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Friday, September 29, 2006

THIS WEEK'S HOT LIST: The underdog

This week, we're taking a different point of view in the Hot List, featuring a brand we think doesn't always get its due. Ladies... Alberto Fermani.

Fermani is the quintessential Italian designer, fashion forward and ahead of the curve, yet always classic, clean, tailored and beautiful. This season the label nailed the menswear trend, inspiring us to get a fabulous pair of trousers and a tailored blouse.

We've got a number of the brand's styles, including a Mary Jane Lori's has oggled and worn for years, the 10003 in Cuoio. It's unbelievable gorgeous and meticulously crafted.

We like Alberto Fermani because the shoes are out of the ordinary; they're wearable conversation starters; they'll prompt people on the street to ask you where you got them. Really, they're everything we crave in footwear. And did we mention they're comfortable? They are.

Lori's likes and underdog, and we think Mr. Fermani will emerge as a true champion!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

STYLE WATCH: Campaign shoes

No, not the ones candidates are wearing for the approaching elections.

We're talking about ad campaign shoes- the ones vendors are featuring in their national magazine and newspaper ads. Lori's carries, wears and adores a number of "have you seen these?" styles. In fact, several of the fresh-faced exhibits are our best sellers!

One in particular is Aerosole's fantastic Sleigh wedge. Not only is it totally cute and in, but the shoe has a fantastically comfortable and flexible sole, which means easy walking as fall shopping season is in full force. Hurrah!

Another campaign shoe is Vaneli's Narayanan boot in brown suede. It's a gorgeous selection from our "dress" category, with ankle buckles and a high heel... to boot. From Lakeview to the Loop, rest assured it's one of Chicago's top choices.

Friday, September 22, 2006

THIS WEEK'S HOT LIST: Comfy Mary Janes

Our Lincoln Park Girls-On-The-Go cruised into the store and took advantage of our latest Berne Mev shipment, shooting the little athletic flat up to the top of our best seller charts. The leather and rubber number with a Mary Jane strap comes in a plethora of colors, including matte and metallic styles.

Also hot in the store this week was Erin Gallagher's mult-chain bracelet in silver and gold. Gallagher's a local girl we love for her clean, easy pieces you can wear anywear. We noticed, too, that customers were interested in her vintage charm necklaces. Very chic. Very layerable.

Now we're making a best seller prediction for next week- flats have been a trendy pic this month (see above... and below!), and we just got gorgeous styles from Seychelles and Jeffrey Campbell. Pictures coming soon!

(Erin Gallagher brass locket necklace)

Thursday, September 21, 2006

TREND WATCH: Walk the walk

What do pumps, peep toes, ankle straps and Mary Janes have in common? They all played a big part in this season's runway styles.

We saw one designer mix white T-strap pump with sheer black tights and thick black socks, while another one paired textured opaque tights with ankle strap heels. Kenzie, meanwhile, is showing its Crezy Cat peep toe (right) with white socks, completing the label's layered, shabby-chic look.

We like to wear our pumps, Mary Janes actually, with sleek socks in matching tones- with or without tights.

Whether you like your legs covered or bare, colored or nude, we're encouraging our shoppers to remember these classically sexy styles, even as boot season is upon us. After all, what polishes off an outfit better than a fabulous pair of high heels?!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

STYLE WATCH: Second City style

You're invited!

Our great city, sometimes overlooked by our friends in the fashion industry, is putting on a show to highlight just how fresh, creative and utterly fabulous designs in Chicago are.

The Fashion Focus event will run 11 days, from September 20th thru October 1st, in locations all over- from Grant Park to Bucktown and the Loop to Lincoln Park (yay, Lincoln Park!).

Lori's will be doing its part Thursday, September 21st as part of Armitage Avenue's neighborhood shopping event. On that night we, and over 30 of our closest friends, will be open fashionably late (until 9 p.m.) and serving yummy cocktails.

We also challenge you to bring an outfit... any outfit... and our local style gurus will help you polish it off with some great accessories.

So stop by Armitage Avenue on the 21st to shop the unique boutiques on our great street. This is an amazing opportunity to see all that our remarkable neighborhood- and city- has to offer the style community.

Can't make it to the city on September 21st? Perhaps you can visit us in Naperville where our west suburban Lori's will be participating in the 'burb's "Ladies Night Out." Receive 10 percent off EVERYTHING in the store, or 20 precent off with the purchase of an Alfonsi Venetis handbag. Half of all proceeds that night will be donated to charity.

For more Ladies Night Out information call the Naperville store at 630-416-3663

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

THIS WEEK'S HOT LIST: Sassy pumps, suede wedges

A new season, a new attitude. September is the unofficial start of fall and with the calendar change we're seeing a change in our shoe searcher's buying habits. Gone are the days of sandals and flip flops, in are the weeks of leathers and wedges, peep toes and covered toes.

Making a return to the top of the best seller list is the Lalo from Steven, a perennial Lori's favorite. This year patent styles are flying off the shelves, in addition to the leopard print highlighted September 1st. It's a sexy and stylish choice- a great partner for the throngs of great minis and slim pants out there.

Another fantastic shoe having an impressive few weeks is the Gentle Souls Rosa suede wedge. Not only does it look totally cute with tights and knee length skirts, but it is unbelievably comfortable. It's cloud-like, really, and a great choice for our busy chic shoppers constantly on the go!

An honorable mention also this week goes to Vaneli. Two of the label's shoes, the dress boot Lillium and Mary Jane wedge Billow, have been big hits at our Highland Park and Northfield locations. Nicely done!

Friday, September 08, 2006

THIS WEEK'S HOT LIST: Metallic flats

Viva Dolce Vita!

This week's top seller comes from our Italian friends at Dolce Vita. They know what we like in Chicago! From Lincoln Park and the North Shore to cyberspace, the brand's cute metallic ballets have been quite a hit.

Our customers are snatching these cuties up and teaming their new ballets with black or grey opaque tights, black leggings and even skinny jeans. Well done!

A little preview for next week. We're noticing more and more chain and/or frame bags. You know, bags with old school roots. However, our favorites have also been blessed with modern style as we're seeing big chain bags with lots of structure and textures. We carry ours with patent wedges and pumps.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

LORI'S SUCCESS STORIES: Help me find boots!

Often times forlorn shoppers will tell us stories of their quest to find the right boot. We empathize because buying the right one for you can be difficult.

We had one such down on her luck shopper in our Armitage Avenue boutique recently. Distraught that she couldn't find a boot to fit her slim calf, she turned to sales leader Kathryn. And having been down the beleaguered boot path before, Kathryn was armed with brand knowledge and ready to assist.

She pointed our shopper to the Gentle Souls Riley boot (very cute, very lush!), which was known for having a narrow shaft. Low and behold, it fit! Not only was it just right in the toe, but the boot snuggled up against her leg, just as it should. Plus, it looked fabulous with the brown pencil skirt she was currently wearing.

Another day, another success story. Congrats to our loyal Lori's customer and kudos to Kathryn!

Friday, September 01, 2006

THIS WEEK'S HOT LIST: It's a jungle in here!

Jungle fever is all around Lori's as we head into summer's final weekend. Or maybe it's a Steve Madden thing. You tell us.

Topping the charts as the week’s popular buys were his designs Bunni in (an adorable little wedge) and Lalo (a hot peep toe platform), and the Steven by Steve Madden Persuade (the cutest ballet)- all in leopard.

Sure leopard and other animal prints currently grace the pages of Elle and the like, but we embrace the style because it works on (ballets, wedges, pumps, bags etc.) and with (leathers, cottons, dresses, denim etc.) just about anything. No matter which print you choose, count on jungle patterns to be in season after season. Now that's great style!

Although we do love Steve Madden, Lori's has additional animal print footwear- tiger, snake and giraffe even! Check out the Anne Klein and Jeffrey Campbell pumps, or maybe even our swanky Via Spiga Mary Janes.

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