Local Focus: Studio V at Harper College

Looking for unique holiday gifts in the Chicagoland area?

You’re in luck! There’s a new boutique that opened up at the end of November that’s full of beautiful, unique pieces you won’t find anywhere else.  It’s none other than Studio V at Harper College.  Yes, at Harper!  Students in Harper College’s Fashion Merchandising program have launched a unique on-campus boutique boasting a variety of handcrafted items.  At Studio V, you’ll find items from Harper faculty and students.

The name “Studio V” is a nod to the five senses, and includes items that indeed cater to all of them. At Studio V, you’ll find garments from fashion professors, jewelry made by fashion students, works from Harper’s ceramics studio, printed cards from the Graphic Arts Department, CD recordings from music professors, and much more.

The store is housed in Harper’s Building V on the west side of campus. The space, formerly used for the College’s plant science program, has been transformed hour by hour by Merchandising students into a boutique and classroom.

The grand opening was Thursday, November 29, but you can visit every Wednesday through Saturday. Studio V is open 11AM to 7PM Wednesday through Friday and noon to 5PM on Saturdays.  You can get to Studio V from the Roselle Road entrance on Harper’s main campus, at 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine, IL.

Check out some of the beautiful photos Harper staff sent my way!

I haven’t had a chance to visit yet, but wanted to make sure I shared this great boutique with you so you had every opportunity to head over. The folks at Studio V were gracious enough to send some photos my direction though, and let me tell you, they definitely make me want to swing on by soon!

Studio V at Harper College

Studio V at Harper College

Studio V at Harper College

Studio V at Harper College

You can view the rest of the photos at Harper’s Flickr. All photos above are copyright Harper College.

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12 comments for “Local Focus: Studio V at Harper College

  1. December 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    That is so neat and special that the college is showcasing their professors works and giving their students an outlet to sell their creations. Thank you for sharing!

    • December 7, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      It’s student run too, which gives them a chance to learn some of the workings of a business as well, I imagine, which is so cool! Hooray for real world experience!

  2. Lena
    December 7, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    I never thought of Harper as a place to shop (except for classes)
    That’s pretty cool
    I have to see if we can stop by

    • December 7, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Me neither! I was so excited to hear about it, especially because it’s right down the street from me. I’m hoping to get a chance to stop by this weekend, if not next week sometime.

  3. bre dale
    December 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Beautiful items!!

  4. December 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Wow that boutique looks like it has a great selection!

  5. December 7, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    This is a great idea on so many levels. It teaches artists and designers the business side of their product. You can have the greatest ideas in the world, but if no one sees it or buys it, it becomes kind of pointless!

    • December 7, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      I know, right? It gives them great real world experience, learning how to deal with customers and how to run a business. I interned quite a bit in college, but nothing like actually running a shop like this. So cool!

  6. December 7, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    I love their displays and clever pieces for sale. This is really a great opportunity for those that are participating.

  7. Jenna Wood
    December 7, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    This looks like such a great place to discover new, trendy, handcrafted gifts!

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