September 22, 2011


I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing I appreciate more than a good market. The more markets the merrier, really! That’s why we’re super excited to participate in Dose Market, Chicago’s newest niche market, this Sunday, September 25 from 10 am to 4 pm! Admission is $10 at the door, or $8 in advance--I promise it'll be totally worth it.

Dose describes itself as "a year-round market featuring the finest selection of vendors under one roof: the modern, lofted halls of the River East Art Center. Join us once a month to celebrate Chicago’s most dynamic gathering of innovative fashion, artisan food and high design. There’s no better way to spend a Sunday." This is only their fourth market and we're super excited to be included in--and support—this new cultural happening. Expect the best of the best that Chicago has to offer food and fashion-wise. I know we're going to pig out on all the food there.

And if that doesn't get you excited enough, take a look-see at this video. If that many people are smiling, it has to be good right?

September 7, 2011


With Chicago's recent cool snap also comes some final markdowns on our summer collections. Take a look online or in-store at our end of the season clearance items now at 50% off from the likes of APC, Velour, Armor Lux and Sessun. Here are a few of our staff's favorites:

apc bleu tunic dress $109 ($218 originally)
[an apc standard in vibrant cerulean blue. pair with tights and boots for fall.]

apc djellabah top $94 ($188 originally)
[simple striped tunic with longsleeves. layers great with a cardigan.]

sessun brown smallipom bag $88 ($174 originally)
[there's a reason why we almost always use this bag with our mannequins in the store: it goes with everything.]
apc jersey multi dress $84 ($168 originally)
[apc makes colorblocking super easy with this dress. and the palette lends itself as well to autumn as summer.]

velour red mac shirt $64 ($128 originally)
["feelgood preppy" from a swedish favorite.]
velour light blue dominic shirt $64 ($128 originally)
[who says pastels are just for spring?]
apc madras plaid short sleeve shirt $59 ($118 originally)
[seriously one of my favorite plaids from fall.]
armor lux navy dolean breton stripe tee $39 ($78 originally)
[classic, high-quality striped shirt.]

September 2, 2011

IN DEPTH: The Hill-Side

I know it seems somewhat inappropriate to broach the subject of neckwear when the weather is around 100 degrees here in Chicago, but The Hill-Side and its lovely products deserve sartorial affection year-round. And since we just got in their Autumn-Winter 2011 collection, it seems like the right moment to feature one of our favorite companies and to share their new offerings.

Helmed by brothers Emil and Sandy Corsillo out of Brooklyn, The Hill-Side is perhaps best well-known for their classic yet ruggedly masculine straight-edge ties. Many times a day I neaten up our Hill-Side ties, wishing that I could pull one off or at least that my boyfriend would buy and wear one on a regular basis. I’m in love with these ties. Sorry if you’ve been that customer I kept chatting them up to; the fact is, everyone looks better, cooler, smarter, more sophisticated in a Hill-Side tie.

Crafted from beautiful but durable selvedge chambrays milled in Japan and other heirloom quality denims, wools, linens and cottons, the Hill-Side’s ties are an ultimate staple, carefully balancing a high-low aesthetic which makes them equally fit for a wedding or a casual drink at the bar. The brothers are inspired by classic men’s workwear, which is reflected in their emphasis on simplicity, utility and quality. The traditionally humble kinds of fabrics the designers choose—those denims, khakis, twills and wools—bely the ties’ superior quality and incredible handsome looks. These ties subtly but confidently finish an outfit; they’re never brash—just quietly cool, a classic with a modern heritage twist.

In fact, The Hill-Side ties perfectly encapsulate the company’s philosophy. In an interview with Secret Fort’s James Wilson, the Corsillo brothers stated, “The Hill-Side ethos is about valuing craftsmanship, honesty of materials, and provenance. We feel that these traits, along with a good aesthetic sense, are the ingredients to creating objects that people will be proud to own.” I know that we’re proud to sell these ties at Penelope’s and that customers feel similarly. And luckily for ladies like me or gents who just don’t wear ties, The Hill-Side also offers scarves, bandanas and pocket squares.

For fall, The Hill-Side’s collection incorporates southwestern, country and woodsy references. Ties, scarves and bandanas are cut from blanket-stripe wools, leafy wallpaper-floral cottons, and wide tweedy plaids as well as their standard chambrays and denims. The lookbook by Mikael Kennedy, shot all over the U.S., makes me long for cooler days and the opportunity to wrap a scarf around my neck. Maybe you feel similarly?