patricia locke jewelry boutique

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The Patricia Locke Jewelry Boutique was located inside the Macy's (formerly Marshall Field's) store in the Oakbrook Shopping Center. In order to keep costs to a minimum, the entire boutique was designed as modular units that could be fabricated offsite. Labor for the installation of the boutiques was very expensive. The modular units w./integral lighting were installed in less than 8 hours.

Patricia Locke liked the look of maple. The warmth of the solid maple & maple veneered plywood was contrasted with the coolness of glass and stainless steel. The design required locking drawers and locking trays that could be opened to access the jewelry. The ear ring carousel was designed to allow customers to see the variety of merchandise without being able to remove ear-rings from the carousel without the assistance of a sales associate.

The following history posted on the Patricia Locke website gives some nice background information about the company. I think the history is a nice way of understanding some of the conceptual, material, and design related influences that went into the boutique's design.

“Patricia Locke jewelry speaks a distinctive visual language that encourages self-expression and hints at a subliminal universe of rites, passages and mysteries. Inspired from a wealth of cultural and historic influences - including architecture, archeology, astronomy, and global travel - her provocative collections reflect an aura of romance, self-possession and multi-faceted femininity.

Patricia Locke collections always blend the depth of fine art with a modern sense of fashion. Her work is immediately recognizable for its distinctive asymmetry, tantalizing multi-metal combinations and elegant use of positive-negative space. Each piece presents an exquisite paradox, at once handsome and beautiful, organic and geometric, and contemporary with heirloom overtones.

Self-taught, Patricia Locke had never worked with her hands or taken an art class prior to undertaking what would become her life's work in jewelry design. She designed her first pieces, fine jewelry in sterling silver and gold in 1971, working largely by private commission for several years. By 1979, the desire to reach a wider audience prompted her first designer costume jewelry collection, which she personally - and quickly - sold one-on-one to prominent galleries and retailers. In 1997, Deborah Rethemeyer joined Patricia as a partner in the business. Deborah's experience in retail, operations, marketing and design allowed her to streamline production and introduce the line to even more retailers across the country. Patricia and Deborah work together to design five collections annually. Patricia Locke jewelry is handcrafted by a team of artisans outside of Chicago, Illinois.

Among America's premier contemporary jewelry designers, Patricia Locke's collections are timeless, relevant, and consummately collectible.”