Ninety-six years ago, Ellen Stirling’s grandmother discovered Coco Chanel on a trip to Paris and just couldn’t stop shopping. “She returned to Lake Forest, had a discussion with my grandfather, and cleaned out her closets to start The Lake Forest Sports Shop,” explains Stirling, a Lake Forester who continues her grandmother’s tradition with The Lake Forest Shop at 265 E. Market Square. She says the secret to the shop’s success is perseverance. “Never give up and always expect the best,” she adds. “We have been blessed with incredibly wonderful clients and employees.” We caught up with Stirling after her recent “Shop Your Cause” event to find out some of her favorite lasts.
Last fashion discovery you made that defies all trends? Algo of Switzerland
Last amazing meal you had in Lake Forest? The Deer Path Inn
Last designer you met that left you impressed? Can’t keep it to one … Algo of Switzerland, Lucian Matis, Herno, and Lourdes Chavez. From another era, Bill Blass and Oscar de la Renta
Last moment with a customer that made you realize why you love doing what you do? Seeing our team making our customers really happy!
Last style purchase that has stood the test of time? Algo black leather jacket and Bill Blass black cocktail dress