Chicago Boutiques Take to Cyberspace

LET YOUR FINGERS DO THE SHOPPING: Winter marches on. Good thing so many local designers and retailers have been opening stores on the Web

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A necklace from Dotshop

DOTSHOP

This recently launched, petite web shop is the brainchild of Kelsey Kreiling, editor in chief at Laundry, an online fashion magazine produced in Chicago and New York. Find exclusive and small-run batches of clothing and accessories from designers such as local jewelry artisan Shades of Grey (including the bronze necklace, $73, above).

 

 

Shoes from KitThis

COMING SOON: KITTHIS

After three years at their Chicago-based online boutique TwentyThirtyForty.net, Brandon Frein and Arlene Matthews are redesigning it and rechristening it KitThis. The site will still carry classic yet edgy lines such as Vanessa Bruno Athé, Surface to Air, and Rachel Comey (sandals, $483, above) but will have a “more cohesive feel,” says Frein.

 

 

Hand-carved wooden serving board from Ashes & Milk

ASHES & MILK

Launched in 2008, one of Chicago’s first Internet-only boutiques continues to comb the globe for its tightly curated selection of hand-crafted ceramics ($30 to $240), dyed textiles (from $535), and earthy jewelry and other accessories (from $96). Recent finds for the home include a hand-carved wooden serving board by Geoffrey Lilge ($290, above).

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Sales Check

Don’t have the time (or skills) to make your sweetie a valentine? The jewelry, clothing, and other locally crafted goods at Handmade Market, which will be held February 11 at The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western Ave.; handmadechicago.com), could say “I love you” too. . . . Get a jump on spring’s home improvements at Revision Home (2132 W. Fulton St.; revisionchicago.com), which introduces its latest collection of vintage furniture and accessories during a weekend sale February 10 and February 11. . . . Decision 2012: Which Presidents’ Day sale to hit first? Try the 900 North Michigan Shops (900 N. Michigan Ave.; shop900.com), where discounts of 9.75 percent on total bills make shopping tax-free at stores including Michael Kors, DNA 2050, and Space519 from February 18 through February 20. (Visit shop900.com/taxfree for a list of participating boutiques.) —Bridget Maiellaro

 

Photography: Courtesy of vendors

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