I was in fourth grade in 1982, the year “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” came out and while I probably didn’t understand much about the movie, I knew that Spicoli’s black and white checkerboard slip-on Vans were super cool and that I wanted a pair for Christmas, which I got and wore to shreds around Lakeridge Elementary on Mercer Island where I grew up.
Designer Katrina Hess’ line of bespoke rain gear was inspired by the avid cyclist’s simple need to stay dry when riding during our wet and wild weather. Uninspired by outerwear she saw on the market, this intrepid former graphic designer rolled up her sleeves and made her own coat to fulfill her needs. That was two years ago, and since then, Hess has been crafting Made in Sodo coats with intelligent modifications for bikers.
Here’s a cool thing going on this week in the holiday shopping scene:
Underwood Stables (formerly known as Horses Cut Shop) at 4306 Fremont Avenue N (next door to Uneeda Burger) is opening up their (formerly super secret) space for two sales this pre-Christmas week.
If you haven't been for a while, Loft will surprise you. This holiday, they're putting on the bling with sequins, feathers and bright colors—in all the right proportions—and perfect for our unique casual-chic lifestyle here in Seattle.
You can recognize him by his over-worn denim (but not the stylish kind) and by how his eyes dart towards the nearest exit when you mention the “s-word.” Yes, he’s one of those men afraid of shopping. Maybe he hates crowds, or is overwhelmed by the choices, or dreads the laser eye of the shopkeeper, but he’ll avoid replacing those jeans until the last possible moment.
In the spirit of "a picture is worth a thousand words" peruse these images of this batch of new-to-me (and maybe you, too) Seattle-based jewelers.
Click on the links below to visit their websites for more info on the artists if their vibe strikes your fancy.
There was a day when you couldn’t shop a boutique that didn’t have the Kai line of perfume, body lotion, shampoo, conditioner, even deodorant. This blend of exotic flowers, reminiscent of gardenia, jasmine, plumaria and pikake is a winner and appeals to a broad range of women. Everyone loves it.
This weekend, December 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., more than 30 emerging product, jewelry, textile and furniture designers will gather at the Caffe Vita bean room in a creative convergence of epic proportions, called The Blak/Designmart.
In addition to the craft-acular Urban Craft Uprising at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, there is so much incredible stuff happening the Seattle shopping scene this weekend. See if you can cram all of it in. The gauntlet has been thrown.
When I found out that Marx Foods, the online specialty food retailer that supplies restaurants like Alinea and recently caught the attention of Food & Wine magazine, would be opening a brick-and-mortar space, it piqued my interest. There's still plenty of demand for specialty food stores in Seattle, and Marx Foods, which opened yesterday, sounds distinctive.
Hopefully you’ve had time to recover from Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday because the Target + Neiman Marcus holiday collaboration extravaganza is hitting the shelves on Saturday, December 1. This grand retail experiment features designs from 24 of fashion’s most celebrated talents, including Derek Lam, Band of Outsiders, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa and Proenza Schouler. Items range from wrapping paper by Rodarte for $7.99:
FACE, one of Seattle’s best fashion shows, and philanthropic events, is happening this Saturday, November 17 at Batch 206 Distillery. Since 2007, FACE, which stands for Fashion, Auction, Compassion, Event, has raised funds for the Seattle chapter of the Sunflower Children, an organization that financially supports impoverished children around the world.
Calling all designers! King 5's Evening Magazine, with partners Neiman Marcus, 425 Magazine, The Shops at The Bravern, IADT Seattle, Brandbuddee.com, Red Door Spas, TCM Models and David Lawrence, are looking for designer contestants for The Look, a new televised fashion reality show set to air February 18th through 25th, 2013 on channel five.
Admittedly Nordstrom Rack had totally fallen off my radar as a shopping option prior to the new Downtown location opening earlier this year. The old location was just so creepy to shop in that it made the merchandise, however good, less appealing to me.