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.
January is all about refreshing your outlook, which might just involve a new skin care line. Robyn Bradley and her husband, Tyler Moore, built their La Connor business, Pepperjack Home (106 First St., Suite D; 425.330.0204; pepperjackhome.com), on eco-sensitivity. Their body care collection includes soaps made with a local microbrew (good for a nice, foamy lather) and facial masks made with clay and charcoal. Essential oil blends (such as oakmoss and whiskey) lightly scent these smartly packaged products.
A few weeks ago I had my aura and past lives read by parfumeur and clairvoyant Yosh at Barneys (apparently I have a lovely champagne blush color around me and was a Mayan shaman in a past life, but I bet she says that to all the girls) and next week, Tuesday, January 14, the AstroTwins, Tali and Ophira Edut, will be at the downtown Nordstrom from 6 to 8 p.m.
Amsterdam-based men’s wear shop Suitsupply, has opened downtown on Fifth Avenue, in a 3,800 square foot space once home to Z Gallerie and perhaps an art gallery or two. The Seattle store is Suitsupply’s tenth stateside shop, joining other outposts in New York City, Atlanta and Denver.
Formulary 55 owner Cory Smith has a creative streak that just cannot be contained. Her popular body care line, Sweet Petula, is going strong and the lines she stocks in her cute Ravenna store are fresh and interesting. She really knows how to keep things feeling new. This time, but generously discounting closed out items. Head there this weekend (Friday and Saturday, January 3 and 4) for up to 80 percent off select inventory and pick up a free shea butter crème with purchases of $50 or more.
The few days after Christmas is the time when you get to go out and buy something for yourself, guilt-free, with that check from grandma. Go ahead, It's what she wants you to do with it. If it were me, this is what I would get courtesy of Magnolia's White Space.
Head to Madison Valley from Thursday, December 26 through Sunday, January 5 for 25 percent off gorgeous jewelry at Riversong. The sale excludes high carat items, but includes talismans that River has had handmade in Turkey, as well as a lovely assortment of other treasures that she picks up during her globetrots.
Chances are many of your favorite boutiques are launching their inventory reduction sales—after Christmas and early January are the traditional time to do that, but check back on this blog occasionally as I’ll be updating it with the ones that land in my inbox.
Swedish heritage brand, Fjällräven, is opening their first West Coast store in downtown Seattle Thursday, December 19. Located at 1113 First Avenue, next to Jack Straw and A Mano, Fjällräven has been known for their colorful and high-quality outdoor gear and accessories since it launched in 1960.
The invite reads “creative cocktail attire,” but your closet is filled with tame, everydayoutfits. If there’s ever a time to shake things up beyond basic black—with sequins, metallic, satin and a fierce punch of color—it’s the holidays. As your dance card fills up this season, step outside your comfort zone with festive looks from local designers and boutiques.
The weekend of December 21 and 22 is crucial in your efforts to wrap up your holiday shopping in peace, sans the panic that sets in as the big day closes in. Luckily Love City Love, a Cap Hill event space at 501 E Pike St. run by photographer, artist and skateboarder Lucien Pellegrin, is hosting an extended weekend of shopping called Closed Circuit Shop for your gift-giving needs.
Melrose Market’s newest inhabitant, Glasswing, is hosting a pop up shop filled with the hottest, freshest and most exciting local designers on the scene at the moment: Ampersand as Apostrophe, Baleen, De Rien Vintage (from London), Faris Jewelry,