RAD MOM: Glitter & Bubbles


Lale Ketcham is the woman behind Windy City Bebe, the ultimate Chicago stop for kids clothes so cute you’ll wish they came in your size! Windy City Bebe might be Lale’s first shop, but her love of fashion predates WCB. Not only did she study at Columbia College right here in Chicago, but she also studied fashion at Lorenzo de Medici in Italy. Fast forward a few years and her little boy Aydin was (and is!) the perfect dose of inspiration that prompted Lale to open Windy City Bebe. Not native to the Chicago area? Windy City Bebe has an online shop too!

Tell Us All About Windy City Bebe:Windy City Bebe started as a blog to highlight the adventures of raising a child in Chicago, all while maintaining my own identity. At the time, I was working for a wholesale showroom and traveling throughout the Midwest selling garments to retailers (as far away as Lexington, Kentucky). My new-found role as a mama, combined with both my passion for fashion and experience working in the showroom helped me realize there was a real desire for and lack of “cool kid” urban fashion in Chicago.

I knew that to find the pieces I was most interested in, it would mean traveling to other parts of the country like New York & Los Angeles, and broadening my search internationally to source the most unique garments & accessories. I love finding new brands, especially those that are mama designed and owned! Encouraging and enabling women entrepreneurship will always be extremely important to the foundation of my business.

Being a Working Mom is Tough Work, You Keep from Losing Your Mind By: Disconnecting from business, social media, the phone and life is critical to maintaining both a healthy mind and relationship with my family. Our world of constant social interaction can be all consuming at times. It is easy to forget that these little creatures need us far more than we know — the mornings of lounging around in our jammies whilst eating waffles or playing cars uninterrupted by cell phones or computers are so special and memories I know he and I will cherish forever.

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