Designer to Watch: Moorea Seal

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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.

Available at Butter Home on Capitol Hill or mooreaseal.etsy.com.

 

 

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