July is a month that Nordstrom shoppers look forward to with giddy anticipation because it’s Anniversary Sale time and Anniversary Sale time means slashed prices on all the newest and most on trend clothing, shoes and handbags (and kids’ clothing for those of us who shop for kids) that Nordstrom trend-watchers, buyers and designers have on deck for fall.
New York-based Chilean designer Maria Cornejo was in Seattle in mid-June, making her first ever trip to our Barneys at Pacific Place to promote the most current collection from her line Zero + Maria Cornejo. We had a chance to e-chat with Cornejo, whose designs we admire for their sculptural yet fluid and flattering yet forgiving shapes.
We love Close By, Porchlight Coffee’s Zach Bolotin’s online shopping ode to the Pacific Northwest and we love West Elm for giving him space to pop-up in-store and give folks a chance to check out his goods in person.
Join jewelry designer and Seamless in Seattle 2013 accessories co-winner Joanna Morgan at her Pioneer Square studio (306 South Washington, Studio 105) on Saturday, July 12 from 3 to 7 p.m. for a showing of her newest collection, Scavenger.
Leather working began as a hobby for University District–based Nicholas Kramer, founder and craftsman of Hank Goods (hankgoods.com), a line of exquisite leather wallets, purses and bags. Inspired by the design philosophy that an item is “beautiful by nature of its functionality and simplicity,” Kramer believes in taking his time to perfect his products—averaging about one custom bag a week.
Come get an eyeful of the spring and summer collection from stellar local designer Deborah Roberts’ Silvae line and meet her textile design partner, artist Olivia Knapp on Saturday, June 28 from noon to 5 p.m.
Join the WKNDstudio crew (the creative duo that brings Maiden Noir, Blk Pine Workshop and Cafe Weekend to life) on Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cafe Weekend’s craft room for the first of three curated Weekender Fleas.
Fremont boutique Les Amis has major staying power, having anchored that nabe’s shopping scene for decades, mostly due to its gorgeous, on point and totally of-the-moment inventory focused on small designers with impeccable and beautiful style.
Entrepreneur Britini Port, founder of Uxibal, a line of boots, shoes and accessories crafted from traditional hand woven textiles from Guatemala, is making an appearance at Belltown boutique Moorea Seal on Wednesday, June 25. It's a perfect partnership of young, savvy, fashionable women doing amazing things well.
Cute and tiny, A Mano, down in the West Edge, has been quietly selling some of Seattle’s coolest handmade shoes for years and years. Shoppers know that if you can’t afford them at full price, the shop’s bi-annual sales are a nice time to stock up on boots from Officine Creative, sandals from Chie Mihara, wedges from Coclico, chic leather espadrille’s from Zespa and clogs from Bosabo.
Seattle’s Brooks Sports celebrates its 100th anniversary this year with the Heritage Collection, a reimagination of the iconic shoes that defined the running-obsessed 1970s. The two classic models, the Vanguard ($89.95) and the Vantage ($79.95), were released in March. “We’re creating a thoughtful lifestyle collection,” explains Shane Downey, designer and Brooks Heritage business manager. The modern updates are trendy (think white leather chevron stripes and mint green suede), but don’t detract from the authenticity that defined a truly righteous era.
Proprietress Kayla Boehme is opening a new boutique, Pipe & Row, deep in the heart of Fremont next Thursday, June 19. The shop, located at 611 N 35th St., in the former Merge location, is described by Boehme as “a mature, quirky boutique that boasts a stock of effortless urban pieces curated to tip toe the boundaries between sexy and slouchy, daring but wearable, classic yet modern.”
Totokaelo's end of spring season sale is in full effect. Expect 30 percent off clothing from A.P.C., Raquel Allegra, Dieppa Restrepo, Rachel Comey, Margiela and all the other lines the shop is known for. Traditionally, the discounts get bigger as the sale continues, but if you see something you absolutely love and have to have, I wouldn't wait around—this is one event the whole fashion world waits for.