Cute and tiny, A Mano, down in the West Edge, has been quietly selling some of Seattle’s coolest handmade shoes for years and years. Shoppers know that if you can’t afford them at full price, the shop’s bi-annual sales are a nice time to stock up on boots from Officine Creative, sandals from Chie Mihara, wedges from Coclico, chic leather espadrille’s from Zespa and clogs from Bosabo.
Seattle’s Brooks Sports celebrates its 100th anniversary this year with the Heritage Collection, a reimagination of the iconic shoes that defined the running-obsessed 1970s. The two classic models, the Vanguard ($89.95) and the Vantage ($79.95), were released in March. “We’re creating a thoughtful lifestyle collection,” explains Shane Downey, designer and Brooks Heritage business manager. The modern updates are trendy (think white leather chevron stripes and mint green suede), but don’t detract from the authenticity that defined a truly righteous era.
Proprietress Kayla Boehme is opening a new boutique, Pipe & Row, deep in the heart of Fremont next Thursday, June 19. The shop, located at 611 N 35th St., in the former Merge location, is described by Boehme as “a mature, quirky boutique that boasts a stock of effortless urban pieces curated to tip toe the boundaries between sexy and slouchy, daring but wearable, classic yet modern.”
Totokaelo's end of spring season sale is in full effect. Expect 30 percent off clothing from A.P.C., Raquel Allegra, Dieppa Restrepo, Rachel Comey, Margiela and all the other lines the shop is known for. Traditionally, the discounts get bigger as the sale continues, but if you see something you absolutely love and have to have, I wouldn't wait around—this is one event the whole fashion world waits for.
Ebbets Field Flannels, which recently relocated their Pioneer Square shop to another, more spacious, space in Pioneer Square (119 S Jackson St.; ebbets.com) is introducing a limited-edition collection in collaboration with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis today, June 12, to coincides with the Seattle Mariners’ Macklemore Bobblehead Night at Safeco Field, featuring two coach’s jackets (in red or black satin), a white baseball shirt and a ballcap all featuring the duo’s Shark Face Gang logo.
Last June 12, the City of Seattle declared June 12 Filson Day to commemorate the day the 100+ year-old Seattle company opened the doors to its brand new Seattle factory and world headquarters on First Ave. S in SoDo.
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.