Designer to Watch: Moorea Seal

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Tangletown-based jewelry artist Moorea Seal first viewed art on a grand scale as an artist’s assistant to Seattle sculptor John Grade, helping to craft his large-scale installations. But in 2010, the Seattle Pacific University graduate began packing big, geometric sculptures into a petite form: jewelry.

Combining her artistic background and influences from her rural England and northern California upbringing, Seal’s creations blur the lines between sleek urbanity and rugged nature, with oversized, raw amethyst druzy rings ($37–$55), chevron-cut leather earrings ($25) and gold boho headpieces ($55). “I really enjoy pairing rough materials like leather and crystals with clean lines and shapes,” says the 26-year-old. “The result is very bohemian chic, statement worthy and wearable.”

This month, in addition to a new, very texture-heavy jewelry collection, the increasingly popular designer (she is ranked in the top 48 overall in the world for Pinterest followers) will also launch a line of leather handbags with a collection of five new styles ($75–$120) incorporating her latest nature obsession, animal prints.

Available at Butter Home on Capitol Hill or mooreaseal.etsy.com.

 

 

Eddie Bauer Releases EB Originals Collection

Eddie Bauer Releases EB Originals Collection

The retailer returns to its roots with iconic designs
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Wares from Eddie Bauer's latest collection, releasing today

Seattle-based men's and women's outerwear and apparel retailer Eddie Bauer is going back to its Northwest roots, when Eddie was a guy who ran a sporting goods store on downtown's Seneca Street in 1920. The brand has gone through some transition years, but it’s returning to the brand that outfitted the first American expedition to K2.

On Tuesday, September 27, the retailer is releasing its EB Originals Collection, a line that's inspired by EB's founder and the early, iconic designs from its nearly 100-year-old history.

The first patented down jacket, the 1936 Skyliner, is reincarnated with modern styling. Same for the 1942 Yukon--the top seller for more than 30 years--and the B-9 Parka, which originally kept U.S. airmen warm in -70 temperatures in their uninsulated bombers.

For Northwest street cred, the most striking piece is the limited-edition version of the Skyliner, that's lined with Pendleton wool in eight national park-inspired patterns from Portland's Pendleton Woolen Mills. What's more, it’s reversible, so you can wear your Rainier Pendleton Skyliner in multiple ways. Expect this limited-edition gem on October 18. $400 at eddiebauer.com.