Forth Chicago 2016 Gift Guide Part Two / by Taylor Bryant

The holiday spirit continues with a continuation of our Holiday Gift Guide, featuring even more of our favorite women-owned businesses. We shared our top pick from each shop, but we encourage you to explore all that each one has to offer. Cheers to shopping small and to gifting with intention!


The team at A Little Photo Studio has a knack for capturing the personality of every kid, pet, family, or kid at heart who steps in front of their lens. In this age of Instagram, A Little Photo Studio helps families rediscover the joy of the tactile image.

For the mama-to-be: the Mini Studio Session. Contact A Little Photo Studio to purchase a gift certificate.


Argaman&Defiance (A&D) creates 100% silk scarves naturally dyed by hand in their studio located in Chicago, Illinois. They only use natural dye extracts responsibly collected from tree bark, roots, and leaves. The hand dyed process is an artfully crafted skill, making each piece uniquely beautiful.

For your friend who thinks black is the new black: the Black Rose Gold Speckled Raw Silk Cape


Department of Curiosities is a slow fashion atelier dedicated to bringing transparency back into the process of purchasing clothes. Their luxury lingerie and nightwear is made from ethically sourced Italian silks that are guaranteed to make both your body and your conscience feel fantastic.

Early To Bed

Early to Bed is a woman-oriented, sex-positive adult toy shop located in Chicago's North side. The store has an amazing variety of products, and the staff are more than willing to help you find the toy that will be the most fun for you.


For your partner: the Lucky Love Dice.


Local Eclectic is a beautifully curated online jewelry store featuring designs from emerging and indie designers. Each piece is a statement piece that transcends trends. Local Eclectic makes makes well-made jewelry accessible to everyone who appreciates it. 

For your friend who appreciates anything that sparkles: the Luck be a Lady Morganite & Opal Ring by Lust & Luster


Measuremake is a made-to-measure women’s clothing company. Their dresses are custom-fit and custom-designed from a choice of nearly 30 colors and countless necklines, sleeves, skirt styles and lengths. 

We love: all of their dresses! 


Po Campo's bike, yoga, and travel bags are designed to fit your life. They're practical enough to get you from point A to point B and stylish enough for you to carry them everywhere in between.

For the bike commuter in your life: the Uptown Bike Trunk Bag.


Production Mode is a slow fashion leather goods brand specializing in ethically made, limited edition clothing and accessories. Each piece is created from the highest quality materials and is designed to last for the long haul.


For the world traveler: the Hand-tooled Custom Leather Luggage Tag.


Vichcraft is a line of feminist-inspired, empowering wearables, prints, and home goods.

For your favorite feminist: Girls to the Front Back Patch.


Jules Vance creates modern fine jewelry - by human hands - for women and men who appreciate slow fashion, a maker's process & seek to know artists behind the design.

Le Couer is a unisex, minimalist watch brand that gives back. Inspired by the world and designed in Chicago, each Le Coeur timepiece is named after the city that inspired it and every purchase helps to serve the greatest need of a different partner charity each month.

Noktivo offers organic manicures and pedicures for those looking to make their beauty regimen both greener and cleaner. 

Pixologie Team safely stores your printed and digital photos, videos, slides, and film so you can celebrate your memories for generations to come.

Typebaby  outfits your favorite kiddos in good design. All tees and onesies are screen printed in Chicago with kid-safe, lead-free ink or digitally printed with eco-friendly ink.