First it was stitch-and-bitch knitting sessions—now, sewing circles are the rage among domestic artists. To accommodate Seattle’s social seamstresses, many local fabric shops are opening sewing studios, replete with high-end machines and notions, as hubs of support and creative camaraderie.
2013 marks the 25th year that Jerry Cohen has been making authentic reproduction sports jerseys in Seattle for his business Ebbet’s Field Flannels, which has a small storefront, open to the public, in Pioneer Square.
Who doesn’t love Anthropologie? We all wish we could move right into their dreamy stores and have their lovely, eclectic inventory all to ourselves. Imagine if their clothing section was your closet. My heart flutters at the thought.
Tacomans! You’re loving life right now. Lush, that emporium of body care goodness is opening up in your mall. Very soon!
In early May, you’ll be able to shop their ethically formulated and 100 percent vegetarian soaps, hair care, bath bombs, scrubs, creams and cosmetics on level one between Macy’s and Nordstrom in the brand’s fourth Washington state location.
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, but as a middle-aged woman, I’ll channel my inner “geriatric starlet” (to steal her phrase) and wear sunglasses by the inimitable Iris Apfel, the 92 year-old interior decorator and fashion icon instantly recognizable by her big, round black framed glasses and layers of amazing jewelry. The Metropolitan Museum of Art feted Apfel in 2005 during an exhibit named Rara Avis (Rare Bird): The Irreverent Iris Apfel, with a focus on her personal possessions and personal flair.
Enjoy your Mother’s Day a little early and head to this fun fabric flower making demo at West Seattle’s Clementine Shoes on Saturday, May 11 from 12 to 4 with local milliner Izzie Lewis. In addition to a fun frill to take home, Clementine will be offering special deals and $20 in Clementine Cash for attendees to spend in the store throughout May, that can be claimed at the store’s Facebook page.
The Endless Knot Warehouse Sale started Thursday, April 25 and runs through Sunday, April 28. This is a sale that always sneaks up on me and always happens on a weekend that I’m already busy, but Endless Knot is one of the best, under-the-radar shops in town, which makes me think that their warehouse sale is equally as good.
Western Ave.’s home furnishings store. Liave, is closing their brick and mortar location and heading into the world of e-commerce. Between now and the store’s last (TBD), all in-stock inventory, including all the lovely European home décor and gift items this store is known for, is 20 percent off. I love this shop and its tagline: "beautiful things meant to be used," and look forward to what treasures owner Cornelia Veit will have to share online.
Cuyana is a San Bay area company run by founders Shilpa Shah and Karla Gallardo who travel the globe on the lookout for chic, high quality materials, think textiles and metals, that can be transformed by local craftsmen into chic, high quality and limited-edition goods and accessories that they sell on their web store. Cuyana donates a percentage of their proceeds to Charity:water, a non-profit organization that provides solutions for clean water worldwide.
Fine artist Seth Damm (sethdamm.net) knew he was on to something early in the creation of his Neon Zinn rope necklaces. “There’s just something about them that makes people want to touch them.” And wear them.
Influences: Having grown up in a booming Aberdeen of the 1970s, when “every day was sunny” and all his girlfriends “tasted like bubble gum and vodka,” Gabe Johnson holds an almost religious reverence for “oil cans, muscle cars and slingshots,” and other blue-collar Americana from the 1940s-’70s, an era when things were made with pride. “I appreciate items that were meant to outlast the maker,” he says.
Exciting news in the region’s retail scene with the announcement of several new shops opening in the next few weeks. Hometown mega-brand Tommy Bahama is celebrating their 20th anniversary by opening a shop at Bellevue Square on April 26 (they’ve already got one at University Village), for all your resort and island lifestyle fashion needs.
I’m a West Seattle girl and I love my West Seattle shopping. But I realize that many people think West Seattle is too far away or hard to find to warrant a visit. Which is totally not the case, it’s actually quite easy to get to via both I-5 and 99, and the Junction (the crossroads of California Ave. SW and SW Alaska St.) is a direct shot up from the bridge and requires practically no navigation to get to. Plus, there’s ample free parking in conveniently placed lots throughout the neighborhood. Free. Easy. Parking.