UPDATE: As of January 2012, Bess & Loie is closed.
1015 W. Lake, (312)226-2247, bessandloie.com [ratings]
Goods: Bags and accessories. Designers: Well-loved labels like Hayden-Harnett, as well as lesser-known designers. Owner: After years gallivanting with Paris and New York’s most fashionable, Allyson Holleb decided it was time to come home and run her own business. And there’s no question this is HER business. Only brands she loves make it to the shelves, and Allyson’s inviting personality and extensive knowledge of the industry separate her shop from the crowd. Vibe: The loft-like space is decorated like a grandmother’s living room, complete with vintage sofas, family pictures and chocolate-chip cookies. Price Range: Moderate-Expensive. The Look: Not your classic bags, but never over-the-top. These are statement pieces, but the statement isn’t about the size of your bank account. Shopper’s Perks: An onsite kitchen stocked with snacks.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009