Neiman Marcus fashion director (and a local boy made good), Ken Downing, has created a collection of 37 gifts for NM this year, including items for men, women, kids and the home, ranging in price from $32 to $1,800.
Lisa Murphy, the women behind Pacific Place’s Emilie Sloan, a sweet boutique filled with smart, durable and well-designed totes, bags (and now, luggage), has created a holiday train display in her store—a perfect thing to add to your annual downtown holiday excursion.
Seattle-based jewelry Susan Goodwin is having a trunk show at Capers in West Seattle on Saturday, November 23 from noon to 5 p.m. Goodwin has been creating gorgeous one-of-a-kind with pearls and precious stones since 1980 and is a perennial favorite at Capers. Stop by and stock up for the holidays.
This is a first for me (and perhaps the city): Belltown consignment store Sell Your Sole has just announced a new app, out next week, that allows users a birds eye view into the inventory of the store. With it, shoppers can see what’s available to purchase, and if they’re consignors, see what of theirs has sold and for how much, as well as their month-to-date sales numbers.
It’s that time of year again: Prairie Underground's amazing sample sale. On December 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., hundreds of garments, including their most popular items (hoodies, jackets, sweatshirts, dresses, and leggings) will be priced to sell at 50 to 70 percent below retail.
American Express and Delta Air Lines have curated a holiday pop-up, opening on Tuesday, November 26 at Alki Arts Gallery at the Harbor Steps. It’s running through Monday, December 23 and includes gifts from local designers and stores for your shopping pleasure. I kind of love it when big corporations make an effort to support the little guy.
Seattle’s sassiest sartorial wonder, Jamie Von Stratton is teaming up with Seattle’s most extravagant theater experience, Teatro ZinZanni, for Fashion Riot! a holiday tour de force that pairs fashion with shopping and cocktails and craziness under the big top.
Do you ever wonder where the people whose homes you admire find their treasures? It’s sales like Window Darlings. Held in a private home in Madrona (1717 Evergreen Place) by friends Angela van der Meulen and Katarina Powell who scour Europe and the US for beautiful antique, modern, vintage and industrial décor items including furniture, mirrors, chandeliers, art, vintage jewelry, curiosities and other interesting items.
Skoah is a Vancouver, BC-based spa, with a focus on facials only, that offers a different take on skincare: personal fitness or a gym membership concept. While you can get just a one-off facial there (and by there, I mean Bellevue, downtown Seattle or the soon-to-open, Cap Hill location), what Skoah does best is maintenance. You get a personal consultant who manages and tweaks your skin workout, with a laser-like dedication to helping you look your best.
Local designer Emeka Alams’ new collection Imo Youth is now available at excellent online retailer Craft & Culture, whose dedication to bringing us the coolest and most interesting indie brands out there is indefatigable.
Alams is a Seattle-based designer whose line Gold Coast Trading explores his Nigerian roots and the stories that arose from the slave routes between Cote D’Ivoire and the eastern tip of Nigeria.
Minnesota-based Hot Mama, a boutique chain dedicated to keeping moms looking cool, opens their first Washington store this Wednesday, November 13 at University Village in the new south section next to Calypso St. Barth and Scotch and Soda and conveniently close to the new parking garage). The first 50 customers that day will receive a $25 gift card and all merchandise is 15 percent off through Sunday.
If you have frequented vitamin, herb or natural food shops in the last 20 or so years, you have likely perused cosmetics from Gabriel and Zuzu Luxe. Launched by Gabriel DeSantino in 1992, those beauty lines have been all natural, vegan and gluten free since before it was cool, providing premier cosmetics for discerning women who care about what they put on their skin.
I cover Carole McClellan often because I really think she’s one of Seattle’s best designers and I totally love her rock and roll style. So, when there’s a chance to share her with my audience, I try to do just that.