Local designers are on the rise. Here are five standout pieces designed in and around the Emerald City.
Each year, local fashion designers participate in a mini “Project Runway” competition to get their work known and possibly win a cash prize.
Months of mentoring and creation culminate with the Independent Designer Runway Show (IDRS), a marquee part of Bellevue Fashion Week, which begins Sept. 19. At the end of the show — which is open to the public — the winner gets a $2,000 prize.
But you don’t have to attend the event, or even be into high-fashion, to add some serious Seattle style to your wardrobe. Here’s a look at some of our favorite designs made in and around the Emerald City, as well as some of the designers who will be lighting up the runway in Bellevue.
Prairie Underground Painted Bloc Sweater ($186 at Prairie Underground Boutique, Georgetown, and prairieunderground.com). Created in collaboration with Seattle artist Wolf Delux, this hand-painted sweatshirt is great everyday wear that mixes casual and cool. Made in Seattle, it’s 100 percent organic cotton with a boxy fit. All Prairie Underground artist-series items are limited in quantity, so act fast.
Poppyseed Essential Jumpsuit ($228 at poppyseedclothing.com). Poppyseed, a maternity-and-beyond line out of Tacoma, won the IDRS in 2017 and will back on stage this year for an all-star-level show. This new on-trend knit jumpsuit is perfect for day-to-night wear, is breastfeeding-friendly and has an adjustable wrap waistband.
Black Birch Textiles Desert Scarf ($250 at MadeHere Seattle, Pioneer Square). Hand-woven in Seattle, this scarf is a beautiful example of fine local craftsmanship. The scarf is made of woven cotton with silk tassels, and is a perfect summer-to-fall transition piece. The scarf is available exclusively at the new MadeHere Seattle store in Pioneer Square, which exclusively carries locally made goods.
Bartle B. Striped Easy Tee ($88 at Sassafras, Belltown, and sassafras-seattle.com). Finding the perfect T-shirt can be an almost transcendent experience. This soft, comfortable pocket tee, handmade in Seattle, just might be it, with bold stripes that will layer beautifully under fall cardigans and jackets.
Lourdes e Eva Lucia Coat ($1,000, ordering information at noramatildasuarez.com). Also showing at IDRS, the Lourdes e Eva line features high-quality and highly wearable clothing for the uber-chic minimalist. The light yet warm Lucia coat is made of a wool and mohair blend, and is perfect for the end of summer and start of fall.