It's cold, gross and rainy and all you want to be is cozy. Good thing Icebreaker has come to town. Located in the old Betsey Johnson store on Fifth Avenue, Icebreaker is a New Zealand company that uses Merino wool to make a line of clothing that is perfect for Seattle. It's wool, so it's warm. It breathes, so it wicks away moisture from the body and helps regulate body temperature. It's soft, which is nice.
You were bombarded with big box store sales before Christmas, and now that it’s after New Year’s let’s gently lay out the small boutique sales. They’re so much more pleasant to shop:
Sandylew 40 percent off every little “thang.”
Charlie & May 40 to 50 percent off of most store inventory including gift and home décor items.
La Ree 30 to 60 percent off all the brands you love to covet, including Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang and APC.
I like it better when we don’t lose our designers to New York, but it happens. And when it does, they often have a sale, so that’s a good thing. I guess. We lost Irene Wood last year and this year's it's accessory designer Rian Berry, whose crew is picking up and heading east soon, but not before selling off their inventory of slouchy-chic bags and scarves (for men and women) from both the Rian and the Poverty Flats by Rian lines.
Named one of Seattle magazine's Most Influential People of 2012 for her Pink Carpet Project (a response to the Susan G. Komen kerfuffle), Cameron Levin's Ruby collection of pretty and completely wearable tops, dresses, skirts and a legging contains some sweet options for holiday parties—both dressy and casual.
Eileen Fisher has been making women look chic and feel good since 1984. The downtown Seattle store has been open for 15 years—and many of the same employees who opened the shop are still working there—which is a testament to how awesome an organization it is.
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.