In a continuation of our nautical-themed summer, check out these tote bags by Seattle-based Choke Shirt Company. Made out of durable cotton canvas, with sturdy webbed handles and a contrasting lining and adorned with three of the company's most popular designs (an anchor, a dodo bird listening to a Walkman and an elephant), these bags are just about perfect for trips to the beach, the store or anywhere, really.
My line, Moxie, is inspired by all the girls I’ve spent the last 2 years with at apparel design school. I’ve never before tried so many new things and laughed so hard with all these sociable, funny, adventurous, and caring people. I wanted my line to embody femininity and fun in wearable styles for a real girl.
Labe Namel: Rebekah Tenca Designs
I design clothing that is feminine and easy to wear. My designs depict women in an elegant and feminine light with a nod to the past. I incorporate soft materials, loose waist bands, and flowy tops in order to create clothing that moves with you comfortably throughout the day. My target market is young women to middle aged women who are looking for unique, feminine, and comfortable clothing. By providing well tailored and flowy pieces I am able to cater to both working professionals and young adults.
Label Name: Little Things“Beauty is inspiring: I’m inspired when I see beautiful things. Whether in nature, or through found objects, I seek to create and build on their character, without distracting from their uniqueness.
Au Théâtre is a line of evening gowns, to be worn at the theater or opera. Each gown has been hand painted by the designer; creating an original piece of art within a luxury garment. The inspiration for the line is the spirit of 1920‘s theatre in harmony with Erté’s illustrations and beliefs.
I am a student at Seattle Central Community College, a recent graduate in the Apparel Design & Development program. My three outfits were created for my final line in school this last quarter and were labeled under the name “Amplify.” My women’s separates are meant to be sold to anyone that wants to be comfortable with a hint of glamour in their everyday life with a serene fit. Tight yet comfortable, loose yet flattering, scandalous yet appropriate, with a simple base but striking details.
Moon Phase is the waxing and waning of moods and emotions. For the girl who never settles on a t-shirt and jeans. My customer feels most at home being dressed up. Moon phase evokes a fun unforced vibe with a nod to a 60’s silhouette. These clothes are for a strong confident woman who loves a vintage look while still being modern.
When venturing into apparel design with my sustainable designs I want to give more options for the conscious consumer. My graduation collection is inspired by my home-country Sweden and by the rustic life style of farmers of the past, yet within an urban culture where myth and symbolism are not yet lost. I aim to fill the gap for the consumer with individual sense and an effortless style. After graduation my plans are to start Seidr Studio with my fellow classmate Anna Conn. Our goal is to provide one of a kind garments and a range of naturally dyed textiles and accessories.
Mia comes from a long line of entreprenerial pioneers. Her father was an adventurous, industrious individual who valued his freedom and doing his own thing and who took his daughters along for the ride. He was the last generation of a 100 year old woolen mill which sat on the banks of the Illinois River in the midwest, founded by his great grandfather who migrated to the midwest in 1865 from Scotland. Mia is imbued with that same spirit of the individual and this is clearly demonstrated in her clothing design and lifestyle.
Label Name: Hue
Melody Hirsch plays with compelling colors, and natural fabrics to create hue, a spring line for 2013. Designed for a fun, confident woman in her 20s to 30s, the Melody Hirsch customer craves clothes that are unique but don’t scream for attention. She cares about fit and function and certainly isn’t willing to negotiate when it comes to fabric content.
Conniption is an active inspired line of knit separates. Conniption features interesting design lines, color blocking, and functional but interesting zipper placement. The line is intended to be mixed and matched, as the wearer would like, within an existing wardrobe. It does provide function for active wear usage – specifically with the inclusion of pockets in the leggings. The bottoms and hoodie are made of a wool/lycra blend, making them ideal for active wear since wool is a wicking fabric. It can also be worn as parts of a post-workout outfit, or just everyday attire.
Seattle-based jewelry designer, Luminita is known for unparalleled quality and ingenuity along with her modern twist on fine jewelry. By reaching into the ancient art of Kumihimo she has created the future in jewelry. By re-inventing the clasp she goes where no other jewelry designer has gone; allowing her client to create and express their personal style.
Luminita Jewelry presents Twisted and Candied:
Fremont’s scent super-store, Essenza, is hosting a launch event on August 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. for Achtung, a collab between local perfumer House of Matriarch, artist Rick Barchenger and emerging designer Aronhix who has created textiles based on Barchenger’s black and white mandala-style drawings.
House of Matriarch perfumer Christi Meshell explains a bit about Barchenger and their collaboration:
I made the first glittersweet bag in the basement of my Seattle home with a piece of vinyl from a yard sale and a 40-year-old sewing machine.
As sales spread across the country, glittersweet grew to employ a small, local factory to produce our growing collection of bags. Each bag is hand-sewn with original appliqué designs, using retro upholstery vinyl and colorful cotton fabrics.