Lisa Hurwitz
Shot on location at Lisa’s home in Wicker Park 

Note: this was shot in October 2013

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What are you working on right now?
The holidays! This is the only time of year when I let my inner
Martha Stewart come out. I love buying gifts for people and
planning the little details - like table settings for Thanksgiving
and craft projects to do with my kids. 

What are you working on next?
Starting in January I’m taking a new job - my first official foray
into the media world. So I will be working on learning everything
and anything there is to know about the media business. I plan
to be a total sponge.


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How would you describe your style?
My style is a mix of classic and a little downtown edgy. It has
evolved over the years. Growing up I was a total prep. And I still
have a soft spot for stripes and navy blazers. But years of living in
downtown New York City and traveling for work has given me a
little more edge. I love clothes with amazing little details. Lately
I’ve been on a crazy costume jewelry kick. I generally keep the
colors pretty neutral but will add something edgy or colorful through
jewelry and accessories.


What are you favorite stores or cities to shop?
I am a diehard online shopper. I would say 80% of my wardrobe
is bought online. My standbys are Shopbop and Net-A-Porter -
and I’m starting to get into Farfetch. When I have the time to shop
in person I still love New York. I spent many years living in SoHo
and Nolita and miss a great stroll around the Lower East Side.
And Paris is just amazing. My favorite shopping city by far. Even
my husband will gladly shop with me in Paris! In Chicago, I love
Luxury Garage Sale for the treasure hunt. 


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5 style inspirations/icons
I have always been influenced by fashion magazines. I have
read them voraciously since I can remember. I even used to
keep stacks of old magazines in my closet growing up because
I thought I’d pass them to my daughter someday. I have 2 boys
so I might have been ahead of myself on that one :)

In terms of people, the women in my family have had a big
influence. My great-grandmother owned a dress shop in Chicago
long before I was born. I never met her but I know her clothes
and her style definitely influenced my mother and grandmother
and they 
influenced me. It is amazing how genes play such a role
in your style sense! I grew up on the East Coast but somehow I
made my way 
back to Chicago a few years ago! Kind of full circle
with my great-grandmother.


5 favorite artists
I would say I’ve been more influenced by architecture than art.
My dad was big into Bauhaus architecture and our house was very
modern. My husband is an architect and he’s had a tremendous
influence on the way I see the world. Mies van der Rohe is probably
my #1. But I also love Santiago Calatrava and Renzo Piano. I like
modern art and edgy artists like Damien Hirst, Claus Olderberg and
others. My absolute favorite artist, however, is my son Gus. He is
3 1/2 and ALWAYS has a pen in his hand and is drawing.

5 favorite bands or albums
I grew up listening to classic rock and 80’s music. So I still favor
bands like Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen and U2. Currently, 
music-wise I like Arcade Fire and Mumford & Sons.

5 favorite movies
I rarely get to see movies in the theaters anymore because of my kids.
So going back to my roots my favorite is Top Gun (which is a running
joke amongst my family) and then probably sappy John Hughes films.
I like documentaries too.

5 things you can’t live without
This is a hard one. I love a lot of things but top 5:
1. My boys - Sam, Gus and my husband Dan
2. Dark chocolate 
3. Wine 
4. Weekends
5. a tie between running shoes and the Internet 

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When and why did you decide to do what you do? What do you love about it?
I think marketing has been in my blood since I was a kid. I just
didn’t know what to call it. In high school I did my American History
paper on “Women in Advertising in the 1950’s and Gender Stereotypes” -
little did I know! But for a while I always thought I would be a lawyer.
After taking a few marketing classes in college, I decided to make
the jump. I love the balance of the creative and the analytical that
comes with marketing. It is part art and part science. And that’s how
my brain works. I will read data and love facts and numbers. I like
things to be rational and explained. But I also need a creative outlet
and love the process of developing new ideas. 


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What are your thoughts on the role of style as creative expression at work?
Since I have spent most of my career in a creative profession,
I feel like I have had a free pass to be creative with my clothes.
I see style as an expression of creativity and individuality. It is one
area where people get to say “look at me” and “this is who I am.”
A lot of women like to have an unofficial uniform because it makes it easier
to get dressed everyday. Which makes sense. But I look forward to
choosing what to wear. With the demands of kids and a full time job,
I often feel like I am at my most creative self when I am getting dressed
in the morning. It is truly the one time of day when I get to focus how I
am feeling and who I want to be - just for me and not for anyone else. 


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There is a lot more visible discussion around women having it all: success at work, a family, time for themselves.
You have a wonderful family, home, successful career it looks like you’ve achieved a balanced, healthy life! 
How do you make it work? Keep it balanced? Do you have words of wisdom for drivenwomen out there who want it all? 
Ha! Thank you. Balance is a word I think all women are seeking :) 
It is the Holy Grail. And I love that women like Sheryl Sandberg and
Anne-Marie Slaughter have brought this topic back to the forefront
of conversation. I am such a huge proponent of strong women.
But a balanced life is really hard for women to achieve. And I find it
elusive, personally.

What I have come to learn is that there are tradeoffs. And every
woman has to make them. And you have to be comfortable with
your choices even as friends, family members or others may judge
your decisions. I have chosen to be very career focused even with
young kids. And to continue to push my career forward.

Does this mean I never see my kids or my husband? Of course not!
I make sure to set ground rules - like showing up for key school
events, putting my kids to bed every night when I am home, etc.
But there are days when I feel like I am sacrificing too much. And I
know those come and go. The important thing is to stay true to
yourself and who you really are. No one else is going to make
decisions for you.


(Questions or comments? Leave them below! I’d love to hear from you)

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Photography & styling: Andrea Morris
Assistant: Amanda Wolfson


Street snaps
Shot on random Chicago streets

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Hair/Tara at Art & Science

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Keziah
Earrings/Forever 21
Lipstick/Revlon

Street StyleJourdan (left)
Shades/Mosley Tribes

Lani Love (right)
Shades/SEE eyewear
Coat/Timo Weiland

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Mauri
Hat/Mishka NYC

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Yumi
Shades/Bottega Veneta
Ring/Lanvin
Lipgloss/Givenchy

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Emma (Tres Awesome)
Earrings/Ready to Stare

Street Style

I realized I’m all about the details, I naturally zone in on the details that make 
an outfit. No surprise here: I’m an accessories nut. So I thought:
"Why not document all the yummy accessories I see worn every day?"

This style post is a new iteration of my longer, more complex style features 
(like this one on Monique). I’m excited that it’s going to take less time for 
me to get the content and share it with you.

This one’s all about your summer details, snapped fresh off the streets of 
Chicago. All photos by yours truly and taken on an iPhone so I could catch
you guys the moment I spotted you. 

Enjoy! xo Andrea

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Inspiration: Business of Fashion | Lynn Yaeger

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One my most favorite sites for fashion news is The Business of Fashion

Today features a lovely article on Lynn Yaeger and as usual, the 
article doesn’t disappoint. Check it out here

Inspiration: Takuro Kuwata

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Monique Meloche
Shot on location at moniquemeloche gallery and Meloche’s home in Wicker Park

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What are you working on right now?

Closing more sales of work by both Kate Levant and Sanford Biggers –
my current two exhibitions.  Following up on clients I met last week at
Art Brussels art fair and contacting potential clients for my next art fair
in San Francisco mid-May.   Getting final RSVPs for a cocktail party that
I am co-hosting in NYC next week at The James Hotel as I am their
cultural partner in Chicago.  The event is for the 3rd annual Gallery
Weekend Chicago that I founded and EXPO Chicago art fair that will
happen again here in September.   And planning my nail color and outfit
for tomorrow night’s SAIC The Walk fashion show.

What are you working on next?
Organizing loans of my gallery artists work to various museums and
galleries around the world.  My travel schedule this summer is insane
because of their success – NY, London, Boston, Venice (Italy), Miami,
 
Louisville, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Berlin.

How would you describe your style?
Bold, sassy, and feminine with a dash of sexy vintage.

What are you favorite stores or cities to shop?
Ikram in Chicago, anywhere in Antwerp, TerraNewYork.com 
for the coolest raincoats, Target for both Converse and their 
capsule collections, and my mom’s vintage closet!

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5 style inspiration/icons
My mom (a lifelong model and beauty queen), Veruschka, Diane Von Furstenberg, Gwen Stefani, and JLo


5 favorite artists
Bernini, Giacometti, Luc Tuymans, Rashid Johnson, and Kate Levant

5 favorite bands or albums
Prince live – seen him 10 times, Justin Timberlake – but still on the
fence with “the 20/20 experience”, “Watch the Throne” by Jay-Z and
Kanye West, The Waitresses “Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful” 1982,
and toss up guilty pleasures Beyonce and Rihanna.

5 favorite movies
Pedro Almodovar’s “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” 
Saturday Night Fever, Pulp Fiction, Starship Troopers (thanks to the 
Vic Theater Brew and View), and Shaft – the 1971 original.

5 things you can’t live without
My husband Evan Boris, new shoes, eye-lash curler, wine & cheese 
(and if I count those together I can add my trainers Janell and Kim 
so I can keep having the wine & cheese!).

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Your thoughts on the connection between fine art & fashion?
I did my master’s thesis at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
on the history of the shoe in contemporary art and co-taught a course
there on the intersection between art and fashion, so I consider it to
be a strong and inevitable  connection.

In NYTimes style section today they just featured 5 best dresses to
wear to next week’s Frieze Art Fair festivities in NYC including my new
fav Maria Cornejo who I will be wearing to my cocktail party in NY
next weekend. 

When & why did you decide to become a gallerist?
With a Master’s degree in Art History and Theory under my belt I
started working at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago for 6
years as an assistant curator.   Wanting to stay in the city and no
upward mobility for me at the MCA, I reached out to Chicago’s most
respected contemporary art dealer Rhona Hoffman and I became her
gallery Director for 2 years.  After a short stint at another gallery I
decided to throw my hat in the ring.


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When did you open MM gallery?
I opened moniquemeloche briefly at my home in October 2000 with a
show called “Homewrecker” where I invited 30 artists to install work
anywhere and everywhere in the house (yes the same house we are
shooting in).   My official opening was May 2001 on Fulton Market with
a cavernous “arena-like” gallery with “I Borrowed my Mother’s Bedroom”
by Joel Ross who literally drove to Texas and borrowed his mother’s
bedroom and recreated the room complete with all her clothes, her
bed, tv, carpet, ceiling fan, and door!  The price on the checklist said
“ask Joel’s Mother”.  After 3 years, we moved to the heart of the
West Loop on Peoria and Randolph next door to my mentor Rhona
Hoffman.  When the economy tanked in 2008 we started looking for a
new direction and found our current location in Wicker Park at 2154 W.
Division.  Working with Dirk Denison Architects we created a more
modestly scaled white cube with some moveable walls and desks
and a 25foot long public art space in our front window called the “on
the wall” series that is lit 24/7 and is funded in part by the Wicker
Park Bucktown Association.

Advice for creatives out there in the world?
Don’t give up
Try not to compromise
Collaboration is key
Have fun!

(Questions or comments? Leave them below! I’d love to hear from you)

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Photography & styling: Andrea Morris
Assistant: Yumi Minamikurosawa

Luminaire X
Shot on location at Luminaire, Chicago

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iPhoneography by Andrea Morris

(Questions or comments? I’d love to hear from you! Comment below.)

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Inspiration: Swarovski

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Inspiration: Laduree +  Laure Heriard Dubreuil and Nektar de Stagni ♥

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Happy Easter! 

via Vogue

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Hey friends, please join me this Saturday for Cities in Dust's trunk show
at Monique Meloche Gallery

I’ll have an edible installation for you to nibble on while checking out
CID’s 2013 collection ♥

Inspiration: Miista

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Who is Miista?
Independent – against uniformity and imitation
Irreverent – breaking the rules without causing a riot
Curious – always looking…

I love this brand and what they stand for.

Let the shopping begin.

(Questions or comments? I’d love to hear from you! Comment below.)

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Design & layout: Andrea Morris

All photos: Miista.com

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Just use code COCOMORI25 when you check out to get 25% off
ANY of BRZ’s kick ass ombre tights.

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All photos: BZR

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