This weekend marks Capitol Hill’s 19th Block Party. It also marks my first. My expectations for the event are ranging somewhere between my experience at Warped Tour 10 years ago and my time at actual neighborhood block parties (think: barefoot kids, ping pong tables and coolers full of Keystone light). And naturally, while I’ve been thinking about what the scene will be like this weekend, I’ve also been thinking about what to wear.
Bradley O’Brien held top roles at Sperry Top-Sider, Ralph Lauren, Lands’ End and Old Navy before joining the Tommy Bahama design and product development team last year as its executive vice president, but her fashion history started long before her impressive résumé. “My grandfather worked for Macy’s, and my dad worked at Joseph Magnin and Gucci, so I guess it was multigenerational,” she jokes. “My parents owned two women’s clothing stores in New Jersey. Calvin Klein and all these designers would come for dinner, so I was always surrounded by [fashion]. It was in my blood.”
From pebbly beaches to sandy shores, it doesn’t matter where you throw down your towel—these products have you covered.
Romarin French market basket ($40) from French Girl Organics (by appointment only), Georgetown, 5701 Third Ave. S; 206.948.6495; frenchcuisineandwinetours.com
Linum Home Textiles herringbone striped Turkish pestemal towel ($34), only at Nordstrom, downtown, 500 Pine St.; 206.628.2111; shop.nordstrom.com.
The Makers is a new column on Seattlemag.com that explores different Seattle creatives and their crafts. These artists live to design, connect and create.
Anthropologie is the Mecca of vintage-boho charm. Its two floors brim with everything from printed silk blouses to overstuffed retro armchairs--all intertwined with fanciful displays and artistic creations, turning each shopping trip into a Wonderland-like escape (complete with hand-painted ceramic teacups).
We all know sometimes Dad can use a little help in the dapper department. The struggle is real prying those patterned ties and Seinfeld-inspired denim from the clutches of his closet, but we’ve rounded up the following menswear items to help seamlessly update your Dad’s wardrobe this Father’s Day.
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No two pieces of Madeleine Pope’s jewelry, including this asymmetrical brass necklace, $160, are alike. Each item from the designer’s Cosmic Twin jewelry company is handmade at the Pratt Fine Arts Center in the Central District. cosmictwin.com
Running aficionados will now be able to shop Seattle-based Oiselle’s athletic apparel on foot with the opening of the brand’s first-ever flagship store later this month. Founder and ceo Sally Bergesen created the women’s activewear line in 2007 to address what she felt was a lack of design-driven apparel in the athletic market. “In the running industry, most apparel is made by running shoe companies [who often] don't care much for apparel. It's not how they make their money,” Bergesen says.
Instagram Inspiration is a new column on Seattlemag.com that explores our favorite Instagram themes each week. This week, our mind is on warm-weather style. We picked some of our favorite looks that play up muted shades of cream and blue in a mix of fabrics and styles; perfect for this season's dramatic weather changes (hello, this entire week). Here's a few great shots to give you outfit inspiration for the upcoming weekend.
Capitol Hill’s allure as a boutique shopping destination was ratcheted up a notch on May 2 with the debut of Likelihood (1101 E Union St.; 206.226.0826; shoplikelihood.com), a fashion-driven men’s shoe and accessories shop located in the newly opened Viva building. Owned by first-time retailers Aaron DelGuzzo and Dan Carlson, the modern shop is smartly appointed with a tightly edited selection of inventory for everyman, from the snazziest to the most casual dresser.
Forget the Birkin bag. In Seattle, the preferred status symbol is the homespun tote—especially when it’s a handmade version by Such Sweet Tierney (suchsweettierneyshop.com).
Using hand-mixed, eco-friendly inks in a range of colors, from earthy to effervescent, husband-and-wife team London Tierney and Christian Perry silkscreen original geometric prints onto canvas bags at their Pioneer Square studio. Details such as waxed canvas bottoms, chambray liners and leather straps take things up a notch.
When Ballard-based Ryan Barrie’s restaurant gig in college left him longing for the perfect apron, he turned to brother Michael, whom he calls a true craftsman. “He’s always been able to fix or make just about anything,” Ryan says. To get the fit exactly right, Michael taught himself to sew on an industrial machine, hunted down materials that can take a beating—leather, waxed canvas and selvedge denim—and went to work.
If you’ve ever been tasked with the challenge of finding a new hairdresser, you know the struggle. It’s hard to find someone who cuts and styles your hair exactly to your liking. This Capitol Hill spot hopes to change that.