Epitome Boutique Inc. celebrated their 1 year anniversary with an exclusive "sip and shop" soiree at its new location in Chicago's versatile Bucktown area. Some of the city's most valuable movers and shakers were in attendance to help 'turn up' with the fabulous owner, Laricia (la*ree*sha) Chandler. Rapper Mikkey Halsted, VH1's Basketball Wives Malaysia Pargo, nightlife promoter Anthony Lindsey of A&O promotions, Pastor Charles Jenkins and the 1st lady of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and Theus Griffith of Litehouse Whole Food Grill just to name a few. Being the consummate hostess, Laricia aka "FabRicia" kept the Grey Goose and Cherry Noir flowing and everyone's hands filled with her personal picks of chic designs.
Conveniently located right off the expressway, every females dream closet sits along North Avenue and Hermitage Street. The boutique's fly black and white glam decor includes rich leather and crystal tufted shelf displays, spacious well-lit dressing rooms and tons of all the proper accoutrements to complete any look. The store is simplistic but ritzy without being overdone or overwhelming. Quickly rising to social media fame via MySpace, Twitter and Instagram with her followers craving to cop her swag, FabRicia decided instead of just having a website that she wanted a boutique as well and did just that. But don't get caught lackin' and miss out because pieces go fast!
"I put things up on Instagram and it's gone in 2 hours! I have to really keep up the inventory a lot. I order new stuff every week because a lot of times people order stuff off the website or call over the phone to order and we're shipping it out faster than people are able to make it in!"
- Laricia Chandler
Without further ado, some of the dope fashions I peeped during my visit listed in order of flexin' probability from "Oh yeah, I'll kill that!" to "Oh fo sho, I’ll totally merk that! U.E.N.O.!!!" When you think of Epitome Boutique...picture Nicki Minaj meets Marilyn Monroe: gutsy and sexy with the panache of class and grace...fearlessness! Chandler said, "I select pieces that are kind of trendy, but classic...pieces that you will have forever." I also noted the fine construction of each garment, its' design and use of quality materials and fabrics, which sets this boutique apart from the competition. Epitome has it all from easy wear to club attire, offering edgy leggings, daring custom dresses and playful shirts moderately priced from $35-$150.
I have come to the conclusion that Epitome Boutique Inc. should be every woman’s first stop shop to find all things fabulous. No matter what the occasion – lunch with the girls or rooftop listening party, transform your look and be the epitome of the crowd. Fellas, don’t feel left out because there is plenty of seating to lounge while your lady shops and if you come alone looking for that special gift, Laricia will help you find the perfect surprise!
For more on Epitome Boutique, visit epitomeshop.com.
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