UPDATE: As of January 2012, Habit is closed.
1951 W. Division, (773)342-0093, habitchicago.com
Goods: Women’s clothing and accessories by independent artists. Exclusively carry emerging designers. Designers: Designers include Superficial, Inc., Filly, Cinder Loop and Suzabelle. Owner: Lindsey Boland, designer of the line Superficial, Inc, opened this boutique to showcase independent designers. Vibe: The small storefront feels like a forest of progressive design: handmade frocks hang amidst painted white trees climbing silvery walls and sinuous branches are suspended from the ceiling. The back of the store houses a studio where Lindsey whips up playful clothing for women. Price Range: Moderate-Expensive. The Look: Fashion-forward. Downtown. Creative and addicted to self-expression. Whimsical. Young at heart. Shopper’s Perks: Now’s your chance to stock up on up-and-coming designers, so you can say you knew them before Barneys did.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009