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#ShopLocal: CSM’s Holiday Hidden Gems Go To!

With the holiday season in full swing the hustle and bustle can be a bit overwhelming at times and before you know it the holiday party has arrived and you haven’t gotten a chance to pick up that great unique and thoughtful gift you have been meaning to grab.

Trust me I’ve had that happen to me more times than I’d like to admit so to save you from that dreaded feeling of, “Yikes! What can I scrounge together at the convenience store?” take note of my round-up of my Top 10 local Chicago holiday go to’s below.   Bonus, these hidden gems are so amazing that they will be your go to year round but more importantly great places to snag a gift or two for yourself-no judgement here I promise.

1. stock mfg. co.

Stock Mfg. Co: If Stock sounds a little familiar it’s because I’ve featured this amazing company on CSM previously.   They focus on classic shapes and silhouettes that exude comfortable simplicity.  They offer great menswear accessories such as neck ties, bowties, hats, etc.

2. Space 519

space519: Touts itself as a refined general store and if you haven’t yet made it there, it’s a definite must.  They carry a carefully crafted assortment of beauty products for both women and men.  For your beauty aficionado this is where you find all of their most talked about products but discover new product lines to wow them with.

3. Roam

Roam: This is a wanderlust’s dream come true.  Both the menswear & womenswear collections are carefully curated to include hard to find designers as well as local Chicago favorites such as jules, a jewelry line by Jules Vance as well as C/FAN by Christina Fan.

4. Reform Pic

reform objects: This vintage shop is filled with an ever-changing inventory, focused mainly in Mid-Century Modern design.  Their pieces are a node to their love of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.  What’s also great is that one can also find the occasional Industrial, or Art Deco jewel in the mix.

5. Randolph Market Pic

Randolph Street Market: Stretch your stylish dollars to the max while perusing the market’s amazing selection of vintage apparel, accessories, footwear to hard to find fashion collectibles.  The market is happening this weekend 12/14 & 12/15 and you can get all of the info on times, parking, ticket pricing, etc here.

6.  Luxury Garage Sale Pic

Luxury Garage Sale: This gem is a upscale consignment boutique that specializes in selling new and gently used designer and vintage clothing and accessories.  Someone on your list looking for that stunning Givenchy ‘Nightingale’ or ‘Pandora’? 99.9% of a chance LGS has it and at a ridiculously amazing deal-trust me you & your pocketbook with thank me later.

7. Luxaby pic

Luxaby Baby & Child: This carefully curated children’s store offers amazing apparel for not only the little ones but for mommy as well.  Perfect one stop shop for any of the little ones on your list.

8. Jayson Home pic

Jayson Home: Sophisticated but never stuffy while maintaining an edgy but elegant aesthetic are what define the stunning home decor pieces that you will find at this hidden gem.  You will never go wrong here when finding the perfect hostess gift and I can almost guarantee you will find that missing piece you have been on the search for.

9. haberdash pic

Haberdash Men’s Shop:  This men’s focus boutique is a blend of cool classic style paired with old-school philosophy.  They focus on offering men a finely curated collection of hard to find brands including L.B.M. 1911, RRL, Baldwin Denim, Alden, and Gitman Bros. Vintage.  For that dapper gentlemen who’s style is nothing short of spectacular, this is your one stop shop destination.

10. Dose Pic

 dose market: The foodies in my life tend to be the hardest to shop for.  So when I discovered the food & style mecca of this hidden gem I can’t help but share the info.  The next market is happening this Sunday, 12/15 so definitely plan ahead to not only stop in for brunch and nosh while you shop for the great flavors that will win over that fashionable foodies palette.  Get all of the info on times, parking, ticket pricing, etc here.


Stock Mfg. Co: Revitalizing the meaning of ‘American Made’


What’s more rare than finding a piece from Givenchy’s Spring/Summer 1999 collection designed by the late Alexander McQueen?  An American brand that is designed, developed and produced all on American soil.

During a time where the apparel production landscape has seemed to become non-existent here in the United States and where the norm is to see a ‘Made in China’ label on the clothing sold in almost every store you enter, the meaning behind ‘American Made’ becomes less and less relevant.

Rather than be just another player in this cycle Stock Mfg. Co. took an entrepreneurial approach by creating and paving their own way.  This Chicago based clothing brand set out with the mission to design, develop and produce premium garments at an affordable price while at the same time aide to reviving American manufacturing.

The central hub of where their mantra comes to life is in their 45 year old apparel factory that is located on the west side of Chicago.  This Chicago mainstay is where they design and produce their high quality pieces while also partnering on collaboration projects titled “& Stock” with top industry talent and tastemakers such as specialty retailer, Bloomingdales.

They feature both menswear and womenswear that cater to the idea of casual chic.  The fabrications used in their collections are predominantly cotton based which just ooze relaxed comfort.  The silhouettes are very simple but with impeccable details.  With the transition into the fall season one of the biggest shifts you will see in both menswear and womenswear is the idea of ‘Comfortable Simplicity‘ where designers are taking a break from all of the color, print, and non-stop patterns of the last several seasons and opting for simple silhouettes while upping the ante in the details.

Pictured Above: Founders of Stock Mfg. Co Areill Ives, Jason Morgan, Tim Tierney, Jim Snediker, Mike Morarity (L to R)

Pictured Above: Founders of Stock Mfg. Co. (L to R) Areill Ives, Jason Morgan, Tim Tierney, Jim Snediker, Mike Morarity

So start your transition into fall with a local clothing brand that is revitalizing the meaning of ‘American Made’ apparel with their refreshing commitment to “not just producing our products in America, but to creating jobs and influencing the fashion world in a positive way. We are aiming to be a hub for American manufacturing, quality craftsmanship, and innovative collaboration.

Check out some of my favorite Stock Mfg. Co. pieces below and be sure to shop these pieces at their site www.stockmfg.

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The Social Closet: The new ‘it’ fashion marketplace!

Sharing your wardrobe with friends just went virtual. The Social Closet is an online fashion marketplace focused on the Chicago market and dedicated to buying and selling pre-owned contemporary clothing and accessories. Co-founded by French transplants Marine Soussan-Gouachon and Fanny Chéreau, this unique shopping experience allows consumers to not only resell their designer duds, but peruse other “closets” and buy new wardrobe pieces at the same time.  Did I mention that they are solely focused on Chicago? There are plenty of chi-lebrities that have enviable closets that are now shoppable!


Offering resale contemporary, designer and luxury items, The Social Closet gives Chicago consumers a platform to buy and sell on a social network and revamp their wardrobe in an environmentally sustainable way. Consumers create a profile, or “closet,” and sellers start selling pre-approved clothing and accessories right away. A curated inventory, each item is scrutinized by the most discriminating French taste – you supply the goods and The Social Closet gives them the seal of approval. Whether you’re computer savvy or a complete novice, consumers can choose to manage their closets independently or have The Social Closet assist with pricing, photos, shipping and even personal pick up…it’s that easy. Once items are sold, the company charges a 15% commission of the selling price, provides a pre-paid mailing label and that’s it. Sellers can also be buyers and shop some of the most coveted closets in the Chicagoland area.

How it works:

  • BECOME A MEMBER of  The Social Closet fashion community
  • SELL, BUY or BOTH by creating and opening your closet to our community by putting your pre-loved fashions up for sale while shopping in the community closet and/or buy what you love
  • SHARE your items by using the social network to showcase what you want, what you love, and all your favorite little designer’s items

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Want to get more info about The Social Closet? Visit www.thesocialcloset.com.