This week's Patch Portraits also features a farming couple from Deerfield, Des Plaines' record reviver and Jewish United Fund volunteers from Highland Park.
Four years ago, Caitlin Stephenson took over the vintage clothing store she had worked at for several years. Stephenson added her own flair to the place and changed the name to Factory Vintage.
"I always like the vintage look," Stephenson said. As a young girl she had been captivated with classic movie stars like Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Becall.
Stephenson gets her merchandise from a variety of sources, some are bought new, others are salvaged from thrift stores. "Mainly people bring them in and I buy what I like," she said. Recently Stephenson bought a large cache of pristine items from the family of a deceased hoarder.
Factory sees a large variety of customers, from costume designers to students on the hunt for fashion bargains. In her shop you will find anything and everything vintage, not just clothing but accessories, shoes, artwork and even toys.