To be an octogenarian is an accomplishment in itself, but to celebrate 80 years as an independent boutique in this economy?
High-end boutique Frances Heffernan of Winnetka is doing just that.
"We're celebrating our 80th anniversary which I think is very unusual for anywhere in the country to have a store, an independent store, that has existed for 80 years," said Allyson Bass, co-owner of Frances Heffernan, 810 Elm St.
Bass shares boutique ownership with Maggie Barrett of Winnetka.
"We're in a wonderful community that services us and we have people drive the 45 minutes up the highway (from Chicago) to come and see us because we're so unique," Bass said .
Frances Heffernan opened in 1932 as a Winnetka fashion destination under the guidance of Frances Heffernan herself.
Considered a grande dame of the local couture scene, Heffernan provided upscale clothing in a salon setting which made women feel they were experiencing fashion in a living room setting.
Comfortable settees and art-adorned walls offered a backdrop where women considering purchasing gowns designed by Pauline Trigere, Bill Blass and Oscar de la Renta.
Today, nearly 5,000 square feet of space features designers such as Carmen Marc Valvo, Akris Black Label and Brunello Cucinelli of Italy.
The Pioneer Press Fall Trend Fashion Event 2012 will be Oct. 11 at Northbrook Pinstripes at Willow Festival Shopping Center, 1150 Willow Rd.
Fall Trend Fashion Event 2012 proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House charities. For more information, call 630-623-5300 or purchase tickets by clicking here.
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