On Saturday August 2, rapper 50 Cent was in town to greet more than 500 people at the downtown Nordstrom flagship store for the debut of his new Studio Mastered Sound (SMS) headphones. He signed autographs and took photos with about 250 fans that snagged his new merch. As the crowd swelled in anticipation of his arrival--camera phones primed and ready--I had the incredible privilege of interviewing him to talk about his involvement with SMS Audio. Here are the highlights of our discussion:
In 2012, then Seattle-based graphic designer Dave Battjes set a design challenge for himself to create a logo for every one of the more than 400 parks in the city of Seattle—at the ambitious rate of one a day. “Most of Seattle’s parks have interesting beginnings or rich histories tying them to the Olmsted brothers or trolley systems. Some even have early settler roots,” says Battjes, who has lived in Greenwood, Belltown and Capitol Hill.
A few years ago Dolce Vita threw a huge giveaway via Facebook and if I remember correctly, it gave away a thousand pairs of shoes or some insane number like that, proving that this locally-owned, but internationally loved shoe company is not afraid to go to great lengths to promote the brand.
Our favorite sleeper hit store, Endless Knot in Belltown, is having a huge sale starting Friday, July 31 and running through August 4—and the whole store is discounted. Save 10 to 60 percent off spring/summer clothing, jewelry and handbags, which means sweet deals on all your favorite boutique brands including Prairie Underground, Kersh, Big Buddha and Tulle.
The Nordstrom Designer Preview is upon us (if you were able to score a ticket, you’re psyched, if not, check back next week for our play-by-play) and we sat down for a quick e-chat with Vogue market editor Cynthia Smith (who will be at the event tonight as the magazine’s representative) for her take on what makes a trend, her top three favorite ones for fall and why you might want to consider keeping your gray pieces in the closet this year.
“Bow ties really reflect an individual’s pride and attention to detail,” says Erin McCoy, owner of Hank’s Haberdashery, a snappy line of dapper bow ties ($40) and pocket squares ($20) available on Etsy. The Eastlake-based McCoy started Hank’s Haberdashery in 2012 as a way to indulge her creative side (she’s a women’s health researcher at the University of Washington by day) and to fill a gap she saw in the market for well-made men’s accessories using beautiful fabric.
Madison Park charmer, Canopy Blue, has moved into the suite next door to their original spot in Arboretum Court, almost doubling their space, which means more of their beach-chic style for your shopping pleasure.
July is a month that Nordstrom shoppers look forward to with giddy anticipation because it’s Anniversary Sale time and Anniversary Sale time means slashed prices on all the newest and most on trend clothing, shoes and handbags (and kids’ clothing for those of us who shop for kids) that Nordstrom trend-watchers, buyers and designers have on deck for fall.
New York-based Chilean designer Maria Cornejo was in Seattle in mid-June, making her first ever trip to our Barneys at Pacific Place to promote the most current collection from her line Zero + Maria Cornejo. We had a chance to e-chat with Cornejo, whose designs we admire for their sculptural yet fluid and flattering yet forgiving shapes.
We love Close By, Porchlight Coffee’s Zach Bolotin’s online shopping ode to the Pacific Northwest and we love West Elm for giving him space to pop-up in-store and give folks a chance to check out his goods in person.
Join jewelry designer and Seamless in Seattle 2013 accessories co-winner Joanna Morgan at her Pioneer Square studio (306 South Washington, Studio 105) on Saturday, July 12 from 3 to 7 p.m. for a showing of her newest collection, Scavenger.
Leather working began as a hobby for University District–based Nicholas Kramer, founder and craftsman of Hank Goods (hankgoods.com), a line of exquisite leather wallets, purses and bags. Inspired by the design philosophy that an item is “beautiful by nature of its functionality and simplicity,” Kramer believes in taking his time to perfect his products—averaging about one custom bag a week.
Come get an eyeful of the spring and summer collection from stellar local designer Deborah Roberts’ Silvae line and meet her textile design partner, artist Olivia Knapp on Saturday, June 28 from noon to 5 p.m.