About Bunny & Babe


Peyton Merrill


Peyton started in Visual Merchandising for the iconic American brands Ann Taylor and J. Crew. She then moved to London as Head of Visual Merchandising for Thomas Pink. Shortly thereafter, Peyton opened an interior design company. Peyton Merrill lives in Winnetka with her husband Topher Merrill and their three children.

Babe Paley

Babe Paley was an American socialite & style icon in the 50’s & 60’s. Babe worked as a Fashion Editor at Vogue early in her career, and often was photographed for the magazine and was inducted into the Fashion Hall of Fame in 1958. Truman Capote once said about Babe, “She was perfect. Otherwise, she was perfect.”

Bunny Mellon

Throughout the 50’s and 60’s Bunny Mellon was a trend setting American style icon, art collector and talented landscape and garden designer. She was married to Paul Mellon, the heir to the Mellon Bank & Steel fortune and was best friends with Jackie Kennedy. Her biggest accomplishment was designing the White House Rose Garden for JFK. She was dressed by Balenciaga and Givenchy. In fact, Bunny was Jackie’s style reference! She owned many beautiful homes in the U.S., Antigua and Paris and designed and decorated them all herself with her amazing eye.

About the Stores

Bunny & Babe

Style maven Peyton Merrill launched Bunny & Babe, a modern boutique, in the Winter of 2020 on Chicago's North Shore. Two fashion icons, Bunny Mellon and Babe Paley, who were America’s first “It” girls have inspired Peyton’s carefully curated collection of Women's Ready-To-Wear, Shoes, Accessories and Home.

Violet by Bunny & Babe

Violet by Bunny & Babe is a collection of Ready-To-Wear, Shoes and Accessories that is curated to cater to a younger clientele, from teens to twenty somethings. This fun and fashion forward edit is a one stop shop for the North Shore and City gal! Whether she’s looking for her new go to pair of denim to the ultimate dress for a night out, Violet has you covered!