The thrill of the hunt is exhilarating: spotting the perfect necklace to match an outfit, finally tracking down a gift for a hard-to-buy-for friend or finding just the right jacket to wear (and adore) all season long. The sport is made all the sweeter when the finds are handcrafted in Seattle by local talent, or scored at an out-of-the-way boutique. This fall, we’ve gone on a shopping safari, ferreting out the best locally made statement wares to satisfy your hunter’s instincts, from luxe handbags to too-cool-for-just-school Oxford saddleback shoes.
Following the renovation of Capitol Hill’s historic Oddfellows building, myriad new shops, restaurants and hangouts have opened their doors along three hot blocks of Pine Street, between 11th Avenue and Broadway. This hip microhood is fit for both day jaunts and late-night outings; here, you’ll find the street that never sleeps.
You know, some people might take it personally. But when Ben Huh, CEO of Seattle-based ICanHasCheezburger.com popped up as the number 10 offender on GQ’s worst-dressed men of Silcon Valley list this month, he took the honor in classic good humor— and then issued the publication a challenge.
This year, we upped the ante: The 12 Seamless in Seattle finalists debuted on the runway at our first-ever fashion show last June. In an ultimate “make it work” imperative, contestants had to craft a look for the show—made from recycled water bottle labels, no less.
See all 12 looks in our gallery!
Photos courtesy of Vivian Hsu for Team Photogenic
As we finish up our fall fashion and shopping issue this week, I seem to have accumulated quite a few pretty things on my desk, which will appear throughout the September issue. And while I am going to make you wait on the other 50 finds until the issue comes out, here’s a sneak peek at four locally-made favorites currently sitting on my desk (which I am loathe to return next week!):
1. Tuesday faux-fur scarves
Well, the big day has arrived: As Nordstrom devotees know, today kicks off the store’s mega Anniversary Sale (loved this tweet from Nordy’s Sanda Belaire this morning with a before and after-opening shot of the downtown store shoe department! Apparently I should have taken today off of work to join the other ladies). So as we are all in the sale huntress frame of mind today, here are three other sales to get thee to this weekend:
WHY WE LOVE THE LOOK: A busy mom of five and the owner of Gourmondo Catering in South Park, Bainbridge Island resident Leinonen doesn’t have time for two separate wardrobes. Instead, she incorporates the equestrian riding pants, structural tweed show coats and high-end cowgirl boots she wears to the barn into her 9-to-5 ensemble.
Just DandyBelltown designer Christopher Jones (pictured above) is a straight shooter. When asked what inspires his menswear designs, he’ll simply say, “I couldn’t find what I was looking for. So I just made it myself.” His label name, Like a Rock Star, is equally right to the point and a spot-on description of suit wear that looks like it waltzed straight off rock god Keith Richards. Boldly hued epaulettes, bright paisley patterns and tight, almost-too-short tailored pants permeate the self-taught designer’s fun, edgy designs.
There were a lot of jewelry pieces, handbags and shoes hanging around the office this week (check out the September issue to find out why!) and if you want to assemble a gaggle of girls lightning quick, just start throwing those things out on a table. The appeal of the accessory is simple: they can instantly change an outfit without putting a huge dent in your budget. Now that summer is upon us, here are three favorite accessories for the season—simply throw on jeans, a tank and one of these locally-made babies and you’re ready to go:
Clockwise from top Left: Funk Royal Optics mustard yellow round retro-style frames with teal inlay, $399, from the Pulp Lab pop-up shop at Deli (Downtown, 1307 1st Ave.; 206.682.2446; deliseattle.com; also available at pulplab.com);
WHY WE LOVE HIS LOOK: Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Postlewaite spends much of his life on stage in dramatic costumes; off stage, he channels that same energy into his off-beat personal style in statement kilts, fur vests and skinny jeans as tight as his stage wear. “There is still an element of costuming in my everyday life,” he explains.
I feel like we have been looking forward to it forever, and as the excitement mounts, it’s somewhat a relief to say: There is less than a week to go until the big Seamless in Seattle show at the Seattle Art Museum on Wednesday, June 8. Designers are finishing off their top-secret challenge looks, models have been selected and now we just need you there to join in on the fun.