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The Guild

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Who We Are

The Guild is the new one stop shop for the conscious shopper looking for high end fashion, art, accessories, wellness, home and body products, made with sustainable, Fair Trade, artisanal and charitable practices. Created by a curated selection of trading partners from all over the world, The Guild makes ethical shopping a new kind of retail experience.

Women Supporting Women

Women supporting women is a trademark of The Guild. We support female-owned brands but also the many women artisans from around the world who support their families and communities through beautiful well-made items.

Our Store

Beyond our online marketplace our physical store is located in the heart of one of Chicago’s favorite shopping neighborhoods. If you are in the area please stop by and say hello at 3717 N. Southport Avenue. Down the street from the iconic Music Box Theatre! We love to meet new people! Many new one-of-a-kind offerings arrive daily in-store and you can shop Art and Furniture not featured on our online marketplace.


We love to host fun cultural events and look forward to a post pandemic world when we can continue bringing like-minded people together! If you are interested in being notified please sign up here.

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Emily Vaughn

Emily is a multi-faceted designer. She has worked as an interior and landscape designer for more than 20 years on the North Shore of Chicago. She has been featured in multiple design magazines. For the last few years, she has moved into jewelry and clothing design as well. All of the design inspirations, "fashionations," and lifestyle ruminations have kept her very creatively engaged! With the debut of The Guild she has combined her love of great design with her commitment to sustainability, fair-trade and artisan products. Meeting Laura many years ago at an artisan market began a kinship that ultimately has led to a wonderful partnership in launching The Guild!

Laura McMahon

With a degree in Electrical Engineering, this mother of two traded aircraft circuit board design for a Fair-Trade business of handbags and accessories. Everything is handmade by women of the indigenous Wayúu tribe in her native Colombia. Her passion for sustainable, handmade, high-end quality products helped Laura find her calling. Through The Guild, she loves helping other female small-business owners, artists, and artisans showcase their products while making sure customers know each product's origin. Closely following the Fair-Trade principles of sustainability, fair wages and respect for the environment, this partnership embodies an evolution in ethical retail.