Fashion + Style Friday: SPUN Sample Sale, Stylish Rain Ponchos and Vancouver’s (Hip) Version of the Croc

| Posted

It’s been a big week around here: Our fall shopping and style-packed September issue has hit the newsstands. In case you missed it, earlier this week, I gave readers a little behind the scenes peek at pulling the issue together –and trying to fit in over 100 local finds–here.

In that same issue, we call out Spun Sustainable Collective as one of our favorite new boutiques of the year; lucky for you, this weekend you can score some killer deals at the boutique’s first ever sample sale. Old stock, samples and one-offs will be offered between 20% - 90% off retail prices and include locally-made garments from the likes of Out of Line, Cameron Levin and even from store owner Sara Seumae’s SPUN line. (I’ve had my eye on the dress below for months.) Accessories and jewels from Dotty Speck and Joanna Morgan (also pictured below) will also be up for grabs. The sale runs from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Saturday, but given all the Twitter chatter, I’d recommend getting there early. (Hey, Porchlight is right next door, so you can get caffeined-up ahead of time.)



In my mind, the phrases “fashionable” and “rain poncho” have never gone together. I’ve been proven wrong. I’m crushing hard on Seattle designer Ann DeOtte’s Iva Jean rain cape, so much so I *almost wish it would rain this weekend.



You know what other phrases have never married in my mind? “Cool” and “Crocs,” but thanks to our intrepid leader Rachel Hart, I stand corrected again. Vancouver B.C.-based Native Shoes has modeled their version of the light, easy slip-on after classic styles resembling Keds slip-ons and Vans loafers. If you think the adult styles are sweet, you should see the pint-sized ones.



Have a lovely weekend!

*But not really, this rare bit of sunshine is too glorious.

SPUN dress photo courtesy of SPUN; Rain cape photo courtesy of Iba Jean; shoe photos courtesy of Native Soles; all other photos by Hayley Young

Score Edgy Cotton Basics at Downtown's Do The Extraordinary

Score Edgy Cotton Basics at Downtown's Do The Extraordinary

Downtown apparel and accessories shop DTE offers a little something extra
An in-store vault opens to reveal secret speakeasy, Blind Tiger

The newest retail outpost from fashion collaborators Justin Kercher and former Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander is offering downtown shoppers the opportunity to “Do The Extraordinary.” Taking over the 6,000-square-foot space on Sixth Avenue and Olive Way that previously housed European Antiques, Do The Extraordinary (DTE) opened last fall and is a lifestyle boutique for men and women offering locally designed, handmade, ready-to-wear clothing and accessories for the fashion-forward Seattleite. The brand’s edgy cotton basics come in black, white and various shades of gray, and include muscle T-shirts and sporty sweats for men, and tunics and dresses for women.

“DTE is really about the customers and creating an experience,” Kercher says. The space combines influences of the Seattle outdoors with urban design. Blow-torched sequoia tree tables and painted antlers flank vintage couches and hand-poured cement floors. Hidden behind the cash register area, speakeasy Blind Tiger, designed by Kercher and his family, is set up for private events and intimate concerts featuring local bands and DJs. DTE’s fall lineup includes several album release parties as well as a fall/winter fashion show.

The store’s upcoming events will “take [the retail experience] to another level,” says Kercher. Downtown, 1810 Sixth Ave.;