The New York Times put up an article yesterday regarding this boutique in Chicago:
The articles deals with how the owners of this once-charming boutique went through the effort of establishing relationships with up-and-coming designers…only to take advantage of those relationships once the economy went sour. It’s a story of betrayal…it’s a story of that nice grandma-type neighbor pointing a gun at you she pulled from her purse…it’s sickening.
It’s no secret that this economy has been nice to nobody…but from a non-industry perspective, it would seem that emerging designers already have it rough and tough staking a name for themselves.
I’ve stopped into Jake before when I’ve been in Chicago…it’s a cute niche on Rush Street…I’ve purchased excellent pieces from them in the past…a shirt and a couple belts from Band of Outsiders were my most recent buys…but this makes me think twice about wanting to give them my business. As it is, their website has been a very disappointing pile of crap in the past year or so…at least for mens…so perhaps it’s high time we all moved on and looked elsewhere.
Click below to read the NYTimes article: