By Nirvana Cobb Special to Published Jan 18, 2010 at 10:58 AM

If you are anything like me, fashion is a passion.

I have a weekly ritual of brunch, the latest fashion magazines and re-watching seasons of either "Sex and the City" or "Gossip Girl."

I have an appetite for those classic finds that can take an outfit from "Oh" to "Oh, la la."

It could be the right pair of shoes, handbag or an item from an indie designer or a vintage jewelry accent that does the trick.

The question is, when you are in a petite market such as Milwaukee, where do you find such items?

I consider myself a fashion headhunter, and I find joy in seeking out these items. But a hobby such as this takes time, patience and a few connections.

I don't limit myself to one city when I am looking for that something special, however I love to know about all of the hidden gems of the city that make my searches easier.

In my quest for high fashion Milwaukee, I found a boutique so original, so revolutionary, so diverse it satisfied all my shopping cravings: The Boutique Revolution and Gallery, 5209 W. North Ave. It is Milwaukee's underground fashion apprentice.

Boutique Revolution was established in October 2009 by Sheena Luckett. The store carries original art and unique fashion designs. Fashionistas will have no problem selecting something they love.

Boutique Revolution and Gallery provides affordable gallery space, inspirational workshops and community events, all in an organic atmosphere.

Boutique Revolution not only serves as a community building, but also as a platform for evolving fashion. It is an extension of an annual fashion production, "The Fashion Revolution," and serves as its headquarters. It also houses one-of-a-kind fashion designs created by national designers as well as locals including Asia Mynor, Vgal, GG Collection, Sazzy Crochet Designs, Vintage Sexy, Anna Hovet, Earz By Umeka, Raw Jewelry Design, Nandi and E.G.O. Designs.

I fell in love with the vintage section at the store, and found a Georgette dress that I will debut in spring 2010. I was impressed by the independent designers that occupy floor space and encouraged to support their efforts.

This is exactly what the budding fashion community of Milwaukee needs, and, after speaking with the owner about her plans for Boutique Revolution's future, I can say it will only get better!

Tickets are now available for the Fashion Revolution's Annual Fashion Show. For more information, visit

Nirvana Cobb Special to
Nirvana Cobb was born and raised in the East Bay of Northern California, and lived there until she moved to Milwaukee at the age of 14 with mother, UWM Film Professor Portia Cobb, and younger sister.

Nirvana graduated from Riverside University High School and attended Wilberforce University, an historic black university in Ohio.

Not satisfied that she was receiving the proper training for her career goals, Nirvana was accepted into Public Allies Milwaukee and worked at the Sherman Park Boys and Girls Club for her program year.

Before enrolling at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Nirvana did some traveling and sports marketing and event related internships, most notably with the Chicago Cubs.

She has also worked for Chicago's No. 1 radio station WGCI, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Illinois Action for Children.

Nirvana also has a children's clothing line called Pineapple Eggplant.