Elyse Koren-Camarra walked into My Sister’s Circus, a women’s clothing shop on the fourth floor of 900 N. Michigan. She was looking for …. something.
“I’m not sure,” she said. “Whatever jumps out at me.”
In this case, a vest by Alembika.
“A snuggle kind of vest,” she said. “It’s warm, lined with that little fur stuff.”
Victoria Fuchs, the store manager, walked over.
“I’ve been waiting on her for 25 years,” she said. “I was born the year the store opened.”
That would be 1968; Dec. 1, 1968, to be exact, when Sue Gantz and her older sister Janis Siegel opened a boutique within a larger store on Walton.
My sister and I had been on vacation and we saw these bikinis at a store,” Gantz explained.
Not just bikinis — but ensembles, with matching hats, shoes, purses and cover-ups.
“A very unusual thing at the time,” said Siegel, who now lives in Florida. “They were darling, really, really cute.”
“We came home, borrowed some money from a friend, went to Hialeah, Florida where the company was,” recalled Gantz. “We filled a suitcase with stuff and came home. Made a deal with our friend who owned The Wig Warehouse on Walton.” He gave them a counter in the corner and “said you can do what you want as long as you also sell wigs.”
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