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Layer up with warm accessories from Chicago designers

Written by
Jess Keys
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Ch-ch-ch-ch-cheer up, teeth chatterers. Some of our favorite new shops are working with local designers to offer handmade looks that are cozy, comfortable and chic. Pictured are just a few of our favorite locally made products that would make perfect Chicago gifts this season.

The coat
To keep out the chill, invest in a wool coat ($245) like the one above from Union Handmade. With flannel-backed lining and a hood, this sweet overcoat also has kimono sleeves that are comfortable even over your thickest sweater (like maybe the one over there on that crate, also by Union Handmade). 3860 N Lincoln Ave, unionhandmade.com

The scarf
Painter Kristin Oldach picked up knitting after her son was born. A natural, she soon had more chunky knits that she knew what to do with—thus KraeO was born. Oldach sells homemade accessories aplenty, including loopy scarves like this one ($88). kraeo.com

The gloves
Starting out, Gloved Chicago’s Rebecca Kulik had never sewn a pair of gloves. Two years and 70 patterns later, she’s proof that “practice makes perfect.” Grab your own custom wool pair ($95) in dozens of fashionable designs. glovedchicago.com

The bag
Chicago designer Chelli Look is known for glamorous purses. Bucket bags are everywhere this year, and this gold and cowhide one ($245) makes a statement. Ten percent of profits from purchases go toward housing and education to end domestic violence. shopchc.com

The hat
Any good Chicagoan knows the secret to winter warmth is a good hat. We suggest having fun with it. The hand-knit, 100-percent rabbit-fur beanie ($158) by Chicago’s C/FAN has an elastic brim to stay snug and hold in heat. It may cost ya, but hey, the chic warm-headedness is worth it. cfan-designs.com

The shoes
Forget boring kicks: Julio Chavez of Solid State Goods breathes life into wardrobes with shoes ($350) made to order in his Pilsen studio. With a hair-on-hide vamp and leather back, sole and heel, this pair will add some bang to any winter look. solidstategoods.bigcartel.com

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