Designer Maria Pinto Going Out of Business

By Zach Christman
|  Monday, Feb 15, 2010  |  Updated 6:12 AM CDT
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Chicago designer Maria Pinto models her own spring 2010 collection.

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Maria Pinto, the Chicago designer whose threads have wrapped the famous bods of Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey, has gone out of business.

The Sun-Times' Bill Zwecker reported that Pinto will cease operations of her Lola Black LLC company and close her West Loop boutique. She's also expected to file for bankruptcy protection later this week.

She told Zwecker she's "confident that the Maria Pinto name will not go away, but will merely take a break before emerging in a new form." Pinto said she'll take several months to feel out her next move.

Pinto said the tough economy and changes in the fashion market were to blame for her closing her doors.

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