Akira opens on 53rd Street

Akira, a Chicago-based fashion retailer, officially opened its doors today

The staff, wearing Akira fashions, stood in wait of their first patrons as word slowly spread in the neighborhood that the women’s fashion shop was open for business.

Akira occupies the former Borders Books and Music at 1539 E. 53rd St. The site’s exterior, which has been under construction since mid-June, has been revamped to give the building a more modern look.

The retailer has 18 locations, including stores in Wicker Park and the Loop.