Introducing Team EEC - Gwen

Saturdays at Essential Elements are filled with good tunes, a non stop runway show featuring our very own Essential Mavens, lots of laughs and an overall jumping good time and that is thanks to Gwen!

The party follows Gwen wherever she may be and most Saturdays that is right on the sales floor of Essential Elements where she will be impeccably styled in a perfectly coordinated look from the earrings down to the shoes.  

In July, Gwen will be leaving Essential Elements for Tulsa, Oklahoma to dive into her passion project - Fannie's Restaurant, Soul Food Chicago Style.


Gwen from Team Essential Elements Chicago wearing Just Sofia Black Jumpsuit with Fly London Shoes

 Favorite Essential Elements designers: Alembika, Kedem Sasson, & LINK

Best season for fashion: "I don't have a favorite season because fashion is awesome all year long. I love clothes so I am fashionably dressed every season!"

 What's a typical day of relaxation and self care?  "I try to get massages at least once a month and I'm striving to carve out time for more with the addition of facials. I enjoy hanging out at different restaurants with friends or even alone."

When you leave to focus on Fannie's, what will miss most about Chicago? "Well I'm gonna miss spending time with my son and his family, singing for the Praise Team at my church where I've been a member for 35 years and eating at some of my favorite restaurants. I will miss my EE family and the customers, many of which I've become friends with over the years. I'm gonna miss Chicago where I was born and raised 72 years ago. 

A fashion quote to live by: " You make the clothes, they shouldn't make you!"


  • Pauline M. Pearson

    Gwen, I’m pretty sure God’s FAVOR is upon you where ever you go.
    I will miss your pizazzyness around EE. GOD bless you and thank you for your beautiful spirit.

  • Amy Bond

    Mz. Gwen, always funky and fly style and one of my favorite people at EE. I’m going to miss you pointing out different outfits/shoes/jewelry because our taste is very similar. You are beautiful, inside and out! Love you and will miss you kinfolk – similar last names… :) I’ll definitely look you up when I visit Tulsa. Wishing you all the best!

  • Robin Edwards

    Gwen thank you for all of your style and expertise in the fashion world. You are truly the GOAT in fashion and will truly be missed. I must say every item purchased at EE has been exceptional. Whenever I wear them I get compliments. Thank you for your service through the years and I know GOD HAS GREAT THINGS IN STORE FOR YOU! BLESSINGS AND FAVOR!

  • Ruth Gillie

    Congratulations Gwen on your new journey,God is where you are be blessed.

  • Linda M. Lewis

    Ms. Gwen, I’m going to miss you in the store and on the phone when I make my calls to purchase but please keep in touch with us so when we get down to where you are we can come and have some delicious food!

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