Jes Switaj makes each tie by hand by using fantastic silks in almost every color you can imagine. She then hand-sikscreens each tie with her fantastic, original designs. So awesome. Please get in touch with us for custom orders, colors and/or images!
Megan Lee Designs
Every Megan Lee Design begins with a pencil drawing that is screen printed by hand using water-based, environmentally-friendly inks. Their high-quality, visually appealing designs can be found on apparel, totes, and greeting cards and are inspired by Megan’s love of animals, nature and the Midwest. MLD continues to create happiness for each of their customers by providing their unique brand of handmade goodness.
Monica Zanetti Designs
It’s easy to get to know Monica through her artwork. She is as colorful a person as the paint as she uses in her paintings. She is passionate about her family, friends, and an activist for education and women’s rights! With deep roots in California and Mexico, Monica carries with her inspiration from Mexico's Cobble Stone Towns to Chicago’s North Side. Monica paints what she sees and feels. If you get a close look at any piece you’ll notice the many layers that make each piece. Many of her works have multiple media that dance in harmony to tell a story. As an artist, Monica has had her work adorn walls from San Francisco's City Hall to local spots such as Orange Chicago, Denim Lounge and Wishbone North. She’s boasted many solo shows and has even begun a popular commission offering of pet portraits. With this said, Monica is much more than an artist. What gets her going the most is giving back. She loves to help young people find their passion and is always volunteering at her children’s elementary school in North Chicago. Monica’s a fierce champion for women’s rights and her new line of T-shirts does all the talking. "The Chingona” for example, is a “Rosie the Riveter” inspired piece that tells the tale of the modern woman’s strength. Monica loves people and is commonly called a “social butterfly” by her husband. She loves to focus events around her art showings and always puts on a good show. Monica is a fun loving mother of three. She’s a California girl that moved to Chicago five years ago and loves the tight knit neighborhood feel North Chicago has provided. Be on the lookout for more locations to hold Monica’s artwork and shirts because she is ready to share her vision with anyone wanting to join her!
Thimble & Tag
Hi! I’m Megan from Thimble & Tag — my handmade textiles company located in the heart of Chicago. I was introduced to sewing as a little kid but it wasn’t until recent years that I decided to pick it up and offer up my creations online and in local shops. I focus primarily on hand painted throw pillow covers, totes, wristlets, keychains, purses, clutches and zippered pouches. The inspiration for my pieces really come from me. I like to design products that are something I would want to carry. The fun for me comes with picking out all the colorful and happy fabrics and finding cute combinations that are one-of-a-kind. Painting my own look on some blank fabric has become a signature of my brand and I think really helps me offer truly standout pieces.