Wolfbait is not just where Chicago shops, but where Chicago sells.
Growing out of a community of makers and opening our doors in 2006, Wolfbait & B-girls set out to be not only a showcase, but also a resource for local artists. Wolfbait is where Chicago shops, but it’s also where Chicago sells. A treasure trove of over 300 local artisan’s creations (apparel, accessories, art, and gifts), as well as a handful Chicago based, women run, fair trade companies; The Bait highlights our city’s local talent in a unique incubator style retail venue. Strengthening our community for makers, as well as educating customers about the values (both environmental and economic) of supporting local artisans and small business are primary goals. This is a people driven project. Through artisan representation and customer education the ideals of our growing creative community will be shared and strengthened.
Wolfbait & B‑girls is a female-owned and operated independent business, fashioned by two native designers, Shirley Kienitz and Jenny Stadler. Their respective collections, Bruiser and Brazen judy, are executed in-house from concept to consumer, creating an intimate environment for a unique shopping experience. Wolfbait just so happens to be a one-stop shop for unique and practical clothing, playful accessories, and one-of-a-kind handcrafted treasures.
The name Wolfbait & B-girls is a nod to historic Chicago. The 1930’s guidebook Chicago Confidential defines Wolfbait as girls who moved to the city looking for success and how easy they were to be preyed upon; and B-girls as what they sometimes turn into. Think B-movie, B-side, bad girl, Bruiser and Brazen judy. We have chosen to take this derogatory historic terminology and reframe it as what women are capable of in business, and in life.
Support shopping local and cherish the artist in your community and yourself.