FashionChicago is the annual sample sale and shopping event in downtown Chicago where Po Campo gets to sit among the city’s great fashion designers. We also get to go shopping and find cool, new things!
For the second year in a row, we were blessed with gorgeous weather, bringing tourists and residents alike to downtown Millennium Park. This park is home to the Cloud Gate sculpture (a.k.a. the Bean) and the Frank Gehry-designed outdoor music Pritzker Pavilion. It’s a real jewel in our city!
The FashionChicago shopping event lasted from 10am – 6pm and was pretty much packed the whole time. I like to do this event because there are lots of tourists, and it is fun to meet people from out of town and ask them how they are enjoying Chicago.
FashionChicago’s organizers, Style Chicago, always does a great job of putting together a unique assortment of products, including the usual suspects of clothing, bags and jewelry, but then also things like shoes, hats and perfume. There truly is something for everybody, at all price points.
I’ve gotten into the habit of buying a souvenir every time I do a show. It makes for a nice memento of the day(s) you spent with other small businesses. At FashionChicago, I bought a Francis Hood from designer Anna Hovet, which I nicknamed my “head cave” for the remainder of the afternoon because it was so warm, fuzzy and cuddly. Perfect for the season!
I know shows like this are happening all over the place. What are some of your great finds for transitioning from summer to fall to winter?