Welcome to 2017! My goal here is to review a Chicago boutique once a month so you can get a taste of where the locals are shopping and get a chance to step up your style game by shopping small. Havlan & West in the Bucktown neighborhood is my first Chicago boutique to review and so glad I did because of course, I found a few things I needed. Oops! I must admit, that is the hardest thing about just popping in a boutique. You never just “pop” in without buying something. At least for me!
Emily McKenney went to grad school, started working for “the man” and decided she needed to do something more creative. Quit her job and 3 months later signed a lease. This was the beginning of Havlan & West 1870 N Damen Ave.
The decor is boho chic yet her eye for local art is carefully assembled throughout the space due to her background working in the prestigious New York art galleries. Havlan & West carries home decor such as throw pillows, USA made candles with matches and soaps. The boutique also carries jewelry from Chicago designers. Love! Emily told me the best selling product category is clothing, tops especially. Everything is under $100 with a few exceptions on special pieces. You know what I love? Clothing and accessories that are affordable, stylish and soft. There is nothing worse than putting on a scratch top. Ugh! Please don’t sell those!
One of my favorite items in the boutique is her Bucktown tee she designed herself. ( I am such a t-shirt kinda gal) So now you can show off your favorite neighborhood in a soft vintage tee. Layer it with one of Havlan & West aztec cardigans for optimum cool street cred.
Jewelry designers in Chicago are a BIG thing. There are quite a few of them out there such as Adorn512 and Le Coeur watches sold at Havlan & West. Gold plated and versatile. Some have Druzy stones that add a little sparkle and some are minimalistic. There is definitely a wide range for whatever your occasion may be. I like to wear a simple gold and silver chain for everyday and add a little bling for a night out with the girls.
Some of the clothing brands at Havlan & West are:
- Bishop + Young
- Bobi Los Angeles
- Citizens of Humanity
- LA Made
- Moon River