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Dear readers, I always look forward to our home/style issue. Take in the gorgeous homes of some of Chicago’s leading ladies in fashion and beauty and get a glimse inside (take a look online to see the behind-the-scenes videos shot by Fig Media)! Chicago was also a place to spot celebs and designers recently with appearances from Michael Kors to a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Enjoy this issue! Melissa


Culti, the Italian design, beauty, and spa brand, has made its way to Chicago! Their first flagship store in the U.S. opened on Black Friday, right here in our own Windy City. Roberto Bevilacqua, the general manager, explained that after much research they chose Chicago because they “wanted to test the real American taste.” He went on to share that, “People came on Black Friday with no discounts. That was a real good sign.” Culti has three stores internationally, maintaining partnerships that operate several stores in Europe and Asia, while selling certain items in stores like Neiman Marcus. They also run an interior design business, operate a small hotel in Italy, and could possibly open a spa or restaurant in Chicago. Culti’s 1,100 sq. ft. store is located at 840 N. Michigan Ave.

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Swarovski officially opened at 540 North Michigan Avenue becoming the company’s 213th store worldwide! The retailer, who specializes in crystal, offers luxury jewelry, watches, home accessories and décor at their 2,640 sq. ft., crystal forest designed shop. “Swarovski is dedicated to having a presence in the world’s fashion capitals and the Magnificent Mile is recognized globally as a premiere shopping district,” said Kevin Coen, Executive Vice President of Swarovski Consumer Goods Business North America. “Michigan Avenue is the ideal location for Swarovski’s new store design because it is synonymous with luxury and fashion, which are embedded in Swarovski’s brand heritage.”

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Westwood’s Wall Art Vivienne Westwood has partnered with Cole & Son to develop wallpaper, including Squiggle from her 1981 fall/winter Pirate Collection. “This collection is a perfect opportunity to be able to work with a heritage company and to see my ideas from fashion translated into the world of interiors and wallpaper,” said Westwood. - Melissa Maynard

Goorin Bros. Hat Shop, a fourth generation company established in 1895, has finally came to Chicago. With six other locations, this will be the first store located beyond the West Coast for the San Francisco based company. They promise to bring you street savvy, contemporary designs, as well as quality products that you can sport proudly for the whole city to see. Stop by the store at 1533 N. Milwaukee Avenue, but be careful not to lose your new purchase to the wind!

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Unique children’s clothing is hard to come by, but Camille Cozzini (sister of Alexis at Sarca) is making it a lot easier with her high-end children’s boutique, Odile, located in the Gold Coast at 710 N. Wabash. Inspired by her time abroad after college and her mother’s love for European fashion, Cozzini has traveled around Europe to find the most exquisite lines for children ages newborn to six. Teddy bears made by Steiff, Baroni, Victoria Christmas and La Stupenderia are a few of the names offered in the store. Other amenities available are home and hotel delivery, personal shopping, and complimentary gift wrapping. Moms-to-be can even register for gifts before the arrival of their little one.


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Looking for unique pieces to add to your wardrobe that you don’t see everyday on the streets of the city? Look no further than Sarca, Alexis Cozzini’s “Urban rustic chic” luxury boutique. Sarca offers European fashions that are unique to other stores in Chicago. Cozzini has traveled to Europe and Australia to find the most exclusive lines that can most easily translate to Midwestern lifestyles and has brought them back to her own boutique. “Any well traveled fashion lover knows how special it is to vacation in a foreign country and come back with a truly unique piece,” says Cozzini. That feeling is what her store is all about. Sarca offers personal shopping, special orders, consignment, and tailoring on some of the most select brands. Brands to be excited about this spring are Les Copains, Sass & Bide, and Mara Hoffman, which can all be found at the Sarca location, 710 N. Wabash Avenue.

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Beauty Bar Look out ladies, the first Chicago location of Beauty Bar is opening in the former Sonotheque space come this March! Born in New York City’s East Village, this salon/bar has women going crazy for its vintage feel and modern concept. The original Beauty Bar, owned by Paul Devitt, opened in 1995, where women used to gossip with their friends under the chrome-domed hair dryers. The difference between then and now is the addition of a bar within the salon. Now, while getting a manicure, sip on your martini of choice and watch as day turns to night when the DJs and dancing begins! “Everyone always tells me that Chicago needs a Beauty Bar,” says Devitt, and now, it looks like we’re finally lucky enough to get one!

Found! Olivia Palermo’s pillows from MTV’s The City! With mirrored embellishments and tranquil colors, the cushions provide a modern take on the idea of muted décor. You can now purchase the Viva Terra Raw Silk Sheesha Pillows similar to Palermo’s at Chicago-based store Jayson Home and Garden from $118-174. -Molly Jahaur

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On December 1st, Victoria’s Secret continued the launch of their new Michigan Avenue store featuring a meet and greet with native Brazilian Angel Alessandra Ambrosio. The excitement didn’t stop there, the party continued at The Underground (Alessandra’s drink of choice was Stoli cocktails), where they held a private viewing party on the new VS collection, as well as nominees for their “What is Sexy Now” campaign.

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Spotted, L performing her new hit single “Somebody to Love” at Chicago’s hottest club, The Underground. Leighton Meester, from the hit show Gossip Girl, rang in the New Year in the Windy City, along with taking in a few sights. Leighton, known for her impeccable style on and off camera, was seen vintage shopping at Sofia Vintage, previewing accessories by Dana Rebecca Designs. Leighton and band mates enjoyed a fabulous meal at Chicago’s Sunda restaurant indulging on oxtail potstickers and edamame, then wowed the audience with a live performance at The Underground later in the night. The Gossip Girl star stepped out of Blair’s shoes and really showed Chicago what Leighton can do.

Queen Latifah Fans gathered together at the famous State Street Macy’s to have a chance to meet award winning actress Queen Latifah. Chicago was more than happy to have her back to celebrate the launch of her new fragrance Queen by Queen Latifah. The first 300 customers who purchased a 3-piece set of the fragrance were given the opportunity to meet and take a photo with the queen herself. The event took place before Christmas and gave customers a chance to grab a great holiday gift. | Factio Magazine Winter 2010

HOME STYLE Tiffani Kim Owner of the Tiffani Kim Institute

What is your home style? I think the style is modern eclectic. Peace and comfort! I need to be surrounded by calm and soothing colors. I want to feel comfortable and be surrounded by things I love, like photographs of everyone I love, little or big things I picked up from my travels, or personal things that were given to me by my friends. I am a very personal person. I love everything I have in my home. I am very comfortable in my home, like how I feel so comfortable in my skin.

Loves I need to have my baby, my dog “Monster the 3rd” and all of his organic toys. Furniture pieces like my dining room and kitchen tables that were designed by the most talented architect and friend Darcy Bonner. They are like art pieces, but not so overpowering, so I am able to enjoy and admire them for all these years. I need to surround myself with art which I love and appreciate. My favorites are the oil paintings by my friend Sandorfi, who I met in Paris about 10 years ago, but who passed away last year. I think he was one of the most talented artist’s I have ever met and also am envious of. I have never felt envious of anyone except him because I am an artist and God has bestowed him the talent that he didn’t give me. Fresh orchids and fresh flowers 24/7, 365 days a year. I need to have green and alive things around me all the time, like lucky bamboos. Lemon essential oil, especially when I have company, it puts everyone in a fabulous mood. I must have music like Laura Fiji, Elvis Presley’s love songs, Edith Piaf, and Andrea Bocelli. Placemats, napkins and napkin rings I designed from Bali. Himalayan 8-ply pure cashmere throws. Local brand Vosges Haut Chocolate.

Top Shops Material Possessions, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Sur La Table,,,

Stacey Roney Founder of Beauty on Call and Glossed and Found Photography by Brian Carey |

What is your home style? My home is traditional, focused around comfort for most of the time and entertaining the other, and my fashion tends to be the same. It’s either one extreme or the other. The majority of the time I am in jeans and a t-shirt, but for entertaining, I am always in a dress and heels including when I was nine months pregnant. There is no in between. It’s interesting, I am not a great decorator with regards to wall art, etc., and I am not a great accessorizer with regards to jewelry. I guess I need to invest in both an interior designer and a stylist to get my life in order.

Loves Great vases: My favorite is a Murano glass vase that my husband and I picked up on a trip to Venice. Fresh flowers: Botanicals do the most amazing job and they deliver right to my door. Antica Farmacista diffusers and candles: I put them in the entrance of our home so you are immediately drawn in by aroma of orange blossoms. Photos: I love candid black and white photos of my kids. The spontaneous photos are always the best and I prefer to put them in simple frames. Really comfortable bed linens: When I got married, we invested in beautiful Italian linens while on a trip to Montréal. They have been washed so many times that they are so soft but still look like new. Luxurious bath products: Not that I have time for a lot of baths with three babies, but when I do, I use Laura Mercier bath cream and body scrub in Crème Brûlée. It’s like bathing in dessert and it leaves your skin so soft. The packaging also looks pretty beside the bath. Great wine: We visited Silver Oak and Caymus while in Napa and bought several cases which we love to serve to friends. Espresso maker: It’s funny, neither my husband nor I really drink coffee, but my husband had to have this toy. It’s great for anyone who loves fresh ground coffee, cappuccino and espresso! Soft and cozy throw blankets: We love the ones from Restoration Hardware. They are inexpensive and come in several colors. We have one in several rooms in our house so it’s great for snuggling up with my kids. Heating lamps on our deck: We have a fun deck that overlooks the Chicago skyline with a fireplace and outdoor kitchen. Having the lamps allow us to use it during fall when the weather starts getting cold.

Top Shops Beautiful Beginnings and for our kids furniture and linens, Target and West Elm for home office, picture frames, etc., Bloomingdale’s home store, Pottery Barn for kitchen and Z. Gallery for decorative items. Photography by Brian Carey |

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Amanda Puck EVP Public Relations, The Experiential Agency

What is your home style? My apartment is very 60s Manhattan, very urban, glam and vintage, which I’d like to say is very much like me, too!

Loves Amazing vintage pieces (accent pieces and lamps), great glossy books, family photos, Jonathan Adler pillows, candles, Moroccan poufs, fur accents, crystals (I love to collect crystals), interesting serving pieces for parties, Hermès blankets, interesting liquors and wines, Missoni bath towels, Riedel glassware only for wine and champagne.

Top Shops Modlife Home, Revival, Architectural Artifacts, Leslie Hindman Auctions, Geneviève Lethu, Crate and Barrel,, MCA, Museum Store, Sprout Home, Jonathan Adler, Silk Trading Co. Photography by Brian Carey |

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Laura Kofoid Founder of Laudi Vidni Handbags

What is your home style? My style in everything is about beauty. Beautiful objects. Beautiful design. Beautiful clothes. Beautiful places. Why settle for okay or fine? When my husband and I talk about how we feel about something, if one of us says, “It’s fine,” it’s dead. I look for things that make my heart sing. That speaks to my soul. That brings a smile to my face. I really don’t care what others think. I don’t design my home to sell it and I don’t dress to please others. Part of the challenge of dressing or creating my home is that I don’t like basics. When we were designing our home, I would just pick gorgeous things, intense colors. And then our designer Melanie Elston would say, “But you need a breath. You have to break up all this color.” But I hate beige, so it was very hard. She found a bronze metallic for the game room (off of the orange family room and navy hallway) and that had to suffice as a neutral. I think I was a Vegas showgirl in my past life. I love to live at the intersection of good taste and bad. Melanie is the reason I am just this side of good. I’m not a constant re-decorator or big shopper. Our home was finished two years ago and I bought everything then. And I love it so much that it will probably always stay this way. I always say that I’m going to die in this apartment and someone will come in to buy it and say, “How hideous. This apartment hasn’t been touched in 50 years. It’s so early 2000’s.”

Loves I love every single light fixture in my home. Most are antiques bought on ebay, at antique shops, or online. Many are original to the apartment (1927). They’re not necessarily precious, and certainly not expensive. I actually bought a crystal ceiling fixture from ebay for my closet. And my closet isn’t that fancy. But seriously, why have a glass dome when you can have a crystal chandelier? I love our rugs. Antique Chinese in vibrant orange, another in rich navy. Zebra in the office. Three inch SHAG in the family room. I love color. I love drama. I love items that have meaning—a hand carved wooden box picked up on vacation, travel photos enlarged and framed, children’s art. I love fancy entertaining— china, linen, incredible serving pieces. My china is my wedding china (from 22 years ago) but it still looks so pretty, though, I’m saving for something really extraordinary from Tabula Tua. I like order. Everything in our home has a spot and our home is always neat (it drives my friends crazy).

Top Shops Tabula Tua, ebay, Douglas Rosin, Judy Saslow Gallery, Golden Triangle, anywhere we travel.

Photos by Michael Lipman | Factio Magazine Winter 2010

Kenneth Cole Introduces 925 Technology to Chicago Lacoste and West Elm

Arise and West Elm

Oscar de la Renta and West Elm

Home&Fashion Christian Siriano and Urban Outfitters Chandelier

Front row at Nicole Miller and lamp by Anthropologie

Back stage at Arise and clock at Pier 1

Front row at Tracy Reese and Pier 1

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You can find fashion-related trends in everything, but one of the most closely related categories to fashion is home design. Many of the trends you find on the runway can be slightly changed and used to create something new that you can find anywhere in your home. The spring 2010 runways show that many of these trends compare to home items found at places like Anthropologie, Pier 1 and West Elm. The cheetah print trend, shown on Kim Kardashian at the front row of the Tracy Reese show, is available in the Cheetah Chair by Pier 1. Also, a model shows the black and white striped trend in a sweater she is wearing backstage at Oscar de la Renta, while West Elm shows the pattern in their Zigzag Rug. Your home can be as fashionable as you are. Just look to the runways for inspiration each season. -Emily Ekern All fashion photos by Arun Nevader

We all go through the dilemma of switching our stylish stilettos for comfortable flats after work, but with Kenneth Cole’s latest 925 Technology, we’ll be able to be stylish all day long and feel good doing it. We had the opportunity to sit down with Kenneth Cole on his visit to Chicago to talk technology and footwear, the legacy he wishes to leave and his compelling ad campaigns. FACTIO MAGAZINE: What makes the 925 Technology Footwear Collection so unique? KENNETH COLE: 925 actually is a derivative of a shoe business I acquired four years ago called Gentle Soles, which is this cult business that is all man-made, all natural materials, and natural tan leathers. It has a flaxseed cushioning in the arch of the insoles as opposed to the alternatives which are man-made synthetics that break down over time. These shoes are more comfortable because they mold to the foot, so it’s very unique. The challenge was, how do I create a really feminine shoe, a very pretty shoe that a woman can wear to work, at work and after work, and at the end of the day to have it feel as good as it looks. FM: What inspires you as a designer? KC: I love to put myself essentially in your proverbial shoes—to really understand where the consumer is, what’s inspiring you, what’s motivating you. People’s needs, people’s perceived needs change all of the time. You don’t typically need fashion, but the fact that it’s comfortable and adds a dimension to your various needs and its function, one might rethink that. FM: What kind of legacy do you want to leave as a designer? KC: I always try to make what we do, not just what you look like on the outside, but who you are on the inside, not just what you stand in, but what you stand for. I hope I’ll be remembered for that. FM: Your ad campaigns are always compelling, how do you come up with them? KC: It’s who I am. The messages are very personal and the issues are very personal issues. Our new message, by the way, introducing our new rubber boots (with the proceeds going to AIDS awareness) is “Save a Hide…Wear a Rubber (Boot)” and 100% of the profits go to AmFar. FM: If you had an opportunity to change anything about the fashion industry, what would it be? KC: I just think we have to listen to our customers. We have to add value and give them what they want, but maybe not how they expected. -Melissa Maynard

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Islands of the World Fashion Week Nassau, Bahamas November 4-8th, 2009 Photos by Factio Media

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Photography Jack Perno | | Photo Digital JJ Jetel | Hair Cindy Adams for Timothy Priano/Steven Papageorge Academy | Fashion Editor Jesse Rodriguez Makeup Darcy Mcgrath | Model Brittany Jursic | Factor Women Black and Copper Sequin Dress by Sonia Rykiel at Ikram, Amber Necklace at Contessa Bottega | Factio Magazine Winter 2010

Black Tan Velvet Jacket, Fox Fur Leg Warmers at Contessa Bottega, Satin Pink Black Shoes by Tabitha Simmons at Ikram, Black Top and Leggings at Kaveri

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Dress, Skirt and Belt by Michelle Tan, Rhinestone Necklace by Tom Binns, Red Open Toe Shoe by Tabitha Simmons at Ikram | Factio Magazine Winter 2010

Cream Dress with Sequin Neckline and Belt by Nicolas Felizola, Necklace Claudia Kleiner at Claudia Kleiner, Satin Shoe Tabitha Simmons at Ikram

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White Fur Jacket by Azzedine Alaia, Purple Leather Pant by Elise Overland, Silk Clutch by VBH, All at Ikram, Cocktail Hat by Michelle Tan | Factio Magazine Winter 2010


We take you on a trip, where the primary monument to visit is the Holy Grail of relaxation and revitalization, the Spa. This is a place where the winter beauty treatments are compulsory, prescribed recipes for long-term inner peace. Let’s take a look at some of the best offered in Chicago.

The Royal Lulur Ritual’s humble beginnings date back to 17th century Indonesia. Primarily used for brides of royal families, nowadays it finds its application among the body therapies at the Trump Spa. This petite royal treatment which lasts 120 minutes is perfect for winter, due to its ability to send you into a fragrant nirvana., 312.588.8020

The Peninsula Spa offers a full day package called “The Peninsula Heaven”. It unites mint aromatherapy oils, accompanied with a massage, full body peeling, a soothing head massage, finishing off with an intensive facial and a tranquil pressure point foot massage. This pleasure will take you 4.5 hours, by which time you will end up wanting even more., 312.573.6860

Glow at Exhale Spa is a perfect way to protect the skin from drying. It begins with dry brushing which detoxifies, improves cellular function, and enhances circulation. The 60-minute treatment is finished by gently applying the White Tea Lotion to protect skin and provide it with a radiant glow., 312.753.6500

The Spa at Equinox is the perfect place to take care of sore muscles, especially in winter. We love the Deep Tissue Massage (50 or 80 minutes) for its highly therapeutic techniques to release toxins, restore circulation and balance., Four Chicago locations: Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, The Loop, Highland Park. - Daniela Milosheska

Winter Skin savers

by Emily Ekern

Lancaster Retinology

This product has a floral scent with a cooling effect scientifically proven to be efficient. It leaves a silky film on your skin and contains active retinol, imperata cylindrica hydroglycolic extract and timiron splendid copper and micro rock crystals to provide hydration, prevent wrinkles, minimize imperfections, restore radiance, and illuminate your skin. Its high tech packaging fits perfectly with the high tech product.

Clark’s Botanicals

Featuring Jasmine Absolute, an essential oil that rebalances skin, it works as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and immuno-stimulator. Women of any age and skin type are a good candidate for these great products. Here at Factio, our favorite is the Deep Moisture Mask: a skin therapy treatment that rejuvenates your skin after being damaged by the environment or age. It hydrates and gives it a nice healthy glow. It even prevents wrinkles!

Weleda Skin Food

All natural cream made with pansy, calendula, chamomile, and sweet almond oil that helps not only your face, but the rest of your body as well. It is calming and moisturizing, reduces redness and inflammation, and heals and soothes your skin while making it feel luxurious. It restores elasticity and you can use it on dry hands and cuticles, to prevent blemishes, soften elbows and knees, heal chapped lips, and smooth calloused feet. It even prevents windburn by creating a protective layer on your skin.

Laszlo Blue Firmarine

Firming face cream that uses simple sources to better your complex skin. It contains SPF 30 which provides year-round protection from the sun’s damage. Firmarine is intended for people age 30+ who have slightly dry or oily skin. The cream uses fresh water blue-green algae which has high fatty acids, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. It enhances your skin’s firmness and bounce and uses phyto-nutrient pigments to regenerate damaged cells and sooth inflammation. It has a subtle, calming scent and is dermatologist, allergy, irritation, and clinically tested for you to receive the best skincare possible.


Established in 1956, Babor is still going strong with their all natural products. At a time when “going green” is at the top of many people’s priorities, their Baborganic line of organically-based face and body care products promises to be free of dyes and scents, as well as other ingredients that may harm you or the environment. Their ingredients are certified by Ecocert, an organic certification organization.

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Chicago’s own AKIRA teamed up with Belvedere Vodka to host the Misterioso benefit for the Young Professional Chapter Lyric Opera of Chicago. The event began with complimentary Belvedere vodka cocktails and hors d’oeuvres provided by Ai Sushi followed by a fashion show presentation which showcased notable costumes from previous performances done by the Lyric Opera, as well as some of AKIRA’s spring 2010 collection. -Anna Elyse Lautmann

Diane von Furstenberg made a personal appearance at Neiman Marcus Chicago on Michigan Avenue in November. The contemporary third floor was filled with industry professionals and fashionistas who stay true to their beloved designer and adore her new upcoming spring line. Furstenberg’s 2009/2010 Resort Collection is cleverly named “Her Name is Rio,” which is very fitting to her many bold and appealing new designs. Many of her pieces for this collection involve ruching throughout the seams and many different bold colorful prints to create beautifully draped silhouettes. -Brittany Berryman

Diane von Furstenberg is teaming up with Springs Global, the international home decorating company, to release a new home collection of her own. The line will have bedding, bath, and tabletop decorations, as well as other decorative accessories, all keeping with von Furstenberg’s theme of bold, vintage prints. DvF has conquered about every other arena of the design world from accessories to luggage, rugs to wrap dresses, and even a few all-empowering books on the side, so it should be fun to see her new home collection, especially since she has chosen to partner with one of the top home furnishing brands available today. -Anna Elyse Lautmann

Michael Kors Opening Party The opening of the new Michael Kors Collection store at the 900 shops on Michigan Avenue was celebrated with a glitzy, grand opening bash on November 4th. Revelers sipped on crystallized bottles of Moët champagne while watching a full runway show of looks to be carried in the store. “Chicago has always been a city wrapped in good taste from the way people live and the architecture of the city,” said Kors, who flew in for the occassion. With an entrance on Michigan, as well as within the shops, the store will emulate the other collection stores with macassar wood, chrome and white lacquer, vintage furniture and accessories. Collection stores carry women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, and fragrances. What a perfect place to house that same good taste reflected in his collections. -Emily Ekern

The Yves Saint Laurent PARISIENNE Masquerade Yves Saint Laurent celebrated the US launch of PARISIENNE, its new women’s fragrance, when it hosted a blowout masquerade ball. An eclectic mix of fashion editors, models and hipsters attended the jammed space at Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York City’s Lower East Side. The attendees wore unique and colorful masks and danced the night away to the beats of The Misshapes and Alexandra Richards. The beautiful palace-like space, with gothic architecture and arches, was adorned with breathtaking blush roses, pale pink lighting and flickering candle chandeliers. If that wasn’t enough, the perfume’s ad campaign featuring a very persuasive Kate Moss played on numerous flat screens throughout the night. -Jessica Campos

Agga B., curator and fashion designer, brought “The First, Vice”, an installment of artists’ work, to Chicago Creative Lounge on January 1st. Included in the show were artists Jojo, Man Raya, and Nestor, as well as a special screening of “We Are” by Agnieszka Kulon, Chuck Przybyl & Cleveland Dean. The after party was held at Debonair Night Club in Wicker Park. This creative show lasted until January 8th and brought many artistic people from around the Chicago area to enjoy these artists’ points of view. They plan to continue “The First” as a series which will be held on the first of every month. You can find Chicago Creative Lounge at 1564 N. Damen on the 3rd floor. -Emily Ekern | Factio Magazine Winter 2010


joined together in a philanthropic effort to support the Whole Foods “FeeD 100” project, for hungry children in rwanda. Students from the school under the instruction of Sharon Shoji and Pam vanderlinde used the “FeeD 100” bags as fabric to create unique garments that were a window display at Macy’s flagship store at 111 n. State Street. the garments were intended to bring knowledge about the program to the streets of Chicago. the display began in September and ran for about a month. the students involved were given the opportunity to display their work, as well as participate in an effort to help the world. - emily ekern

Design by Angie Ortega

The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago and Whole Foods

Design by Becky Mueller

Born and raised in Chicago, designer Erica Simmons says that she finds inspiration in the beautiful elements of a garden and calls her design concept “Garden Temptation”. She graduated from Westinghouse Career Academy in 2005. She supports the use of the “FEED 100” bags because they help the planet and when purchased, a portion of the proceeds is given to the United Nation World Food Program. The program gives food to hungry children in Rwanda, which she greatly supports.

Bese Guzeldere Graduated from Niles West High School in 2006, Guzeldere enjoys making clothing for women with curves. She found inspiration in the gills of a mushroom cap at Whole Foods. She supports the “FEED 100” bag effort because they are environmentally friendly and better than using plastic bags which end up in landfills. Bese said, “I feel that everyone should use reusable bags instead of plastic bags if they care for our planet.”

Becky Mueller The designer from Kansas enjoys creating playful clothing that makes people smile. Her theme in her design is “sustenance”. She researched by finding pictures of food, but looking at them as shapes instead of items. The vivid fruit colors gave her the greatest inspiration. She has been using reusable bags for a long time, and fully supports the “FEED 100” effort. “They make carrying heavy items like milk easier,” she explains, “along with helping the world around us.”

Danielle Wyman Graduating from Jenks High School in Oklahoma in 1998, Danielle Wyman’s design philosophy is, “always inspired by nature’s beauty and the feminine figure. I love to play with texture.” Her inspiration for this project was organic shapes, colors, and rebirth, especially in the leaves during the fall. Danielle uses reusable bags to conserve our world now so that it continues for generations to come. She thinks that the “FEED 100” bags are a great way to help change lives and is thankful for the opportunity to help. Factio Magazine Winter 2010 |

katherine Swanson A 2006 graduate from Lee’s Summit Senior High in Missouri, Katherine uses an edgy and eclectic form of designing in her clothing. She took inspiration from the “FEED 100” bags themselves because they help the environment. She looked not just at the fabric but into the purpose of the bag. “I think reusable bags are ingenious and it should be illegal not to use them with the amount of damage plastic bags are doing to our planet,” Swanson explains. She enjoys the fact that the bags not only help feed hungry children, but they have also increased the school attendance rate. It is helping kids receive an education.

angie Ortega This designer has an adventurous way of design, mixing femininity with vibrant colors. “Growing up in the United States, I never had to worry about where my next meal was coming from, or whether I would have clean water to drink for the week. Unfortunately, for children in Rwanda these struggles are facts of everyday life,” Ortega says. She is glad to be working with this campaign.

“Be Passionate. One thing that i have learned from the illinois institute of art is to let your passion shine through your work. One can only love what they do if they possess a passion that consistently drives the individual.” -erica Simmons

“the one thing i learned while at the school is that time management is so important. i have learned to think “outside the box” using non-traditional fabrics in my garments.” -katherine Swanson

Design by Danielle Wyman

erica Simmons

“the one thing i learned while attending the illinois institute of art-Chicago is to make sure my patterns are always perfect before cutting out any fashion fabric. it’s so important not to waste any fabric! also, pressing the garment during the sewing process always produces a more professional final product!” -Bese Guzeldere

Design by Erica Simmons

Katherine Swanson, Bese Guzeldere, Danielle Wyman, Becky Mueller, Angie Ortega, Erica Simmons

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factio Magazine Winter 2010  

factio Magazine Winter 2010 issue Home Fashion Style featuring some of the most stylist home in chicago, also take a look at fashion focus c...