Sonia McBride: Most Innovative Line

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The line: The Central District-based designer (who works for a Ballard biking pannier company by day) describes her line as “urban cycling clothing for the professional woman,” as seen in garments like a violet pencil skirt that unzips on the sides to give more leg room to pedal. Other thoughtful details: reflective satin fabric on zippers and trims; the charming wool jacket’s mini capelet that protects against the wind; and double-reinforced seat and articulated-knee seaming on twill pants.

Creative spark: “For me, the design process starts with identifying a problem,” says the 25-year-old of her line. “As someone who commutes on my bike every day, it was obvious that there was a lack of functional and fashionable biking clothing for women, so I started trying to look for a creative solution. I’m inspired to find where those practical solutions, and then aesthetics, meet in a really realistic but beautiful way.”

Mission statement: “I also hope to encourage more women to use a bicycle as part of their daily routine, both as an environmentally responsible means of transportation and for the health benefits, too. On a larger scale, I’m hoping to help change what prototypical ‘cycling clothing’ looks like by adding stylish options.”

First garment created: “I made this peasant blouse in middle school; it was off the shoulder in a very bright white. I was so excited about it, but by the time I actually finished sewing the elastic neck, I didn’t even want to wear it anymore.”

How personal style influences her designs: “I’ve always had an affinity for structured, tailored vintage wear, like my grandmother’s clothing from the 1950s, so that love definitely comes out in my clothing.”

Line: Babecycle

School: Seattle Central Community College School of Apparel Design, Class of 2011

Find it: babecycle.com or etsy.com/shop/babecycle

Clothing pictured (From left to right): Double-faced wool/cashmere flannel coatdress with bias-cut skirt, curved front pockets, vintage wool ribbing on collar and cuffs, and double-needle topstitching details. McBride wears her own designs, a wool twill and wool cashmere/flannel combination fitted vest over a lavender wool/poly blend jersey knit long-sleeve top with cowl detail at shoulder and wool/cashmere flannel pencil skirt with side zippers; tights, shoes and earrings are her own. Wool jacquard cycling cape with scalloped edge, seamed curved welt pockets and ribbed collar, paired with lavender short-sleeve top (fabric details listed above with long-sleeve top) and wool twill equestrian-inspired riding pants with reflective satin tape belt loops and reinforced seat.

 

Score Edgy Cotton Basics at Downtown's Do The Extraordinary

Score Edgy Cotton Basics at Downtown's Do The Extraordinary

Downtown apparel and accessories shop DTE offers a little something extra
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An in-store vault opens to reveal secret speakeasy, Blind Tiger

The newest retail outpost from fashion collaborators Justin Kercher and former Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander is offering downtown shoppers the opportunity to “Do The Extraordinary.” Taking over the 6,000-square-foot space on Sixth Avenue and Olive Way that previously housed European Antiques, Do The Extraordinary (DTE) opened last fall and is a lifestyle boutique for men and women offering locally designed, handmade, ready-to-wear clothing and accessories for the fashion-forward Seattleite. The brand’s edgy cotton basics come in black, white and various shades of gray, and include muscle T-shirts and sporty sweats for men, and tunics and dresses for women.

“DTE is really about the customers and creating an experience,” Kercher says. The space combines influences of the Seattle outdoors with urban design. Blow-torched sequoia tree tables and painted antlers flank vintage couches and hand-poured cement floors. Hidden behind the cash register area, speakeasy Blind Tiger, designed by Kercher and his family, is set up for private events and intimate concerts featuring local bands and DJs. DTE’s fall lineup includes several album release parties as well as a fall/winter fashion show.

The store’s upcoming events will “take [the retail experience] to another level,” says Kercher. Downtown, 1810 Sixth Ave.; dotheextraordinary.com