Working from a loom little larger than a large laptop, Chris Acton of local Acton Creative weaves whole shelves full of change purses, messenger bags, clutches and other textiles. Each are intricately handwoven from a variety of different materials, including cotton and wool, or even recycled necktie fabrics. Extremely durable and firm, yet soft to the touch, they make for the perfect extra spot of warm fabric for outings in the winter months. They’re a perfect gift for that guy in your life: Acton will also make custom projects, just bring over some of dad or grandpa’s old neckties.
Best of Chicago 2014