Vashon Island-based designer Dawn Smithson uses fine hides from Italian tanneries, sample hides that would be discarded if not for her, and crafts them into sumptuous and chic one-of-a-kind leather bags sold locally at Far4 and Heron's Nest on Vashon.
New York’s fashion week started today and all the talk about Alexander Wang moving his show to Brooklyn (radical!) and the stellar indie lineup of Milk’s Made Fashion Week (Cushnie et Ochs, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Jonathan Simkhai, Jeremy Scott and many others) running concurrent to the tents at Lincoln Center has got me thinking about Seattle’s nonexistent fashion week and why that is.
Madrona’s new men’s shop, Hammer and Awl, is the culmination of owner Erin Krohn’s 17-year obsession with retail design, shopping and fashion—especially accessories, which she calls the perfect way to “define your style and be unique.” The former interior designer opened Hammer and Awl to provide men (and women who lean toward a masculine aesthetic) with a resource for artisanal goods made by small, niche producers in the United States.
Pioneer Square-based online eyewear boutique, Rivet & Sway, known for their home try-on package and easy-on-the-wallet pricing structure, has just released their new Chelsea Hall collection, which includes sunnies—a first for the brand. We’re hooked on these frames for all their tough chic, cool girl appeal.
It's official, Zara, at Westlake Center, is set to open on Thursday, February 13 as an early Valentine's Day gift to the city's fashion obsessed. All that's left is to scour their website for hints of what might be in store for us all in just a very few weeks. Here are a few of my fave's (including that great coat above. Doesn't that kelly green look so nice and spring-like?)
Faithful followers of Alhambra will remember Shakir and Serpil Kaymaz’s outlet store behind University Village in a little slip of a nabe called Union Bay. That location closed last spring, and the couple opened a new store—just up the street—called A to Z (Union Bay, 814 46th St.; 206.522.7501; atoztees.com), after the casual clothing line of the same name they launched seven years ago.
The news is out already, Sarah Jessica Parker is launching her shoe, handbag and single trench coat line exclusively at Nordstrom and nordstrom.com on February 28—it’s been all over the national fashion press. Which is very exciting news for fans of the Sex and the City actress who can do no wrong in many of our eyes when it comes to her sartorial choices.
Temper jewelry is another in a growing list of fair trade, philanthropic partnerships producing extremely hip designs (see Uxibal and Thread & Loom). The brand, debuting on February 3, is designed in Seattle, but made by artisans in Cambodia out of recycled bombshells, bullet casings and precious metals like 18k gold and platinum.
A few stragglers in the sale department, but they’re good ones.
Stop the presses, this is a noteworthy sale: Essenza is offering 30 to 50 percent off of select jewelry from Meliisa Joy Manning, Margaret Solow and Mizuki and more. Not sure I’ve ever heard of Essenza having a sale on their fine jewelry. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to stock up on the subtle, but chic pieces Essenza is known for.
It takes a lot to get me excited about eyewear or eyewear stores. I’ve had the same pair of spare glasses since the late 90s and while I admire cool glasses on other people, I always figure that people shop for them when they get their eyes checked at the eye doctors.
Well, that’s not necessarily so, now that See Eyewear is open on Fifth Ave. in the old Betsey Johnson space.
Seattle magazine and Seattle Business magazine have just launched Leaders at Lunch, a series of lunches at various Bellevue restaurants featuring local business leaders speaking on topics focused on leadership, innovation and civic responsibility.
Meet Uxibal (ooh-she-bal), a Guatemalan-based footwear and accessory line created by Seattleite Britini Port. I could swear that I wrote about this company when it hit my radar in September, but I must have let it slip away from me. Let me remedy that.
For your information: downtown’s Jack Straw is moving mid-March to the old Peter Miller Bookstore space at 1930 First Ave., right next to Baby & Company, creating a one-two punch of designer shopping for men and women on this little corner of the city.
West Seattle’s Clementine is hosting two events this weekend. First up is the chance to experience the simple luxury of Mere Basic’s cashmere underpinnings during a trunk show from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. If you love cashmere, you won’t regret stopping by to check out this featherweight collection.
Peasant memories: When California native Gei Chan was in fashion school in the Bay Area in the late ’60s, she had no idea that her inherent relaxed design inclination would have a lasting impact on the world of style. Her use of mixed patterns and lightweight upholstery fabrics—coupled with empire waists and maxi dresses of the hippie zeitgeist—defined the look that is now known as boho chic. “Fashion was more conservative back then,” Chan says.