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Vitrines display the wares at Logan Square's Adornment + Theory. - ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • Vitrines display the wares at Logan Square's Adornment + Theory.

Adornment + Theory, the roughly month-old boutique next to the Logan Theatre, showcases what proprietor Viviana Langhoff likes to call "wearable art."

"I want to change the game as to what people expect from jewelry and their jewelry-store experience," the longtime Logan Square resident and Puerto Rico native says. "Creating a space for those who don't feel comfortable in jewelry stores, while still highlighting the best in design."
Pieces by Laura Wood made in brass, sterling silver, and powder coat, ranging from $90 to $700 - ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • Pieces by Laura Wood made in brass, sterling silver, and powder coat, ranging from $90 to $700

Accessories by Sean Rieco made of concrete and gold, ranging from $52 to $105 - ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • Accessories by Sean Rieco made of concrete and gold, ranging from $52 to $105

Lightweight metal pieces that go from $48 to $175 made by Daphne Olive - ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • Lightweight metal pieces that go from $48 to $175 made by Daphne Olive

Works by local designer Dana Reed - ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • Works by local designer Dana Reed

Langhoff tends to champion emerging artists whose work is both wearable and well crafted, such as Laura Wood, a North Carolina designer who makes colorful statement-making jewelry evoking abstract scribbles. Local such as Beth Clark, Lydia Crespo, Audrey Keiffer, and Susan Wheeler are also represented on the store's shelves. Langhoff gravitates toward light, contemporary-looking pieces made with materials such as silver, laser-cut leather, powder-coated steel, and cement with a surprisingly airy texture. Affordability is also a priority for Langhoff; Adornment + Theory's selection is priced between $30-$400 (excluding fine jewelry, which usually starts at $600). "It's a range where someone can start building their personal collection of one-of-a-kind pieces," she says.

The new jewelry store is located right next to the Logan Theatre, on 2644 1/2 N Milwaukee. - ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • The new jewelry store is located right next to the Logan Theatre, on 2644 1/2 N Milwaukee.

A "jewelry bar" where customers can design unique pieces is located at the back of the store. - ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • A "jewelry bar" where customers can design unique pieces is located at the back of the store.

For those inclined to spend a little more, there's a "jewelry bar" where customers can enjoy a beverage while Langhoff helps them design a unique piece. The shop also carries accessories such as handbags and hand-dyed raw silk scarves, as well as options for men: watches, hats, bags, leather wallets, and titanium combs. Oh, and locally sourced beard oil. This is Logan Square we're talking about.

There are many options for men—watches, hats, bags, leather wallets, titanium combs. - ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • There are many options for men—watches, hats, bags, leather wallets, titanium combs.

ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo

Adornment + Theory
2644 1/2 N. Milwaukee
773-697-7090
facebook.com/adornmentandtheory

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