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Five Chicago-based online shops

Shopping local doesn’t only include brick-and-mortar boutiques. Check out these five Chicago-based online shops

 (Photograph: Courtesy of Michael Fortner)
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Photograph: Courtesy of Michael Fortner

Luxemi
Launched
Summer 2011
The concept
Borrow or buy Indian-inspired apparel and accessories. Rent the Runway-meets-Shopbop.com with an exotic Eastern flair
Favorite items
One of the newest additions: beaded leopard-print and mirror-adorned clutches ($85-$115). Also, gold and silver hand chains ($28)
Rotation
Weekly

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Nothing Major
Launched
Winter 2012
The concept
This latest venture from indie-music site Pitchfork is designed to showcase the most inspiring and creative contemporary visual culture. A hybrid editorial and e-commerce site, NOMA features in-depth editorial pieces, short blog posts and a shop selling fragrances, niche magazines, ball caps, NOMA collaborations with brands such as San Fran shirt line Taylor Stitch and more.
Favorite item
A DIY lamp kit by Chicago designer Craighton Berman ($79)
Rotation
Weekly

 (Photograph: Courtesy of Inland Clothing)
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Photograph: Courtesy of Inland Clothing

Inland Clothing
Launched
Fall 2012
The concept
American-made, affordably priced and classically styled men's clothing. Mostly smaller producers who are committed to domestic production of weekender bags, oxford shirts, leather belts and more
Favorite items
Domestic Workwear, a local line that makes durable pieces such as work pants ($120) produced from heavy cotton twill
Rotation
Seasonal

 (Photograph: Courtesy of August General Store)
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Photograph: Courtesy of August General Store

August General Store
Launched
This week
The concept
Artisan-designed and crafted merchandise (such as this bell jar lamp) from makers around the country, Europe and Japan. The selection of categories is inspired by classic general stores that still exist in rural and niche communities.
Favorite items
Julia Paul's handcrafted pottery ($25-$90) inspired by the Appalachian Mountains landscape; and pet line Found My Animal, nautical-looking products ($42-$64) made with marine-grade ropes and metals and waxed canvas
Rotation
Seasonal

 (Photograph: Courtesy of Abe's Market)
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Photograph: Courtesy of Abe's Market

Abe's Market
Launched
2009
The concept
A virtual Whole Foods—with an even wider selection. Stocked with 12,000-plus products, the site allows shoppers to filter their search by 220 lifestyle and dietary categories, such as fair trade, PVC-free and Paleo diet-friendly.
Favorite items
From two local companies: Simple Squares' all-natural snack bars ($20 for a 12-pack) that are free of gluten, wheat, dairy, soy and refined sugars; and Hala's wine racks ($38), cookbook holders ($38) and bamboo trays ($36)
Rotation
Weekly

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