Mar 29, 2012

ExOfficio hires new PR Specialist

Earlier this year Seattle-based ExOfficio announced that Karen Matthee has joined the marketing team as Public Relations and Partnership Specialist. In her new role, Matthee will develop, manage and execute all aspects of a global public relations and partnership plan and strategies for ExOfficio.

"Over the past year, we’ve been building the bench strength of the internal marketing team by looking for individuals who are experts in their area," says Steve Bendzak, General Manager of ExOfficio. "Karen’s qualifications and work history compliment the team exceptionally well. She brings exceptional industry and professional knowledge to the position, and as a longtime outdoors woman and vocational traveler is the perfect fit for the position."

Karen co-founded Seattle Woman Magazine and most recently was Communications Director for Clear Path International.

Mar 27, 2012

REI Hires Industry Veteran Eric Artz as CFO

Last Thursday Seattle-based outdoor retailer REI announced that industry veteran Eric Artz will join the company as chief financial officer. Eric Artz will be leaving his post at Urban Outfitters where he served as CFO since February of 2010. Prior to being a Urban Eric served as CFO for the VF Corporation. “REI is very fortunate to attract a CFO with Eric’s breadth and depth of experiences. In addition to his financial expertise, Eric has a deep understanding of multichannel retail, plus operations experience in supply chain, product development, sourcing and international. These skills, combined with his industry experience and passion for the outdoors, make him an exceptional addition to our team,” said Sally Jewell, REI president and CEO.

- About REI -
REI is a national retailer of gear and clothing for outdoor activities and adventure. A multichannel retailer, REI operates 123 stores in 30 states. The company recorded sales of more than $1.8 billion in 2011. In addition to national brands, REI exclusively sells private label gear and apparel under the REI name, and bicycles, apparel and accessories under the Novara brand. The company also operates REI Adventures, a full-service adventure travel company with destinations across the United States and around the world. REI is structured as a consumer cooperative and while anyone may shop at REI, only members receive a share of the company’s profits. This month REI is issuing a total patronage refund of $99.8 million to 4.7 million active members based on their eligible 2011 purchases. Earlier this year, REI was recognized as 8th on the FORTUNE magazine “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. This is the 15th consecutive year that REI has appeared in the ratings.

Save the Date: Wine, Women & Shoes

Well fashion friends- it's time to look good and do good- Thursday, May 3rd at The Four Seasons hotel when the Seattle Children's Home hosts it's 2nd Annual Wine, Women and Shoes event. All proceeds will go to support mental and developmental health services provided to children and their families in the community by the Seattle Children's Home. In recognition of May as “National Mental Health Month,” and “Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week” (May 1st-7th), Seattle Children’s Home is inviting all women to slip into their stilettos and join their “sole sisters” for an evening of fashion and compassion.

Guests will sip wine from nine of the top wineries in the region, shop the latest trends in a multi-designer marketplace and swoon over the “shoe guys” serving up this season’s “must-haves” on luxurious, silver platters. Special guests Stacy Lill & Kathy Johanson from O Wines will be pouring wine for guests and chatting about their favorite pairs of shoes for spring. Participating boutiques including Barney’s New York, David Lawrence, Michael Kors, Sway & Cake, and The Finerie.

Celebrity style expert Bobbie Thomas with support from Glo Minerals will speak to guests about true beauty and share the latest spring trends at the Wine Women & Shoes VIP Reception. Bobbie will also serve as a judge along side event emcee Duell Fisher in the "Best in Shoe" contest and award fabulous prizes to the winners. Event Sponsors include The Kerry Oliver Guild, Pacific NW Fertility, Glo Minerals, Team Photogenic, Four Seasons Hotel, Chat with Women Radio, Spotlight Seattle, Rented Elegance, and Tolo Events.

What: Wine, Women & Shoes

When: Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Time: 6-9pm

Where: Four Seasons Hotel - 99 Union St. Seattle

Tickets: $100-650

Bid: Preview the Wine, Women & Shoes silent auction items here.

Mar 26, 2012

W. Seattle Junction Celebrates Spring in Style

The 5th Annual West Seattle Junction Spring fling is taking place this Thursday, March 29th from 7-10pm. Boutiques including Carmilia’s, Clementine, Edie’s, and Sweetie will all be participating and offering shoppers stylish door prizes, refreshments and more. Pick up a punch card at any participating store and get it punched at each location to redeem a glass of sparkling wine at West 5. Attendees are asked to bring a donation to the West Seattle Food Bank to help those in need. Come shop for the rest of your spring wardrobe this Thursday in West Seattle and support local boutiques!

What: West Seattle Spring Fling

When: Thursday, March 29th

Time: 7 to 10 p.m.

Participating Stores:

4528 California Ave SW

4447 California Ave SW

4310 SW Alaska Street

4508 California Avenue Southwest

West 5
4539 California Ave. SW

Mar 21, 2012

Belltown Gem: Karan Dannenberg Clothier

If it's been awhile since last visited Karan Dannenberg's Belltown boutique, it's worth a second look. For over 13 years she's been giving clients exceptional customer service and for Karan and her staff it's all about creating a one-of-a-kind shopping experience for guests. "I'm not into selling someone a sweater," says Karan, "I'm in to creating a total look for my clients from head-to-toe." She's so dedicated to providing customers with a complete wardrobe that she frequently makes special orders to ensure that the pieces are exactly the right color and size. Each season she also works with local jewelry designers like Martha Driver of Rock Star Jewelry to create custom pieces that fit in perfectly with the assortment.

The boutique stocks a variety of brands including Nicole Miller, Sympli, Yoana Baraschi, Cookie Johnson, Creenstone, Margaret M., and more. When it comes to product knowledge it's clear that Karan Dannenberg doesn't just care about how something looks on the surface, she makes it a point to know where it was made, what the inspiration behind the collections was and what young, hot designer brought it to market.

A boutique like Karan Dannenberg Clothier is a rare gem in a sea of retailers who are pushing fashion to the masses without knowing (or even caring) how it translates to their clients. She cares deeply about the brands she carries and makes it a point of supporting local designers. So next time you're in Belltown pop in to what she's got up her sleeve for spring!

2232 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-3442

Keep in touch with Karan Dannenberg Clothier on Facebook and via the boutique's blog.

Mar 20, 2012

Local Boutique Makes GQ's Top 25 List

The list is out and Ballard's hippest menswear boutique Blackbird has officially been named as one of GQ's Best Mens stores in America. The feature appears in the April issue of the magazine, GQ's first ever "Style Bible", on newsstands now. Blackbird sits among the ranks of other noteworthy mens clothing stores including South Willard in Los Angeles, The Webster in Miami, Saturdays NYC, Portland Dry Goods Co., and even the Tom Ford store in Beverly Hills. The Downtown Seattle Nordstrom store also made the list! Congratulations to all the stores listed in the top 25! You deserve it!

GQ’s 25 Best Men’s Stores in America
  1. Baldwin, Kansas City, MO
  2. Billy Reid, Florence, AL
  3. Blackbird, Seattle, WA
  4. Bodega, Boston, MA
  5. Cabazon Outlets, Cabazon, CA
  6. George Bass, New Orleans, LA
  7. Hickoree’s Floor Two, Brooklyn, NY
  8. Imogene + Willie, Nashville, TN
  9. Ina, New York, NY
  10. Martin Greenfield Clothiers, Brooklyn, NY
  11. Need Supply Co., Richmond, VA
  12. Nepenthes New York, New York, NY
  13. Nordstrom, Seattle, WA
  14. Paul Stuart, New York, NY
  15. Portland Dry Goods Co., Portland, ME
  16. REI, New York, NY
  17. RRL, East Hampton, NY
  18. RTH Shop, Los Angeles, CA
  19. Saturdays NYC, New York, NY
  20. Sid Mashburn, Atlanta, GA
  21. South Willard, Los Angeles, CA
  22. Stag, Austin, TX
  23. Tom Ford, Los Angeles, CA
  24. Unionmade, San Francisco, CA
  25. The Webster Miami, Miami, FL

Carhartt to open Downtown Seattle store

Just when you thought the men's workwear trend couldn't possibly gain any more momentum Carhartt announces a brand-new store in Seattle. A Pioneers of Rugged grand opening celebration is set for this Thursday, March 22nd from 11am-2pm and the company is encouraging everyone to bring in their old Carhartt coats for the “Worn and Torn” contest. The winner of the most raggedy coat will win a new Carhartt jacket and other fun prizes. Former Mariner Edgar Martinez will be on hand to help Carhartt reps with the judging.

The new store will occupy over 4,000 square feet and carry apparel and accessories for men, women and children. In true Northwest fashion the store's interior features mostly reclaimed and repurposed materials from fallen timber and storm clean-up sites from around the Seattle-area. The new store marks Carhartt's fifth freestanding location in the U.S.

-Grand Opening Details-

What: Carhartt Seattle Store Grand Opening

When: Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Where: 409 Pike Street Seattle, WA

Time: 11am-2pm

409 Pike Street
Seattle, WA
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The Bellevue Collection hosts Spring '12 Runway Show

Mark your calendars now! On Saturday April 21st The Bellevue Collection is hosting an exclusive runway show featuring spring trends from 7 for All Mankind, Zebra Club, Aritzia, Lacoste, Macy's, Splendid, Arden B., and more. Enjoy chic breakfast bites from Pinkabella Cupcakes, Top Pot Donuts and Specialty's Cafe & Bakery upon arrival followed by an exclusive, insider runway show featuring all the looks you need for spring. Guests will also receive a swag bag overflowing with goodies from A|X Armani Exchange, Aerosoles, Blizzberri, Billabong, Eileen Fisher, Guess, Everything but Water, Lacoste, Macy's, Munchbar, Palomino, Suite, Trillum Custom Tailorings & Design, Splendid, Zebra Club, Vera Bradley and more!

What: The Bellevue Collection Spring '12 Runway Show

When: Saturday, April 21st

Where: Bellevue Square, Center Court

Time: 8:30 am Check-in, 9:00 am Show

Tickets: $25 (Includes a swag bag with a $10 Bellevue Collection Gift Certificate). 100% of ticket sales will benefit the Bellevue Arts Museum courtesy of The Bellevue Collection. Seating is limited.

Social: Get connected on Twitter @BelleCollection using hashtag #TBCspringfashion.

Mar 19, 2012

Spring Spa Specials at The Woodmark

The month of March may be filled with madness but for the spa at The Woodmark it's all about you helping find your calm within the chaos. During the month of March the spa is offering 25% off any spa service when you book an appointment with a friend, Monday through Thursday only. Choose from a variety of services or signature packages including the "Girl Time" package which includes a Spa Ritual Body Mimosa Treatment, Body Sugar Custom Masque, Mimosa Body Oil Light Massage, Mimosa Pedicure and Manicure and of course, a refreshing Mimosa Drink. (2 hours 45 minutes, orig. $245, $183.75 when you book with a friend during the month of March, M-TH only). Call Northwest Face Spa at 425.803.9000 to schedule your appointment.

Hearts, Henna and Stripes for Spring

PACT, makers of everyday essentials and apparel for people looking to make a positive impact on the world, is excited to debut new items from the Spring 2012 SHARE THE LOVE collection.The all-new underwear and sock collection feature artist-designed prints reflecting the theme in bold designs and bright colorways, all on premium organic cotton. Designed by artist Jon Marro, PACT’s SHARE THE LOVE collection features a modern graphic print of hearts on comfortable bikinis and boy shorts for women, and eco-meets-edgy boxer briefs for men.

Sales from the Share the Love collection will fund the education of 20 orphans in India, the building of one community well in Uganda, and provide more than 2000+ meals to needy families in Detroit. In partnership with Citizen Effect, an organization that encourages everyday people to become citizen philanthropists, proceeds from the Share the Love collection will fuel change and make a clear, positive impact on communities in need.

- Fun Facts about PACT's socks -

  • PACT’s sock factory runs entirely on wind power which reduces energy consumption by up to 45%.
  • Using proprietary technology, PACT socks are knit with combed organic cotton and “bare” or unwrapped lycra which allows us to entirely eliminate the nylon typically found in socks. This reduces the amount of plastic used in the socks by over 90%.
  • Free of nylon, PACT socks are 98% organic combed cotton.
  • The toes on PACT socks are closed with a special machine that eliminates the need for detailed hand work, saving workers’ eyes and fingers, but still provides a flat seam for maximum toe comfort.

- Shop Local -
Find PACT's Share the Love henna line in Seattle at Nordstrom and Kuhlman.

500 Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98101

2419 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

Mar 15, 2012

The Forecast Fashion Show: Recap

Seattle Magazine's 'The Forecast' fashion show held last night at Benaroya Hall featured many of the looks that you would expect out of the Pacific Northwest scene including a plethora of rain boots, parka jackets and infinity scarves, but also featured some unexpected highlights including colorful evening wear by Luly Yang, tailored trench coats with dressmaker details by Lila Getty, a leather mini dress from Snowboard Connection and a sequin embellished chocolate brown Herve Leger dress from David Lawrence.

Seattle mag fashion editor Kate Calamusa spoke about 'The Forecast' theme and reiterated that if you live in the Northwest you have to find a chic way to dress for the elements. For many of us that means embracing layers, finding stylish ways to stay dry in the rain and finding a way to pair a beautiful evening gown with a luxurious coat. The show's main focus was on promoting Seattle-based retailers and designers who work hard to help translate global trends and inspire their clients by infusing a signature Seattle spin on the season's hottest looks. Featured designers and boutiques included Horseshoe, Butch Blum, Snowboard Connection, Baby & Co., David Lawrence, Built for Man, Heilyke and Luly Yang Couture. Terri Morgan of TCM Models directed the fashion show and Swink Style Bar provided hair and make-up for the models. Many of the models sported the fishtail braid, one of the biggest hair trends for spring.

Fashion blogger Alix Rose was in attendance at the show and was tweeting LIVE from the event. (Of course!) Check out her site and follow her on Twitter @AlixRose.

My date for the evening was Lauren Hale of Bonza Bash. You can't see them in this picture but at the event she was wearing a pair of black sequin leggings which paired perfectly with her rock-and-roll Vince Camuto handbag.

Over 50+ looks went down the runway at 'The Forecast' and it was nice to see many familiar faces from TCM Models on the catwalk including Liz, Heather, Marshay and Yuris. It was also refreshing to see the collaboration of so many great retailers and talented designers working together to put the spotlight on Seattle fashion. The show served as a visual reminder to shop local and support the fashion scene in the city!

P.s. - Pics from the event will be posted by the end of the week on Team Photogenic's website.

Mar 12, 2012

Local Designers featured in NBC's Fashion Star

Tomorrow night the spotlight will shine on two local fashion designers who will make their reality-show debut on NBC's "Fashion Star". Featuring host and super-model executive producer Elle Macpherson along with celebrity mentors Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos, the series will give 14 designers the chance to win a multi-million dollar prize to launch their collections in three of America's largest retailers: Macy's, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue. Caprice Willard (Macy's), Terron E. Schaefer (Saks Fifth Avenue) and Nicole Christie (H&M) will serve as the judges who make on-the-spot decisions as they vie for the right to purchase and exclusively carry the work of the up-and-coming designers each week. At the end of each episode shoppers will have the chance to immediately purchase the winning designs showcased on the episode that week.

-Meet Lizzie Parker-
Local designer Lizzie Parker specializes in modern knitwear for women. Her clothing has been featured in Daily Candy, WWD, Lucky Magazine, Eco Stiletto, and California Apparel News. Having designed everything from the most essential basic “Lizzie Tee” to red carpet looks for model Summer Rayne Oakes, Lizzie draws inspiration for her designs from daily life.

-Meet Lisa Hunter-
Designer Lisa Vian Hunter has been designing stunning original fashions since 2003. Inspired by shapes and styles of the 1950s, 60s and 70s Lisa launched her first retail store in Palo Alto, CA in 2006 and went on to debut her Seattle store in 2009. Lisa travels to textile shows around the world in search of unique luxurious fabrics and materials to use in her collections. Check out Lisa's video profile!

The show will premier Tuesday, March 13th on NBC at 9:30pm. In the end, the winning designer who successfully combines business and fashion will be named NBC's Fashion Star and receive the prize of a lifetime - $6,000,000 in orders for capsule collections in Macy's, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue stores. Follow the action on Twitter @NBCFashionStar and on Facebook at

Good luck Lizzie & Lisa!

Mar 7, 2012

Fashion Dreams DO come true for Local Teen

Dreams came true for Sami Smith of Arlington High School (pictured far right) when she won a trip of a lifetime to New York City! Sami was a finalist in the national “Sketch Your Dress” contest run by Seventeen Magazine and David’s Bridal. Selected out of 2,000 entries from high school students across the country, Sami was able to have her vision of a purple asymmetrical prom dress (pictured above on the far right) designed and come to life before her very eyes!

Sami’s winning trip took place in February, and she states, “For three days I felt just like a celebrity! I love the energy of the big city and can see myself living there someday.” She will graduate from Arlington High School this June and is taking pre-requisites at Seattle Central Community College in hopes to be accepted into their Apparel Design program this fall.

Congrats Sami! Your future in the fashion industry looks very bright!

Mar 6, 2012

Seattle magazine presents The Forecast Fashion Show

The spring fashion show season has arrived and Seattle magazine is preparing for their very own runway show which will take place next week at Benaroya Hall featuring some of Seattle's best designers and retailers. 'The Forecast' fashion show is a retail-centric show that aims to marry high style with signature Seattle fashion. Participating retailers include Baby & Co., Built for Man, Butch Blum, Heilyke, Hub & Bespoke, Iva Jean, Luly Yang Couture, Nube Green, Snowboard Connection, Wraphabilliment and more. Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 8:30. Tickets range from $50 for general admission to $250 for Ultra VIP.

What: The Forecast Fashion Show

When: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Where: Benaroya Hall

Time: Doors open at 7:00 PM, Show starts at 8:30

Tickets: $50-250 via Brown Paper Tickets

Mar 2, 2012

Seattle Designers Stand with Planned Parenthood

Last night the Seattle design community came together at the Pink Carpet Project to stand by Planned Parenthood and support it's effort to provide low and no-cost healthcare services to women everywhere. Local designer Cameron Levin and PR specialist Grace Kelly worked together to plan, market and execute the show in less than a month. The venue was packed and tickets were completely sold out. Last night's runway line up included two local designers who will soon receive national recognition- Lizzie Parker and Lisa Vian Hunter both made the cast of NBC's Fashion Star competition which will premier on Tuesday, March 13th. The evening also featured designs by Banchong Douangphrachanh, SPUN, Meka Clothing, Katie Chrisman, Miriam Reynolds, Cameron Levin, Ilha Swimwear, Kate Mensah, La Belle Reve, Fancy Hawk and Lady Konnyaku. The evening hosted by Seattle Met Style Editor Laura Cassidy also included entertaining performances by The Heavenly Spies Burlesque Troupe, the Can, Can Castaways and Fuschia Foxxx with music by the beautiful DJ Sharadawn. Event sponsors included Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Girly Girl Wines, Black Crown Car Service, Milagros Salon, Trophy Cupcakes and Calidora Skin Clinic.

The Pink Carpet Project was a smashing success and to see so many talented local designers come together to support such a great cause was amazing! "We couldn't be more thrilled about the show last night- it was truly magical to have so much warm energy in the room- and to highlight Planned Parenthood in a fun, celebratory light," says event producer (and designer) Cameron Levin. Check back for runway pics from the event! If you couldn't attend last night's Pink Carpet Project event but still want to donate to Planned Parenthood visit their website and click on "Donate" on the upper right corner.

- About the Pink Carpet Project-
In February of last year the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to block Federal Funding from going to Planned Parenthood but because people from all walks of life raised their voices and told the world "I stand with Planned Parenthood" that decision was later reversed. In response, The Pink Carpet Project was launched to serve as a benefit event for Planned Parenthood and to bring the community together to support a great cause. Check out this great video (below) that was shown prior to the start of the runway show last night.