Born on the isle of Minorca off the coast of Spain, avarca-style sandals—with the distinctive rubber tire tread soles, greased leather uppers and heel straps, and a suede lining—are a popular choice of footwear in the Mediterranean as much for their simple construction as for their durable style.
Re-soul is a boutique staple on Ballard Ave., and has provided hip, modern shoes and the other lifestyle trappings to go with for 12 years. Saturday, April 12 marks the launch of their very own, eponymously named, Italian-made shoe line. “I began to notice that some of the products that I knew my customers would love weren’t available from the brands we were currently selling. That’s when I sensed an opportunity for us to seek out and produce our own collection of women’s shoes,” says designer Maggie Burns.
After five years in the West Edge, the ever-amazing Jack Straw moved to the Terminal Sales building across from Pike Place Market on First Ave this spring, next to Baby & Company in the space previously inhabited by Peter Miller Books.
To celebrate its second year in business, Sell Your Sole, a Belltown consignment store filled with chic and gently loved clothing, is throwing an anniversary party on Saturday, March 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Expect champagne, small bites, gracious personal styling advice, racks and racks of high-end designer fashion and a chance to win a $200 gift certificate at this open house, hosted by Sell Your Sole owners Natalia and Brent Wittke.
Finding the right fit is a challenge for many women, but even more so for those who identify as plus size. Despite the demand, the supply of fashionable, well-made and, most importantly, well-fitted clothing in sizes 14 and up is hard to come by. Enter wedding gown designer Olga Szwed, of Bellevue’s La Belle Rêve, whose newest endeavor, Poppy & Bloom, aims to fill that void. “I think the fashion world has ignored curvy consumers for a long time,” Szwed says.
Event planner Kelli Bielma (Shindig Events) and makeup artist Megan Bingham (OffWhite Hair & Makeup) are gearing up for the second annual Wedlocks event, happening on March 30 (NOTE: new date) from noon to 4 p.m. at the Columbia Tower Club, in tandem with their wedding showcase, As You Wish, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Nordstrom is teaming up with Boston-based Fashion Project, an innovative clothing donation site that resells gently used designer clothing and donates 55 percent of the proceeds to charity. Since launching in 2012 the company has donated over $50,000 to causes such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Unicef.
Earlier this year, Amsterdam-based men’s outfitter Suitsupply opened a store in Seattle, its 10th in the U.S.—bringing a world of custom-tailored suits and accessories to this city’s increasingly style-conscious male inhabitants. Why Seattle? “After we tracked web store sales, we noticed that a very large amount was shipped to a lot of big business in the Seattle and surrounding area,” explains company vice president Nish de Gruiter.
Every year, a great designer heads up to Vancouver for that city’s fashion week (VFW). Last year it was Carole McClellan and this year, it’s Kristie Metcalf, who, you might recall, shot to prominence with her appearance on Bravo’s Styled to Rock, Rihanna’s fashion reality show.
Kirkland’s Blue Luna is hosting local plus size fashion line Poppy & Bloom on Saturday, March 8 from noon to 6 p.m. for a spring trunk show. Brand founders, including head designer Olga Szwed, will be on site to show off their lovely line, which includes Mad Men-inspired dresses ranging in price from $115 to $160.
Textile designer Lindsey Bender uses a world of natural dyes when hand-painting the whisper-soft, light wool scarves for her line, Coulee. Onion skin imparts a yellow hue; cochineal—an insect that feeds on nopal cactus in Mexico and other arid climates—gives the fabric a fuchsia tone, much like the color of the fruit of that plant; madder root, an ancient dye found in archaeological sites dating back to the Egyptians, adds a gentle orange; and logwood, a serene gray or purple.