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Alums from the last three years of the Chicago Fashion Incubator program, along with those from this year's class, will have the opportunity to sell their designs at the CFI's pop-up shop in the 900 Shops on Michigan Avenue, which officially opens for business on Thursday and will be open through April 18. Yesterday I checked out the space and the wares.
The boutique environment in the 900 Shops seems a bit more conducive to shopping than Macy's, where the merchandise seemed adrift, out of context. Events and trunk shows scheduled throughout the month, and sales staff are available to answer questions. Of note for the shop's debut are narrow, nude-colored sleeveless dresses by Nora Del Busto and a motorcycle-style shirt-jacket in navy cloth by Kate Boggiano.
I spoke with Jessica Audey, one of the outgoing designers, who says she's keeping busy with custom pieces, working on a collection for offbeat brides, and managing six interns. She was also carrying a covetable brown leather clutch that I neglected to take a picture of—but she says it'll be part of her fall collection.
The opening kicks off with the launch of the fall and winter 2010 Furio collection from 6 to 10 PM on Thursday.