Jun 14, 2019

5 Local Boutiques to Shop in Seattle with Rachel Waldorf x Syd Loves Fashion

There are so many incredible places to shop in Seattle, especially if you love to #ShopLocal. I recently had the chance to take Youtuber Rachel Waldorf around the city to visit some of my favorite shops around town and we had so much fun exploring! Unlike other cities, Seattle doesn't have one main shopping row like a Fifth avenue in New York or an Oxford street in London. Instead, we have a variety of neighborhoods that each have their own unique set of bars, restaurants, and shops. Here's a round-up of the boutiques we visited around town and a little more about why we love them:

Lika Love

Founded in 2013 by Malika Siddiq, Lika Love was originally founded as a fashion truck and later grew into 3 brick and mortar boutiques plus an e-commerce website. Rachel and I visited the Lika Love boutique on Lower Queen Anne just across from the Seattle Center and Met Market, but the company also has 2 more locations in the Alaska and Morgan Junctions in West Seattle. Lika Love carries apparel and accessories for women, plus shoes, shapewear, and even gifts. Local brands stocked at the store include Loho, Leia Beila, and French Girl Organics.
535 Warren Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109
Neighborhood: Lower Queen Anne

Moorea Seal

Featuring over 150 different independent designers, Moorea Seal focuses on hand-made goods and garments made in the USA.  The store is often described as a "Pinterest board come to life" and it's easy to see why. The walls are painted pink, the potted plants are vibrant and green, and the merchandising makes you want to buy one of everything. The assortment is thoughtfully curated and features apparel, accessories, shoes, sunglasses, skincare, jewelry, and even Moorea Seal's own range of books and journals. Shoppers who want to give back will also love that Moorea Seal gives 7% of all proceeds back to a rotating list of non-profits.
1012 First Ave. Suite 150 Seattle, WA 98104
Neighborhood: Downtown

Flora & Henri

It's hard to believe, but Flora & Henri is celebrating 2 years in Pioneer Square this month! What started as a children's clothing line has now expanded into a full lifestyle boutique featuring womenswear, men's accessories, gifts, and home goods. The store is gorgeous and flooded with natural light, plus, the store also serves as the official HQ for Flora & Henri. The team shares loft-style offices upstairs where they design products, fulfill e-commerce orders and conduct wholesale business. Local brands stocked at the store include Herbivore Botanicals, Ampersand as Apostrophe, and Amy Augustine jewelry.
401 First Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98104
Neighborhood: Pioneer Square

Swan Dive

Shoppers who visit Clementine's in Pioneer Square will inevitably stumble upon Swan Dive, a treasure trove of vintage fashion curated by former Seattle mag lifestyle editor Ali Brownrigg, located in the basement of the store. At Swan Dive, shoppers will find vintage clothing along with an edited assortment of consignment from contemporary brands.
310 Occidental Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98104
Neighborhood: Pioneer Square


Save the best for last. Or at least that's what Rachel and I said to ourselves when we visited. Likelihood is a hidden gem on Capitol Hill that carries footwear and accessories for men and women and we were so delighted by the friendliness of the staff. Featured brands include Nike, Puma, and Vans, but you'll also find a mix of international brands like Hender Scheme, Spalwart, and Golden Goose. I'm also a big fan of the Maison Louis Marie candles and perfume oils because they make great gifts! No. 4 is the best scent of all and has notes of sandalwood, cedarwood and nutmeg. 
1101 E. Union St. Seattle, WA 98122
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

The retail industry is currently experiencing a major shift and it's more important than ever to shop local when you can- even if you're not making a big purchase, the small ones add up too. Yes, it may be more convenient to shop online and get door side delivery, but when you do that you miss out on the magical serendipity that happens when you visit a store in person. Rachel and I had so much fun chatting with store employees about what's new, what's coming, and what's been selling really well. It's valuable market insight that you can't get anywhere else, and when local shops go out of business, so does their localized assortment. If you enjoy visiting neighborhood shops and finding exactly what you need, shop local. Statistics show that for every $100 you spend locally, $68 stays in the community vs. only $43 when you shop at a national chain. 

So get out there and have fun exploring Seattle! We have so many incredible boutiques that you can't find anywhere else in the world. Tag us in your Instagram photos so that we can see what shops and boutiques you stumbled upon! I'm @Sydlovesfashion and Rachel is on IG @Rachel.Waldorf. And if you like our video, please share it with your friends! 


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