Designer to Watch: Moorea Seal


Tangletown-based jewelry artist Moorea Seal first viewed art on a grand scale as an artist’s assistant to Seattle sculptor John Grade, helping to craft his large-scale installations. But in 2010, the Seattle Pacific University graduate began packing big, geometric sculptures into a petite form: jewelry.

Combining her artistic background and influences from her rural England and northern California upbringing, Seal’s creations blur the lines between sleek urbanity and rugged nature, with oversized, raw amethyst druzy rings ($37–$55), chevron-cut leather earrings ($25) and gold boho headpieces ($55). “I really enjoy pairing rough materials like leather and crystals with clean lines and shapes,” says the 26-year-old. “The result is very bohemian chic, statement worthy and wearable.”

This month, in addition to a new, very texture-heavy jewelry collection, the increasingly popular designer (she is ranked in the top 48 overall in the world for Pinterest followers) will also launch a line of leather handbags with a collection of five new styles ($75–$120) incorporating her latest nature obsession, animal prints.

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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;