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Local Eclectic Is Like a "Curated Etsy"

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Local Eclectic, a Chicago-based e-commerce site, launched today. Showcasing independent designers and makers from across the country, the site was founded by Alexis Nido-Russo.

"I'm constantly searching for emerging, innovative makers of high-quality products," she said in a press release. "The site was built to fill a void in the e-commerce marketplace. It's a curated Etsy meets Refinery29."

One fun thing about this site? In addition to featuring designers' collections, it highlights their personalities a bit. Users can read about where the makers drink, shop, and play in their hometowns.

The site's first crop of merchandise includes accessories from Chicago line C/Fan. There's also jewelry from the Los Angeles-based Armatura and clothing from Feral Child, whose designers are based in Oakland and New York. Two new makers will launch on the site each week, and an upcoming feature will highlight the local line Cities in Dust.
· Local Eclectic [Official Site]