Steiner's pieces on display at Dovetail.

Leather bracelets, Shelby Steiner ($44).

The Spring/Summer 2013 collection was influenced by South Africa's rhino-poaching issue.

Black Coated Cotton Crop Top, Shelby Steiner ($128); Green Inverse Top, Shelby Steiner ($132).

This is the first time Shelby Steiner is available in a store.

Shelby Steiner Debuts at Dovetail

by Elle Eichinger
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CASSIE DOUMAS
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May 20, 2013 | Homepage Latest The Latest

At only 22, designer Shelby Steiner is breaking into the local fashion scene. This month, she launched her eponymous label’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection in-store at West Town boutique Dovetail.

Steiner cites her Midwest upbringing and eclectic family as major influences to her overall design style, but the latest collection has an additional influence. The dark aesthetic is a result of Steiner’s anger about the rhino-poaching problem in South Africa. As somber as the inspiration may be, though, the pieces are ultra-chic. Steiner’s Green Inverse Top ($132) is a standout with its unique pattern, while the Black Coated Cotton Crop Top ($128) is perfect for summer when paired with a high-waisted maxi skirt and lots of jewelry. Other items include canvas circle skirts and handmade leather bracelets.

The best part? You can feel good about wearing Steiner’s clothes, since she uses ethical best practices to make sustainable pieces. In fact, most everything you’ll find at Dovetail is considerate of the environment and its inhabitants. “I’m very excited to have my line carried at Dovetail alongside numerous other talented Chicago designers’,” Steiner says. “Each of us is creating a high-quality product made ethically, while creating a supportive community within the fashion industry.”

Though this is the first time Shelby Steiner pieces are available in a store, the designer first launched her collection late last year at the Chicago Fashion Focus runway show. She is currently one of six designers-in-residence at the Macy’s Fashion Incubator. 1452 W. Chicago Ave., West Town, 312-508-3398

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