Too many visitors to Chicago never make it past the Mag Mile to discover the great indie boutiques of neighborhoods as nearby as Bucktown and Ukrainian Village. And we?re just as guilty for bypassing amazing shops in the far corners of Brooklyn and Silverlake during our whirlwind work trips to New York and L.A.
Now Chicagoan Alexis Nido-Russo has created a way for us to stay connected with the fashion world?s up-and-comers on her new website, Local Eclectic.??
Think of it as Etsy gone Vogue. ??
Nido-Russo is a luxury junkie who has worked at Gilt City and CS magazine, and she wanted to help fresh design talent reach a larger audience. She personally scours under-the-radar boutiques for rising stars, then gives online shoppers a sleek place to discover them.?
Two new designers debut on Local Eclectic each week. And of the goods up for grabs so far, we love this moody silk shibori wrap ($230) by Austin-based Miranda Bennett, the edgy bullet-shell-and-quartz necklace ($36) by L.A.-based Jakimac and the transitional, funnel-neck coat ($360) by New York?s Feral Childe.
Look at that, we just accessorized like a jet-setter from our office chair.