Ollie Quinn bringing Canadian eyewear fashion to the Pike/Pine ‘neighbourhood’

Coming soon: Ollie Quinn (Image: CHS)

Some 60,000 eyeballs — 30,000 attendees with approximately two eyeballs per person — will roll through E Pike for the 2017 Capitol Hill Block Party this July. There will be a bit of side-eye — and plenty of near and farsightedness.

Ollie Quinn, the Canadian-born provider of eyewear fashion, will join the increasingly crowded field of shops hoping to serve those many, many eyes with its new Capitol Hill boutique planned to open by the end of this month in a long-empty retail space with a clear view of the Block Party’s main stage at Pike and Broadway.

“We want it to be a space that people feel drawn to and are comfortable lingering in, which is why we have a community working space built within where community members can come to study, create or chat,” a company spokesperson tells CHS. Continue reading

CHS Pics | A spring fashion party on E Pike

With pictures and reporting by Lisa Hagen Glynn

March brings flowers to Capitol Hill — and spring fashions. Thursday night, some newly sprouted looks for the season were on display at Visette.

“This store is about women of all shapes and sizes, and anytime you want to be beautiful, you should be able to find a dress,” Visal Sam told CHS Thursday during her spring collection preview party at the E Pike store. Continue reading

Edie’s to close after 17 years as ‘Capitol Hill’s shoe store’

“Capitol Hill’s shoe store” is going out of business. After 17 years — including a classic Capitol Hill two-block move — Edie’s Shoes will close at the end of April.

Saturday, owner Erin Dolan announced her decision to close the shoe shop that has survived nearly twenty years of independent retail on both Pike and Pine. She tells CHS the decision was a personal one as much as anything about the business.

“After all this time, I think I’m just ready to move on to different things in my life,” Dolan said. “I’m ready for new things.” Continue reading

Fox + the Feather owner closes Pike/Pine boutique to open new vintage-focused Rove

For Rachel McNew owning the type of store she, and she believes the community, wants means starting fresh.

New paint, new merchandise, and a new name — Rove.

“I think Rove will be a better fit for Capitol Hill because our biggest focus is vintage,” McNew said. “It’s not just your everyday vintage. I’m trying to curate more fashion-forward pieces, which I think will do better up here as well.”

By the end of the month, McNew plans to open the new store in the former Fox + the Feather space at 1507 11th Ave. Continue reading

American Apparel closures set to leave another space on Broadway empty

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

There is about to be another empty commercial space on Broadway but this time the economic forces that are driving the closure extend well beyond Capitol Hill.

The American Apparel store at Broadway and John will be one of 110 stores across the country as well as its Los Angeles headquarters set to be shut down after the financially troubled retailer that was once valued at more than $1 billion was acquired in a bankruptcy sale earlier this month for $88 million.

“Founder Dov Charney charted a maverick path when he moved a nascent American Apparel to Los Angeles in 1997 and began manufacturing its cotton basics in the region,” the LA Times writes. “The company’s colorful garments and provocative advertising quickly caught on with young fashionistas.” But what followed was debt and, eventually, bankruptcy that left the dwindling chain unable to recover. Continue reading

Holiday dress shopping party with bubbly at Visette Boutique

ALL THINGS  MERRY AND BRIGHT!

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JOIN US FOR A HOLIDAY DRESS SHOPPING PARTY AT VISETTE BOUTIQUE

20% discount on all dresses in the store
Enter to win a styling session in your home or at the store

The holiday season is upon us which means its time to start looking for the perfect dress (or two) for the annual holiday party, Christmas eve soiree or New Years Eve bash.

To help you look stylish and sophisticated this season, we’ve curated a collection of one-of-a-kind holiday dresses and we are inviting you and your friends to come and try them on while enjoying some bubbly and bites in the store

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8 / 5.30PM – 9.30PM

VISETTE BOUTIQUE

307 E Pike St, Seattle, Washington 98122

PLEASE RSVP

Standard Goods clothing boutique opens in former Edge of the Circle space

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Ditching the corporate fashion world to open a boutique clothing shop on Capitol Hill may not seem like the obvious move for the father of a young family. But after spending years traveling in the clothing and shoe business, Jeffery Gardner said it was time to settle down with a clothing vision of his own.

Carrying the Big Lebowski sweater also has to be an edge.

After 15 years at Nordstrom and several years purchasing for major shoe companies, Gardner has set out on his own with his first store located in the former Edge of Circle Bookshop at E Pike and Boylston. Standard Goods quietly opened its doors last Friday — Gardner said he decided to worry about getting the word out afterwards.

Standard’s focus, as the name might imply, is casual and affordable fashion from American-made brands. “I really want to focus on sustainable brands, brands with a conscience,” Gardner said.

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Visette on E Pike wants to be Capitol Hill’s first dress shop

Visette opened Sunday -- just in time for holiday parties (Image: CHS)

Visette opened Sunday — just in time for holiday parties (Image: CHS)

Visal Sam (Image: CHS)

Visal Sam (Image: CHS)

Visal Sam wanted to make fashion her life and her new boutique Visette now open on E Pike, she’s making that dream come true.

“I’ve been in the corporate world for a long time, but I always wanted to be in fashion,” she said.

Visette will exclusively sell dresses.

“I’m a woman, I don’t want trendy — I want my own style,” she said, wanting to bring that same mentality to the dresses she will sell at Visette. “It’s going to be always unique.”

With beginning prices ranging from $100 to $2,000, the dresses on show will be of limited quantity but constantly being replaced with new styles.

Sam said she had long enjoyed helping to dress her friends, both men and women. She had many stories of them having success or merely receiving compliments based on her keen eye.

“Ultimately, I would love to have a client come in and say ‘Hey, I need to look like this,’”she said. “And I would know how to dress them.” Continue reading

PNW Fattitude’s 2nd Annual Plus Size Clothing Swap

YPNWF event flyerou’re invited to PNW Fattitude’s 2nd Annual Plus Size Clothing Swap!

The clothing swap – the largest of its kind in the Seattle area – focuses exclusively on clothing in size 12 and up, in a welcoming and body positive environment. This year’s swap features a larger venue and swag bags for attendees who purchase VIP tickets, plus local body positive vendors.

A modest admission fee ($5 plus 5 items of clothing or $10 without clothes to trade) will get shoppers into the venue, but the swap isn’t just about trading clothes. PNWF promises time for attendees to socialize and mingle before and during the event, and all leftover items are donated to local organizations. After the 2014 swap, more than $500 in clothing was donated to Dress for Success Seattle and the Lifelong AIDS Alliance.