Shopping Around: April shopping finds

A SoDo designer

Category: Shopping + Fashion Articles


Summer Godfrey brings a smart sophistication to laid-back jersey

SoDo designer Summer Godfrey, 31, is slightly obsessed with jersey—fabric, that is. The flowing cloth is the foundation of her casual yet tailored designs, like the chic pullover jersey knit dress with flutter sleeves that earned her a finalist spot in our 2009 Seamless in Seattle contest. But Godfrey is exploring other fabrics with her Rusty Nail label, which debuts this month. Her smart line includes structured, button-up blazers ($220–$260) made with cozy cotton, as well as her signature dresses with scoop neck detailing ($92­–$179). Though she is a northern California native, her line embodies laid-back Northwest style, with organic blends in neutral shades for easy, chic spring layering. Available at

/A new brand of Americana crops up at Nube

A trip to industry-laden China inspired arts patron Ruth True (co-founder of SoDo’s Western Bridge gallery) to purchase more homegrown products for her charming new Capitol Hill shop, Nube. Housed in the recently restored Oddfellows building, True’s hand-selected goods are all made in North America from recycled and sustainable materials. Displayed in a lofty space against reclaimed doors, green-centric gifts include herb garden kits from Idaho’s Potting Shed Creations ($21), fun reusable grocery bags ($38) from Rebel Green and Sweet Beauty lip balm made with local Theo chocolate ($5). Salvaged corrugated-cardboard hanging light fixtures ($219­–$479) by local architecture firm Graypants Inc. and reclaimed wood dining tables from Interbay-based firm Meyer Wells are highlights of Nube’s hip home furnishings. Nube Capitol Hill 921 E Pine St. 206.402.4515

/Spore’s modern doorbell

Though your 1970s-era doorbell (complete with brown and orange floral design) that blasts “La Cucaracha” certainly makes a first impression (¡Ole!), you might consider a bell tailored to more modern tastes with a True brushed bronze round doorbell from Seattle-based Spore. Created by industrial designer and Spore owner Ted Pierson, the subtle yet stunning True bell fits in with vintage and modern doorways alike, and is available with a choice of illuminated LED color (easy on the eyes) and airy chime (music to your ears). $56 for illuminated model $48 for non-illuminated at