1867 N. Damen, (773)489-3220, dmariehandbags.com [ratings]
Goods: Handbags, totes, clutches, jewelry & accessories for women. Designers: MZ Wallace, Latico, AntePrima, Pallie, Sabina; and the shop’s exclusive d.marie line. Owners: After her home became an empty nest, Diane Gallery pursued her dream of opening up a boutique for fellow handbag-and-accessory fetishists. Best of all, the shop allowed her to spend more time with her daughter Therese, who assists in the buying for the girly shop. Vibe: Modern and simple, the shop’s accessories are artfully arranged on clean, neutral-colored shelves. The unobtrusive staff is friendly, but won’t try to hold your hand as you rifle through handbags. Price Range: Moderate. The Look: The woman who shops here is a master at making inexpensive accessories look like prize finds from Neiman’s or Saks. Shopper’s Perks: D. Marie is the perfect shop for the queen of accessories on a city-princess budget. Beginning November 1, you can purchase from their Web site, too.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009