West Elm is a great supporter of local artisans in the cities where they have stores and the same is true for the Seattle store. On Friday, June 13 from 6 to 9 p.m., the South Lake Union location will be celebrating a fresh crop of designers and artists with the debut of West Elm Local, a permanent spot in the shop dedicated to homegrown inspiration.
Ebbets Field Flannels, which recently moved around the corner to more spacious digs in Pioneer Square (119 S Jackson St.; ebbets.com), has always seemed misnamed for a Seattle-based company. But the 26-year-old retailer honoring the ballpark where the old Brooklyn Dodgers used to play makes up for it with plenty of Seattle-centric options. Consider the faithful replica jacket of the 1941 Seattle Rainiers, who won the Pacific Coast League baseball championship that season for the third year in a row.
New York-based Chilean designer Maria Cornejo will be making her first visit to the Seattle Barneys on Saturday, June 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. Known for her fluid, flattering, yet forgiving designs, Cornejo often uses her own iPhone photos as inspiration for her prints that she drapes, pleats and pins in innovative shapes that both follows the shape of a woman's form and offers room for those curves to breathe.
Emerging Pacific Northwest designers have a place to shine on June 14 at Studio 18 Artist Collective at 3600 East Marginal Way South, during Heat of the Night, Sodo Fashion Show + Market. I love their lineup, which includes many of the most exciting talent from the region.
Kay Smith-Blum has been buying clothing for Butch Blum for 40 years and definitely has the eye for it—given the shop’s continued success. During a recent buying trip to New York, Smith-Blum journeyed way past Canal St. on Broadway in the rain, dodging pothole and mud-flying from taxi-cab wheels, to visit designer Ji Oh’s showroom. “So Ji starts to show me the collection and after about five fabulous pieces I realize this is special,” say Smith-Blum.
Velouria, Ballard’s stalwart supporter of local and indie designers is joining the effort to revitalize Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square and plans to open in the new Stadium Place building on September 1 next to the second location of Cone & Steiner, also reportedly opening in the building.
The Ballard shop will be open until late July/early August and we’ll report back on any grand opening news we receive.
Where do you turn when the marketplace doesn’t sell products that fit your particular skin and hair care needs? The kitchen, of course. At least that’s where Ballard-based JC Brazil went after developing necrotizing fasciitis in her 20s. “No conventional body products helped, and the expensive, all-natural stuff didn’t help enough,” says the video game industry veteran. Brazil, who is black, tinkered with natural, mostly food-grade ingredients, including shea and cocoa butter, coconut oil and beeswax, to create a product line to soothe her sensitive skin and kinky hair.
Meet Lu (thisislu.us), the debut clothing line by Zulily creative director Jenny Fort (“Lu” is her middle name). Constructed with men’s wool suiting and forgiving ponte knit fabrics, the line is composed of eight loose and slightly deconstructed pieces, which include dresses, shorts, pants, shirts and one super on-trend jumpsuit, ranging in price from $98 to $325. “I couldn’t find things to fit my lifestyle,” Fort says.
Jill Wenger, the owner of men's, women's and home accessories boutique Totokaelo on Capitol Hill, gave some serious Seattle shout-outs in a recent interview with the New York Times' T Magazine. In it, she praises Spinasse and Bar Sajor as two of her favorite nosh spots as well as Il Corvo for lunch and Mr. Gyros on Phinney Ridge for great cheap eats.
The ladies (and gentlemen) who lunched did so at the invitation of couture designer Luly Yang at The Capital Grille on Saturday, April 5, when she debuted Prelude to Crescendo, her latest collection of 32 gowns inspired by classical, jazz and electronic music. The evolving collection heads next to Vienna for its European coming-out before a final presentation in San Francisco this July.
When Kari Gran’s lip whip hit our office back in 2012 we were instant fans—it even made our Best of list that year. There’s just something about the handmade, hand poured, organic and GMO-free gloss that leaves our lips feeling moisturized and looking pretty that we just can’t resist. It’s become our go-to gloss.
Head to the W Seattle this Wednesday, May 14 for the hotel’s latest fashion find for their Wear Wednesdays program: de Rosairo, the first collection from former Seattleite, now San Fran-based, Nishika de Rosairo.
The haps around town dedicated to moms and the kids who shop for them—plus a luxe gift idea or two.
Lamb’s Ear in Fremont is offering 20 percent off selected styles of the shop’s super-cool, indie jewelry lines, including Arielle de Pinto and Wwake. Through Sunday at midnight.
Capers in West Seattle is hosting an impromptu Potluck Paris trunk show on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Expect everyday statement jewelry made from recycled metal in interested designs and shapes. And mimosas.