I have been turned on to many local designers in the last few month by retail curator and photographer Charlie Schuck (Object, Frye Art Museum Store), but right now I'm loving the work of Jessalin Beutler, whose designs range from bold geometric shapes to intense fractal patterns and are rooted in the natural world.
Since November 30, ten local designers have been competing in The Look, a reality fashion TV show co-produced by King 5's Evening Magazine, IADT’s Monir Zhanghoreishi and Rose Dennis, designer Luly Yang’s publicist.
Seattle magazine managing editor, Lisa Wogan, always wears the coolest tights.
Arts editor, Brangien Davis, isn’t too far behind Ms. Wogan, with her stylish “uniform” of boots, tights and pencil skirts.
So once I found these amazing ombre tights ($45, on sale now for a limited time for $30) from BZR on Etsy, I immediately thought of my lovely co-workers and how I might now be able to join their tight-knit, exclusive clique.
I’ve followed Issaquah-based designer Lizzie Parker since her store-within-a-store at the now-closed Tweed in Greenwood, which she stocked with her cozy, comfy, sexy, simple and chic brand of cotton jersey-centric ready-to-wear. Since then Parker has opened and closed her own atelier in Gilman Village, become a reality TV star and seen her career take off on a national scale.
Save Your Sole consignment boutique and other Belltown/Midtown businesses have joined together in Belltown Unites, a partnership dedicated to helping keep some of the 2,500 homeless people sleeping on the streets of Seattle warm this winter. Each business has created a special promotion to donate warm wool blankets to the homeless community with a goal of distributing 3,200 blankets before May 1.
I’m a little obsessed with Kickstarter—the popular crowd-funding website—and often get lost in the site, checking out the cool, weird and improbable campaigns that people launch. I’ve always loved the thought of being a benefactor, and Kickstarter is a great way to do that on a micro-level, since a few bucks often makes all the difference to these ideas.
Vancouver, BC-based retailer, Aritzia, has announced that their first Seattle location will open on March 14 in University Village. If the name is familiar, it’s because they already have a boutique in Bellevue Square, their first in the US, which has been open since 2007. The brand started out as one boutique in Vancouver in 1984 and now has 50 worldwide, including 13 in the US.
After years of thrift-shopping for personal wear and pleasure, vintage fans Sara Leonard and Cyrena Preszler, took the plunge into retail last October, opening Trove Vintage Boutique in Ballard. This treasure-filled shop, with walls of lemon yellow and white stripes, accented by robin’s egg blue, and lit by hanging Mason jar pendant lamps, is filled with nicely edited, impeccably displayed clothing, accessories and home décor booty.
Those of us who love to treasure hunt at thrift shops often dream of finding a priceless score, either a long lost piece of art from an established master or a couture piece from a major designer—something that fits us perfectly or that we can sell for a huge return. Or, I guess donate to an art museum, which is exactly what Goodwill did with a beaded Native American vest donated to the store in 2006.
I was hit hard by a brutal cold this week, and the best thing to come out of it—aside from a newly found guilty TV pleasure in Nashville—I was able to catch up on The Fashion Fund*, a Hulu.com exclusive reality show that follows 10 finalists in the CFDA/Vogue contest of the same name, where struggling fashion talents vie for a grand prize of $300,000 (and two runner-up prizes of $100,000) to help their