Women take a lot of pride in their purses. While some see them as just a basic necessity, others see them as total status symbols and buy them very selectively around the name of the designer or the fabric, such as canvas or leather. They search out the designs which range from initials covering the purse or the subtle stitching and styling which gets knowing glances from fashionable passersby. Many women have acquired a collection that they take pride in. Here are some Chicago stores where you can continue to enhance your growing purse wardrobe.

(Credit: stitchchicago.com)

(Credit: stitchchicago.com)

1723 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 782-1570

Make your purse collection like none other with pieces from Stitch on Damen. This Wicker Park boutique has handbags, totes and clutches that range from soft to structured, and all are eye-catching. Select from labels like Botkier, Liebeskind and Alexandra Satine. Purchase a fashion-forward purse from Stitch to add style to your purse collection.

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(Credit: sofialivelovely.com)

100 E. Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 640-0878

Some women love to mix it up when it comes to their purses. For that, they turn to Sofia on Walton to look for purses that match their style. Whether it’s a casual and roomy tote or a structured clutch, Sofia has a collection that fits the bill for every taste. Sofia carries labels Jade Tribe, August California and Allibelle which lead to a choice of styles for its clients.

Il Medice Firenze
520 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 527-3788

If you would like to add a completely different look to your purse collection, take a glance at pieces made from quality Italian leather. Il Medice Firenze on Michigan Avenue has purses that will make a longtime purse shopper do a double take with its incredible styles and colors of handbags. Il Medici carries its own label, as well as purses by Pratesi and Talja. For a unique look that will be unlike any collection of purses you have ever seen, shop the collection at Il Medice Firenze.

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2459 W. Augusta
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 533-1745

Once you have seen the imaginative collection at Swaby on Augusta, you will realize that you haven’t seen every kind purse. Swaby uses crisp designs and fabrics like calf skins to create handbags. Pieces from Swaby will ensure a conversation piece for years to come. Choose creative looks from Swaby and make your purse collection stand out from the crowd.

1154 Lill Studio
900 N. Michigan Ave., Level 5
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 344-1825

Still can’t find the perfect purse? Design your own at 1154 Lill Studio on Michigan Avenue. At Lill, you can select the style you want, from totes to shoulder bags, then pick out your fabric. It will then be tailored right here in Chicago, just for you. Or select from Lill’s house designs which are also excellent. Either way, you will have a purse that you are completely comfortable with. Get a purse that’s uniquely yours at Lill Studio.

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Angela Hazen lives in Oak Park, IL. She has worked as a model in Chicago and studied broadcast journalism at Columbia College Chicago. She has traveled to Europe on several occasions, and keeps her readers up to date with local and international style, shopping, fashion and beauty trends. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.