Wednesday, June 16, 2010:
If you've taken a stroll down Chicago's lively Rush Street lately, you may have noticed a new resident to hit the retailing scene. Enter: the 1969 Jean Shop, brought to our fine city by power retailer, Gap Inc. This 1969 shop is only the second Gap concept store to hit the nation. (Lucky us!) The first concept opened last August in San Fransisco, right along with the launch of the newly improved 1969 denim line. According to my 'denim insider' at the shop, there is an actual "second store" in Soho - however, it's not considered a true concept store due to the outfitted Gap store located on the 2nd floor of the building. (But, who's counting?)
The original Gap opened it's doors in 1969, born with a vision to offer affordable, fashionable denim outfitter with a consumer-centric custom service style. To celebrate the birth of the retailer, Gap introduced a stellar line of denim fittingly called the 1969 collection. Just after one year of selling the new line, Gap decided to introduce boutiques and spread the word about these amazing jeans. With the new location on Rush, 1969 is able to compete against high end denim outfitters in the area with prices that are literally half of designer denim (most under $100!), and of the same quality.In order to stand apart from a typical Gap, 1969 does not provide the customer with an discount, promotion, or sale on any of their merchandise. A majority of the merchandise is the same as a typical Gap store, however, the 1969 shops receive merchandise weeks before the others - and in denim washes exclusive to their shops. 1969 also carries third party merchandise with exclusive ties with What Goes Around Comes Around, a vintage belt wholesaler based out of New York and L.A.
I had a chance to snoop around this new shop and was excited with the selection of denim and other garments to complete any look. The service was exceptional and the denim pros I spoke with really were experts. I love the fact that the 1969 Jean Shop also reaches out to other vendors to offer eccentric finds to complement their selection of denim. This concept seems to be a fresh idea that I'm loving - big name retailers breaking off from their mega stores to offer an edited selection, alongside some really special boutique-like items. The fits are great, the washes are perfect, and the service is exceptional. What more could you ask for? Get in there today and make 1969 your new obsession.
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Kate & Paige, my 'denim insiders':
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1969 on Rush Street:
Gap 1969 Jeans Shop
939 Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611