Seamless in Seattle 2012: The Top 13 Finalists

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The judges' votes have been tallied; the contestants have been given the word; now, see if your favorite designer made the cut. 

The following 13 contestants have been invited back for the second round of judging in the 2012 Seamless in Seattle contest; from these talented designers, who will emerge on top and be featured in our runway show and in the magazine? Stay tuned. (Follow Seamless in Seattle on Facebook for up-to-the-minute updates.)

Congratulations to:

{Emerging Designers}

Designer 2: 
Christine Chaney
Line: 3C: christinechaneyclothing

Designer 3: 
Jennifer Charkow
Line: Stone Crow Designs

Designer 5: 
Alicia Czerwiec
Line: Alicia Czerwiec Design

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Designer 6: 
Julie Danforth
Line: Julie Danforth

Designer 7: 
Suzy Fairchild
Line: Suzy Fairchild

Designer 9: 
Lindsay Lawrence
Line: Metemorphic Gear

Designer 12: 
Tina Witherspoon
Line: glam.spoon: recycled style

{Student Designers}

Designer 15: 
Sondra Elizabeth Colburn
Line: Sondra Elizabeth

Designer 20: 
Christine Hynden
Line: OTUS and LILY, Wallflower Collection

Designer 22: 
Krista Kelly
Line: Hoyden

Designer 26: 
Sonia McBride
Line: Babecycle

Designer 28: 
Erin Roby
Line: Erin Roby


{Bridal Designer}

Designer 32: 
Victoria Glenn
Line: Victoria's Bridal Couture


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

(From left to right)

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;