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Sustainable Shoe Brand Rothy’s Opens 1st Chicago Shop In Lincoln Park

The store at 846 W. Armitage Ave. is the company's first in the Midwest. Like its shoes, the Rothy's storefront is made from recycled materials.

Rothy's is located at 846 W. Armitage Ave.
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LINCOLN PARK — Rothy’s, which offers sustainable shoes and accessories, opened Thursday in Lincoln Park.

Located at 846 W. Armitage Ave., this is the first Rothy’s location in the Midwest, following other stores in Boston, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, according to a news release.

“We are looking forward to bringing our dedicated, concierge-level shopping experience to the windy city,” Rothy’s CEO Stephen Hawthornthwaite said in the news release. “As one of our top markets, we’re excited to provide more ways to shop for our Chicago community by offering the ease and convenience of a physical location in additional to our online store.”

Rothy’s launched in 2016 and is known for transforming recycled materials into long-lasting shoes and accessories.

Like its merchandise, the new Rothy’s storefront is made from recycled materials, including plaster and ocean-bound plastic to create the floor, as well as a cash wrap and cabinets made from recycled wood fiber content and paper, according to the news release.

Giovanni Lepori, vice president of global retail development for Rothy’s, said in an email they chose to open the store in Lincoln Park because they thought it would fit in with the other businesses in the area.

“Our store is situated on tree-lined Armitage Avenue, nestled among world-class shopping, cafes, restaurants and parks,” Lepori said. “We fell in love with the residential character and local charm of Lincoln Park and are so happy to put down roots in such a vibrant neighborhood.”

Rothy’s will be open 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.

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