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.
Don’t be afraid to give jewelry as a gift—pick something that has personality, but is versatile enough for everyday wear. Common Objects cocktail sword necklace, $64, from Venue (Ballard, 5408 22nd Ave. NW; 206.789.3335; venueballard.com).
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.
Artisanal. Handcrafted. Small batch. While we may roll our eyes at the current worship of these buzzwords, there’s no denying that they signify products made with different priorities than those of giant companies. The Pacific Northwest is a bastion of such quirky innovations—so much so that it can be hard to keep track of all the small and wonderful things made here. Enter MakrBox, a new CSA-style monthly subscription service that, instead of fresh veggies from local farms, delivers a box of independent products made by locally based craftspeople.
Forget Fifty Shades of Grey, it’s 50 shades of OMBRE TIGHTS from SoDo-based BZR that will keep you warm, toasty and excited this winter. Crafted by Parsons School of Design graduate Tiffany Ju, 28, each pair of nylon tights is hand-dyed and available in mood-boosting colors, ranging from splashy fuchsia and teal to coal gray and navy. $40; available at etsy.com/shop/bzrshop
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.