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Ikram Goldman Advocates Talents for a Living

Launching a career is often difficult for young talents, those who lack experience and guidance. Finding the early steps of the route does not come naturally. Many designers lose sight of their target and end up with despair way too soon. Women like Ikram Goldman are not just avid fashion aficionados, but they are also real heroes that empower and mentor those in need. Goldman is a fluent speaker of anything and everything fashion related. As the owner of the Chicago-based boutique, Ikram, she is responsible for launching multiple exceptional careers. From Thakoon to Rick Owens, Proenza Schouler and Prabal Gurung – many of today's biggest fashion designers were put on the radar after Goldman made her first order from them. Known for her eye for extraordinary creativity and seamless quality, the American retailer is a well-celebrated buyer and seller with the authority to dub what is cool from what is not.

 

“I try to look for designs that inspire me. Things that are wearable, fun, unusual and unique. Clothes that are not oversaturated. We are finding more and more in New York with collections such as Rodarte, Proenza Schouler and Thakoon. Young designers who are so phenomenal” 
Ikram Goldman in the American Express Skybox 2011


With that said, her store has never merely an outlet; instead, it is a coveted Launchpad that continually identifies and stand behind the pure talents. Her straight-forward approach has already garnered her an insensible aura that many designers would describe as intimidating. Her influence previously reached an unprecedented height, when she collaborated with the former first lady of the US, Michelle Obama. Goldman is credit with introducing Obama to the most promising American designers; including Jason Wu who dressed her the inaugural ball.

 

While the most prominent fashion houses anticipate orders from Goldman, it is the fresh talents who regard a positive remark from her as a true kiss of life. Her most evident superpower is her ability to mash up well-established brands with indie talents – all in the heart of her carefully curated boutique in Chicago. With each piece being handpicked by the owner herself, Ikram brings a mixture that cannot be seen anywhere else around the world. Furthermore, she is also a smart trader as she is notorious for acquiring unique vintage finds only to sell them again through her boutique.

While the most prominent fashion houses anticipate orders from Goldman, it is the fresh talents who regard a positive remark from her as a true kiss of life. Her most evident superpower is her ability to mash up well-established brands with indie talents – all in the heart of her carefully curated boutique in Chicago. With each piece being handpicked by the owner herself, Ikram brings a mixture that cannot be seen anywhere else around the world. Furthermore, she is also a smart trader as she is notorious for acquiring unique vintage finds only to sell them again through her boutique.



Explore Ikram’s unique picks by visiting Ikram.com



In spite of being located in Chicago, which has never been considered a fashion capital, Ikram has already established a loyal fan base from across the globe; therefore, it is no wonder that people travel for hours and miles just to step into her fashion haven. Ikram is already one of the top three boutiques (along with Colette in Paris & 10 Corso Como in Milan) that all designers around the world aspire to enter. Because once you have been certified by Goldman, a world of opportunities is set to soon unravel.  


“It is really all about what you love and what you believe in. A million people can tell you the heels look great on you but if you are uncomfortable in them don’t wear them”

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