New & Noteworthy Chicago Shops

by Natasha Wolff | March 17, 2016 4:50 pm

Les Néréides

We didn’t know much about the Parisian jewelry[1] line Les Néréides before it opened its first U.S. store right here in the Loop. But upon stepping inside the charming space, we were hooked on the bold brooches, flirty necklaces, conversation-starting earrings and other fun and colorful costume baubles. “We chose Chicago[2] for its energetic, cosmopolitan vibe,” says co-owner Jessica Knopf. “This season, two of our most popular collections have been the Winter Roses and the Fantasy Gardens. Both incorporate beautiful flowers and other nature elements.”

108 North State Street;[3]

Stella dress, $480; Pickford collar, $125; Soho belt, $265


After a year in a Lincoln Park pop-up shop, Michelle Obama favorite Maria Pinto has opened a permanent home in the booming West Loop. Her industrial-meets-elegant M2057 store carries tailored dresses, flattering coats, colorful tops and much more, including a selection of artisan jewelry and belts from designers like Johnny Farah and Diana Broussard. “I feel that I am in exactly the right place—as my life evolves, so too does my work,” says Pinto. “This year, I’ll celebrate 25 years in fashion design, yet creating each new collection is as exciting as designing that very first one.” 

833 West Washington Boulevard;[4]

Gilded Assembly shelves

Gild Assembly

Gild Assembly, the bespoke furniture line and gallery created by the Studio Gild interior-design team, just opened its doors—and design lovers are flocking to the space. “We’re always scouting for unique finds for our clients, which lends itself well to curating a diverse assemblage of treasures and artwork for Gild Assembly,” says co-founder Melissa Benham. “In addition to showcasing our wares, we’re excited to be making works from locally and internationally cultivated artisans, such as Utopia & Utility’s breathtaking sculptural glass vessels, more widely available in Chicago.” 

2110 North Damen Avenue;[5]

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