The latest intelligence from the retail scene.
A month of giving back is on the agenda for Saks Fifth Avenue as it launches the Saks Loves Your Cause initiative. Throughout February, shop in store with a Saks credit card and 5 percent of the purchase will go to your choice of three charities: the American Red Cross, the Chicago Botanic Garden or the Sun-Times Foundation, which supports a diverse array of nonprofit organizations. (Online purchases will go to the Red Cross.) Visit the Chicago location at 700 N. Michigan or shop online at Saksfifthavenue.com.
Think ties are too cliche for Valentine’s Day? Chicago-based line The Tie Bar has made the standard accessory a must-have gift with its new fashion-forward collection. Look for bow ties and traditional neckwear in vibrant colors and funky patterns, sure to infuse energy into muted winter wear. At $15 each, they’re ideal for keeping budgets in check too. Shop the collection at Thetiebar.com.
Best in show
On Feb. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m., Trunk Club — a style service that caters to on-the-go gents with personalized shopping and clothing delivery — hosts a pop-up shopping event at its River North headquarters (325 W. Ohio). Shop jewelry from Dana Rebecca Designs, women’s clothing from Edith Hart, men’s essentials from Trunk Club, serve ware from vintage boutique P.O.S.H and flowers from Fleur de lis, plus spa treatments and reservations to some of the city’s hottest restaurants. Learn more at Trunkclub.com.
A Dose of love
On Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the monthly Dose Market celebrates love with a lineup of 60 local food and fashion vendors hawking items perfect for your sweetheart. Located at the River East Art Center (435 E. Illinois), the market will offer candied rose petals from Chocolat Uzma Sharif, mood lighting from Tatine candles and smokin’ hot lingerie from Anastasia Chatzka, plus perks such as readings by Astro-Matchmaker and love ballads from Poems While You Wait. Shop while sipping love punch from Letherbee Gin and snacking on bagel sandwiches from Reno. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Visit Dosemarket.com.