From purses and shoes to makeup and lotion, there are tons of great products made right here in Chicago. Style expert Amy Tara Koch stopped by to show us some of her favorites. Check out the below for more info and special deals just for WCL viewers!
Chicagoans show incredible support for their homegrown talent! You can pick up many of the products we featured at retailers like Elements, Post 27 and June Blaker.
Dose is a year-round market featuring the finest selection of vendors under one roof at the River East Art Center (435 E. Illinois St.). Some of the most innovative local fashion, artisan food and art are featured at this monthly market. The next Dose is April 15th from 10a.m.-4 p.m. so make sure to check it out!
The creator of Atelier Azza, Azeeza Desai Khan, is an Emmy nominated and award-winning marketing maven. She unveiled her first collection, Monarch, at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in 2011. Azeeza actually modeled a new jacket (of course made in Chicago) for the segment!
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Val rocked a dress by Agga B. for the show today! The dresses are perfect for the office and a night out on the town. Make sure to check out the complete collection of Spring 2012 dresses. Very cute!
This is one of Amy's favorites! Mohop is an eco-friendly footwear company specializing in interchangeable shoes that allow nearly infinite design options with just one pair of soles. One-of-a-kind, custom-fit sandals can easily be created by simply lacing any ribbon or fabric tie in Mohop's patented sole.
City Soles, 2001 West North Avenue Chicago (773) 489-2001
These beauty products are "a must" to try out! The all natural products have no chemicals and are made out of a kitchen in Logan Square. At $4-$25, they won't break the bank either!
Amazing Cosmetics are sold at Ulta (which is also a Chicago-based company!). The line has been used by celebrity make-up artists for Sex & The City, Gossip Girl, The Devil Wears Prada, Access Hollywood, Mad Men, Glee and more! Purchase online or at all Ulta stores.
Big Girl Cosmetics
The founder, Kiley, has quite the story! Kiley was in the audience for the famous Oprah show when they gave away cars. Instead of keeping the car, Kiley sold it and used the money to start Big Girl Cosmetics.
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Celebrities from all over have taken notice of Chicago-based K. Amato! Rachael Ray and Eva Longoria are frequently seen sporting the pieces from the jewelry line. Accented by gold-filled chains, colorful stones, delicate gold leaves and hammered geometric shapes; Kristen's jewelry offers the perfect blend of fashion-forward yet classic pieces for your every day wardrobe. Amy Tara Koch is a big fan of the earrings!
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One of One Jewelry by Samantha Goldberg
These pieces are gorgeous! The pieces combine unusual natural rock formations with old-world silversmithing. Each piece has its own unique silverwork on it and is made right in Samantha's studio located in the Loop!
June Blaker 870 N Orleans St # 1 Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 751-9220 or Space 519 900 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 312-751-1519
This unique jewelry line boasts design and function. Singular hand-crafted pieces include silver-lined wooden cuffs, wood and bone rings, silver earrings, letter openers, marmalade and cheese knives, men's accessories, drawer pulls and weed holders.
June Blaker 870 N Orleans St # 1 Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 751-9220
The bold clutches and shopping totes are right on trend for Spring!
Elements 741 North Wells Street Chicago, Illinois 60654 877-642-6574
Defy Bags takes recycling to the next level! The pieces are hand-sewn made in small batches and made by old materials like military canvas, truck tarps and vintage sails. Each piece is unique and one of a kind.
All of the materials used to craft the glasses are carefully chosen with the environment in mind.
Labrabbit Optics, 1104 North Ashland Avenue Chicago, IL 60622, Dose Market or ID Chicago 3337 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL
The Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture
Chicagoans love local talent! The Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture has an actual fashion department which creates programming and other avenues of exposure for fashion and accessories designers. Val can often be seen sporting dresses and tops by these local designers.