October 2010: Shopping Around

Our top shopping finds for the month


It’s easy to be seduced by Fleurt, longtime Westside resident Sam Crowley’s perky new flower and gift stop. Freshly cut hydrangea blooms, peonies and dahlias sit in bud vases ready to be plucked for an arrangement ($8), vintage window frames accent the chartreuse walls, and cheerful repurposed tables are piled with ever-changing gift ideas, such as Seed Bomb bags packed with Northwest wildflower seeds ($7.50). Crowley, who carries her own line of Petal soy candles ($30/13 oz.), also picks up jewelry finds on her global travels (most selling for swoon-worthy prices of $10–$25). Our favorites: her teeny terrarium necklaces ($10). The main attraction, though, is Fleurt’s floral artistry. Crowley’s arrangements ($40–$100) are organically grouped in vintage milk bottles, steel buckets or other found-object containers. Sourcing blooms from area farmers, she delivers for $10 in Seattle, or free to those lucky enough to live in West Seattle. (West Seattle, 4461 California Ave SW; 206.937.1103; fleurtstudio.bigcartel.com).

Some design by the book, but emerging women’s couture designer Isaiah Whitmore, 20, is more along the lines of a mad scientist, concocting gravity-defying necklines and silhouettes out of faux python leather and voluminous tulle. This off-the-wall style is beginning to pay dividends for Whitmore, a sophomore at the Art Institute of Seattle: Last May, he competed against 100 other local student designers to win his own set at Seattle Fashion Week. Futuristic and edgy, his new fall women’s wear collection broods in moody gray and black hues with dramatic wraparound head scarves and overaccentuated hiplines. Tough, streamlined jackets, a “python” leather dress and leather collar work capture his sassy, citified vibe, leaving one to wonder how long before the scheming apprentice graduates into design genius. Custom work available by contacting whitmore.isaiah@gmail.com.

 After dropping half a grand on your long-awaited iPad, do your future self a favor by snapping up Kirkland-based Plaid Doctrine’s chic carrying case. Sewn with fabric made from recycled plastic bottles, the water-resistant, foam-padded sleeve will keep your precious cargo safe from crazy-making slips and spills. $79 at plaiddoctrine.com.

Design maven Luly Yang debuts her latest wave of fashion on October 8 at her annual fall show. Sponsored in part by Seattle magazine, Yang’s show will use the Seattle Aquarium to showcase her new line’s oceanic theme, which incorporates elegant, free-flowing gowns in aquatic blues and greens. Proceeds from the always fabulous fête benefit Seattle Children’s. Check website for time. Prices vary. Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way; 206.623.8200; lulyyang.com

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

A Seattle-based skin care company brings beauty breakthroughs to your door
Goodies from a 3B beauty box

Ke Chen, cofounder of 3B (Beauty Beyond Borders), says skin care in Asia is approached the same way the French think about food. “It’s an art form,” she says. Chen, whose Seattle-based subscription beauty box company launched last year, says this “art form” can include a 10-step cleansing ritual and feature innovative, exotic ingredients like bee venom and snail mucus to soothe and repair skin.


Chen has found that obtaining these elite Asian skin care products stateside takes time and research, which is why she’s offering them via a home subscription service ($15/month), which delivers a collection of Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese skin care samples, such as the Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion from Taiwan and Leaders’ 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask from South Korea. When subscribers find a product they can’t live without, they can shop for the full-size product on 3B’s website (the3bbox.com).

Local and national focus groups of bloggers, YouTubers and beauty influencers help Chen keep up on Asian skin care trends and determine what ends up in the boxes. You could say that 3B has skin in this game.