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Meet Your Wardrobe Staples. These 7 North Shore Boutiques Serve Serious Style

By Fiona Good-Sirota | November 13, 2020 | Style & Beauty

Say hello to the local boutiques of your closet’s dreams.

Omnia1hires-0001.jpgAn Omnia ex Nihilo look from Exhibit in Wilmette

1. Supporting independent designers and promoting sustainable fashion is the mission at Exhibit, where new and vintage apparel, accessories and home decor beckon shoppers. “This fall, I’m loving the saturated colors and cozy but Zoom-friendly apparel,” says owner Mari-Rose McManus. “My new arrivals are full of soft textiles that still look put-together.” 1148 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, @‌shopexhibitwilmette

2. Female-founded with West Coast flair, Valentina offers eclectic apparel, accessories, gifts and housewares. With locations in Lake Forest, Winnetka and Glencoe, each store has a look and feel of its own. “Without question, loungewear continues to trend this fall and into 2021,” says owner Sarah Scott. “We are selling lots of cashmere and shirting, joggers, denim and all things casual.” Multiple locations, @shopvalentina

3. Central Boutique is a bouquet of clothing options, including activewear and outerwear, alongside shoes and accessories. Its fall collection keeps the focus on all things warm and cozy in the form of loungewear, sweaters and coats. Featured brands include Citizens of Humanity, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Perfect White Tee and Mishky. 678 Central Ave., Highland Park, @shopify

4. A shop that exemplifies the chic and polished, Athene is home to a collection of modern brands. The minimalist white walls are lined with designer garments, such as NSF Clothing, Rick Owens and Greg Lauren. The store has West Coast inspiration, SoHo sophistication and a melodic blend of runway and streetwear fashion adorning its shelves. 837 Elm St., Winnetka, @athene_shop


A vintage Louis Vuitton agenda as found at North Shore Exchange

5. A nonprofit luxury consignment boutique with authenticated designer goods, North Shore Exchange donates its profits to local charities, including Care for Real and RefugeeOne. The store offers an upscale homewares collection, as well as brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada. “Think lug-sole boots, cool loafers and designer sneakers that elevate the ever-so-popular athleisure looks we’ve all been wearing,” says merchandising manager Patricia Batista. “We’re also seeing upscale costume and fine jewelry, tailored jackets and Hermès scarves fly out the door.” 372 Hazel Ave., Glencoe, @‌northshoreexchange_org

6. Destination shopping comes alive at Neapolitan Collection. Taking sartorial cues from New York, Milan and Paris, the shop’s expansive collection includes design houses like Fendi, Dior, Valentino and Prada. Store owner Kelly Golden and her staff source the globe to bring apparel, accessories and shoes from acclaimed designers to the North Shore. 560 Chestnut St., Winnetka @‌neapolitancollection

7. The atmosphere at Frances Heffernan isn’t the only differentiating factor at this North Shore favorite: Its collection of garments from celebrated designers places the store in a league of its own. Stocking brands such as Charles Chang-Lima, Douglas Hannant and Bogner, the store has remained the epitome of style for Chicago’s fashion elite since 1932. 810 Elm St., Winnetka, @‌francesheffernan

Photography by: From top, photos: by Coleman Downing; courtesy of North Shore Exchange