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Dressed Up In Milwaukee

Local boutiques selling local designs

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With fashion moving at runway speed, even the subtlest detail can make the loudest statement. A garment’s lines, the studding here, the way light plays off fabric, the feel against skin—these are the elements that designers and seamstresses get stoked about. The DIY (do-it-yourself) fad has gone commercial and bloomed into a variety of styles on the fashion forecaster radar, from cleaned-up minimalism to offbeat opulence, from glamour-meets-grunge bohemianism to a “new modernism” of true design and silhouette.

Collectively, the following boutiques offer an array of apparel, handbags, jewelry and other accessories produced by local designers. The labels listed are subject to change because many wares are one-of-a-kind or limited editions. But even for the most fashion-conscious shoppers with an eye for workmanship and something unique, the latest looks can be found near home. (Lora Nigro and Kevin Rutkowski)

Aala Reed

Men’s fashion boutique | 1320 E. Brady St. | 414.226.2252 | Jewelry—Your Vibe | aalareed4men.com


Boutique B’lou

Women’s boutiques | 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Pfister Hotel | 414.226.0112 | 13420 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove | 262.785.0909 | 615 Genesee St., Delafield | 262.646.4281 | T-shirts—Green 3 | Jewelry—Jeweled Designs | Hand-painted scarves—Susanne Waraksa | Knit accessories—Green 3

Boutique Revolution

Indie, vintage, recycled and handmade items | 5209 W. North Ave. | 414.807.3275 | Clothing—VGAL Designs, Asia Mynor, S.L.R. Couture, Anna Hovet, GG Collections, NANDI | Jewelry—RAW Jewelry, DQueens Crowns | thefashionrevolution.com

Fashion Ninja

Monthly Milwaukee indie fashion market | 315 N. Plankinton Ave. | 414.481.3865 | Clothing—Rosefly Designs, Elena Velez, Isis Indigo Designs, Des Arbres, Dee Von Ros, Belinda Ricco | fashionninja.com

Fred

Women’s boutiques | 522 N. Water St. | 414.270.1009 | 4407 N. Oakland Ave. | 414.967.7760 | Headbands—Jackie Barutha | fredboutique.com

I See London

Women’s boutique | 333 W. Brown Deer Road | 414.351.6132 | Clothing—Belatees | Jewelry—Tammy Spice | Accessories—Jodi Marcus, Mitchell Leather Cuffs

Lela

Women’s boutique | 321 N. Broadway | 414.727.4855 |

Clothing—Vika Brown, Shanel Regier, Laddhavan Sutana | Jewelry—Becky Bathke, Valerie Erato, Dawn Follendorf, Bonnie McKendry, Staci Schemm, Julie Schnoll | Accessories—Jodi Marcus | lelaboutique.com

Luci

Women’s boutiques | 532 N. Water St. | 414.226.0114 | Bayshore Town Center | 414.967.7933 | Clothing—VGAL Designs, Spotlight designer featured every two months | luciboutique.com

Ma Jolie

Men and women’s clothing and shoe boutique | Bayshore Town Center | 414.961.8210 | Jewelry—Sook Earrings, Bella Bella | Accessories—Mitchell Leather Cuffs

Miss Ruby

Bridal & dress boutique | 522 N. Water St., Suite 203 | 414.755.2900 | Dresses—Delanie Couture | Jewelry—JoBead, Jaxie | Hair accessories—Jaxie | missrubyboutique.com

Project M

New women and men’s boutique featuring Midwest designers | 801 E. Center St. | Clothing—Rosefly, Des Arbres | projectmboutique.blogspot.com

ReThreads

Indie, vintage, recycled and handmade items | 2943 N. Humboldt Blvd. | 414.263.1690 | Bags—Paul Isaac | rethreadsclothing.com

Salamander

Women’s boutique | 7532 W. State St. | 414.259.0970 | Jewelry—Wolf Design | fancifulpear.com

Shoo

Shoe and accessory boutique | 241 N. Broadway | 414.765.74665 | Recycled Leather bags—(h(om)e) | Scarves—Artwear | Jewelry—Polly Daeger | shoostore.com

Sparrow Collective

Indie, vintage, recycled and handmade items featuring more than 90 designers from the United States and Canada | 2224 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. | 414.747.9229 | Clothing—MoshiMoshi, VGear, Little Ocean, Des Arbres, Polar Ghost | Jewelry—Papavier, Dores, My Mish Mosh, Jessica Lemberg, Miss Miso | Crocheted scarves—Miss Miso | Screen printed bags—Papavier | fastencollective.blogspot.com

U-Turn Apparel

Consignment, recycled clothing boutique | 6905 W. North Ave. | 414.443.0143 | Bags—Permanent Baggage, Vagabonde Bags | Jewelry—Perlina Creations, Michele St. Amour | Clothing—Hot Coco | Accessories—Zewing Girl | uturnity.com

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