Ted Baker London Opening in Bellevue Square

The snazzy British retailer will launch its first Seattle-area store on Friday, March 4
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Polish up your finest British accent; we've got brilliant news here. Ted Baker London, the British lifestyle brand known for its classic yet cheeky men's and women's wares, is opening a 2,960-square-foot shop in Bellevue Square.

The store will be the label's first in the Seattle area and will feature a high tea-inspired design with a nod to our local love for coffee. Expect a veritable tea party inside: a palette of pastel pinks, blues and mint greens is mixed with oversized white doily decals throughout the space, tea tin-printed wallcoverings in the fitting rooms and tiered cake-stand light fixtures overhead.

Ted Baker's spring/summer 2016 womenswear, menswear and accessories collections will fill the store upon opening, which is set for Friday, March 4. If you happen to swing by the new outpost during opening weekend, you'll score a bespoke gift with purchase and find all manner of giveaways to fete the occasion.

Bellevue's high-fashion offerings continue to expand. In January, luxury Italian designer Prada opened a 5,100-square-foot, two-floor store at The Shops at the Bravern.

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
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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.