If you’re a label-loving bargain huntress (or hunter), then head to the U District Goodwill on Friday, March 8 and Saturday March 9 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., for their Designer Accessory Sale, which will include shoes, handbags and other accessories from coveted brands like Dooney & Bourke, Coach, Betsy Johnson, Marc Jacobs, Steve Madden and Nine West for both women and men. Proceeds from the sale go towards the organizations free job training and education programs.
Week two of my Earth Day 5K training is almost done (one more run on Saturday before week three begins technically) and I’ve learned a lot. Mostly that my calves cramp up habitually at the outset of every run. That’s been a painful lesson that led to the lesson of perseverance, which is painful in it’s own way. Because, you know, inertia.
Seattle's Grey City has been making shoes since 2011, but they may not be on your radar if you don't tend to wear the enormous platforms that are favored by twenty-somethings these days. (Check out Portland's Solestruck for an education on just how high those platforms can go.) But in addition to chunky, sky-high ankle-breakers, Grey City also makes some very cute, more down-to-earth (as in closer to the ground) styles that I'm just loving right now.
Tuesday, March 12 is Love of Fashion, the fifteenth annual student fashion show for the Art Institute of Seattle. Not only are the designers students from the school, the whole she-bang is being produced by students. The show takes place at 8 p.m. at Benaroya Hall and is inspired by Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony, with a special collection, Club Ludo, in honor or Seattle Symphony’s musical director, Ludovic Morlot.
Jonas de Varona's line, MMH, has been on radar for a few years now. In fact, I bought the most perfect white tee shirt from him a few years ago that I miss desperately. His vision is modern and innovative and I'm always thrilled by his work.
Modern home and lifestyle retailer, Digs, is moving south from its Bellingham roots and opening a new, expanded location in Ballard. The store, which has been around since 2008, debuts in its 4,000 square foot space on Saturday, March 9 during art walk, in the same block as the Majestic Bay at 2002 NW Market St.
Week one of my training for the Earth Day 5K went...MUCH better than expected. It was a mercifully gentle ramp-up that consisted of a quick warm-up followed by alternating two-minute runs with a cool down period, for 20 minutes total, every other day.
Meet Liise Wyatt and Karly Orr of WyattOrr. They’ve been designing separately and together since 2006, which makes them veterans in the Seattle fashion scene. They knocked our socks off in the 2008 Seamless in Seattle contest, which they both won separately with their individual eponymous collections. We caught up with them recently to check in on what they’re up to and hear their thoughts on how this town treats its designers.
I'm on a quest and hope you can help. I'm talking to those of you who have lived here a long time, and have memories of a favorite store or two you used to love to frequent that is no longer around. I want to hear them! Dreamland? Retro Viva? Lipstick Traces? Klopfenstein's? John Doyle Bishop?
I have memories of I. Magnin, the upscale department store with a Seattle presence from 1926 until it closed in 1993 and think often of the soft silk pants I got there during their liquidation sale.
Join MOHAI’s Costume and Textile Specialist Clara Berg on Sunday, March 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. for a presentation on John Doyle Bishop, a Seattle designer and shop owner from the 1940s-70s who was known at the time for his flamboyant character and belief in the chicness of Seattle’s collective style. He was famously arrested on St. Patrick’s Day in 1972 after painting a green stripe down Fifth Avenue in downtown.
Ever wanted to raid the closets of Seattle’s most fashionable? Get ready to on Sunday, March 17 at 1927 Events for the Urban Girls Garage Sale. Over 40 local sellers will be selling their gently used, still-stylish clothing, accessories and small home goods, with all remaining items going to the Seattle Goodwill. The sale is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a VIP Preview Sale from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
I love to eat and hate to exercise. That’s about it. That’s also why, suddenly at 40, I’m in dire need of a major attitude adjustment. So when I was approached by the promotions team at the magazine to train for our upcoming Earth Day 5K (April 20th, registration is open), and blog about the process, I jumped at it. The threat of public humiliation was the motivational tool I’d been missing! I’m committed to this now. It’s out there. You’ll know if I slack off. This is really happening.
Self-proclaimed “vintage stationery junkie” Riani Townshend and lover of snail mail has opened Dear Uncle Stu, an online stationery shop inspired by a series of correspondences she had as a teenager with the elderly Col. Stuart Townshend.
Townshend offers a sophisticated assortment of embossed cards and beautifully lined envelopes in an array of vintage designs, from Japanese woodblock prints to satirical political cartoons (think Napoleon rather than Obama), as well as lovely botanical and travel images.
Port Townsend’s Wearable Art Show has officially started accepting entries for its May 11 show. In the spirit of unfettered creative freedom, rules of entry are simple: art that is wearable. Whether sculptural, functional or abstract, all forms of expression (and all media platforms) are welcome. This year’s juror will be Layne Goldsmith, professor of art at the University of Washington and past chair of the Fiber program.
I have been turned on to many local designers in the last few month by retail curator and photographer Charlie Schuck (Object, Frye Art Museum Store), but right now I'm loving the work of Jessalin Beutler, whose designs range from bold geometric shapes to intense fractal patterns and are rooted in the natural world.