2035 N. Damen


Most of the fixtures and decorative items strewn about Rosie Dulyapaibul’s new Bucktown boutique, Roslyn–vintage roller skates, paint-spattered children’s chairs, the couch–came from her home. Dulyapaibul wants customers to feel at ease, and that goes for the clothes as well–she’s solved the perennial style vs. comfort issue with lots of chic yet relaxed pieces, like Grecian sleeveless shifts with fabric gathered at the collar by Miranda Bennett ($338), jewel-toned pleated silk camis and slip dresses by Julie Haus ($260-$385), and classic jersey wrap dresses and tunics by Frenzii (on the more affordable side at $58-$100). Designers hail mostly from the coasts and Europe–in case you’re curious about who they are, Dulyapaibul has helpfully provided a framed bio next to each rack. And for bored boyfriends, there’s a small men’s section stocked with basics like button-down shirts, tees, mackinaw jackets, and an unusual blazer/zip-up jacket combo by Nicholas K ($575). Dulyapaibul, who recently moved back to Chicago from New York, modeled the store after her favorite NYC haunts. She’s even injected a little dose of Manhattan-style competition: she stocks only four of each item, so if someone’s already snatched up your size, you’re SOL. “I want everything to be a find,” she says.

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