KOKOROKOKO is a vintage boutique specializing in fashion from the 1980s & 1990s!
We are located at 1323 N. Milwaukee Ave. 2 blocks north of the Division Blue Line stop
Please come by and check out our hot vintage finds from the 80s and 90s! If you would like to shop online click HERE!
Store hours are M-S 12-7 pm and Sunday 12-6 pm

Also check out Kokorokoko in the PRESS!!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

STYLE INSPIRATION: WINONA RYDER IN HEATHERS!

Lick it up baby, lick it up


The Heathers, a darkly funny portrayal of rich bitches in the 80s, starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Disenchanted with her silver platter lifestyle, Ryder's character Veronica Sawyer is filled with nihilistic ennui, best captured in a scene where she writes: "Dear diary, my teen angst bullshit has a body count." 



Channeling Emily Dickinson meets Sylvia Plath, Ryder's style is effortless, somber, comfortable yet dressy. She wears oversized silhouettes, with touches of menswear and baroque moments. Her accessories are always ornate focal points-- bolo ties, frog closures and brooches. Her femme fatale style distinguishes her from the popular Heathers, setting her apart from their preppy and nautical fashion, while helping to create a dark and mysterious mood.




 


Check out some cool blazers we have at the shop that resemble her style below!





Tuesday, November 8, 2016

When you put it on, something happens....



Members Only is best known for their slim and sporty, colorful men's fashion jackets in the 1980s. Herb Goldsmith, founder of Members Only, copied the style of a racing jacket he found while vacationing in Munich. This style features an elastic waistband, chest pocket with logo, shoulder epaulettes and high neck with button closure. This jacket became a staple of the 1980s closet. 

Although Members Only looks like something a young Donald Trump would wear, during the 1988 election, Members Only aired a highly controversial commercial with footage of Hitler in hopes to encourage people to vote, and avoid a Trump-like tragedy.

A shot from 1985 movie, the Goonies!

In the 80s, everyone had a Members Only jacket-- there were countless celebrity endorsements! Although, by the early 90s, this brand all but faded out.

Check out some awesome Members Only jackets below! 








Tuesday, October 11, 2016

GITANO

Long before Gitano was a K-Mart brand, they were one of the hottest denim and casual wear brands of the 80s and early 90s. Catering to the designer jeans craze of that time, Gitano had a wide range of ultra tailored denim in a variety of washes-- as well as contemporary sportswear for men, women and children.



Shania Twain was famously featured in a Gitano Jeans ad in 1994 when it sponsored her "Perfect Fit" tour. That same year, Gitano was sold to Fruit of the Loom after years of financial distress. Gitano is best remembered as an affordable, classic and durable brand.

We love Gitano because it is made with quality materials and has a structured look. Outfit yourself in head-to-toe Gitano for a look that is perfectly 1991, or wear as separates for a low-key americana vibe. Check out some of the choice Gitano pieces we have at the shop right now below!










Thursday, September 29, 2016

Patrick Nagel

Patrick Nagel's art, infamous for gracing nail salons across the globe, was a luxury loft staple for all cocaine culture gents and babes of the 80s. Nagel reached a wide audience regularly illustrating Payboy, but perhaps is best known image for the cover of Duran Duran's album, Rio. Although he used photographs of models and Playboy Playmates during the creation of his iconic images, the resulting illustrated women are strikingly similar. Who is this reappearing form, who is Nagel's anima? 

Nagel died from a heart attack in the mid-1980s directly after an appearance at the American Heart Association's Aerobathon. The aesthetic of his pieces has endured for decades and his work is some of the most recognizable art in history!

 

Stop by our store for rare framed Nagel posters in a range of mysterious poses!




Thursday, September 15, 2016

LIZ CLAIBORNE


Liz Claiborne was a fashion icon and clothing designer from the 70s through the 90s best known for her moderately priced women's sportswear separates. She was the first woman to be honored in the Fortune 500 list, having sold over a billion under her Liz Claiborne clothing line. She was also the first to suggest that department stores give her collections their own department so people could shop it as a whole.

Liz Claiborne is remembered by her iconic large oval glasses and short hair-- sophisticated and powerful. Her collections mirrored the feminist power politics of the 1980s with large shoulder pads, menswear and bold colors and prints.

Check out some cool Liz Claiborne pieces we have at the shop below! This is a brand we are always stocking, so keep an eye out on our Instagram!!



 


Saturday, September 10, 2016

CHANCE THE RAPPER WEARS KOKOROKOKO


Check out Chance the Rapper at the MTV VMA's this year wearing a Michael Jackson pin from Kokorokoko! So cool! Stop by the store and pick one up for yourself.





And here's Chance with Beyonce wearing a vintage ringer tee from Kokorokoko. Get the look with these ringer tees we are currently selling:





Chance the Rapper styled by Whitney Middleton!