1. Amber Warren-Berry at Veruca Salt
Spring item Superdry Patrol Lite jacket ($155)
Amber says “This jacket from London is great because it has a contemporary fit and nice technical aspects: a double-front zip as well as working zippers at the sleeves and cargo pockets. I love it because it can be worn as an outerwear piece or function as a casual sport coat.”
Did you know? After opening in Bucktown, Veruca Salt moved to River North, where it just started carrying men’s clothing alongside womenswear.
2. Annie Novotny at Workshop
Spring item Hand-dyed scarves by Lydia Brockman ($90)
Annie says “These scarves are 100 percent silk, dyed using all-natural dyes from plant pigments, and come in bright hues like sky blue, purple and goldenrod. They are a perfect accessory for dressing up any look, especially as the weather transitions—they also work well as a lightweight wrap or shawl on cooler summer nights.”
Did you know? Novotny is also a designer, and her line, Frei Designs, is sold in her Pilsen shop.
3. Krista K Meyers at Krista K
Spring item Coclico Whish cork wedge sandal ($378)
Krista says “This style has somehow achieved the perfect balance of looking great, providing height (three inches) and still being so comfortable. It’s the perfect go-with-everything neutral color, and the cork wedge makes the shoe so light. I also love that this shoe looks equally fabulous with jeans, dresses, skirts or shorts. I’ll be wearing these every day.”
Did you know? When it opened in 2002, Krista K was the first upscale women’s boutique in the Southport Corridor. The Krista K Maternity shop opened down the street in 2006.
4. Maria Pinto at Mark Shale
Spring items Harvey Faircloth organza blouse ($145), Catherine Malandrino slacks ($245)
Maria says “Each season I think it’s important to add some strong statement pieces to your wardrobe as well as updating the core pieces. These pieces do it best. Additionally, they can be worn so many other ways: The top [works with] a great pencil; the slacks can go with a great white shirt. Plus, coral, the perfect shot of color set in an airy silk organza.”
Did you know? Before she became Mark Shale’s new creative director of women’s fashions, Pinto had her own namesake clothing line and shop in the West Loop.