Shopping News: Promesse Closing Sale, the New Totokaelo, and Introducing Ligne Ballet Flats

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Here’s the latest word in shopping around Seattle:

In case you haven’t walked by the newest beckon glittering on the Hill, take a moment to peer at the photos of Jill Wenger’s new home for her hip fashion clothier Totokaelo. Blissful, eh? It’s just as dreamy as it appears: After seven years in Pioneer Square, Wegner has relocated her boutique to the Ford Building on Pike/Pine. The former auto shop now boasts 20-foot ceilings, white, clean walls and over 7,000-square feet of shopping. In addition to fashion-brand staples like Rick Owens, Jill Sander and Martin Margiela, Wegner is also adding furniture, lighting, linens and other home decor to the pristine selection. Go gawk at it soon.

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On the other side of the shopping spectrum, I received the sad news that Francine Park’s darling Kirkland boutique Promesse will close at the end of July. Park could always be counted on to scout out unique European brands and killer boots, and her expertise will be missed. Go wish her well and check out the ever-expanding sale section; deals range from 20%-60% off on women’s wear, baby clothes are all 60% off.

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We all adore kicky heels, but sometimes you have to traipse downtown, catch a bus or run errands in comfort and style without killing your tootsies. Enter new local line Ligne Shoes’ darling and daring flats. Mimicking the sweet style of a traditional ballet flat but with a sturdy, street-worthy sole, Ligne offers these $59 flats in a wide array of colors. This pink pair will soon be living in my commuter bag.

Additional Totokaelo photo also courtesy of Charlie Schuck; ballet flats photo courtesy of Ligne Shoes

 

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