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.


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.


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


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

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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;