Sunday, April 11, 2010

Shoebetcha: Local Boutique Adds Shoes!

April 9th, 2010

WHAT: Kathryn Kerrigan Shoe Boutique opening

WHERE: North Bucktown, between Armitage and Webster

WHEN: May 2010

WHO: Stephanie Sack, owner of vive la femme; and Kathryn Kerrigan, owner and head designer of Kathryn Kerrigan, Inc.

INFORMATION: Local entrepreneurs Stephanie Sack and Kathryn Kerrigan are pleased to announce the upcoming opening of Chicago's first Kathryn Kerrigan Shoe Boutique, specializing in high-end, on-trend footwear in European sizes from 39 to 45. Although Kathryn Kerrigan caters to women that leave a larger imprint, a spectrum of sizes 36-46 is available at, and Kathryn Kerrigan Libertyville, granting an enjoyable shopping experience for every woman. Ms. Sack, an eight-year veteran of independent retail, also owns vive la femme, Chicago's only independent boutique exclusively featuring the latest looks and trends in sizes 12-24. Ms. Kerrigan is the visionary behind her eponymous line of luxury footwear catering to stylish women who wear and want shoes and boots up to a size 15.

It was only natural that the two women collaborate to bring the Kathryn Kerrigan line to the larger woman of Chicago. "I have been a fan and customer of Kathryn Kerrigan for years, and really admire who Kathryn is and what she does," explains Ms. Sack. "I constantly field requests for shoes from vive la femme's customers, and after hosting a number of successful trunk shows featuring Kathryn's gorgeous shoes, I decided to open up a Kathryn Kerrigan boutique of my own!" The synergy between vive la femme's concept of offering flattering and feminine fashion in sizes 12 and up and Kathryn Kerrigan's goal to deliver chic footwear to women who wear Euro sizes 39 and up was undeniable. "Customers have been asking for a shop in Chicago, and I feel that Stephanie and vive la femme match the Kathryn Kerrigan label and lifestyle," explains Ms. Kerrigan. "We are thrilled to be working together!"

The Kathryn Kerrigan - Chicago boutique will carry sizes 39 to 45 and focus on timeless styles that can translate effortlessly from work to weekend and day to play. Core styles include a range of comfortable and versatile flats in both neutral and "pop" colors, jean-friendly wedges with street-chic detailing, and classic kitten heels inspired by looks of the 1940s and 1950s. Styles were chosen collaboratively between Ms. Sack and Ms. Kerrigan to match the typical silhouettes at vive la femme, which currently include smart seasonal separates, work-friendly soft suiting, and Mad Men-esque silhouettes.

The new Kathryn Kerrigan shop is scheduled to open in May of 2010.

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