al·che·my \ˈal-kə-mē\ noun
a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.
cloth \ klôTH\ noun
a piece of such a fabric for a particular purpose.
mix it up
After decades in various fashion roles including retail management, bridal sales, and my own hand painted sportswear line, I found my niche in fashion merchandising for Jolie Femme, a boutique on the north shore of Chicago. My journey into the world of avant-garde style was enlightening as I assimilated the crossover of fashion, art and personal expression. Over the past 10 years I have styled hundreds of women from diverse professions and lifestyles whose trust and confidence in my work is reflected in their testimonials.
My mantra is constant; fashion is not about boundaries, rules, or a need for validation, it is about confidence, self-expression and the desire to curate a style that is uniquely yours. I would love to collaborate with you, whether your intent is to edit your present wardrobe, update with some edge, or experiment with new styles. Together we will find the looks that fit your lifestyle and meet your fashion objectives.
In addition to my collection of global apparel and accessories, I also offer the following services:
◾️private in-store appointments
◾️There is only one person I know in the Chicago area who has the talent and vision to take clients out of the rut of “cookie cutter dressing”. Carla has developed lasting relationships with designers who are unique to this community and have not saturated the Chicago market. Working with Carla guarantees that I will be perfectly accessorized and unique. Thanks Carla for helping me step out of the box!
donna elrod / highland park, il
◾️ Ten years ago I was most fortunate to meet Carla. I considered myself a fashionable lady who practiced conservatism. I was bowled over by her fearless approach to fashion and became her student. She taught me to take chances in my wardrobe. She showed me the power of a scarf and how it could enhance your outfit. I admire her style the way she presents herself with her warmth and friendliness. For sharing her elegance with me, I will be forever grateful.
linda strauss / highland park, il
◾️ Carla Levi is a remarkably talented fashion stylist, with vision, creativity and an artistic eye for design. She is incredibly skillful in assessing items which will suit individual clients and has an exacting eye for accessorizing selections, always, in an interesting and innovative manner. I am thrilled for the launch of Alchemy and Cloth. I look forward to its unique/varied offerings and to Carla’s customized approach to Customer satisfaction.
ellen wallace art consulting / chicago, il
◾️ Carla is a blast to shop with. She has an eye for styles that can be cutting edge, but wearable for just about anyone who wants to look unique. The collections she offers are very well-curated; modern but with a timeless quality. I am still wearing things I’ve bought from Carla 10 years ago-mixed with things I literally bought yesterday. If you approach shopping as a combination of discovery, while connecting with people then GO SEE CARLA!!! You will make a new friend and she will make you look and feel amazing.
betsey tilkemeier / winnetka, il
◾️ With her artistic flare and deep knowledge of fashion, Carla never fails to understand what pieces I'm searching for as well as what works with my body type. Consistently, she delivers a professional, but laid-back customer-centered experience. Carla is easy to work with, and makes fashion fun!
peggy tortoriello / chicago, il
◾️ If you are looking for a style that's right for you, Carla can put it together. She has artistic but very wearable taste. I can always find something unique and comfortable.
annette turow / evanston, il
◾️ Carla has the unique combination of an eye for fashion, the patience to experiment, commitment to her customers’ delight all wrapped in endless creativity. You will leave with new additions to your wardrobe and new ideas for the wardrobe you already have!
leslie marquard / glencoe, il