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Vintageous Boutique

If you know anything about me at all, you know I’m a sucker for a well-turned phrase, stuff that works, people who walk their talk, events that deliver, relationships that last, emotions that are sincere, or in the case of most of our chats, retailers who succeed because of their passion for what they sell. Case in point, Christine Walkeam, owner of Bay View’s Vintageous Boutique. Whether vintage fashionista or not, shoppers will find browsing through the store’s racks something akin to a veritable hands-on exploration of recent fashion history. Pairing her passion with a practiced collector’s eye, Walkeam presents a well-edited and unique selection of fashion, accessories and vanity items culled from 1900-1970s. Always on the hunt for classic pieces that slip easily into fashion today, her shop is loaded with ladies dresses, shoes, purses, coats, furs, lingerie, girdles, gloves, scarves, hankies and oodles of fabulous costume jewelry as well as men’s western wear, bowling shirts, T-shirts, rockabilly wear and more. Fan of 1920s flapper dresses? Lucky you! Walkeam recently purchased plenty of them from a private collector. 2210 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., 414-482-0503, vintageousboutique.com.

Fred Boutique

For all those who felt out of step when Red Heel (Fred Boutique’s sister shoe store) closed its doors a couple years back, I offer up the following good news. After they tested the waters last season with a select offering of fashion-forward footwear to get a bead on exactly what their customers were looking for, co-owners Kotti Anderson and Ronald Krinn decided to tuck an exciting new shoe department into Fred Boutique. In keeping with the store’s focus on giving shoppers city exclusives on what’s newest and freshest, look for a select offering of heels, flats, wedges and sandals, smartly chosen to fulfill all fashion needs. Along with popular laser cut-out styles, Kotti finds customers are particularly mad for chocolate brown stiletto heels with canvas detail from Lovely People. Boasting a classic look so versatile, it’s one of the styles the store will carry this season into next. 522 N. Water St., 414-270-1009, fredboutique.com.

Soia & Kyo trench

Now that spring has finally seen it’s way clear to settle down upon on our state, can I just say how much I love a trimming trench? And because I’m not alone, all over town you’ll find stylish stors stocked with lots of interesting options to flaunt this seasonal classic. Why? Because women love ’em … as Liz LeBlanc of SHOP recently told me, “Every spring I reach for a trench coat – it’s the perfect outerwear piece for the season. No matter what the budget, a trench is well worth the investment.” When it comes time to purchase a trench, LeBlanc offers shoppers the following hint, “Since the weather is warmer, be sure to buy for fit as you’re likely to be wearing no more than a thin layer underneath. Also, be sure it has a belt for when you don't feel like buttoning up.” As for color? While admitting you can’t go wrong with classic khaki, LeBlanc encourages spicing things up with a flash of a colorful trench like the water resistant ‘Sila Military’ from Soia & Kyo, featuring an off-center zip closure and button detailing (also available in tan). 1918 E. Capitol Dr., Shorewood, 414-962-4030, shop53211.com.

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mjor Posted: 4/1/2011 8:50:25 AM
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Cute stuff for spring, and nude flats? Where ever can you get those?
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