Adornment + Theory, the roughly month-old boutique next to the Logan Theatre, showcases what proprietor Viviana Langhoff likes to call “wearable art.”
“I want to change the game as to what people expect from jewelry and their jewelry-store experience,” the longtime Logan Square resident and Puerto Rico native says. “Creating a space for those who don’t feel comfortable in jewelry stores, while still highlighting the best in design.”
Langhoff tends to champion emerging artists whose work is both wearable and well crafted, such as Laura Wood, a North Carolina designer who makes colorful statement-making jewelry evoking abstract scribbles. Local such as Beth Clark, Lydia Crespo, Audrey Keiffer, and Susan Wheeler are also represented on the store’s shelves. Langhoff gravitates toward light, contemporary-looking pieces made with materials such as silver, laser-cut leather, powder-coated steel, and cement with a surprisingly airy texture. Affordability is also a priority for Langhoff; Adornment + Theory’s selection is priced between $30-$400 (excluding fine jewelry, which usually starts at $600). “It’s a range where someone can start building their personal collection of one-of-a-kind pieces,” she says.
For those inclined to spend a little more, there’s a “jewelry bar” where customers can enjoy a beverage while Langhoff helps them design a unique piece. The shop also carries accessories such as handbags and hand-dyed raw silk scarves, as well as options for men: watches, hats, bags, leather wallets, and titanium combs. Oh, and locally sourced beard oil. This is Logan Square we’re talking about.