Cut Lines for Feb. 6, 2015

All the fashion and retail news you can use.

A Patrick Kelly evening gown that's part of "Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair." Photo by Claire Hanan.
A Patrick Kelly evening gown that’s part of “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair.” Photo by Claire Hanan.

On Thursday, “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair” opened at the Milwaukee Art Museum. It’s a fashion exhibit dedicated to the pioneering traveling fashion show that brought haute couture to African-American women at a time when they were often banned from the stores that sold the clothes. It’s an important piece of fashion history and Milwaukee’s exhibit is enriched by the contributions of Mount Mary’s fashion archive. Don’t miss it.

– Quilt-lovers, rejoice. Mayfair is getting a Vera Bradley store in late April.

– Bven Boutique, formerly located on Brady Street, is now going by “Pippy,” owner Heidi Calaway said in a release.

– Locker’s flower shop will offer a flower “drive-through” tent at the State Fair grounds for Valentine’s Day.

Stephanie Horne (224 N. Broadway) is having a semi-annual sale to celebrate the store’s eighth anniversary. The sale lasts through Sunday.

– Mainstream Boutique, a women’s retail franchise based in the Twin Cities, is opening a Third Ward location some in March, says the Historic Third Ward Association.

– East Wauwatosa is getting a pop-up shop that will feature “upcycled” home decor and furniture.



Claire Hanan worked at the magazine as an editor from 2012-2017. She edited the Culture section and wrote stories about all sorts of topics, including the arts, fashion, politics and more. In 2016, she was a finalist for best profile writing at the City and Regional Magazine Awards for her story "In A Flash." In 2014, she won the the Milwaukee Press gold award for best public service story for editing "Handle With Care," a service package about aging in Milwaukee. Before all this, she attended the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and New York University's Summer Publishing Institute.