By  on February 16, 2010

CHICAGO — Apparently counting First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey as clients wasn’t enough to keep this city’s most prominent designer, Maria Pinto, afloat in this economy.

Pinto, who gained national recognition for dressing Obama on the campaign trail, quietly closed her North Jefferson Street boutique here last week, and her company reportedly plans to file for bankruptcy later this week.

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