March 27 was a big day for Seattle. Not only did 15,000 middle and high school students pack KeyArena but the red carpet was rolled out for a lineup of stars, including Magic Johnson, Jennifer Hudson, Mia Farrow, Demi Lovato (via Skype), former Sonics player Gary Payton and a surprise performance by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. This star-studded event was in support of the first-ever We Day in Seattle, an initiative of Canada’s Free the Children, a nonprofit youth empowerment organization that encourages young people to become active citizens of the world.
Personal Style: Mount Baker resident Nancy Abramson keeps her own counsel on her wardrobe choices. As long as an item is comfortable and age-appropriate, it’s fair game for this lifelong Seattleite, who counts more indie and local designers in her enviably large and organized closet than high-end labels.
I don’t know about you, but I love bags. My mom just commented the other day on how many purses, handbags and totes I have—and this is coming from the queen clotheshorse of all time. Nonetheless, it’s true, I have a ton of them, and while they’re not expensive or designer, they’re all distinctive in some way, which is what I look for specifically in my accessories, from bags to jewelry.
Ok, so maybe it’s not the right time of year to be talking cashmere, but I’m so in love with this new-to-me line that I wanted to share it ASAP. Plus, the press release call this line “trans-seasonal,” and then again, it’s not quite Junuary, so maybe there’ll be a need for some cozy wear soon. Also, this collection is only available for pre-order, so when your purchase arrived in September, you'll be super ready for this kind of garment.
Last night an email bearing some pretty awesome news popped into my inbox: Rachel Comey will be making a personal appearance at Totokaelo on Saturday, May 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. The whole day, however, is a Rachel Comey extravaganza with a trunk show of new styles and a chance to check out the limited edition bedding made from choice textiles from previous seasons, created expressly for Totokaelo Art-Object
Longtime Seattle shoppers will remember Julie Merriman Wray as the proprietress of the now-mythic Olivine boutique that once graced Ballard Avenue NW. Perfume lovers will know her for Lulu Beauty—recently renamed Olivine Atelier—which includes a lush collection of fragrances whose heady scents are redolent of sweet pikake, sandalwood and Merriman Wray’s favorite sultry gardenia.
Big news from downtown’s Far4: Owner Jenny Hudak Klimenkoff has announced an expansion of a vintage corner she’s been testing out for a couple of months. Head in to shop from her current inventory of thoughtfully curated shoes, purses and scarves—clothing coming soon—or bring in your own treasures to consign. Here’s a bit of what she’s looking for, “anything cool, really. It doesn't have to be ‘vintage-y old’ or expensive as long as it's in good condition and is interesting.
Scout Vintage Rentals’ Jenn Elliott Blake has announced her intention of turning her vintage collection of vintage accessories, furniture, linens, fabric and pillows into an online marketplace of rustic chicness. To get the process rolling, she’s hosting a pop-up shop Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trophy Cupcake’s Wallingford Center party room.
Every year for the last 10 years, Northwest Hope and Healing, a local non-profit that provides emotional and practical support to the families of women going through breast and gynecological cancer treatment, has thrown a big party and fashion show as their annual fundraiser. $700,000 later, Style ’13, the eleventh annual Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good! event is set for this Thursday, May 9 at the Showbox Sodo.
First it was stitch-and-bitch knitting sessions—now, sewing circles are the rage among domestic artists. To accommodate Seattle’s social seamstresses, many local fabric shops are opening sewing studios, replete with high-end machines and notions, as hubs of support and creative camaraderie.