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Samantha Sleeper Loves Ikram, Roslyn

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New York-based fashion designer Samantha Sleeper recently signed on as curatorial director of Purely Fashion. The Chicago-based app allows users to locate designer merchandise and check out runway snaps and look books, so anyone on the Purely team knows a thing or two about style.

We asked Sleeper which Chicago shops land on her "best of the best" list. Here are her picks, which offer everything from investment pieces to party dresses and all-natural apothecary goods.


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1. Chalk Boutique

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2611 Prairie Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
"After numerous clients mentioned Chalk as their go-to boutique, I ventured over for a visit this summer," says Sleeper. "Thoughtful curation of feminine silhouettes, subversive detailing, and a mix of established and burgeoning brands made Chalk a great boutique for investing in future classics." Photo: via Chalk

2. Roslyn

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2035 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 489-1311
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"I love the use of raw materials in the space: exposed brick, reclaimed wood, rusted iron fixtures, and rough linen," Sleeper says. "It creates a warm environment to shop for fantastic staple pieces from designers like Steven Alan or Nicholas K." Not to mention, you can score "a great party dress from the Samantha Sleeper collection, or something from the store's collective label Roslyn x Suite." Photo: via Roslyn

3. Dose Market

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2033 West North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
(312) 972-8400
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"The now-weekly market, curated by the brilliant April Francis, always offers fresh talent," Sleeper gushes. "With the constant change of vendors, I'm always excited for the opportunity to find new accessories, jewelry, or a unique, often handmade gift." Photo: via Dose Market

4. space519

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900 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 751-1519
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"The first thing I noticed when I stepped into this story is that Space519 carries some of my favorite labels," Sleeper says. "New-York-based label Wayne, Parisian Cacharel, and the ever-so-cool Eddie Borgo are all perfect for adding edge into your wardrobe. Space519 also has an awesome selection of 100% natural apothecary items." Photo: via Space519

5. ikram

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15 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 587-1000
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"A feast for the eyes, Ikram presents an inspiring array of silhouettes, textures, colors, and editorial pieces that truly deserve to be seen in person," says Sleeper. Photo: via Ikram

6. Sarca

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710 North Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 255-0900
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Though it's temporarily closed for a renovation, Sleeper still counts this River North shop as one of her favorites. "Owner Alexis Cozzini has the best eye for shoes," Sleeper says. When the store reopens, hoof over there for "covetable heels, boots, flats, and more." Photo: via Sarca

1. Chalk Boutique

2611 Prairie Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
"After numerous clients mentioned Chalk as their go-to boutique, I ventured over for a visit this summer," says Sleeper. "Thoughtful curation of feminine silhouettes, subversive detailing, and a mix of established and burgeoning brands made Chalk a great boutique for investing in future classics." Photo: via Chalk
2611 Prairie Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201

2. Roslyn

2035 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
"I love the use of raw materials in the space: exposed brick, reclaimed wood, rusted iron fixtures, and rough linen," Sleeper says. "It creates a warm environment to shop for fantastic staple pieces from designers like Steven Alan or Nicholas K." Not to mention, you can score "a great party dress from the Samantha Sleeper collection, or something from the store's collective label Roslyn x Suite." Photo: via Roslyn
2035 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

3. Dose Market

2033 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
"The now-weekly market, curated by the brilliant April Francis, always offers fresh talent," Sleeper gushes. "With the constant change of vendors, I'm always excited for the opportunity to find new accessories, jewelry, or a unique, often handmade gift." Photo: via Dose Market
2033 West North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

4. space519

900 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
"The first thing I noticed when I stepped into this story is that Space519 carries some of my favorite labels," Sleeper says. "New-York-based label Wayne, Parisian Cacharel, and the ever-so-cool Eddie Borgo are all perfect for adding edge into your wardrobe. Space519 also has an awesome selection of 100% natural apothecary items." Photo: via Space519
900 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

5. ikram

15 E Huron St, Chicago, IL 60611
"A feast for the eyes, Ikram presents an inspiring array of silhouettes, textures, colors, and editorial pieces that truly deserve to be seen in person," says Sleeper. Photo: via Ikram
15 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611

6. Sarca

710 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
Though it's temporarily closed for a renovation, Sleeper still counts this River North shop as one of her favorites. "Owner Alexis Cozzini has the best eye for shoes," Sleeper says. When the store reopens, hoof over there for "covetable heels, boots, flats, and more." Photo: via Sarca
710 North Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611