Local Fashion Start-Up Fuses Technology and Sportswear

Form meets function in local fashion start-up Buki

By Brigitte Long

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August 2, 2016

This article originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of Seattle Magazine.

There’s no shortage of tech innovation in Seattle, but one new “start-up” is cloaked as something different: a fashion collection. Inspired by modern Japanese design, Buki brand is a sportswear line for men and women in which architectural silhouettes are paired with leading-edge fiber technology. Created by Joey Rodolfo, founder of Pacific Northwest sportswear line Cutter & Buck and former senior vice president of men’s design for Tommy Bahama, the clothes are made of fabrics ranging from cotton-poly blends to micro jersey to oxford knits, each woven together with Buki’s proprietary Kinoki-3.0 fiber technology, which offers state-of-the-art thermoregulation and moisture management (read: clothes that help you stay cool and look cool). The collection’s modern basics (shirts, slacks, dresses and outerwear) are all machine washable and were created with busy professionals in mind. “You can go from a red-eye to a client meeting and look perfectly pulled together,” Rodolfo says. Available online at bukibrand.com

PHOTO: Courtesy of Buki. Looks from Buki’s fall/winter 2016 debut collection

 

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