of vintage copper and silver plate etchings. These etchings have taken on a new life as a luxurious line of lifestyle products, including tabletop, wall art, stationery, and fragrance product lines. Their booth on Tuesday will feature the luxurious products that Mitchell Black stocks in retail stores across the United States, including Bergdorf Goodman in New York, and local stores like Hazel and Tabula Tua.
Flowers for Dreams
Flowers for Dreams was started outside the doors of a commencement ceremony. Steven, an inspired college student on summer break, convinced a friend in the floral industry to ship 300 rose bouquets to his parent’s garage in Chicago. His plan was to sell the bouquets as congratulatory gifts outside his former high school’s graduation. For each bouquet sold, he would fund a backpack with school supplies for a local student in need. Now, Flowers for Dreams is bringing locally crafted flowers to the masses, allowing anyone to send a local artisan bouquet in one click for $35 and free delivery. All bouquets are sourced, designed, and delivered by Flowers for Dream to ensure inspiring products. Finally, each purchase continues to benefit an amazing local charity in need. This July, purchases from Flowers and Dreams will go towards supporting the Chicago Special Olympics!
Co-Founders of Brideside Sonali Lamba and Nicole Staple both have extensive experience with weddings — and bridesmaids. After trading stories about endless dress searches and mis-fitting frocks, they decided to come together to create Brideside and make the boutique experience more convenient, stress-free and inspiring – and bring the dresses you love right to your door. Brideside is the online shop for bridesmaid dresses that recreates the boutique experience from the comfort of your home. Their booth will feature a selection of hand-curated bridesmaid dresses, accessories, and will showcase their technology.
ZipFit is a growing e-commerce company based in Chicago whose goal is to help get around the obstacles that make finding well-fitting and fashionable clothing online so difficult. ZipFit was created by Liz Kammel in 2010, who came across the idea that there had to be a better way to quickly match men with their ideal pair of jeans. Out of this idea, ZipFit was born, and the company created a special technology to help men find their perfect fit in seconds. This technology will be showcased in their booth, alongside a pop-up fitting room for guys to try on their perfect fit. They offer premium denim and shirts from some of the top brands on the market, along with complimentary alterations to tie your perfect fit together.
Laine Too Glitter Temporary Tattoos
Laine Too provides unique temporary body art for occasions all around the Chicago area, and we are excited to be bringing them in for our Launch Party to continue painting the town red with the help of our red Storefront glitter tattoos! These fun temporary tattoos will be provided free to all guests, along several other Laine Too designs for you to enjoy.
Jackson Junge Gallery
Exhibiting both emerging and established artists in a wide range of mediums, the Jackson Junge Gallery is identified by its atmosphere, function, and energy. The gallery showcases an array of contemporary art and handmade non-functional crafts from a mix of local artists in Chicago’s vibrant Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhood. The gallery believes that art should be accessible to everyone, and offers a wide range of price points to accommodate any budget. They are a service company, dedicated to long term relationships with our collectors and artists. On Tuesday, the gallery will create a small pop-up gallery of sorts to showcase some of their most unique work for purchase.
Modern Cooperative is a an eclectic store full of all things mid-century modern design, re-claimed/re-purposed goods, and vintage items. The store works to mix together the old and new, the high and low, the fun and the serious. In the Modern Cooperative, customers are able to browse items as varied as a vintage camera decorative piece, a mid-century nightstand, or a set of 1950’s ping pong paddles. The store has called Pilsen home for a number of years, and on Tuesday they’ll simply walk a few blocks to join the Storefront Showcase in the Lacuna Artist Lofts.
Debra Ward Nutritional Styling
Debra Ward Nutritional Styling is about creating a better you; a more confident, stronger, healthier you. With Nutritional Styling you have the opportunity to effortlessly balance your body in new ways and reinvent yourself from the inside-out. DWNS operates on the idea that you can create a better body and mind by creating the perfect style for you and adjusting your eating habits for a healthier you. DWNS’s booth in the Storefront Showcase will feature several of their designs, and help explain how you can move forward to begin creating a more balanced and healthy body and lifestyle.