Since the launch of the Nordstrom/ Topshop collaboration at Southcenter Mall last fall, die-hard fashion-forward Seattlites have been braving the daunting Tukwila commute and throngs of suburban shoppers to get his or her fix of hyper-trendy leather miniskirts and faux fur vests.
OK, it’s officially time to talk about Bumbershoot, which, with the addition of Fashiony, an exhibit curated by the imminently fashionable Erika Dalya Massaquoi, really does have something for everyone this year. (But I also just want to mention that since we’re officially talking about Bumbershoot, it means that summer is over.)
Now on to the good news:
It’s that time again: Project Runway is casting for season 13. The application deadline is September 9 for what will likely be a complete and total roller coaster of an experience should you be accepted. (Get all the deets here.)
How does a brick and mortar shop make it in an increasing online retail scene? Get creative, that’s how.
Clementine’s Linda Walsh has just launched a new addition to her website: the Featured Designer Pop Up Shop. Walsh plans on working with emerging designers, curating their designs, killing two birds with one stone by giving these fledging designers much needed exposure and an increased audience, while introducing new customers to her retail store in the process.
Gabe Johnson, the rabblerousing owner and genius marketer behind Horses Cut Shop, a Seattle-based business that specializes in keeping the kitschy-cool logos of epic dive bars, familiar haunts and good old American mom and pop’s on the chests of people everywhere is rolling out a line of tee shirts in the Rail section of the downtown Nordstrom this Saturday, August 24 through Labor Day (with 17 more stores to follow), and online for men and boys featuring logos from Northwest faves including Bardahl, the Comet Tavern, Ivars and mor
Jewelry is a tradition based in stories and talisman; articles of power and magic. With &c. Jewelry, I seek to explore the histories of mankind through a body of symbolic adornments. Each piece is uniquely different and made one of a kind, mixing its own values and properties with that of its wearer, emphasizing the intimacy between object and human.
One of our fave local jewelry designers, Faris Du Graf, has been picked up by Hitchcock Madrona (because they know a good thing when they see it) who is hosting a welcoming party and trunk show for the designer on Thursday, August 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is your chance to check out, try on and snatch up Du Graf's "streetwise and architectural" collection of gold-plated brass work, including earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets in innovative, geometric shapes.
While clothes can make the woman, it’s what’s underneath that can make her feel great. Downtown’s Nancy Meyer (1318 Fifth Ave.; 206.625.9200; nancymeyer.com) has been providing tasteful underpinnings for 35 years and was one of the first boutiques to introduce European brands such as La Perla and Eres to the United States. Nancy Meyer is the spot in town for designer swimwear and luxury loungewear, including all manner of negligees, peignoirs, chemises and other French unmentionables.
Aromatherapy is a proven component of feeling good, as is self-pampering in the form of scented soaps, fragrant lotions and soothing candles. Ted Kennedy Watson has been a purveyor of such simple extravagances since he opened his first store, Watson Kennedy Fine Living, near Pike Place Market in 1998. His second store, Watson Kennedy Fine Home (1022 First Ave.; 206.652.8350; watsonkennedy.com), downtown, opened in 2001.
After 15 years at Nordstrom, textile designer and design director Paychi Karen Guh struck out on her own in the spring of 2012 with Paychi Guh, a line of cashmere sweaters, scarves and tops from yarn sourced and spun in Mongolia. Guh uses very fine, lightweight cashmere, culled from the downy undercoats of Mongolian goats, which is resistant to pilling, thanks to the long, thin fibers that make up the fabric.
Discovering a new (to you) shop is like being a tourist in your own city. The excitement that comes from finding a store that has gone undetected by your retail radar means that a whole world of wardrobe possibilities is ripe for the buying. Our pick for best under-the-radar shops is Endless Knot (2300 First Ave.; 206.448.0355; endlessknotseattle.com), a conspicuously inconspicuous boutique on the corner of First Avenue and Bell Street in Belltown.
In the last few years, we’ve all become much more brave with our nail polish color choices, forgoing basic, boring red with all shades of blues, greens, yellows and more done up with crystals, stripes and other patterns, textures, pictures. The possibilities are endless.