Barrington native to help launch boutique at Harper College
Updated: December 16, 2012 6:24AM
BARRINGTON — Harper College’s Fashion Merchandising students, including Barrington High School graduate Shannon Kraft, will soon launch a unique on-campus boutique.
The store, named Studio V, will feature hand-crafted items from students, and community members can submit items for sale as well.
Items will include garments from fashion professors; jewelry made by fashion students; works from Harper’s ceramics studio; printed cards from the Graphic Arts Department; and CD recordings from music professors.
Cheryl Turnauer, chair of Harper’s fashion program, explained that the boutique will serve as a teaching lab for merchandising students. She added that the store will offer an always-evolving inventory, featuring everything from one-of-a-kind clothing to photography and handcrafted furniture.
Artists will keep 80 percent of the sale, organizers said, with the rest going to the fashion program.
“This is a win for everyone,” she said. “Our merchandising students get the invaluable experience of launching and running a real retail location, vendors get an added venue — or maybe the first-ever venue — for their work, and the public gets a sensational shopping opportunity.”
The store is housed in Harper’s Building V on the west side of campus. The grand opening is will be Nov. 29, and hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, visit www.harpercollege.edu/studiov.
Q: What is your major?
A: Fashion Merchandising
Q: What inspired you to go into fashion?
A: Starting from a young age I’ve always had an interest in fashion.
Q: What are your future career/volunteering goals?
A: I aspire to open my own boutique in downtown Chicago.
Q: What is your proudest moment or greatest achievement?
A: My proudest moment was coordinating the Harper College fashion show.
Q: Do you have a favorite community event in Barrington?
A: The annual Barrington Art Festival.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant or entertainment venue in Barrington?
A: Boloney’s & The Catlow.
Q: What has changed in Barrington since you’ve lived there?
A: The traffic.
Q: If you were mayor for the day, what would you do?
A: Develop downtown barrington by adding more businesses and retail stores.
Q: What are you reading?
A: Fashion magazines.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: Uncle Buck.
Q: What’s on your iPod?
A: Everything from oldies to alternative music and today’s hits.
Q: What’s your favorite vacation destination?
A: Scottsdale, Arizona.
Q: Are you a summer or winter person?
A: A summer person.
Q: What is your favorite Chicago sports team?
A: The Chicago Cubs.