Artisanal. Handcrafted. Small batch. While we may roll our eyes at the current worship of these buzzwords, there’s no denying that they signify products made with different priorities than those of giant companies. The Pacific Northwest is a bastion of such quirky innovations—so much so that it can be hard to keep track of all the small and wonderful things made here. Enter MakrBox, a new CSA-style monthly subscription service that, instead of fresh veggies from local farms, delivers a box of independent products made by locally based craftspeople.
Forget Fifty Shades of Grey, it’s 50 shades of OMBRE TIGHTS from SoDo-based BZR that will keep you warm, toasty and excited this winter. Crafted by Parsons School of Design graduate Tiffany Ju, 28, each pair of nylon tights is hand-dyed and available in mood-boosting colors, ranging from splashy fuchsia and teal to coal gray and navy. $40; available at etsy.com/shop/bzrshop
Seattle’s sassiest sartorial wonder, Jamie Von Stratton is teaming up with Seattle’s most extravagant theater experience, Teatro ZinZanni, for Fashion Riot! a holiday tour de force that pairs fashion with shopping and cocktails and craziness under the big top.
Do you ever wonder where the people whose homes you admire find their treasures? It’s sales like Window Darlings. Held in a private home in Madrona (1717 Evergreen Place) by friends Angela van der Meulen and Katarina Powell who scour Europe and the US for beautiful antique, modern, vintage and industrial décor items including furniture, mirrors, chandeliers, art, vintage jewelry, curiosities and other interesting items.
Skoah is a Vancouver, BC-based spa, with a focus on facials only, that offers a different take on skincare: personal fitness or a gym membership concept. While you can get just a one-off facial there (and by there, I mean Bellevue, downtown Seattle or the soon-to-open, Cap Hill location), what Skoah does best is maintenance. You get a personal consultant who manages and tweaks your skin workout, with a laser-like dedication to helping you look your best.
Local designer Emeka Alams’ new collection Imo Youth is now available at excellent online retailer Craft & Culture, whose dedication to bringing us the coolest and most interesting indie brands out there is indefatigable.
Alams is a Seattle-based designer whose line Gold Coast Trading explores his Nigerian roots and the stories that arose from the slave routes between Cote D’Ivoire and the eastern tip of Nigeria.
Minnesota-based Hot Mama, a boutique chain dedicated to keeping moms looking cool, opens their first Washington store this Wednesday, November 13 at University Village in the new south section next to Calypso St. Barth and Scotch and Soda and conveniently close to the new parking garage). The first 50 customers that day will receive a $25 gift card and all merchandise is 15 percent off through Sunday.
If you have frequented vitamin, herb or natural food shops in the last 20 or so years, you have likely perused cosmetics from Gabriel and Zuzu Luxe. Launched by Gabriel DeSantino in 1992, those beauty lines have been all natural, vegan and gluten free since before it was cool, providing premier cosmetics for discerning women who care about what they put on their skin.
I cover Carole McClellan often because I really think she’s one of Seattle’s best designers and I totally love her rock and roll style. So, when there’s a chance to share her with my audience, I try to do just that.
In her continuing support of local talent, Clementine Shoes owner Linda Walsh is featuring the lovely cashmere creations from Paychi Guh on her website as her second featured designer (the first was Mia Fioravanti).
One of my fave local design teams, Grain, is going brick and mortar for a few weeks this November. From now until 11/24 ferry it over to Bainbridge Island and check out their Destination Pop-up in the Charrette storefront (130 Winslow Way E, across from Hitchcock) Thursday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. or by appointment.
If you’re into current fashion and watch TV, it’s hard to imagine you’ve never heard of Clinton Kelly, a smart, sassy and totally honest New York-based style expert, perhaps best known as the co-host (with Stacy London) of TLC’s “What Not to Wear” and most recently, on ABC’s “The Chew.”