INTRODUCING: DES PETITS HAUTS
In the roaring twenties and soon after The Great Depression, several great shirt makers, mostly first generation immigrants, banded together to move en masse out of New York and away from its urban problems, high costs and rackets. They decided upon a rural area about four hours outside of New York City in Pennsylvania, either in or around Schuylkill County. Among them was Max Gitman, a Brooklyn native who moved his family and business to the coal-mining town of Ashland and established the Ashland Shirt & Pajama Company in 1932.
The Ashland Shirt & Pajama Company factory remained a contract shop, making private label shirts for the most prestigious haberdashers in the USA, until 1978, when a band of young sellers, who loved and wore the product, proposed to Max Gitman’s sons, Alfie and Shelly, that they take the shirts directly to the market under their own label. And so, the Gitman Bros. brand was born.
Gitman Brothers’ classic oxfords feature a three-inch button down collar with single breast pocket and incorporate retro details like original chalk buttons, locker loops and double-track stitching. The Spring / Summer 2016 is inspired by Tuscan seaside town aesthetics, which include a healthy mix of summer-ready staples, counterpoised by a colorful assortment of palms, parrots, postcards, and geometric motifs. Most styles can be found in long and short sleeve variations, and can be found in a well-made cotton weave, or a lighter-weight chambray.
Gitman Bros. shirting can be found year-round at Penelope’s, so don’t hesitate to stop in and see what we have in stock - from the traditional staple to the party-goer’s favorite.
Happy Valentine's day everyone! Whether you've got dinner reservations for two,
or eating a box of chocolates alone, this mix is for you ~
Amanaz - Sunday Morning
Orville Shannon - Oh Lover
Becky Durnning & the Ardee's - Foolish Boys
Funk Night Records - Another Song (About Love)
Lee Perry and the Gayletes - How Come You Come
Anthony Hamilton and the Hamiltons - Hotline Bling
Timmy Thomas - Why Can't We Live Together
The Darlettes - Lost
Chuck Jackson - Any Day Now
The Amoebas - Look at the Moon
El Michaels Affair - Hung Up On My Baby
The Lijadu Sisters - Come on Home
The Apostles - Don't Huzzle for Love
by Penelope's team member - Spencer
Introducing our friend and musical archivist, Tony Rainwater. You can find him spinning down at Punch House in Pilsen or check out his Soundcloud for more of his mixes. He has generously put together an hour of tracks to pick us up this Sunday morning. Enjoy!
Stefano Torossi - Family Life
Here at the shop, we have been vibing out on Sonny Smith's penultimate album Antenna to the Afterworld (2013) for a while now. Have a listen - It goes perfectly with that second round of coffee on the couch.
Also, don't forget, we are having WINTER SALE right now - 25% off all coats, hats, gloves, and scarves, so come on down to the shop or snag some deals online with the promo code - STAYWARM at checkout!
French-born Emma François founded Sessùn over 15 years ago, and continues to push the Marseille-based label towards new definitions of elegance using a rich set of material references.
Prior to starting Sessùn, François lived and traveled throughout South America for 20 years, and credits this time in her life for exposure to new material juxtapositions and pattern inspiration. François’s humble introduction to fashion began when she returned to France and started experimentation on her own clothes. She would alter the fit of sweaters, re-dye garments, and combine separate pieces to create a new unique wearable item. A little over a decade ago, you could have found François selling her creations to shopkeepers out of her backpack on the streets of Paris and Marseille. In 1999 she finally had the opportunity to debut her brand, and a Jeune Créateur (Young Designer) prize from the Institut Mode Méditerranée was soon to follow.
We love that François’s collections cite a broad range of influences. She still travels regularly, and has stated that this is an integral part of her design process; “Even today, whenever I can, I go to the end of the world. I stay in Tokyo. I love the contrast of this city, its urban madness and refinement. I can walk kilometers, alone and wander in all neighborhoods. In China, I take pictures, and I bring all sorts of things [back] : packaging, postcards, traditional papers…” (Elle France). François has based an entire season’s tone on a song she might like at the moment, and regularly uses motifs from the most unlikely of places (an 18th century paper marbling catalogue, for example) to inspire the unique textiles Sessùn has become known for. Her pieces begin with unlikely pattern and material pairings, but somehow resolve into effortlessly classic garments that remain relevant season after season - just one of the many reasons Sessùn has stayed a headliner at Penelope’s. We can’t wait to see what comes next from this talented designer.
The temperature is dropping but the sun is still out - we accompanied Ama and Léa to our favorite neighborhood park to with some looks that are perfect for those crisp autumn days.
Native Youth's Longline Wool Overcoat looks fantastic over the new Ace & Jig Onesie. Léa's look is topped off with a Fuzzy Beret by Recherche New York.
A.P.C's Manhattan Coat over Saturday's Everyday Bubble Knit Sweater is a refined take on a classic monochrome pairing. Ama takes it up a notch with the Our Legacy Void sunglasses in matte black.
Léa breaks in a pair of Fortress of Inca Cara Boots. The High Street Jean by A.P.C is a year round staple and looks clean but casual with Sessun's Julie and Candy Parka, a J.O.A Kim sweater, and Norse Projects' 100% lambswool beanie.
A.P.C Jean Jacket in washed denim, DIBI walter scarf, A.P.C. Basile slacks, A.P.C. Sam sweatshirt.
Check out these looks from Sessùn's Fall Lookbook:
My Sister-in-law is getting married this summer, which got me think hard about dresses. I needed to come up with bridesmaid dresses, rehearsal dinner dresses, shower dresses etc. It is exciting to have many reasons for a new dress but it can also be stressful. I wanted the dresses to classic and fun, something that you could wear again and again year after year. Here are a few of my picks:
This dress from Paper Crown is so sophisticated and universal. Bridesmaid would love it for its timeless appeal and flattering fit. It would also work perfectly for anyone attending a wedding or special event or the mother of the bride. Flowers: Annette Gomez
If you are a black dress kind of gal, the Amber dress with it's effortless shape and flattering fit might be the perfect choice for you. Its gauzy linen fabric make it breathable and pockets make it playful enough to throw on with some sandals after all the events are over. Flowers: Fleur
Even in the bleak, cold days of winter it feels good to get outside and explore. Check out our winter lookbook, shot by Ryan Lowry at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary.
We are jazzed that Game of Thrones is coming back tonight, here are some funny videos to get you excited for the upcoming season."Medieval Land Fun-Time World" Trailer:
Marty from True Detective watches the Red Wedding (spoilers ahead):
Whether you are packing up for a quick weekend trip or a beach getaway this spring, we have some great styles to keep you looking fresh on your trip. Check out our suggestions below for your spring break travels:
FOR HIM: Jed & Marne Mulberry Shorts, A.P.C. Cap, Reyn Spooner Shirt, Objects Without Meaning Jeans and Tee, Quiet Life Duffel.
We are heading for spring break in Tulum, Mexico, stay tuned to our Instagram (@shoppenelopes) for highlights of our trip. Happy Travels!
Mark you calendar! Saturday & Sunday April 12-13 we will be teaming up with some of the best boutiques and designers in the neighborhood for our annual sale event, CHEAP THRILLS. We will be joining Asri Gardens, Cities in Dust, Eskell, Kokorokoko, Una Mae's, and Unison for this giant WAREHOUSE SALE in the heart of Wicker Park. Everything we will be bringing will be marked down 50-75% off, there will be some incredible deals for MEN & WOMEN. We hope to see you there!
Join us this weekend as we team up with other Division Street shops to bring you Do Division Holiday. It’s unlike any other festival around, and gives us and the other Division St shops a chance to show people from all around the city and beyond what makes the area such a great place to live, eat, drink, and shop.
In addition to the great holiday shopping at Penelope’s and our neighbors, there will be carolers & string ensembles, weekend-only discounts at participating stores, festive food and drink, and free trolley rides to and from the Renegade Craft Fair & Michigan Avenue. Come by to enjoy some of our homemade cookies and to cross off a few items off your gift list, or just pick up a little something for yourself. We will have a selection of fresh markdowns plus there are only three days left to save 20% off all coats and jackets (enter holiday13 at checkout).
This weekend we are also participating in the Shop for Good program, where 10% of the value of your purchase will be donated by Penelope’s to the local charity of your choice. There are some great local organizations and schools on the list, so shop with us and make a difference this holiday season. We hope to see you!
We’ve got your gifting for the dude in your life covered this holiday season, with some of our favorite picks from brands like Filson, The Hill-side, Pendleton, and APC, all sure to please (and keep warm!) even the pickiest guy.
The Fall/Winter months are upon us, and that means shopping for holidays, winter parties, and beyond. Have a peek at our new lookbook, shot by Jeremy Hayes at Humboldt Park:
When it’s cold outside, sometimes you just want to wear a blanket. Even better if it’s Pendleton. And even better-er if it’s Pendleton Portland Collection, their younger, higher-end, USA-made capsule collection designed by three Portland-based designers. Lucky for you, wearing any piece of the Portland Collection’s Fall 2013 collection is like wearing a blanket--cozy, warm and inherently autumnal. This season the Portland Collection is more refined and wearable. The patterned wool and silk textiles feature classic, wear-with-anything fall color palettes. And the styles are subtle and modern: slim trousers and heritage-inspired shirts for men; solid wool moto jackets and easy silk dresses for women. And, of course, we have a blanket or two. Take a look in store or online at all the new heritage pieces for men, women and home!
The fun never stops with Dusen Dusen. We love this label for their customized wacky prints and well-cut fits. This fall, the bright colors and blocky geometric prints are balanced with solid textural silks and warm knits. It’s a little bit 90s and a little bit 80s. You can style it flamboyantly with a loud Swatch watch, leopard print Doc Martens or with red lipstick, or tone it down with easy staples like black tights, a denim jacket or basic tee. Check out all these American-made (right in NYC) goodies in store and online!
Like most Gitman Vintage collections, designer Chris Olberding built a foundation of classic plaids, ginghams, and indigos as the cornerstones of the F/W ’13 season, and then took a hard left turn into crazyville with wonky patterns (from a Snowflake Jacquard to a tailored, modern take on the “Drug Rug”) pulled from the extensive Gitman archives and sourced from mills all over the world. As always, whether its a classic blue oxford or a funky Tyrolean-man inspired shirt, the construction and craftsmanship are impeccable, making each piece one that will last (and be worn) for generations to come. We have pretty much the entire collection in-store and online, so check them out and prepare for an influx of comments like “nice shirt!” and “that’s an awesome print!”
We almost can’t believe it ourselves, but it’s been 11 years since we first cracked open the doors at 1913 W. Division. 11 years since we started a store with the intention of selling clothes we love to people we care about even more. Since then, we’ve gained staff, gotten more inventory, moved things around, and have introduced new brands, but the core thing, the thing that has remained throughout is our desire to make a connection with the people that come in to the store, and to truly be a place where anybody can find something that they love as much as much as we do. That’s why, to commemorate this special Golden Birthday, we’re throwing an 11th anniversary party on Friday, October 11th (pretty fitting, we think). With that in mind, from 6-8 PM we’ll be mingling with friends, snacking on local food (from Publican Quality Meats) and drink (from Half Acre, 3 Floyds, and Crafthouse cocktails), and offering a special deal on our new fall collections. So stop by, say hi, pet Penelope the pug (the store’s namesake is coming out of retirement for one night only) grab some food and drinks, and let us show you our appreciation for helping us grow so much over these past 11 years.
We hope to see you there, thank you for your support!
If you felt like the boys were getting all the best textiles these days, think again. Ace & Jig brings the coolest custom-textured and patterned cottons to womenswear, and the fall 2013 collection might be their very best collection yet. From black textural stripes and charcoal checks, to metallic stacked triangles and autumnal burgundy plaids, all of Ace & Jig’s fabrics are responsibly manufactured in India. Dressing for fall couldn’t be easier with this line. Just throw on a dress with tights, or tuck a buttondown into jeans. Say goodbye to synthetic silk-wannabes and pick-up the kind of natural textiles you can wear year after year. It’s all online and in store!
There are shoes, and then there are shoes. Rachel Comey footwear falls into the second category. Yes, they have a $300+ price tag, but that’s because they’re high-quality in terms of materials, construction, and even aesthetic. At Penelope’s, we’re all about her boots for fall. The cult Mars ankle boot, which she’s made for years and which almost all our employees own; the newer, shorter, low-heeled Dorsey ankle boot; and a classic knee-high version called the Rubie boot. Constructed from thick, supple leathers in deep browns and blacks, these boots elevate every outfit. Suddenly, jeans and a tee or a simple dress look cool, smart, and sophisticated. The bottom line? Rachel Comey’s fall collection is most definitely worth an investment. Grab a pair in store or online!
And a little advice: her style’s run narrow, so be prepared to size up. Also, the leather stretches, so that painfully tight fit will expand with just a week of wear. You do want them to be a little snug, initially.
Our Legacy plays around with the idea of service uniforms this fall. Think Bill Cunningham and his blue French workwear jacket but more slick and by-way of Sweden. The collection features leather, silk and other exclusive fabrics mixed with contemporary synthetics. The cuts are boxy and utilitarian, copied from classic waiter and maintenance men uniforms. All in all, the “Official” collection is about a smart new perspective on high-low dressing. Watch the fall 2013 collection video below to get a real sense of this brooding, edgy, minimal collection. Then visit us online or in store to see the new arrivals for yourself!
Sessun takes us to a sad, grey beach (but flamingos are present, so it can’t be too sad) for its Fall 2013 collection video. Against a bleak background with an eye-catching stork traversing the frame, Sessun’s models show off the collection’s versatility and layerability in contrasting jewel and sepia tones. It’s a video that is at once beautiful and informative, and is made even better with the knowledge that virtually the whole collection is now in-store and online, so you too can wear pieces from this sophisticated, yet playful collection.
Clockwise from top left: Fall Florea Sweater, $225; Chorus Hooded Parka, $335; Bedford St Slim Pant in Hazelnut, $178; Asuki Blouse, $174.
APC's fall collection is always one of the first signs of the changing seasons ahead, and because of the unseasonably cool, breezy weather it didn’t seem premature to pull out the fuzzy knits, thick canvas skirts and lightweight sweater dresses from our first shipment. Per usual the crux of APC’s collection is their high-quality, classic separates: textural jersey tees and canvas a-line skirts for women; checked flannels and gorgeously colored pullovers for men. Take a look at their fall lookbook to appreciate the 60s/70s/80s references abound and get inspired for the fall and winter ahead, and don’t forget to check-out our (REDESIGNED!) webstore for all the new arrivals!
Yes, it’s that time again. Renegade Craft Fair is next weekend, September 7 - 8 from 11 am to 7 pm daily. Each year the fair’s bigger and better, and, for 2013, it stretches between Damen and Paulina. That’s six blocks of fine craft goods and tasty treats to be enjoyed!
We’ll be offering our own sale fare--sidewalk racks filled with clearance items & final summer markdowns! We’ll also have all our newest fall arrivals on display in store. Hope to see you this weekend, join the fun!
Sessùn takes us to a sad, grey beach--with flamingos!--in its Fall 2013 collection video. Against a beautifully bleak background with a poignant stork traversing the frame, Sessùn’s models show us how to layer for brisk weather in contrasting vivid jewel and washed-out sepia tones. You too can look dreamy-melancholy-cool by juxtaposing Sessùn’s tweedy outerwear with superfine knits and printed pajama silks. The first delivery of this sophisticated, moody collection is now in store and online! Take a look-see!
It's that time again! This weekend we will be teaming up with the best boutiques & designers in Chicago to bring you CHEAP THRILLS, a weekend-long super sale event in the heart of Wicker Park. There will be loads of women's and men's apparel, accessories and home goods from previous seasons marked down 40% off and more.
Saturday, April 27 11am - 6pm
Sunday, April 28 12pm - 5pm
Our Friends at Unison are having their SHIP / SHAPE LAUNCH PARTY tomorrow night. They will be debuting new artist collaborations: ANCHORS by Cody Hudson + SHAPES by Alex Fuller. Check it out. APRIL 11th 6:00-8:00pm at Unison / 2000 W Fulton St, F-109.
We also had a lot of fun helping them with their spring/summer catalog shoot
Check out some of our new Hill-Side accessories on our website.
We wanted to share a few shots from our booth at NorthernGRADE Chicago. We met some awesome folks, saw lots of cool stuff, and had a great time! The event took place on Oct. 27th, it featured U.S. made menswear and went off without a hitch thanks to our friends at Well Spent and Pierrepont Hicks.
Check out this article from CNN on NorthernGRADE Chicago. Thanks to all that made it out, it was great to see you!
Check out our full selection of Gitman Bros. Fall/Winter 2012 collection here.