“Répondez s'il vous plaît.”
It’s not an unreasonable request. It’s neither desperate, nor pushy. It’s the perfect supplication. The thing is, while RSVP is an open invitation for people to join in on the festivities, RSVP Gallery—one of the most respectable fashion culture entities in the last 5-10 years—needn’t ask anyone to please respond since everyone is at their doorstep begging for an invitation.
The Wicker Park shop lives underground, engulfed with neon green lighting to capture the store’s pop art inspiration. It was built to stand at the intersection of art, music, and fashion, and to blur the lines between luxury clothing boutique and art gallery. Visionaries Don C and Virgil Abloh created the retail space, which truly encapsulates the direction the culture is going.
With many historic moments already under its belt, RSVP Gallery will go down as one of the few shops that have shifted the fashion culture to creators who think outside the box. To celebrate Chicago’s flyest boutique, here is a timeline of RSVP Gallery’s most important events.