Fashion + Style Friday: Can’t-miss Jewelry Sale and Local Fashion News

Get thee to the Kimberly Baker sale, a new clothing line for the (not big) and tall, and a Ballard-b
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As we eagerly await the weekend, here are a few juicy tidbits to get you through the Friday afternoon doldrums:

 Local jeweler Kimberly Baker has quite the fan base—count us among the clamoring throng drooling over her sterling silver chunky cocktail rings and statement serpentine necklaces. Join the fan club this weekend at her annual sale, which starts tomorrow both online and at her Fremont boutique. Her gorgeous hand-crafted pieces are marked up to 50% off. Snap up your favorite pieces quickly—there’ll be a line I’m sure given that heather earrings below are going for just $82.

Kim Baker Heather earrings


Great news for lofty gents who drown in traditional “big n’ tall” apparel: Queen Anne resident tall guy Mark Tindall and team launched Longshot Apparel this month, featuring slim-fit, long shirts. Their first classic, cotton button-down style (more to come) comes in 8 different sizes according torso length, with a tailored lean cut developed for heights between 6’2’ to 6’ 8”. Order online here.

Not only is R&L Goods’ new wrap-around scarf simply chic and cute, the back story is meet-cute as well: In 2008, friends Jean Lee and Chika Eustace (formerly co-owners of Chikabird design biz) pooled their resources to buy a Ballard duplex and along with their husbands created a design studio in their shared basement. Click here to read about their backyard garden, and darling little haven. Now the fearsome foursome works together to create fabric-covered notebooks, cozy sweaters with hand-stitched designs, as well as the darling linen scarf above. Created with NYC-based Piano Nobile’s printed textiles, this just screams, “Spring! It’s coming!”. Get it here and get out and enjoy the weekend!

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

This city has a thing for socks. From top toe protection to no-slip all-stars, we’ve found the best bets for restocking your sock drawer

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1.  Sock It to Me
This Portland-based company has the corner on the whimsical-sock market. Go for the women’s Shakespeare-themed “Taming of the Shoe” or the men’s Multi Player gaming sock for a silly but sophisticated fashion statement. $11.50–$12,

2.  Darn Tough
The name says it all. Based in Vermont and manufactured exclusively in the U.S., these mid-calf, micro crew hike/trek socks are sure to keep your tootsies dry and happy on a hike. The fun colors will make you even happier to take off your boots at the end of the day. $20, available at

3.  Peony and Moss
Founded by Seattle local Eva Spitzer, Peony and Moss brings the pretty with these high-quality cotton socks. We like the Scandinavian pattern knee high, but the thigh high works well with the high-booted crowd. $30–$32,

4.  Mod Socks
Bellingham’s Mod Socks pays serious homage to its Northwest roots with its “Bigfoot Loves Washington,” a women’s knee sock, and the “Bear Necessities” crew sock for men. $10,

5.  Strideline
This Seattle-based company took the city by storm with its skyline lacrosse sock. Now it has come up with a new digital ink technology that brings photo-realism and hometown pride to your feet. Get the new skyline, Husky Stadium or the Sounders sock just in time for soccer season. $16–$18,

6.  Balega
The unique left/right construction and deeper heel pocket of these crew socks make them a favorite in local specialty running shops, such as Super Jock ’n Jill. Balega’s ultralight quarter sock, $13, has been called the sheerest, lightest sock on the market and has garnered lots of hard-core running fans. Available at Fleet Feet Sports Seattle, Capitol Hill, 911 E Pine St.; 206.329.1466;