Fashion + Style Friday: Three locally-made accessories to jazz up summer style

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There were a lot of jewelry pieces, handbags and shoes hanging around the office this week (check out the September issue to find out why!) and if you want to assemble a gaggle of girls lightning quick, just start throwing those things out on a table. The appeal of the accessory is simple: they can instantly change an outfit without putting a huge dent in your budget. Now that summer is upon us, here are three favorite accessories for the season—simply throw on jeans, a tank and one of these locally-made babies and you’re ready to go:

 

1. Daly Bird--Earrings

I believe I’ve worn these earrings almost every day this week, and fair warning, I probably will next week too. Ballard-based Tiffany Eley crafts her dramatic, super long earrings from recycled leather, adding hand-painted gold and fringe details. Find her ‘Sunny’ style on shopolivine.com (Psst: take advantage of the July super sale while you are there).

 

 

2. Joanna Morgan--Necklace

Pop into SPUN Sustainable Collective boutique and take a gander at the serious rocks displayed on the back table: Capitol Hillster Joanna Morgan’s new necklace line is flush with luxe materials including chunky quartz, green pearl and moonstone.

 

 

3. Ampersand as Apostrophe--Bag

Jessica Park of Coming Soon in Fremont is forever coming up with the new “it” bag, and she’s done it again with her Aztec parcel bag, which can be folded and carried as a clutch, or as a cross-body shoulder bag, perfect for toting around the Farmer’s Market.

aztec bag

 Happy (stylin’) weekend!

Photos courtesy of Daly Bird, Joanna Morgan and Amersand as Apostrophe

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
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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.; dotheextraordinary.com