EAST VILLAGE — Anastasia Chatkza plans to close her retail boutique and focus on making custom one-of-a-kind garments, the clothing designer announced this week.
A liquidation sale, which will include Chatzka’s made-in-Chicago clothing and accessories — plus mannequins, hangers and fixtures — will start Thursday and run on Thursdays through Sundays through December 14, with the exception of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Shoppers are encouraged to RSVP online for the day they plan on attending the sale, which will feature clothing from Chatzka’s past and current collections (dresses and skirts, bathing suits, ball gowns and more) marked from 50 to 90 percent off.
Located at 1001 N. Damen Ave., the boutique opened in 2013 after Chatzka relocated from Division Street.
In a video posted to Facebook, Chatzka assures fans she is only closing her retail storefront and will still be around. She’s changing the direction of her business to focus on custom-made garments and one-of-a-kind pieces and will be available by appointment in her design studio at 2041 W. Carroll Ave., where she also teaches sewing classes.
Reached on Wednesday, Chatzka said she wants her boutique closing sale to function as “a big thank you to all of those who supported it.”
Chatzka said the decision to eliminate the retail side of her business is similar to creating less of a carbon footprint, while freeing up more time for individual clients in need of dresses and formal gowns.
“I already spend so much time doing custom and enjoy making one-of-a-kind kind pieces for people,” Chatzka said.
The 1,000-square-foot corner boutique replaced Zeytoun Market when it opened in 2013 — and as far as Chatzka knows, no new tenant has been brought on yet.
“It will be another vacant space,” she said.
In addition to custom-made garments and sewing classes, Chatzka also plans to make limited run pieces that will be sold on her website, www.anastasiachatzka.com.