Chicago is a city very dear to my heart.
It was the city I first moved to when I came to the United States. Despite being a large city, it has managed to maintain a small town feel – that only adds to its charm. No matter where you turn, you will find fashion and art in complete synergy here.
There is a little red jewel box of a store called Ikram that had me weak in the knees the first time I walked into it seven years ago. What I love about shopping here is that it never feels like a store; instead it feels like you are raiding the closet of a very fashion forward friend. Whether it be the racks of overstuffed Alaia, Comme des Garcons or those impossible to find boots, this store is curated to perfection. It is a testament to Ikram Goldman and her hands on approach to the way she runs her business. If you are lucky enough to run into her while shopping here, speaking to her is an education in itself.
If you visit Chicago, make the time to peruse this treasure trove (and don’t even get me started on the restaurant that is part of this store).