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Since our opening in 1995, we have been very fortunate to have captured the interest of not only our shoppers, but also editors, stylists, writers and photographers for many magazines, newspapers, online media and television features. Whether local or national, we are always proud, honored and grateful to be recognized for our unique offerings. The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery continues to captivate clients with its extensive collection of chic wedding accessories and is definitely a one of a kind boutique you will not find anywhere in this world!
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The Left Bank Jewelry and Bridal Finery is a Parisian-inspired boutique known for its extensive collection of bridal accessories. Located in Chicago’s popular Lincoln Park neighborhood, they feature the Country’s largest collection of bridal jewelry, headpieces, veils and wedding shoes. Open since 1995, what began as a simple jewelry kiosk business at Chicago’s famed Navy Pier, has blossomed into a charming brick-and-mortar bridal boutique as well as a thriving online website; LeftBankBridal.com. Owner Susan Metropoulos carefully selects all pieces of imported French bijoux (that’s jewelry, of course!) and created this unique Parisian-inspired boutique into a must stop for brides-to-be!
Hailed as “The Soul of Paris in the Heart of Chicago,” The Left Bank has catered to brides for over 20 years. Inspired by 1920’s Paris, The Left Bank is full of vintage and French-inspired styles of jewelry. Earrings, necklaces, brooches, bracelets and hair adornments to “beyond bridal” merchandise such as gifts, beauty products and home décor items. In addition to jewelry and gifts, The Left Bank specializes in wedding shoes and is the flagship retailer for Angela Nuran Shoes known for their all day comfort level.
Nestled in Lincoln Park, the 2,200 sq-ft space boasts vintage charm with a touch of Parisian elegance. Adorned in soft pink walls, the throwback ambience captures the Art Deco era with hints of black, antique mirrors and crystal chandeliers to give a touch of retro-glam.
Offering a wide variety of bridal finery for the most discerning brides-to-be, designer brands include Sara Gabriel accessories, Laura Jayne Bridal, Angela Nuran Shoes, MEG Wedding Jewelry, Ti Adoro, La Gartier, Haute Bride and many others. With every visit to The Left Bank, bridal shoppers have the unique opportunity to add something truly exclusive to their list of things old, new, borrowed and blue. The Left Bank also offers on-site styling services to further enhance their wedding ensembles. Realizing some clients find it difficult to choose wedding accessories without the dress, their staff of wedding stylists meet brides at their fittings with a vast variety of trousseau (or bridal goods – jewelry, veils and shoes accessories). This complimentary service makes choosing the perfect wedding accessories a cinch!
Open since 1995, the Lincoln Park boutique remains successful due to creativity, customer loyalty and constant evolution in the bridal market. With the launch in 2016 of a fresh new e-commerce site and larger redesigned boutique, The Left Bank looks forward to many more successful years to come.
Owner Bio ~
Susan Metropoulos’ entrepreneurial future rang true at an early age, when she received a significant gift from her grandmother, a toy cash register…and she’s been playing store ever since! She always dreamt of having her own business and after gaining experience in sales, marketing, event planning, jewelry manufacturing and wholesaling early in her career, Susan honed her ambition to do just that! Frequent travel inspired a love for all things French, and a penchant for antique jewelry set her firmly in the direction of what would become The Left Bank.
Her first enterprise debuted in 1995 at Chicago’s famous Navy Pier – a simple jewelry kiosk with a carefully curated selection of imported French bijoux (that’s jewelry, of course!). In 1998, Susan opened her first storefront, The Left Bank, in the popular Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. Today, The Left Bank has evolved into a petite haven for French-inspired gifts and a must-stop for brides shopping for beautiful wedding shoes, bridal accessories and a delightful place to indulge in bijoux and other small treasures, all with a French twist.
In addition to The Left Bank, Susan owned and operated a full service wedding planning company called Pomme Productions. From 1999 – 2011, she parlayed her experience in working with brides on a daily basis, offering her expertise in design and organization to create personalized, stress-free weddings for her clients. To this day, past clients’ remark on the memorable weddings she created for them. Featured as one of the “125 Women in Chicago You Need to Know” by Crave Chicago, Susan has worked to establish The Left Bank as "The Soul of Paris in the Heart of Chicago" over the past 20 years. Her success speaks to her own insights as a collector of jewelry – that consumers demand (and crave) quality and uniqueness that is also affordable. The timeless appeal of vintage style and artistic craftsmanship, plus the romantic allure of France give The Left Bank and its treasures a charm as distinctive and enduring as the Eiffel Tower.
On a personal level, Susan is involved in several animal advocacy rights organizations and resides in Lincoln Park.