As stylist Lisa Marie McComb dresses her A-list clients in the hottest fall fashions, the Wicker Park resident unveils her favorite spots for living a chic life.
The unique gifts (like Strange Invisible perfume) at Space519.
A former model for designers like Chanel and Versace, Milwaukee native Lisa Marie McComb left the runway behind to get even more hands-on with couture as the lead stylist for Visual Therapy. As the Chicago anchor for the New York–based style consultancy group, McComb has worked with everyone from movie stars and rockers to corporate executives looking to up their sartorial ante. With the change in seasons, McComb is eager to layer knits, mix textures, and sport the Valentino rockstud motorcycle boots she purchased last year (“That’s my style: rocked-out bohemian chic,” she says with a laugh). As someone who breathes style (“I’m about to go to Paris for the couture shows—that’s my fashion vacation”), she’s well versed in living a charmed life thanks to these, her favorite places throughout Chicago.
“I live in Wicker Park, so I love strolling around on Milwaukee Avenue and Damen. P.45 (1643 N. Damen Ave., 773-862-4523) is one of my favorite places. [Founder Tricia Tunstall] carries 10 Crosby, Derek Lam, Paper Denim & Cloth, Eugenia Kim, MM6. Space519 (900 N. Michigan Ave., 5th Fl., 312-751-1519) is my go-to place to find unique gifts. They have great books, an apothecary, great jewelry, and clothing. You know [when] you have that birthday party Friday night and didn’t get anything yet? I know I can walk in and something will speak to me.
“I get really inspired in Jayson Home (1885 N. Clybourn Ave., 800-472-1885). They do such a nice job of integrating outdoor nature with indoor beautiful reclaimed furniture. I bought the classic Cullen tufted chair; it’s my favorite piece that I’ve ever found there. I watched it for a while—I sort of stalked it. That happens with clothing, too: I’ll go to Barneys New York (15 E. Oak St., 312-587-1700) and stalk something. That happened with Givenchy shoes I stalked all season, and then I just happened to be in the store and they were on sale in my size. It’s like the fashion lottery.
“When I’m producing a fashion show, my favorite part, strangely, is not curating the fashion—it’s choosing the music. In my neighborhood, the club Double Door (1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-489-3160) is iconic; there’s 20 years of history of bands that have played there—major bands including the Rolling Stones. I saw Wilco at the newer place in town, Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-525-2501). They’re such great musicians, and the sound is so good there.”