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

 

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

A Seattle-based skin care company brings beauty breakthroughs to your door
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Goodies from a 3B beauty box

Ke Chen, cofounder of 3B (Beauty Beyond Borders), says skin care in Asia is approached the same way the French think about food. “It’s an art form,” she says. Chen, whose Seattle-based subscription beauty box company launched last year, says this “art form” can include a 10-step cleansing ritual and feature innovative, exotic ingredients like bee venom and snail mucus to soothe and repair skin.

 

Chen has found that obtaining these elite Asian skin care products stateside takes time and research, which is why she’s offering them via a home subscription service ($15/month), which delivers a collection of Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese skin care samples, such as the Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion from Taiwan and Leaders’ 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask from South Korea. When subscribers find a product they can’t live without, they can shop for the full-size product on 3B’s website (the3bbox.com).

Local and national focus groups of bloggers, YouTubers and beauty influencers help Chen keep up on Asian skin care trends and determine what ends up in the boxes. You could say that 3B has skin in this game.