August 19, 2005

Accessory Friday-1154 Lill Studio and M. Avery Designs

1154lill1.jpg For today's Accessory Friday, we are going to look at one of the Shirt Snob's favorite stores, 1154 Lill Studio. Founded six years ago in Chicago, 1154 Lill "is the original custom handbag boutique that gives you the creativity to design your own handbag! Create one-of-a-kind custom LILL bags, totes, purses and accessories online, in-store or at a Handbag Party!" Lill has a ton of different styles of bags to choose from, constantly changing the styles of the bags to keep them current and fashionable. They also have a quick turn around for their fabrics; when the warehouse runs out of the fabric you can't get it anymore. This helps to guarantee that no one else has created the same purse as you. Besides the one or two fabrics that you can put on the outside of your bag, you can also choose the inside fabric as well as the inside pocket fabric if you have a pocket. So there are tons of ways to make your purse truly unique and your own. If you don't think you're very creative, you could also buy one of their already made purses online. Besides purses, 1154 Lill has also branched out into reversible belts and journals, so there is something for almost everyone at this store.

1154lill2.jpg 1154 Lill currently has boutiques in Chicago, Boston (where the Shirt Snob made our purses), and Kansas City. Don't dispair if you don't live near one of these cities though, for home parties are also held in Chicago, Boston or Kansas City or host a home handbag party in Bethesda, Boston, Bridgewater, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Grand Rapids/ Kalamazoo, Hartford, Indianapolis, Long Island, Los Angeles, Louisville, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, Omaha, Portland, Philadelphia, Providence, San Jose, or St. Louis, with more cities added all the time.

mavery.jpg There are other similar companies out there. We recently heard of M. Avery Designs (thanks to She Finds), which seems to focus much more on making your bag online, instead of seeing the fabrics and bag types in person. We like to feel the fabrics and see the combinations for our own eyes, so we prefer Lill. However, this is a decent alternative if you do not live in an area where there is a Lill party available.

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Posted by Laura at August 19, 2005 9:42 AM

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