Month: March 2021

Bellevue fashion designer launches knitwear brand with unique material

SSKEIN clothes are made from the hair of Peruvian baby Alpacas. #k5evening

SEATTLE — Elisa Yip is the visionary behind SSKEIN, a clothing line that specializes in luxury knitwear.

“I love knitwear!  It’s my favorite category to wear because it’s endless possibilities,” explained Elisa. 

The opportunity to create her own brand came about in June 2020, after a professional loss.  After more than 10 years at her dream job designing for Nordstrom, the pandemic led to her getting furloughed. 

She admits at the time of not even knowing what a furlough was. Months later, the temporary layoff would become

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Seattle Small Businesses Are Popping Up on Instagram

POOPU and a Polaroid—basically analog Instagram.

When Seattle’s Properly Organized and Orderly Pop-Up sells an item, one member of the founding trio must hover over the Instagram comments section. Her job: identify which customer reacted quickly enough to claim, say, a floral ceramic candlestick by local artist Shannon Hobbs. It’s gone in a matter of seconds.


It wasn’t always this way. Back in some now-distant past, these popups were full-on events, held in places draped with tinsel where, cofounder Shaana Hatamian says, “you could hang out and dance and, like, look at this beautiful flower sculpture.” Late

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Home Set: Best Spring Style Updates to Shop Now 2021

Welcome to Home Set. Below, see our favorite style, wellness, beauty and home items and accessories right now. Julia Cherruault for Observer

Welcome to Home Set, a recurring feature in which we highlight our favorite accessories and essentials within fashion, wellness, beauty and everything else at home that are brightening up our days right now. From a goddess-worthy necklace and eco-friendly pink workout set to a flirty blue frock and stylish spring tote, here’s what we’re loving and coveting at the moment.

Stoney Clover Lane.

Stoney Clover Lane Blue Jean Large Pouch

It’s time to get organized, and this adorable

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Wear These 6 Trending Styles Instead

By now you’ve heard that the Gen-Z teens and twenty-somethings have declared skinny jeans are capital-O Out. Trends come and go all the time, but skinny jeans, which rose to popularity in the 2010s, have proven to be reliable wardrobe pieces rather than a passing fad.

That being said, it’s never a bad time to explore new styles and try new things. While I’ll be keeping skinny jeans in my fashion repertoire for many years to come (they’re just so flattering, and what other jean style can you wear with

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Guess Withdraws Its Telfar Lookalike Bag

For decades product plagiarism has been seen as the price of success in the fashion world: Make a hit bag or a viral dress and someone (sometimes many someones) will unabashedly rip it off, often almost overnight.

So when a handbag licenser for Guess, Inc. decided to create a bag that looked an awful lot like the Telfar shopping bag, perhaps the greatest hit handbag of the last year, it probably didn’t seem like a big deal. Even though the Guess version features such similar double handles, similar shape and similar logo — an embossed “G” in a circle, like

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Street Style Is Blossoming Again in New York’s Parks

Warm weather is finally gracing New York City, pulling people outside after a long, challenging winter. As vaccines are being distributed, the hope of reemergence is in the air. And with reopening, there is, of course, the fashion. Begone sweatpants, and enter sundresses with bare legs and cropped tops with slivers of midriff! People are starting to dress up again, wearing their favorite clothes for the first days of spring. And the best place to see the world, and the clothes that come with it, start to blossom is in a park. This past weekend, as temperatures hit the 60s,

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