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By Laura Epstein | July 6, 2016 | Watches & Jewelry
Luxury jeweler Lester Lampert makes a major move to an expansive space in River North.
Diamonds are forever, and they’ve been in Lester Lampert’s family almost as long. His luxury jewelry company is rooted in 100 years of sparkling history, trailing a long line of successful Chicago-based jewelers.
But that’s not to say the business is static: A prominent figure on Oak Street for 23 years, Lester Lampert, Inc. is relocating to a vast 5,000-square-foot site on East Huron Street with a two-level showroom, watch gallery, and more, all wrapped in a glistening new package for the River North crowd.
“People are shopping differently. They’re buying engagement rings online,” says co-owner and gemologist David Lampert, Lester’s son. But he hopes the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and design room at the new space will transform this experience. “We’re not just selling rings, we’re creating them,” he explains. “We sketch them with the customer, create renderings, and print 3D models. It’s a high-tech process that allows for complete customization”—an approach that will appeal to the area’s clientele.
“It’s a young neighborhood, and I think that will influence our designs going forward,” Lampert says of the River North location. Evidence of this can be found in the company’s latest collection, CasueLL, a fun, lightweight daily wear line for the modern buyer. Says Lampert, “We’re excited about the chance to present a fresh new look in our quality of merchandise.” 7 E. Huron St. , 312-944-6888
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF LESTER LAMPERT