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Club Libby Lu

Schaumburg, IL

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Little girls are meant to have a royal blast in Club Libby Lu (designed by the Chicago and Columbus, Ohio, offices of Chute Gerdeman). Every Lu girl (target age seven to 12) is a princess – free to do what she wants in the palatial, almost bedroom-like settings. The 1600-square-foot Lu debuted in August in the Woodfield Mall (located in Schaumburg).

Vibrant colors and glitter galore mark the trappings of other Tween-oriented retailers. But Club Libby Lu hopes to engage its young customers with experimentation, customization and socialization.

Girls join the “club” at an interactive kiosk at the front of the store, where they're asked for their opinions, like “Who's your favorite celebrity?” Membership includes a monthly newsletter that details in-store events.

The store comprises four rooms with main activity areas: bath and body, T-shirts (design your own or prêt-à-porter), jewelry and dress-up. At the child-scaled bath and body counter, girls can concoct their own shimmering lotion “parfait.” Easy-to-follow instructions guide them through the bottling process.

Client Team: Club Libby Lu, Chicago – Mary Drolet, ceo; Erin Killoran, executive vp

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Design Team: Chute Gerdeman, Chicago and Columbus, Ohio – Lee Peterson and Jennifer Linn, brand development; Debra Thuma, program manager; Brian Shafley, creative director/AE; Lori Mukoyama, senior designer; Adam Limbach, creative director/graphics designer; Tina Burnham, graphic production manager; Susan Siewny and Steve Boreman, graphics production

Outside Consultants: RAS Builders, Chicago (general contractor); Ridgeland and Associates Architects, Oak Brook, Ill. (architect)

Suppliers: Creative Solutions Intl., Scandia, Minn., and EPS Specialties, Cincinnati (fixturing); Amtico Intl., Atlanta, and Atlas Carpet Mills, Los Angeles (flooring); Andre's Imaging and Graphics, Chicago, MK Signs, Chicago, Belltown Boxing, Seattle, and Howard Packaging, Lincolnwood, Ill. (signage/graphics); Lighting Management, New York (lighting); Ian Crawford Fabrics, Palm Springs, Calif., Knoll Textiles, New York, and Naugahyde, Soughton, Wis. (textiles); Anton Kobrinetz Design Inc., Chicago (furniture); Abet Laminati, Englewood, N.J., Pionite, Auburn, Maine, and Chemetal, E. Hampton, Maine (laminates); Scuffmaster, Minneapolis, ICI/Dulux, Cleveland, The Sherwin-Williams Co., Cleveland, and Duron Paints & Wallcoverings, Beltsville, Md. (paint); Server Products, Menomonee Falls, Wis. (pumps); Yankee Containers, New Haven, Conn. (glass containers); Fasteners for Retail, Solon, Ohio (decorative hardware); Ample Plastics Co., Wyoming, Mich. (acrylic frames)

Photography: Michael Roberts, Chicago

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