Shopping: Candace Cantaloupe's biker chic clothing line and a new pop-up jewelry shop in Ballard
Victorian-era bloomers may be an unlikely choice for a debuting fashion line, but when Candace Cantaloupe first created knee-length knickers to wear biking in 2005 she quickly found herself taking orders by the fistful. “I got stopped by woman after woman on the street wanting to know where I got them,” the Greenwood-based designer says. The recent New York Fashion Academy grad began experimenting with fashionable and functional biking wear and will debut her namesake line this month. Inspired by 1920s sportswear, the spring collection includes pastel-colored, voluminous bloomers ($60–$100) alongside hooded funnel-necked wool capes ($100) and vintage cotton riding dresses with reflective buttons ($100-$200). Delightful mixes of dapper twill and contrasting hound’s-tooth fabrics are cleverly interwoven with gray reflector safety material and added to feminine ruffle borders on hoods. Available at etsy.com/shop/candacecantaloupe. Kate Calamusa
Angela Rae, owner of Ballard’s Kick It Boots & Stompwear, has another obsession besides feet. When the jewel-box-size space between Kick It and The Quilting Loft went vacant last winter, Rae signed a temporary lease and opened Ponytail Jewelry Studio (2603 NW Market St.; 206.724.0585; ponytailjewelrystudio.com), a pop-up shop for her favorite baubles. Rae’s varied merchandise boasts designs from more than 15 Northwest jewelers, ranging from $18 revamped vintage earrings to $180 handcrafted silver necklaces. Collections include Federal Way–based Lori Meyer’s Parisienne Girl, featuring recycled 1930s and ’40s glass gems, and Seattleite Alison Peltz’s silver necklaces dripping with semiprecious stones. Ponytail’s treasure chest will be available for browsing at least through December 2011, possibly longer. Anna Samuels
Add a glimmer of rustic chic to your abode by stringing up a Mason jar light from Queen Anne-based Marian Built Hardware and Furnishings. Handmade by owner , who crafted the pendant light on a whim in between construction jobs, the repurposed canning jar plugs into any electical outlet. $40, mmbuildersseattle.com. K.C.