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Michigan Avenue - 2016 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Anna Chlumsky

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110 PhotograPhy by tod James clockwise from below: Tom Gavin and Lauren McGrady created "a real lifestyle store" with Rider, which features apothecary labels—and house-made organic cotton candy. "I'm not going to tell you how you should wear anything, but I can tell you what I like," says Lauren McGrady, who looks effortless today in Air Force Ones, cropped pants, a red jersey, and a cardigan topped with a pocket square borrowed from business partner Tom Gavin. Last December, McGrady and Gavin—who first met in an entertainment law class at Columbia College— debuted Rider, an indie boutique conceived as a general store in a particu- larly meatpacking-centric stretch of the Fulton Market District ("As far as a Chicago brand opening here, we're the first," Gavin notes of the shop's location). With McGrady spearheading buys as Gavin focuses on photog- raphy and ecommerce, the Ukrainian Village residents curate a mix of fashion (think Bare and Hatchet T-shirts and Schott leather jackets); fine jewelry by designers like Leah Ball, Selin Kent, and Theresa M Lee; apoth- ecary goods like Lurk essential oil, Wary Meyers soap, and Marvis tooth- paste; and antique oddities ranging from a 200-year- old flask to a lucite rolltop desk. Reasons McGrady, "I just like mixing vintage with new." As for Gavin? "I just try to match her. Some days, she'll rock Margaux Lonnberg, so I'll break out dress shoes." 1115 W. Lake St., 312- 243-0464; . Tom Gavin and Lauren mcGrady surprise and delight with indie-glam shopping in the Fulton market district. By meG maThis "As fAr As A ChiCAgo brAnd opening in the fulton MArket distriCt, we're the first." —tom gavin DOUBLE TAKE STYLE Partners in Crime

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