Co-founded by Sarah Leitten and Kate Prince, Flora is a petite neighbourhood flower shop perched on the corner of Southport Ave. and Wolfram St. in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview area.
Having met while working together at Flora, Kate and Sarah bought the business in March 2018. While Sarah was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA in sculpture, Kate was born and raised in Sydney, Australia and has over 15 years of horticultural and landscaping experience behind her. Together, they’re passionate about “flowers, creativity, and community”.
Handpicking their flowers daily from the local flower market, it’s the idea of crafting “living art” that keeps Kate and Sarah inspired when working with flowers, in turn fuelling their self-described “wild and free, lush, whimsical, creative, and unique” style that’s evident in each of their striking hand-tied bouquets. Ask Kate and Sarah why flowers make for such a unique gift, and their answer is simple. It’s for their ability to “mark important events” and for the way in which they are accepted as “gestures of affection and thoughtfulness” worldwide.