1723 N. Damen, (773)782-1570, stitchchicago.com
Goods: Specializing in leather bags, laptop cases, purses and wallets, Stitch also carries furniture, throws, jewelry, pillows, bedding, men’s accessories and gifts. Designers: AK Vintage, Daniella Lehavi, Chan Luu and Pyrrha. Owner: With a background in art design, Pamela Hewett was one of the pioneers to open a boutique on this stretch of Damen Avenue, motivated by her love of handmade, stitched goods. Vibe: This boutique looks more like the full-to-bursting living room of an artsy friend than a boutique, with Hot Chip playing overhead and bookshelves and furniture breaking the space up into a hide-and-go-seek of stitched goods. Price Range: Moderate-Luxury. The Look: Colorful, highly detailed accent pieces with loads of personality. Shopper’s Perks: Shoppers can create a wish list or wedding registry on the store’s Web site.
UPDATED JANUARY 2012