Meet Uxibal (ooh-she-bal), a Guatemalan-based footwear and accessory line created by Seattleite Britini Port. I could swear that I wrote about this company when it hit my radar in September, but I must have let it slip away from me. Let me remedy that.
For your information: downtown’s Jack Straw is moving mid-March to the old Peter Miller Bookstore space at 1930 First Ave., right next to Baby & Company, creating a one-two punch of designer shopping for men and women on this little corner of the city.
West Seattle’s Clementine is hosting two events this weekend. First up is the chance to experience the simple luxury of Mere Basic’s cashmere underpinnings during a trunk show from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. If you love cashmere, you won’t regret stopping by to check out this featherweight collection.
Peasant memories: When California native Gei Chan was in fashion school in the Bay Area in the late ’60s, she had no idea that her inherent relaxed design inclination would have a lasting impact on the world of style. Her use of mixed patterns and lightweight upholstery fabrics—coupled with empire waists and maxi dresses of the hippie zeitgeist—defined the look that is now known as boho chic. “Fashion was more conservative back then,” Chan says.
January is all about refreshing your outlook, which might just involve a new skin care line. Robyn Bradley and her husband, Tyler Moore, built their La Connor business, Pepperjack Home (106 First St., Suite D; 425.330.0204; pepperjackhome.com), on eco-sensitivity. Their body care collection includes soaps made with a local microbrew (good for a nice, foamy lather) and facial masks made with clay and charcoal. Essential oil blends (such as oakmoss and whiskey) lightly scent these smartly packaged products.
A few weeks ago I had my aura and past lives read by parfumeur and clairvoyant Yosh at Barneys (apparently I have a lovely champagne blush color around me and was a Mayan shaman in a past life, but I bet she says that to all the girls) and next week, Tuesday, January 14, the AstroTwins, Tali and Ophira Edut, will be at the downtown Nordstrom from 6 to 8 p.m.
Amsterdam-based men’s wear shop Suitsupply, has opened downtown on Fifth Avenue, in a 3,800 square foot space once home to Z Gallerie and perhaps an art gallery or two. The Seattle store is Suitsupply’s tenth stateside shop, joining other outposts in New York City, Atlanta and Denver.
Formulary 55 owner Cory Smith has a creative streak that just cannot be contained. Her popular body care line, Sweet Petula, is going strong and the lines she stocks in her cute Ravenna store are fresh and interesting. She really knows how to keep things feeling new. This time, but generously discounting closed out items. Head there this weekend (Friday and Saturday, January 3 and 4) for up to 80 percent off select inventory and pick up a free shea butter crème with purchases of $50 or more.
The few days after Christmas is the time when you get to go out and buy something for yourself, guilt-free, with that check from grandma. Go ahead, It's what she wants you to do with it. If it were me, this is what I would get courtesy of Magnolia's White Space.
Head to Madison Valley from Thursday, December 26 through Sunday, January 5 for 25 percent off gorgeous jewelry at Riversong. The sale excludes high carat items, but includes talismans that River has had handmade in Turkey, as well as a lovely assortment of other treasures that she picks up during her globetrots.
Chances are many of your favorite boutiques are launching their inventory reduction sales—after Christmas and early January are the traditional time to do that, but check back on this blog occasionally as I’ll be updating it with the ones that land in my inbox.
Swedish heritage brand, Fjällräven, is opening their first West Coast store in downtown Seattle Thursday, December 19. Located at 1113 First Avenue, next to Jack Straw and A Mano, Fjällräven has been known for their colorful and high-quality outdoor gear and accessories since it launched in 1960.