Status Update: What’s Going on at Ikram?

Progress is swift at the new location of Chicago fashion house Ikram.  Ikram Goldman’s new location for her eponymous boutique at 15 East Huron Street is coming together nicely.  You may remember this as the location of a Japanese restaurant that closed years ago, and remained vacant since.

Construction at the new Ikram boutique at 15 East Huron Street

Goldman purchased the property and is moving from her current location at 873 North Rush Street.  But why would she move farther away from the Rush/Oak/Michigan fashion nexus?  Because she can.

For those of you not in the know, Ikram is a fashion powerhouse.  When fashion designers have their seasonal shows in Europe, the trade press is all atwitter trying to figure out which styles will be picked up by major American stores.  “What will Bergdorf Goodman buy?”  “What will Saks carry?” And right in there, “What did Ikram like?”

Even though Goldman has just the one Chicago store, she is quoted, followed, and studied with equal gravitas as massive global luxe chains like Barneys New York.

Still not convinced?  How about this: Until very recently, she was the personal fashion consultant to First Lady, Michelle Obama.

So, Ikram Goldman does what she likes, where she likes. And if that means moving down to Huron Street, then so be it.

The new store, designed by Aria Group, will reportedly be 16,000 square feet across two floors when it’s done; a massive upgrade from her current intimate boutique.   Construction is far enough along that we can see the building will feature massive circular windows.  One thing that’s still not clear is if it will also feature a rumored cafe, most recently mentioned by Chicago Magazine.

Author: Editor

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