Saturday, April 8, 2017
A match made in heaven
Out for a walk after a late breakfast in Bucktown, Parke Ballantine and Lena Matz found themselves coincidentally dressed in similar outfits. "We both tend to wear a lot of black, so matching is not intentional—but coordinating suits is," says Matz, who works at the managing consulting firm Point B. Ballantine, the marketing communications manager at Hyde Park Arts Center, was sporting the trench coat she received from Matz on the occasion of their third anniversary, for which leather is the traditional gift. Matz, meanwhile, strutted in stilettos, which she recently began wearing more regularly to keep up with her partner's fashion-forward sensibility. "Parke can take anything," Matz says, "and turn it into a statement piece you'll see next season."
Originally published in the Chicago Reader.