Okay fine: Clocking in at a whopping 916 pages, Vogue may have us beat on page count this month. But after a four-month-long bop about town to “research” and compile our own September issue on the best neighborhood shops in the city, I can say this: Vogue ain’t got nothin’ on these local fall finds. So once you have finishing flipping through their epic tome (I’m on page 486, 3 days in and I haven’t actually read any of the articles yet), pick up a copy of Seattle mag, too, to guide you through the 15 best ‘hoods to shop those fall trends.
To further whet your appetite until the book hits newsstands tomorrow, check out a few our my favorite discoveries gleaned while perusing over 30 neighborhoods:
1. Technicolor Heels
Welcome the new statement heel: Artistic strokes—fur tassels, golden studs and bold prints—accent falls footwear’s colorful canvas. (Flip to page 120 for details.)
2. Hidden Queen Anne Jewel
This is the best shop know one has heard of: Shelley Hall runs her brightly adorned Meadow shop with style and affordability uppermost in mind. Stocked with laid-back labels such as Ezra, Peaches ’n Cream and Ellison, clothing prices rarely top $50. (That’s good news, too: With printed silk tops, chambray shirts and wedding-ready dresses, you’ll find more than one keeper.) Also worth snagging: pastel-hued ice cream bowls and Parisian paper for gift wrapping ($3.75/sheet).
3. Geometric Jewelry
Northwest jewelry artists are doing the math, creating modern style with shapes and angles (page 131).
4. Best Beauty Bonus
Former real estate agent and skincare-obsessed beauty product junkie Kari Gran and business partner Lisa Strain are now crafting the Kari Gran line of beauty products made from organic, wild-harvested and non-GMO ingredients out of a loft on nearby Westlake. With its offerings of cleansing oil ($25), lavender hydrating face tonic ($20‒$35) and smooth cinnamon-pimenta lip whip gloss ($15), you’ll want to make a side trip and pop by on your next Queen Anne excursion.
5. The New Curiosity Shop
Local photographer Charlie Schuck has re-created the curiosity shop concept at Object, his new gallery and gift boutique perched across the street from Tavolàta on Second in Belltown. At his shop (open Thursday‒Saturday), Shuck has curated an assortment of locally made furniture, kitchenware (including Ballard company Ladies and Gentlemen’s darling salt and pepper shakers, $60) and wall hangings from Iacoli and McAllister, and Bainbridge design firm Grain, along with the occasional weekend bag in which to carry your finds.