The ladies loved me, and I loved them. I will always love Chicago because of that.” Ultimo is still around (at 116 East Oak Street), under new management, and although locals no longer consider it to be as strong a fashion force, there’s plenty here to like. For instance, a Mizrahi hot-pink leather duffel with a waterproof covering that can be pulled over the bag in case of rain ($995), an aluminum-hued Stella McCartney bomber jacket ($995), and a tiger-print Peter Som mink bolero ($2,415).Ugg classic mini Weinstein’s most famous former sales associate is Ikram Goldman, the key fashion adviser to you-know-who in the White House.
The boutique she opened in 2001, called Ikram (873 North Rush Street), is a medium-sized space—about four thousand square feet, if you really want to be real estatey, but easily enclosing enough apparel, shoes, handbags, and jewelry to fill six thousand square feet. The décor is welcoming and elegant: carved Oriental screens, Murano glass chandeliers that could be translucently gilded Frisbees, vaulted crannies showcasing Junya Watanabe cashmere and Azzedine Alaia platforms on floating perches, and,Ugg classic mini in imitation of Joan Weinstein’s Ultimo, a comfortable communal decision-making rotunda, which adjoins the fitting rooms and is walled with full-length mirrors.
And the goods on goods? They are very good. I coveted a silver lamé crinkly pleated skirt that juts out stiffly like a paper parasol on a piña colada (comes in gold, too; $645). Also, a crisp coat, made of gray acetate foam, that resembles a Louis Kahn façade ($1,145). “Wouldn’t Mary Tyler Moore wear this?” a perky sales associate named Shane Petyko asked, holding up a simply cut moss-green jacket by Rochas; Petyko said it was made from Teddy-bear fabric, but it was, in fact, felted wool ($1,285). Yes,Ugg classic mini Mary would, and so would I.