Allison Kramer of Chihuly Studios, Style Icon
By Kate Calamusa
February 9, 2017
Tall Tale: Allison Kramer of Chihuly Studio is a fixture on the local arts scene, spending her days in galleries and her nights at fundraisers and events—where she often turns heads in perfectly cut clothes that complement her statuesque 6-foot-frame. “I always joke I’m built like a birch tree, tall and straight,” she says. “So I’m very careful about cut, and go for classic lines and pieces made with great materials.” Her favorite pices are those that stand the test of time (and fashion fads): ultrasoft cashemere sweaters, silk, slim-fit blouses and an array of day-to-night dresses in graphic or monochromatic prints, like those from design company Marimekko.
Drawing the Line: A year and a half ago, when Kramer down-sized from a two-bedroom home to a 182-square-foot micro apartment on Lower Queen Anne, she cut her wardrobe by about 80 percent, keeping a small base of versatile mix and match separates. “There were definitely some ‘shrinking pairs’ at first,” she says with a laugh. “But really, it taught me to be more selective and to get rid of things that, though I like, didn’t neccesarily suit my style.”
Well Accessorized: When she downsized, Kramer told herself she could surround herself with two luxuries without guilt: fresh flowers and jewelry. A fan of the eclectic, artsy accessories found at Ballard boutique Curtis Steiner, Kramer also has an affinity for back-seamed stockings, classic pearls and even quirky hats, which she often dons to add a graphic pop to her look.
What She’s Wearing
Opera Glasses: Vintage mother-of-pearl opera glasses by Chevalier Paris, from Pastiche Antiques on Bainbridge Island (Facebook: “Pastiche antiques”)
Cuff: Walnut cuff by artist Justin Kercher, owner of Do The Extraordinary boutique in downtown Seattle (dotheextraordinary.com)
Clutch: Walnut clutch by Cero Designs (formerly of Seattle, now in Brooklyn), acquired at the late Urchin on First Avenue
Dress: Marimekko polka-dot dress from Pirkko boutique in Pike Place Market (pirkko.com)
Shoes: Suede heels by Tory Burch via Nordstrom