1211 W. Webster


I can’t count the number of times I’ve walked into a high-end boutique only to be disappointed by the meager offerings–as if the owners forgot that shoppers’ primary purpose is to find something to wear, not to attend a gallery opening. Kaveri Satpathy knows that women like to browse, so she’s filled her spacious Lincoln Park shop with enough clothing to keep you busy for more than five minutes. A lot of the merch consists of good-looking basics geared toward the casual-dressy tastes of the neighborhood–cashmere wrap sweaters, jeans, and the like. But there are also attention getters sprinkled in the mix: a silk lotus-print tunic by Edun ($253), a black wool toggle coat with white edging by Trovata ($375), a strapless party dress of black-and-white flower-print silk with tweed at the bust by Adam Plus Eve ($345). The jewelry selection takes its cues from nature–gold and silver pieces with leaf motifs by Danish designer Julie Sandlau and necklaces with antler charms by Alex and Chloe. Kaveri, which opened in September, adds to a growing shopping district around the intersection of Webster and Racine, an incentive to walk a few blocks north the next time you make the rounds of the Armitage boutiques.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Marty Perez.