Around Town: Manouche Shop in Oak Park


Manouche located at 103 North Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302

There’s a lovely boutique outside of Chicago called Manouche. A quick visit to their website reveals the following description:

The mindfully edited Manouche collection is guided by shopkeeper Kim Shimkus’ practice of “slow fashion”, a conscious choice to support ethically-sourced, environmentally responsible designers dedicated to keeping the age-old artisan culture alive and helping it thrive.

Pieces from Manouche transcend trend, stay in timeless style and last as long as you love wearing them.

Full Disclosure:  I don’t shop for clothes very often. Highly ironic when you consider the content of this blog. I do, however, “shop” my closet. That means I get real creative about mixing and matching pieces I already own. Once in a while I like to invest in a piece that I can fold into the fashion mix without disrupting my overall aesthetic. I find this intentional approach provides me with higher quality pieces that I love to wear.

Shopping at Manouche is a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned. Everything in their space is exceptional in quality and design. You feel good knowing the purchases you make help to support environmentally responsible designers.

The following is a true tale of fashion…

It’s been a glorious weekend in and around Oak Park. Yesterday I was reunited with the most beautiful cape by Monoplaza at Manouche. I’d seen it the week before and spent following days obsessing over the things in my closet I could wear with it.


As soon as I entered the store I spied this sweet cuff beckoning to me from across the room.

What exactly did that cuff belong to? When I looked beyond the detail I was mesmerized by the happy floral print.


The beauty of this cape is twofold: 1. It reverses to reveal a timeless, solid camel color and 2. the print – a modern floral – combines with a traditional silhouette. The result? A beautiful versatile statement piece that is tasteful and fun.


The perfect pop of color!


You can spy a portion of the camel color on the inside of the cape. The reversed version is equally as lovely and will be featured in a subsequent post.

Target acquired.

Reconcile Your Style!

xo The FIH







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