Talking Shop

The Internet is changing the way retailers of all sizes think about how they’re selling clothing and accessories. Some are worried, others are shuttering, and many more are finding new ways to exploit our love of shopping. Who will be declared the winner?

Talking Shop

The Internet is changing the way retailers of all sizes think about how they’re selling clothing and accessories. Some are worried, others are shuttering, and many more are finding new ways to exploit our love of shopping. Who will be declared the winner?

The Buyer’s Market

U-turn Consignment Boutique photo by Adam Ryan Morris Yes, Milwaukee ranks low on high-fashion lists (as detailed on Page 60). There is no Saks or Barneys here. No Nordstorm (yet). But the city still possesses a wealth of personal style and plenty of stylish personalities who know that thrifting can reap significant rewards. Go beyond the mainstream chains – from Goodwill to the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul to Play It Again Sports – and you’ll find that the area’s independent thrift stores are rich in high-fashion at friendly prices. From the best return on consignment to the top…

Fostering Flea

Photo by Maureen Post Once a year in May, Milwaukee native and New York resident josh krajnak travels home for two reasons – family time and the Elkhorn antique Flea Market. “I don’t know which is higher on his priority list,” jokes Richard Krajnak, Josh’s father and a flea market vendor. A buyer and seller of vintage items from the 1930s to the 1980s, Josh Krajnak scoops up knickknacks, accessories and furniture to ship back and sell at Ugly Luggage, a vintage shop he co-owns in Brooklyn. His purchases are tailored to an affluent and burgeoning market in New York,…

The Kohl’s Mystique

One New York day in May, a black Cadillac Escalade pulls up, and the ever-stunning Jennifer Lopez and her photogenic husband, Marc Anthony, exit hand in hand with a quick wave to the crowd. Donning a luscious cream pea coat over a three-quarter-length sleeve, sequin-covered gold top with high-waisted, wide-leg tan trousers, J. Lo walks swiftly alongside Anthony, who is wearing distressed denim with a crisp, white button-down and an army green midlength military jacket. It’s all about the clothes, after all. Two months later, they’ll announce their divorce (that’s showbiz), but right now, they are guests of honor for…

The Diva

   Illustration by Steven Noble. This story appears in the November 2010 issue of Milwaukee Magazine. by Mary Van de kamp Nohl, research assistance by Brooke McEwen By late afternoon, the packages on Sujata “Sue” Sachdeva’s front porch reached 6 feet high. All day long, UPS and FedEx trucks whizzed up and down Mequon’s North Gazebo Hill Parkway headed for the Sachdeva home. The endless deliveries convinced some neighbors Sachdeva was running a surreptitious business out of her home. Julie Anderson, who lives across the street, had been complaining about it to the neighborhood association since December of 2006 – all…

Thrill of the Hunt

photos by David Bader Alfred Bader was a struggling Milwaukee chemist on a New York business trip when he purchased his first old master painting. Bader knew more about phytochemicals than fine art, but he liked the painting and the dealer was willing to let him pay in 16 monthly installments of $50. Only later did Bader discover that Man Surprised, the portrait of Adriaen Brouwer, had been painted by 17th century Flemish artist Joos van Craesbeeck (the dealer had credited another artist). It had been a good investment. Back in Milwaukee, Bader built a successful corporation, the Aldrich Chemical…

All The Fixings

Poverty is what made Alicia Avila an expert quilter. Avila grew up in a family of migrant workers who traveled regularly between Texas and Wisconsin and couldn’t afford new bed coverings. So Avila’s grandmother would save and sew remnants of cloth to make quilts, and Avila would mimic her, starting first by piecing scraps of paper together and then graduating to real stitches in time. Today, she carries on that tradition as an artist who has created and exhibited quilts, conducted classes and judged exhibitions. Her proudest moment was a recent quilt exhibition she had in the south Texas town…