After nearly 40 years at Fifth Avenue and Union Street, beloved Seattle clothing store Butch Blum moved shop in March to a gleaming new space at the base of the Two Union Square building. In addition to this new retail lease on life, Butch Blum and his wife, CEO Kay Smith-Blum, brought in Cameron Levin (lovecameron.com) as designer-in-residence, stylist and e-commerce curator.
New men’s sportswear start-up Sodo Apparel’s sleek, simple and functional line of workout wear for men is made with high-tech fabrics that breathe well, allow adequate range of motion and wick moisture away from the body. Manufactured in Spokane, each piece is incubated and tested by volunteers, who put the clothing through their workout paces before hitting the retail racks.
2014 is a landmark year for renowned designer Diane von Furstenberg: Her iconic wrap dress turned 40, and on May 1, she opens her 95th store, in Bellevue Square near Center Court. “The Seattle area is so gorgeous,” says von Furstenberg. “It is blessed with the most beautiful nature and filled with so much creativity and innovation. I am thrilled to be opening my first shop in the Northwest!” The 2,302-square-foot store features a white, gallery-like interior punctuated with the graphic patterns that DVF is known for.
Join the team at Essenza in Fremont for their annual Mother's Day Jamie Joseph extravaganza trunk show on Saturday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you're a fan of Jamie Joseph's gorgeous hand-faceted and distinctive rings you really haven't lived until you've seen hundreds of them sparkling back at you from their trays. It's really something to behold and makes the already daunting task of picking your favorite even more challenging.
Join the crew at Momo, the International District/Chinatown’s chicest shop, for a spring trunk show and happy hour on Wednesday, April 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. when they welcome Lu, a clothing line by Jenny Fort and Pearlesque, a collection of diaphanous layering pieces from West Seattle’s Margaret Chodos-Irvine.
We love the rain slickers designed and made in the US by husband and wife team Brittany and Scott Freeman for Freeman Seattle. But up until this moment, with the release of their women’s style, they were only available for guys.
West Seattle’s Alaska Junction is playing host to a popular shopping day on Saturday, April 19 where participating vendors are offering sales tax-free shopping, along with other deals and discounts, to entice shoppers across the bridge.
Concurrently, Clementine Shoes is hosting a trunk show of Gnipoos, a line of chic, locally made leather handbags.
Born on the isle of Minorca off the coast of Spain, avarca-style sandals—with the distinctive rubber tire tread soles, greased leather uppers and heel straps, and a suede lining—are a popular choice of footwear in the Mediterranean as much for their simple construction as for their durable style.
Re-soul is a boutique staple on Ballard Ave., and has provided hip, modern shoes and the other lifestyle trappings to go with for 12 years. Saturday, April 12 marks the launch of their very own, eponymously named, Italian-made shoe line. “I began to notice that some of the products that I knew my customers would love weren’t available from the brands we were currently selling. That’s when I sensed an opportunity for us to seek out and produce our own collection of women’s shoes,” says designer Maggie Burns.
After five years in the West Edge, the ever-amazing Jack Straw moved to the Terminal Sales building across from Pike Place Market on First Ave this spring, next to Baby & Company in the space previously inhabited by Peter Miller Books.
To celebrate its second year in business, Sell Your Sole, a Belltown consignment store filled with chic and gently loved clothing, is throwing an anniversary party on Saturday, March 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Expect champagne, small bites, gracious personal styling advice, racks and racks of high-end designer fashion and a chance to win a $200 gift certificate at this open house, hosted by Sell Your Sole owners Natalia and Brent Wittke.
Finding the right fit is a challenge for many women, but even more so for those who identify as plus size. Despite the demand, the supply of fashionable, well-made and, most importantly, well-fitted clothing in sizes 14 and up is hard to come by. Enter wedding gown designer Olga Szwed, of Bellevue’s La Belle Rêve, whose newest endeavor, Poppy & Bloom, aims to fill that void. “I think the fashion world has ignored curvy consumers for a long time,” Szwed says.