We've lucked out with the weather so far this June, but that hasn't stopped River Burke, designer and owner of River Song jewelery and store in Madison Valley, from embracing the traditional June Gloom with a big old sale. From now until June 28, save up to 40 percent off in-store purchases and a flat 30 percent when shopping online (use code JUNEGLOOM). We're loving her sunny fiesta of spring style.
This summer Cap Hill retailer NuBe Green is taking to the streets in their new 24-foot mobile solar powered boutique fashion out of a salvaged shipping container. Its first stop is at Bellevue’s Cupcake Royale, right in the heart of downtown Bellevue and will be there from June 20 through September 15. Inside you’ll find a slimmed down inventory of the same great stuff you love at NuBe Green’s brick and mortar, all designed and manufactured in the USA, delightfully packaged in a large rectangular box.
One of my most fave local designers, Michael Cepress, is hosting a show on June 21 at the Century Ballroom, featuring both men’s and women’s collections. This is excellent news for those of us ladies who love his menswear so much that we’ve considered having him make us a suit just to get to work with him.
Creative power couple Leah Lawrence, the designer and proprietress behind swimwear and mercantile Drifting Arrows (driftingarrows.com), and Billy Bartels, the designer of jewelry line Vim Beget (vimbeget.com) launched Baleen, a new jewelry collaboration last April. The two fabricate everything in their Ballard studio, mostly out of brass (to keep prices low, Lawrence says) with the addition of gemstones, tassels and wooden beads.
Update 10:14 a.m. Here's what I just got from Nordstrom: The line will be called SJP (natch), will launch in January at select Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com and will include sandals, flats, pumps and boots ranging from $200-$400, "runway-worthy shoes at attainable price-points...top-notch Italian craftsmanship with luxe materials in unexpected color combinations." OMG.
My fave sale is from the most aspirational (for most) shop in town is about to drop. Totokaelo's end of season sale starts Saturday, June 15, with all spring merch marked down 30 to 50 percent. That means deals on Rick Owens, Jil Sander, Uzi, Raquel Allegra, Carven, Won Hundred and many, many other coveted brands. I love this sale.
While you're shopping, head over to Totokaelo Man to see what retail brainiac, Jill Wenger has in store for the dude in your life.
The men of Seattle have a new place to get gussied up. Bishops Barbershop, a Portland-based mini-chain opened their first Seattle location downtown this week. And, ok, both guys and gals are welcome at Bishops, which offers cuts and color, but their hot towel shaves and beard care makes Bishops especially attractive to the moustachioed and bearded among us. Local artist Baso Fibonacci created huge 20-foot wide bear and owl spray painted murals on two of the salon’s walls to reflect Bishops style of edgy artwork and on-trend style.
Belltown consignment boutique, Sell Your Sole, announced a new program today called Couture Karma, shaking up the consignment split on luxury designer brands. From now on, customers who consign Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Chloe, Celine, Bottega Venetta, Tom Ford, Gucci, YSL and Louis Vuitton will receive a 70/30 split (70 percent to the seller) once their item has sold.
It’s happening! Friday, June 14, the new Jonathan Adler store in University Village is opening, bringing with it an enthusiastic burst of color, style and feel-good design.
This is the 25th boutique for the New York-based Adler, who wowed the interior design world with his quirky pottery goods in the mid-nineties, launching his first ceramic line at Barneys in 1994.
New designer Paychi Guh is popping up at the new Hointer at Pacific Place (which just opened on June 1) with a special trunk show on Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out this new line of super-soft cashmere sweaters and scarves while trying out Hointer's tech-forward, app-based denim shopping experience.
Pacific Place is Hointer's third location, including one in Wallingford and Palo Alto, CA.
Jewelry designer Eddie Borgo, winner of the 2011 CFDA Swarovski Award for innovation in accessory design, is making a personal appearance at the downtown Nordstrom on Friday, June 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Via C.
Edie’s Shoes/Scout Apparel owner Erin Dolan has announced the closure of Scout mid-June due to the re-imagining of the block on which her shops live. (We reported on Edie’s moving a few weeks ago, up to the former Brocklind’s costume building.) No word yet of a clearance sale, but we’ll keep you updated if we hear of anything.
After almost seven years, Phinney Ridge’s Hip Zephyr is moving to Mercer Island (2727 78th Ave. SE) this June. The tiny 350 square-foot shop, which carries a nice selection of denim, and other casual wear, including many brands not found elsewhere in town, is moving to a 1,200 square-foot space recently vacated by What to Wear, an 11 year-old boutique also known for their selection of denim, and other casual wear.
For the last six years, Rosanna, our local doyenne of tabletop décor, entertaining and the perfect cake pedestal, has hosted a Tablescape contest to encourage creativity and highlight the well-set table.