Three Shopping Finds for May

Cameron Levin's sassy frocks, Amy Bixby's cocktail rings, and Regina Chang's new Colubmia City shop.
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Style Pick

Designer Cameron Levin is a style maven by profession. The managing editor of Seattlepicks.com (she’s the quirky, charming voice behind the weekly lifestyle e-newsletter), Levin advises on all things shopping and fashion, and now that style cred extends to her Cameron Levin clothing line. Much like her writing style, the 28-year-old Belltown resident’s clothes drip with personality. After crafting custom wear for the past two years, Levin has introduced the ready-to-wear “Chelsea” collection dedicated to sassy frocks ranging from hand-draped cocktail wear to charcoal shifts with feminine splashes of pink ($75–$400). Inspired by contrasting urban spectacles (that is, both New York City and elegant ballet costuming), Levin’s designs also incorporate funky touches such as raw edging, silk hemp belts and her favorite accessory, dramatic feather plumes accenting hems and necklines. “I want a Cameron Levin to be worn on great occasions in a woman’s life, to be memorable to everyone who sees it.” Available at Spun Collective (Capitol Hill, 1515 14th Ave.; 206.328.2102; spuncollective.blogspot.com or at LoveCameron.com).

 

Put a Ring on It
New Zealand native Amy Bixby brings a laid-back Kiwi attitude to her statement cocktail rings laced with hand-forged metals that echo her mountainous homeland. The elegant rings are custom made by Ballard-based Bixby, whose affinity for the organic is woven into each design, from rugged-cut tanzanite to bold orange sapphires. From left to right: Round sterling silver ring with flower cut-out and orange sapphire, $160; rutilated quartz ring set in 18K gold with oxidized sterling silver band and granulated 18K gold band, $395; 22K granulated gold ring with sterling silver balls and flush set tanzanite stone, $640, all at amybixby.com.

 

Bounty Hunter
Some possess a bloodhound-like talent for sniffing out treasure buried in salvage warehouses and junk piles. Jeweler Regina Chang is one such champion. Luckily for the thrift-shopping inept, she now sells affordable, midcentury mod home décor finds at her new shop, VINTAGE GOODS (by appointment only; Columbia City, 4429 39th Ave. S; 206.931.5428; reginachang.com). “I love the hunt,” says the Columbia City resident. “Last year, I drove to Sun Valley and back, piling my car with pieces. I had too much for myself, so I set up shop as my own effort to recycle and pay forward great finds.” Chang’s love of beautifully grained woods and natural materials permeates the charming studio, seen in the clean lines of a Hans Wegner-esque rope chair knockoff ($125) or an authentic Franco Albini woven rattan ottoman ($400) beautifully set off by colorful pottery vases ($24–$68, sold in groupings for quick, easy décor). In addition to quirky wood bookends, candlesticks and one-of-a-kind sculptural pieces, Vintage Goods is also home to Chang’s beloved jewelry line, which celebrates the same simple, natural vibe with rough-cut agates, salvaged driftwood and hammered-metal details ($38–$348). K.C.

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