Nov 20, 2020

100 Seattle Brands You Can Shop Online Right Now


When I started my fashion PR agency over a decade ago, the general consensus among industry peers was that the business model would be relatively short-lived because of the perceived lack of fashion in the city. Turns out, there are countless beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brands based in Seattle and new ones emerging each day that would LOVE your support this season. Here's a round-up of 100 local brands that you can shop online right now as you plan out holiday gifts for everyone on your list. 


Women's Fashion 

Prairie Underground - All Prairie Underground clothing is made in Seattle and ethically-produced with sustainability in mind. They even have an adorable collection for kids


Sskein- Founded in Seattle by designer Elisa Yip, Sskein is a line of sustainable luxury knitwear for women including cozy cardigans, bodysuits, jumpsuits, and accessories. 


Akala - Making its debut earlier this month, sustainable brand Akala Clothing is designed in Seattle and made in the USA. The collection features size-inclusive wrap tops, sweaters, pants, and jumpsuits. 


FELLER - It's no secret that it rains an average of 152 days per year in Seattle, making a stylish raincoat a must-have wardrobe staple. FELLER offers waterproof raincoats in a variety of modern designs including trench coats, fitted coats, jackets, and parkas. 


Paychi Guh - Paychi Guh believes that cashmere should be an everyday indulgence. The collection includes sheer cashmere sweaters, textured scarves, cashmere tanks, beanies, and more. 



SCHAI - Designed by Korean-American designer Suk Chai, SCHAI is self-described as an 'untailored alternative luxury'. The collection, made from finely milled Italian fabrics, features beautiful shapes and architectural lines. 


Stone Crow Designs - You may have seen Jennifer Charkow's rock-and-roll inspired designs on Season of 18 Project Runway or around town at Sassafras boutique in Belltown. This season, Jennifer has a beautiful assortment of scarves, face masks, unisex t-shirts, and leggings. 


Rollick - This Seattle-based online boutique features apparel and accessories for women, plus jewelry, gifts, handbags, and outerwear. 


Armoire - In addition to Armoire's wardrobe subscription services, you can also shop an edited assortment of merchandise online including branded t-shirts, jewelry from Boma, and face masks by The Oula Company. 


Morning Siren - This Seattle fashion brand stocks a mix of fashion and accessories including hand-sewn face masks and hand-dyed t-shirts. They also have gift boxes, hair accessories, and greeting cards. 


Rossario George - Specializing in ready-to-wear clothing for women, the Rossario George Collection features dresses, jumpsuits, blouses, and blazers. They also carry a limited selection of make-up and home goods.  


Poppyseed Clothing - Handmade in small batches, Poppyseed Clothing is ethically-made in the U.S. and designed to fit. 


Rabecca Onassis Boutique - Fashion maven Frilancy Hoyle owns this fashion-forward women's boutique which has both a brick-and-mortar location and an online shopping site. Check out the brand backstory here


Over & Over  - Founded by retail veterans Vivian Miller-Rahl and Barb Gauld, Over & Over creates beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces out of vintage kimonos. They also added face masks to the assortment in response to COVID. 


Tomboy X - This cool local brand was founded by two self-proclaimed tomboys, Fran Dunaway and her wife, Naomi Gonzalez. The line features everything from unisex t-shirts to underwear, bras, pajama sets and loungewear. 


Farinaz Taghavi - Farinaz specializes in making beautifully tailored shirts for women made from the finest European fabrics available. 


Union Bay - Established in 1981, Union Bay believes in the freedom of youth and making clothing that prolongs the youth within. The assortment includes apparel and accessories for men, women, and kids. 


JUNGMAVEN - JUNGMAVEN makes ethical fashion for men and women out of hemp. They fully acknowledge that choosing a hemp t-shirt is a small act, but it's one that has the power to change the world, and I think that's something we can all get behind. Their home goods section is great too!


Gustavo Apiti - Beautiful bespoke garments for women (and men) including custom suits, dresses, and fashion-forward face masks. 

Maiden Noir - Contemporary clothing for women (and men) including apparel, accessories, and outerwear. You'll also find great gift ideas in the LIFE collection


Sarah Alexandra - Sarah Alexandra shirts are tailor-made from the finest Italian fabrics available to give women a flattering fit that is perfect for everyday wear. 


Girlfriend Collective - Girlfriend Collective makes size-inclusive activewear out of recycled materials like old fishing nets and water bottles. 


Not Monday - Designed for women, by women, Not Monday makes luxurious wardrobe staples that are thoughtfully crafted from premium fabrics to give you that Sunday morning vibe, every day of the week. 


Flora & Henri - Flora & Henri's namesake label features beautifully designed products for women and kids including cozy sweaters, dresses, scarves, and even swimwear. The children's collection of essentials is the perfect way to welcome new arrivals because every baby needs a pair of dreamy cashmere leggings. 


Sway & Cake - The in-house label of products from Seattle boutique Sway & Cake now includes kimonos, jumpsuits, hoodies, face masks, and more. 


The Oula Company - The Oula Company makes small batch artisinal garments and accessories using small-batch production methods. All garments are made in the USA using globally sourced textiles. 


Women's Handbags



KACYYOM - The entire line of luxury leather goods from KACYYOM is handcrafted in Italy at a family-run factory in Tuscany. KACYYOM bags are produced with leather that is sustainably sourced from an Italian tannery that is both socially and environmentally responsible. 


FERAL - Feral was launched in 2018 by local designer Shannon Fisher. The brand celebrates individuality and takes a minimalist approach to luxury handbags. All bags are ethically made in the USA. 


Kate Mensah - Gorgeous handbags in bold, unique designs, by Kate Mensah. The collection includes clutch bags, studded wristlets, crossbody bags, and oversized totes. 


Cuckoo B - Cuckoo B was founded by two friends who share a deep love of travel. The idea for the brand came during a post-vacation catch-up date when the pair was sharing tips about hideaway destinations and travel treasures. From there, Cuckoo B took flight, aiming to be a digital destination for edgy heirlooms, made by hand around the world. 


Ampersand as Apostrophe - Architecturally-inspired handbags for design-conscious fashion fans. Many of the styles featured in the collection are designed to be worn in multiple ways for full functionality. 


Nuciano - Nuciano is an award-winning handbag brand based in Seattle. Founded by Joy Egbejimba, Nuciano offers today's modern woman the freedom to express her individuality through bold fashion accessories. 



Jewelry 


Boma Jewelry - Boma Jewelry has been making high-quality, sustainably-minded jewelry since 1981. Family-owned and operated, this ethical jewelry brand is leading the industry when it comes to price and transparency.  All Boma Jewelry touches the hands of 21 skilled workers, artisans, and silversmiths from start to finish. The brand will celebrate 40 years in business next year. 


Lace & Pearls - Founded by Seatle style influencer Asa Herrman, Lace & Pearls Jewelry makes beautiful jewelry that is perfect for any occasion. The assortment includes handcrafted earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. 


Valerie Madison Fine Jewelry - Best known for offering alternative wedding rings and engagement bands, Valerie Madison also makes beautiful fine jewelry including earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings. 


Amy Augustine Jewelry - The OR Collection by Amy Augustine features colorful beaded bracelets, layered gold necklaces, and pendants with natural stones. Available exclusively at Flora & Henri. 


Baleen - Founded in 2008, Baleen specializes in affordable, fashion-forward jewelry, made in the USA. The collection includes earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces. 


Silver + Salt - Handcrafted in Seattle using sterling silver, gold, and semi-precious stones, Silver + Salt makes beautiful jewelry and custom bespoke pieces using recycled metals and ethically-sourced gemstones. 

Maja Arnold Jewelry - Artist and designer Maja Arnold designs contemporary monogram jewelry that is custom made and deeply meaningful. 


La Objeteria - Feminine, playful, and designed to celebrate the beauty in everyday life, La Objeteria Jewelry is handmade in Seattle by Barbara Magana Perez. You can even commission custom pet portrait jewelry, which I highly recommend. 


Allison Claire Jewelry - Allison Claire makes beautiful, officially licensed collegiate jewelry. Each piece is custom made in the USA and designed to be worn with pride. The current assortment of jewelry includes University of Washington, Washington State University, Gonzaga University, Virginia Tech, University of Alabama, and University of Oklahoma. 


Rebekah J. Designs - This Seattle-based brand blends elemental metals with modern textiles to give jewelry a unique twist. 


Accessories


andieanderin - andieanderin make beautiful pussybow neckties inspired by influential women from history and today. The most recent necktie added to the collection is designed to celebrate the centennial of the 19th amendment and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights act of 1965. 


Chunks - Best described as colorful, quirky accessories, Chunks was launched in the spring of 2019 by Tiffany Ju. The collection includes acetate hair clips and colorful sunglasses. 


Beauty 


French Girl Organics - French Girl Organics is committed to offering handcrafted skincare with sustainable luxury in mind. I'm a big fan of the bath & body products, but the lip tints are pretty amazing, too!


Herbivore Botanicals - Safe, non-toxic, and highly-effective skincare made in small batches using high-quality organic ingredients. Herbivore Botanicals was created in 2011 by Julia Wills and Alexander Kummerow in their Seattle kitchen. 


LUMVI Skincare - LUMVI stands for 'luminous vitality' and is the brainchild of Dr. Christine Schaffner of Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa and beauty maven Lauren Vogt. 100% of the line is made in the USA using plant-based ingredients that are highly effective and safe for the skin. 


Kari Gran Skincare - Eco-luxe, organic skincare formulated without chemicals that will disrupt your hormones and wreak havoc on your skin. Each product is made using sustainably-sourced, wildharvested, non-GMO ingredients. 


Veque - Veque nail polishes come in a full range of beautiful colors and are made with clean vegan ingredients. 


Alaffia - Handcrafted with fair trade ingredients that support community empowerment projects in West Africa, Alaffia makes clean skincare products for the entire family including shampoos, soaps, lotions, body washes, deoderants and more. I encourage you to check out the Alaffia story here


Lamain Beauty - Lamain is a beauty company built on diversity, inclusion and non-toxic ingredients. The range includes liquid lipsticks, bronzers, face mists, finishing powder, and more. 


Noir Lash Lounge - With locations around the country and a homebase in Seattle, Noir Lash Lounge specializes in beautiful eyelash extensions. In addition, they also manufacture their own line of strip lashes for those that prefer to DIY. 


Rue Sante - Specializing in organic, vegan beauty products that promote mind and body wellness, Rue Sante makes facial oils, bath powders, mineral masks, and more. 


Rho Cosmetics - Founded by Rachel Ho, a former R&D formulation chemist, Rho Cosmetics aims to make skincare science fun and accessible. The current collection includes a Hydra-Boost Serum and a Repair & Balance cream. 


Immortal Perfumes - Immortal Perfumes is a micro-perfumery specializing in historically-inspired handmade perfumes. 


Molly Ray Perfumes - Driven to elevate perfumery as an art form, Molly Ray creates beautiful fragrances for individuals, brands, and special events. 


Untamed Humans - This local skincare brand uses high-quality ingredients to create personalized, uncomplicated skincare routines for clients to give skin exactly what it needs. 


K Banana - K Banana carries coveted Korean skincare products and gifts from must-have brands including Dr. Jart, Huangjisoo, Knours, BTS, and more. 


Wellness

         
Two Cranes Botanicals - Specializing in premium, organic, full-spectrum CBD oils, Two Cranes Botanicals was founded by Korean American twin sisters Hanna and Susun, who deeply believe in the restorative power of cannabinoid-rich full-spectrum hemp extract as part of a holistic approach to health and wellness. 


Peak & Valley - Peak & Valley was founded in 2019 with the goal of providing inclusive, science-backed, honest products to the world of wellness. The product line includes blends for stress, skincare, and brain function. 


Fitness & Outdoor


Oiselle - Oiselle is a Seattle-based athletic apparel company for women who love to run. Founded in 2007, Oiselle's mission is to make great products, improve the sport, and build the sisterhood. Their flagship store is located at University Village. 


Brooks Running - Brooks Running believes that every day with a run is a gift that brings you closer to your best self. Check out the 100+ year history of the brand here


Filson - Established in 1897, Filson is the leading outfitter and manufacturer of goods for outdoor enthusiasts. The luggage selection is pretty amazing, too. 


Eddie Bauer - Local brand Eddie Bauer is celebrating 100 years in business this year and to mark the occasion, they've launched some pretty cool collabs. The company specializes in casual sportswear for men and women with an outdoor lifestyle. 


REI - Founded in 1938 by a group of climbing friends, REI sells high-quality gear for outdoor adventures. Every year since 2015, REI has closed its stores on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, in order to give employees an opportunity to #OptOutside with friends and family. 


K2 Sports - K2 was born on Vashon Island in 1962. Renamed in 2003 as K2 Sports, the company is on a mission to make high-quality products for snow sport enthusiasts. 


Outdoor Research - Founder Ron Gregg built Outdoor Research on the simple idea that life is an adventure. The assortment includes apparel and accessories for men and women, plus headwear, handwear, and gear. 


Tommy Bahama - Tommy Bahama specializes in relaxed, casual clothing for men and women. They also carry a large assortment of beach gear and home goods. 


Menswear


Freeman  - Based in Seattle, Freeman makes high-quality men's clothing, outerwear, and accessories. 
The collection includes Feller's signature raincoats, plus sweatshirts, flannels, and more. 


Good Man Brand - Co-founded by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Good Man Brand offers a full assortment of clothing, shoes, and accessories for men. Good Man brand donates 3% of every purchase to the Why Not You Foundation, which is committed to motivating, empowering, and preparing today's youth to be tomorrow's leader. 


Coal Headwear - Coal began in 2002 with the mission to create better-fitting headwear. The collection has expanded since then and now includes apparel, accessories, and face masks. 


Zumiez - Zumiez is a leading specialty retailer that specializes in apparel, footwear, accessories, and hardgoods. 


Guillermo Bravo - Guillermo Bravo is a genderless line of sneakers and apparel, designed by Luis Velez. The current collection includes coats, trousers, and button-down shirts. 


Ebbet Fields Flannels - Ebbet Fields makes athletic clothing inspired by history. Products are manufactured in the USA and each item is limited-edition and handcrafted. 


Petty Snacks - Petty Snacks makes streetwear featuring cartoon characters that have an abiding love of weed. 


Samborghini - When he's not designing merch for music artists like Billie Eilish and Migos, designer Sam Bledsoe makes his own line of graphic-design driven apparel. 


Hammer & Awl - Specializing in modern equipment for the modern man, Hammer & Awl is a Seattle-based boutique that carries apparel, accessories, outerwear, jewelry, and leather goods. 


Division Road - Division Road is a luxury menswear boutique that carries footwear, apparel, outerwear and accessories. 


Jack Straw- Jack Straw is a specialty boutique based in Seattle that focuses on beautifully constructed clothing that isn't fussy or uncomfortable.  


Metamorphic Gear - Inspired by a need to upcycle used outdoor gear, Lindsay Lawrence created Metamorphic, an entire line created from upcycled sails, tarps, and climbing rope. 


Ably - Brothers Raj and Akhil spent 40 years in search of a better way to make clothing without the heavy environmental footprint. They finally invented Filium™, a technology that makes natural fabrics repel liquids and reduce the amount of energy needed for the laundering process. 


Roanoke - Self-described as 'men's fashion separates tailored to meet the needs of the contemporary tech professionals', Roanoke made its debut earlier this month and is reshaping what it means to dress for the workday. View the Kickstarter now


Casual Industrees - Casual Industrees is a lifestyle apparel company based in Seattle. The collection includes apparel and accessories for men and women, plus hardgoods and poster prints. 


LIKELIHOOD - LIKELIHOOD combines a passion for footwear, men's fashion, and Seattle culture. The root of the word LIKELIHOOD means, "a favorable end, a promise". LIKELIHOOD believes that sneakers should lift you up, inspire you, and put a spring in your step. Check out new releases here



Kids


Kate Quinn Organics - For over a decade, Kate Quinn Organics has been making baby clothes out of bamboo and organic cotton. In 2018, the company made the decision to abandon its wholesale business and focus entirely on its direct to consumer business, making its childrenswear line more affordable and accessible to all. 


Beet World - Beet World creates timeless clothing for kids in soft cotton fabrics that are perfect for everyday wear. The collection includes girls dresses, skirts, tops, trousers, and hair accessories. 


Meme Kids - Meme makes fashion-forward clothing for babies and kids. The adorable collection includes overalls, beanies, jackets, and jumpsuits in bold prints. 


Petite Moss - Petite Moss is a Seattle-based children's fashion and lifestyle brand made from 100% Organic Pima Cotton.  Don't miss the cashmere silk cardigans and Peter Pan collar shirts. 


For & Littles - For Love & Littles is a Seattle based childrenswear boutique that carries clothing and toys for modern little ones. Founded by Seattle style blogger Rechelle Lewis, a portion of the proceeds from every sale is donated to women struggling with infertility. 


Bootyland Kids - Known for its unique selection of creative clothing and toys for kids, Bootyland also stocks books, games, and everything else you need for a kid-friendly home. 


Toys & Gifts


Tokki - Tokki is on a mission to ignite joy through gifting. Founded by Jane Park, Tokki is woman-owned, carbon-neutral, and made in the USA. Wrap your holiday gifts in Tokki's 100% cotton gift bags that are designed to be reused again and again. 


Chalo - Chalo is a travel gift and lifestyle company that focuses on expressing the unique experience of a city. Products include Fishermen totes, Boarding Pass Canvas Bags, Face Masks, and more. 


Knack Shops - Knack helps modernize the gift-giving experience by offering fun distinct, and memorable gifts. Each gift is artfully arranged in a custom, personalized Knackbook. 


Orphan Ten - Small batch ceramics, made by Shannon Kelly. The collection includes bowls, vases, planters, and serving trays. 


Thea Candle Co. - Founded in April of 2020, Thea Candle Co. makes beautiful candles that are non-toxic, clean-burning, and made using reusable ceramic vessels. 


Seattle Chocolate Co. - Seattle Chocolate Company is well-known for its meltaway truffles and decadent chocolate bars. Their sister line of chocolate, jcoco, was created to elevate the way people experience chocolate and give back to organizations working to end hunger. 


Fran's Chocolates - Based in Seattle and family-owned, Fran's Chocolates is celebrating 38 years of creating premium, artisan chocolates. Their signature Salted Caramels are my favorite!


Theo Chocolates - Theo believes that chocolate can be made in a way that allows everyone, from bean-to-chocolate, thrive. The collection includes chocolate bars, chocolate covered marshmallows, peanut butter cups, and more. 


glassybaby - Glassybaby makes handblown glass candle holders and drinking glasses, crafted to support causes of hope and healing. $3 from the purchase of every glassybaby purchase goes to the glassybaby foundation. 


Watson Kennedy - Established in 1998 by Ted Kennedy Watson, Watson Kennedy is a beautiful place to shop for all things home and entertaining. From paper goods, to pantry items, and even home entertaining essentials, Watson Kennedy has unique gifts for the whole family. 


Antica Farmacista - It started with two best friends and one shared vision of creating an unparalleled luxury home fragrance brand. Founded in 2003, Antica Farmacista now has 20 unforgettable home fragrances that offer an immersive scent experience. 


Strideline Socks - Strideline socks wants you to take back your sock drawer. This Seattle-based company prides itself on making the most comfortable socks on earth. The assortment includes socks for men and women, plus an entire collection dedicated to NFL players. 


Archie McPhee - Archie McPhee sells the best novelty gifts and toys in Seattle and was even named as one of the "Top 10 Independent Toy Stores" by USA Today. At the shop, you'll find everything from Bigfoot Puzzles to Ketchup Candy Canes, and Inflatable Unicorn Horns for Cats. 


Posie Turner - Specializing in socks for your soul driven by the power of words, Posie Turner is a Seattle-based brand of colorful socks for men and women. 



Write a list. Make a Plan. Shop Local this holiday season!



Lead photo credit: Demri Rayanne Photography (And hey, you can shop for prints on her site, too!)
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Nov 17, 2020

The Sydlovesfashion Holiday Shop Local Guide

Sydney Mintle - Guide to Local Boutiques


The holidays are upon us and despite the current restrictions in place due to COVID, there are still many ways you can support the small businesses in your community. Stores are currently limited to 25% in-store capacity, but they are still eager to help you find the perfect gift to make the holiday season special. Here's a local guide to some of my favorite independent stores in neighborhoods all over the Greater-Seattle area.  Check for current store hours before you go and don't forget to bring your mask!

Queen Anne Shops


Queen Anne Dispatch - Owned locally by sisters Tara and Sabrina, Queen Anne Dispatch is brimming with great holiday gifts including candles, beauty products, bath salts, gourmet chocolates, toys, games, baby gifts, and more. The best part is that they can help wrap and ship to anywhere in the world, making holiday shopping easy and efficient. While they don't offer online shopping at this time, you can call the store and get shopping support over the phone. Find them on Instagram @QueenAnneDispatch


Stulhbergs - This little shop nestled on the top of Queen Anne is one of my favorite places to shop for holiday gifts. They have an extensive assortment of home goods and decor, plus books, stationery, cards, and baby gifts. On-site gift wrapping is available. 


Foundation - Owned by retail veteran Summer David, Foundation has an amazing assortment of apparel, accessories, and jewelry that you can shop in-store or online. When it comes to gift picks, I like their assortment of sustainable totes, the cozy sweater selection, and the F*ck Necklace, which kind of sums up our dumpster fire of a year. Yes, I did in fact buy this exact necklace for myself and it's part of my regular rotation of jewelry. BONUS: They also have a great sustainable fashion section. 





Fremont Shops


Les Amis - Opened in 1996, Les Amis is a cozy boutique in Fremont offering a unique selection of women's apparel and accessories. Check out new arrivals before heading into the store on Instagram @LesAmisSeattle or preview online. They don't offer online shopping at the moment, but you can call the store to purchase items you see on their website and social media pages. 


Portage Bay Goods - Known as the gift shop for "thoughtful procrastinators", Portage Bay Goods has a dynamic assortment of gifts that you won't find anywhere else. The selection includes greeting cards, home decor, kids books, craft supplies, and even jewelry. I'm a big fan of the La Croix Candles, Taco Rattle, and San Juan Island Bath Salts (locally made!). You can also shop online and pick-up in store to save on shipping. 


Pipe & Row - This great boutique, located in the heart of Fremont, has an amazing assortment of wearable women's fashion and accessories from designers around the world. Locally owned by Kayla Gil, Pipe & Row also has a great selection of sustainable brands that are fun and easy to shop. Check out P&R on Instagram for a first-look at new arrivals. 



Ballard Shops


Horseshoe - For as long as I can remember, Horseshoe has been a staple in Ballard for those shopping for women's fashion and accessories. They have a great assortment of apparel, accessories, and gifts from brands like BB Dakota, Veronica M, and Prairie Underground (local label!). A few of my faves include the Love Token coats, the Motley Crue sweatshirt, and the Molly Debiak Womxn Amulet. 


Prism - If you're out shopping in Ballard this holiday season, don't miss Prism and its colorful assortment of apparel, accessories, home goods, and gifts. They even have a playful assortment of products for kids including face masks, toys, books, and clothing. A few of my favorite gift-able things in stock right now include the Metallic Zip Set, the Pink Leopard Socks, the Golda Pyramid Soaps, and the Bamboo Dinner Plate Set.


Capitol Hill Shops


Sway & Cake - If you have fashion fans on your list, you'll definitely want to stop by Sway & Cake for their impeccable selection of clothing, accessories, and gifts. This season, don't miss the expanded assortment of private label merchandise including kimonos, sweatshirts, and masks, plus the gift section which includes slippers, cards, and rings. Oh, and if you stop by the store, say hi to Ally for me!



Freeman - Located on Capitol Hill in the historic Loveless Building, Freeman makes high-quality goods right here in Seattle including raincoats, sweatshirts, and flannels. If you have guys on your list, this shop is a great place to visit. My favorite gift picks include the Field Notebooks, the Pigment-Dyed Sweatshirts, and the Seattle Tote bag



Downtown Shops


Flora & Henri - I have a special place in my heart for Flora & Henri and the ladies who run the shop. It truly is a destination for carefully curated brands that are merchandised with love. At the store, you'll find sustainable sneakers by Veja, jewelry by local designer Amy Augustine, soft sweaters by Extreme Cashmere, delightful children's toys, and beautiful gifts for the home. I'm a big fan of the Flora & Henri Essentials Line for babies and frequently gift it to friends who are welcoming new arrivals. Check out Flora & Henri's holiday gift guide here. They also do beautiful gift wrapping!


Clementines - Located in Pioneer Square, you'll find Clementines, a fashion boutique offering women's shoes, apparel, gifts, and more. Owner Linda Walsh also stocks an assortment of local brands. Unique gift items include this fun Banana Flask, Imaginary Animals Hand Soap, and Certain Standard Umbrellas


Sydney Mintle Shopping Guide - Seattle


Madison Park Shops


Emry - Owned locally by my sweet friend Ryan Walsh, Emry is a beautiful boutique located in Madison Valley that is a one-stop-shop for all things fashion. A few of my favorite gifts include the Sundry Leopard Sweater, the Gisele Pajama Set, and the Sea Pine Ornament Candles. You can shop online and enjoy free shipping with orders of $100, or stop by the store for a shopping appointment. Check out the assortment of gifts and accessories here


Cura Collective - Ok, so this shop may not technically be in Madison Park, but it's definitely on the way if you're headed in that direction. Cura specializes in ethical fashion and thoughtfully curated products. In fact, they're on a mission to create a more equitable, beautiful world where the business of fashion is a force for justice. They have so many amazing products in-stock right now, but a few of my favorites include the Brain Blend by Peak and Valley (local brand!), the Infinity Bracelet by Boma (local brand!), and the navy blue striped waist apron by Meema, which is incredibly stylish, durable, and sustainably made. 


Bellevue Shops


La Ree - Located just off of Old Main Street in Bellevue, La Ree has a gorgeous assortment of apparel and accessories for women. Shop during COVID in a safe 1:1 environment, by appointment only. Book your in-store shopping experience here.


Jujubeet - Although not technically a boutique, you can still give the gift of good health at Jujubeet on Main Street in Bellevue. Owned locally by Bianca Szyperski, Jujubeet stocks a variety of local brands including Kari Gran Skincare, Two Cranes Botanicals CBD oils, local cookbooks, and artisanal chocolates. Jujubeet gift cards also make great stocking stuffers! And if you stop by the store, don't miss their new Vegan Snickers bars. 



Kirkland Shops


Purpose Boutique - This adorable boutique in Kirkland has been on my radar for a long time now. I love that when you shop at their store, you literally shop with a purpose. A portion of the proceeds from every sale is donated to Rescue: Freedom, an organization committed to fighting human trafficking. The store also stocks over 20 brands that were created by survivors of trafficking and social injustice. In addition to the Kirkland store, Purpose also has boutiques in Tacoma and Silverdale. You can also shop online here.


Beet World - You won't find a brick-and-mortar store for this adorable childrenswear brand, but they are based in Kirkland and you can absolutely shop online for girls dresses, tops,  hair accessories, and masks. 
The linen headbands make a great stocking stuffer for kids!



University Village Shops


K Banana - For all things K-Beauty, don't miss K Banana at University Village. The shop carries coveted Korean skincare brands including Dr. Jart, Knours, Huangjisoo, and more. Plus sheet masks, nail polish, and make-up. You can shop in-store or check out the assortment online. Vika Nail Stickers make a great stocking stuffer and I'm also a big fan of the Knours Skincare Starter Set. 


Mr. West - You might not think of Mr. West as THE PLACE to shop for great gifts, but I'm telling you, it's worth a visit. They have great coffee table books, design magazines, plants, coffee cups, wine, candles, and more. My favorite gift picks include the air plants, Spiced Cypress Candles, and the Adventure coffee mugs. 


Thanks for shopping locally this holiday season! Every dollar counts. Please tag @Sydlovesfashion on Instagram if you visit any of these amazing local shops and decide to take a selfie. I love hearing from readers!



If you like this post, please consider checking out these other local gift guides:


Holiday Gift Guide for Moms


Holiday Gift Guide for Girls


Made in Washington Holiday Gift Guide


Boma Jewelry Holiday Gift Guide






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Nov 13, 2020

Sydlovesfashion Holiday Gift Guide for Moms


The holidays are upon us and if anyone deserves a special gift this holiday season, it's moms. They've been tasked with homeschooling, keeping up with housework, cooking meals, and keeping their families sane. Many moms have also had to figure out a way to balance it all while also attempting to work from home, which means, now is the time to splurge on the perfect holiday gift. 




One Imaginary Girl Silk Face Mask 


This season's must-have accessory is a stylish face mask. If anyone deserves to have a mask that suits their personal style, it's moms. After all, they make the world go round. These adorable masks from Portland brand One Imaginary Girl feature bold fashion illustrations by designer Sarah Donofrio. Masks are made from upcycled fabric from the One Imaginary Girl apparel collection. 



Agolde Thora Sweatshirt


Most moms, myself included, have been living in cozy sweatshirts this season. I love this Thora sweatshirt from Agolde, available at Pipe & Row in Fremont. The sleeve detail makes it anything but basic and this beautiful color is so much fun to wear. Pipe & Row is locally owned by fellow fashion mama, Kayla Gil. 




Sway & Cake Kimono Robe 


Sway & Cake's private label collection of Kimonos are perfect for the gift-giving season. As a mom of two small kids, I can tell you that one of the easiest ways I pull myself together in the morning is by throwing on a stylish kimono that can instantly dress up a t-shirt. These kimonos are designed in Seattle and produced in L.A. Sway & Cake is independently owned by local mom Tamara Kilburn. Shop in-store or online. 

Isla Fan Necklace 


The Isla Fan Necklace by Boma Jewelry is a great gift pick for moms because it's delicate enough for everyday wear and can be paired with other pieces to create a layered look. Featuring a white topaz center stone and an adjustable chain, this necklace will be in regular rotation for years to come. Boma Jewelry CEO Suzanne Vetillart is a 2nd generation owner and mother of 4 very sweet little kids. 



Rains Coral Curve Jacket 


Seattle's rainy season has arrived and a colorful raincoat is a perfect way to brighten up mom's day. 
This coat features a waist belt, snap buttons, and adjustable cuffs. A stylish raincoat is a must-have piece if you live in Seattle so it might as well be one of the things in your wardrobe that brings joy. Available locally at Prism in Ballard




Moonlit Skincare Ultimate Sleep Kit


The Moonlit Skincare Ultimate Sleep Kit is a great holiday gift for sleep-deprived moms! The set includes a full-size bottle of Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil, a 100% Silk Sleeping Eye Mask to help block out light and increase melatonin production, a silk pillowcase, and a clear Constellation travel pouch. I use the Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil to help hydrate my skin while I sleep and it helps me feel like I'm multi-tasking. 



Veja Esplar Leather Sneakers 


Stylish moms will love these eco-friendly sneakers by Veja that are made from organic cotton and recycled plastic bottles. The insole is made from Amazonian rubber, sugar cane, and recycled E.V.A. plastic. Named as "The Most Ethical Sneaker Brand in the World", Veja sneakers are versatile and great for sustainably-minded moms who have a classic sense of style. Available in Pioneer Square at Flora & Henri, owned by local mom Jane Hedreen. 




Two Cranes Botanicals Attune CBD Oil


CBD is a great way to help moms relax and take the edge off a stressful day. Whenever I take CBD oils, I always ensure they're from a single-source origin and 3rd party tested for purity and potency. Two Cranes Botanicals is an excellent line that uses organically grown hemp and USDA certified organic MCT oil. These formulas are non-intoxicating and non-psychoactive, containing less than 0.3% THC. I also love that they are available in a variety of potencies so that you can dose depending on your specific needs. Co-founder Hanna Yi is also a local mom! Shop for Two Cranes locally at K Banana at University Village or in Bellevue at Jujubeet on Main Street, both stores are also owned by local moms. 






French Girl Organics Rose Sea Polish 


French Girl Organics Rose Sea Polish is a great gift pick for moms in need of an at-home spa day. This hydrating body scrub is made from nourishing butters, Himalayan salts, and fruit oils to help gently exfoliate and moisturize skin. This gift makes a great stocking stuffer! French Girl Organics is based in Seattle, crafted in small batches, and locally-owned. 






Homegoing Book by Yaa Gyasi 


For moms who love to read, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is both a haunting and essential read. The story follows two half-sisters born in Ghana, each from a different village. One marries an Englishman and leads a life of comfort while the other is sold into slavery, eventually departing from the Cape Coast Castle through the 'Door of No Return'. Yaa Gyasi's novel illuminates the complicated legacy of slavery for those that were taken and those who remained. 







Apple Watch


Before COVID, having an Apple watch wasn't that important to me, but now that I'm a multi-tasking mom who is homeschooling and attempting to work from home, having an Apple watch is essential. It helps me keep track of my day, monitor my fitness goals, and send voice text messages on-the-go. I also love how easy it is to swap out the bands. 







Le Labo Rose 31


Every mom needs a signature scent. Delicate florals remind me of my travels to London, so naturally, Le Labo Rose 31 is my favorite fragrance. This unisex scent isn't overpowering and features subtle notes of rose absolute, cumin, vetiver, cedar, and amber. Available locally at Nordstrom. 


Veuve Clicquot Rosé


My mama friend Lisa of West Fulton Street recently turned me on to Rosé Veuve. I'm a big fan of the original version, but the rosé is on a whole new level. If the moms in your life love rosé they will absolutely love this rośe champagne. Add a pair of gorgeous champagne glasses and you've got the perfect gift. 




Claws Out Nail Polish 


I first stumbled upon this female-founded line of nail polish at a Sustainable Fashion Forum event in Portland. It's pigment-rich and long-wearing, two very important things for busy moms. This gold color is called 'Matriarchy' and 20% of the proceeds from every bottle sold go toward Moms Demand Action, a grassroots movement fighting for public safety measures that protect people from gun violence. Shop locally for this line at Queen Anne Dispatch. They have a full assortment of colors available, making them perfect for stocking stuffers or secret Santa gifts. 




Set The Table Napkins


While we may not be able to gather in large groups this year due to the ongoing pandemic, we can still enjoy small moments of togetherness by sharing a meal together. Seattle fashion writer and local mom of two, Lisa Cole recently launched Set the Table to share her love of entertaining with others.  Her mother was a talented quilter and seamstress who taught her how to sew cloth napkins, ultimately showing her that each meal shared together is truly a special occasion. Napkins are hand-sewn in Seattle and available in limited quantities. View available styles here




Yuan Spa Day 



I have yet to meet a mom who isn't long overdue for a relaxing spa day. If you're looking for the ultimate gift for the moms in your life who deserve a little R&R, a spa day at Yuan Spa in Bellevue is perfect. Founded by local mom Zhiqin Zhang, also known as "Z", Yuan Spa blends the traditional practices of Chinese medicine and self-care with Eastern philosophies of wellness. The spa menu includes facials, massages (including CBD massages!), body treatments, and even an ASMR "Power Nap", which uses the body's autonomous sensory meridian response to induce a state of deep relaxation. View other Yuan Spa therapeutic body treatments here



Vanishing Half Book by Brit Bennett



I read this book as part of a summer book club and it instantly blew my mind. Brit Bennett is a genius and this book proved to be incredibly thought-provoking and fun to read. The novel is about twin sisters who are inseparable as kids but later go on to live two very different lives. The plot twist comes later when they are reunited after many years through an extraordinary set of circumstances. 





Spoil the moms in your life this season. Tell them how much you love them. And if you're out shopping this season, I encourage you to shop local!



Lead photo credit: Jenna Lynn Fernandez 
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Nov 11, 2020

Sydlovesfashion Holiday Gift Guide for Girls

 

The holiday shopping season is here and there are endless options from local stores that will enchant and delight the little ones in your life. From jewelry to candy, cooking classes and books, my six-year-old daughter London helped me compile these gift ideas for all the sweet little girls on your list. 

Rainbow Studs, Boma Jewelry


My daughter LOVES these delicate rainbow earrings. I love that they are non-toxic, nickel-free, safe for sensitive ears. These earrings also give back: A portion of the proceeds from every Boma Jewelry purchase benefits the Boma Girl Fund. Boma Jewelry is a Seattle-based brand led by a loving mother of four very sweet little humans. 



Beet World Dress


Over the year's my daughter has worn and loved many dresses from Beet World. Based in Kirkland, Beet World makes timeless childrenswear and accessories with a fresh, modern twist. In addition to skirts, dresses, and tops, they've also recently added face masks to the assortment for kids. Beet World is based in Kirkland and is owned by a local mom of two darling little boys. 


Cat Studs, Boma Jewelry


My husband is allergic to cats, so for now, my daughter celebrates her love of kittens with these adorable cat earrings from Boma Jewelry. Non-toxic, nickel-free, and safe for everyday wear. View more animal-inspired jewelry here. 



FrogLegs Kids Cooking Classes


Give the gift of a kid-friendly culinary experience at FrogLegs Cooking School. All classes are engaging and interactive, plus, they help kids develop a positive attitude toward all types of food. My daughter has done several cooking classes and workshops at FrogLegs and has loved her experience learning how to make new foods each time. The best part of this gift is that the mess happens in someone else's kitchen. :) FrogLegs founder Laura Vida is a local mom who loves teaching kids how to cook. 



Andieanderin Women's Suffrage Necktie


The Women's Suffrage Necktie by Andieanderin is inspired by the centennial of the 19th amendment and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. These neckties are produced in the USA in a female-run production house and each tie comes packaged in a keepsake box with an illustrated storyboard featuring voting facts. Andieanderin is local company run by two super cool Seattle moms. 



Bunnies by The Bay 


Little ones will be enchanted with the Bunnies By The Bay Little Star Gift Set from Made in Washington featuring a soft, plush bunny and a bedtime board book. The theme of the book is "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Do You Know How Loved You Are?" and is the perfect gift for new arrivals this holiday season. 



Paint The Town 


Kids who love art will absolutely love Pottery-To-Go Kits from Paint The Town. The kits come with everything kids need to paint a beautiful work of art from home including your choice of ceramics, paint and brushes. Once dry, you simply bring your pottery back to the store for a finishing glaze, and you have a lasting piece of art to cherish for years to come. 



The Confectionery


The running joke in our family is that my husband won me over by leaving candy on my desk each time I would leave for meetings. It's safe to say that I've passed my love of candy on to my kids and there's nothing they savor more than a trip to The Confectionery at University Village. At the shop you'll find everything from traditional candy to artisanal chocolates, cards and gifts. The chocolate covered gummy bears are high on our list of favorites, but we can also be easily swayed by the bags of sour gummies and candy fruits. The Confectionery is independently owned by local mom Kristi Holmes. 


DIY Doll Kit


Prism in Ballard has adorable DIY Doll Kits that are perfect for mini fashionistas who have their own sense of style. The 100% cotton doll comes with watercolor paint but you can be as creative as you want to be with markers, fabric, glitter, yarn, beads, or anything else that strikes your fancy. 

Leopard Coat 


London loves leopard print, so this Tucker & Tate Jacket from Nordstrom is perfect for her! This faux fur jacket with cute ears is fully lined so it will keep your little ones warm and is machine washable making it easy to care for, too. 


Gold Converse


Both of my kids have lived in Converse for many years. I'm a big fan of the brand and love that they offer velcro and lace-free options. London was immediately drawn to these metallic gold shoes and we managed to snag a pair before they moved over to The Rack. The good news for you is that they are now a fraction of the price and there are still quite a few size options available. London also has this leopard pair that you may like. 




Sally Hanson Nail Polish


If you have little ones in your life that love nail polish, I highly recommend getting one that dries quickly. We like using Sally Hanson's Insta Dri nail polish at my house because it dries before my daughter has a chance to smudge it on herself or on our furniture. These polishes are available in a rainbow of colors and make great stocking stuffers!


Barbie Camping Set


The Barbies at our house have taken on a whole new life thanks to COVID. They get to live out all the adventures we can't due to the current travel restrictions. This Barbie Camping Set came home with us after a recent trip to Target and my daughter has been playing daily with it ever since. It comes with a small Barbie, mini car, camper, and accessories. 



We hope you enjoyed our holiday gift picks! If you need even more gift ideas, or want to visit some local shops for EVEN MORE gift inspiration, we invite you to check out these local boutiques that stock an amazing assortment for kids. 

Queen Anne




Fremont




Ballard




Bellevue




Downtown




Edmonds



Issaquah




University Village






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