Sunday, 4 May 2014

In the Spotlight: Wolf Bait & B girls interview

We're so excited for this months In the Spotlight! Wolfbait is a shop in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, housing over 170 local designers! This female owned and operated boutique is all about independent women doing what they love and sharing it with the community. Designers, Jenny and Shirley started Wolfbait 8 years ago (happy 8 years girls!!) and have been on a path to success since. We discovered Wolfbait 3 years ago, on a stroll through the neighborhood, and instantly became intrigued by their sense of community and artistry. In their cozy little store you'll find handmade items from jewelry to paintings, bath/body, trinkets, clothing and cards. We love how they bring shopping local to a whole new light. If you're in the Chicago area, please stop by, you'll be sure to find a unique handcrafted souvenir or gift!! http://wolfbaitchicago.com/

"The name Wolfbait & B-girls is a nod to historic Chicago. The 1950’s guidebook Chicago Confidential defines wolfbait as girls who moved to the city looking for success, and b-girls as what they sometimes turn into."

     1. TELL ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND? 

J   Jenny and Shirley both are longtime Chicagoans. Jenny used to be a baker, cake decorator before attending AIDT and creating her women’s contemporary collection Brazen judy.
Shirley had a background in theater before graduating from FIDM and devoting herself to Bruiser, her made in Chicago collection.

     2.  HOW DID WOLFBAIT GET STARTED? WHAT GAVE YOU THE IDEA TO OPEN SUCH A GREAT SHOP?

    Jenny and Shirley were both selling their collections to local boutiques, but felt there were a need for an outlet that showcased exclusively local talent as well as a studio space for their production. Combine the two and you have Wolfbait & B-girls.

     3.  HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT PICKING THE ARTIST WOLFBAIT REPRESENTS?

     In the beginning we ran some ads, but now it is almost entirely word of mouth. Quality, and originality are key concerns when we are considering a new vendor. Because it is consignment, we can be a lot more flexible about the items we take. This allows us the opportunity to work with new artists often.

      4.  YOU WORK WITH VERY TALENTED ARTISTS, BUT IF YOU COULD COLLABORATE WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD, WHO WOULD THIS BE AND WHY? 

    We love collaborating with our customers. The feedback we get by having our studio in our shop really integrates our customer from concept to production. Real live Chicago girls (and boys) are the artists we have and always will collaborate with.

      5.  YOUR STORE IS VERY INSPIRING, WHERE DO YOU GO TO GET INSPIRED?

    We both find inspiration in function. It is important for fashion to serve a purpose as well as express a statement. Filling the gaps in our own closet, dressing for the adventures we enjoy, dictates the garments we make.

       6. FOR SOMEONE VISITING CHICAGO, WHAT ARE YOUR MUST VISIT PLACES?

    The Logan Square neighborhood is a great place to spend a long weekend if you haven't already. Book a room at Longman and Eagle, and then eat and drink your way from record store to vintage shop. The boulevards are historically beautiful and there seems to be a new independent business to support around every corner.

        7. WHAT IS PLAYING ON YOUR IPOD RIGHT NOW?

     A place to bury strangers

        8. WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE SOMEONE HAS GIVEN YOU? 

I    I don't like being told what to do, so it is hard for me to take advice, do what you want.

            9. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO US MIDWEST GIRLS? 

I    I hate to give advice; for fear that someone would take it!

             10.   ANY EXCITING NEWS OR PLANS FOR 2014 YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH US? 

     All we can say is , we are excited. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!

                             
   
Meagan Lee Designs


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Thank you Jenny and Shirley for a little peak into your inspiring world! Keep doing what you're doing!

MWGS xo

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