Creating high performance gear out of sustainable materials.

Repurposing coffee grounds—and recycled water bottles and recycled windshields—to make active and outdoor apparel is next level and also so very Seattle. Named after the SR 512 highway in Tacoma, the Five12 team has developed moisture-managing fabric to keep their clothes dry on the inside and out, while maintaining breathability, for protection in our PNW climate. 

With the arrival of fall comes scarves, sweaters, boots, tights, pumpkin spice everything, and an excuse to stay in. In short, fall is one of our favorite seasons and it’s less than two weeks away. With the humidity and smoke in the air last week, it’s been hard to decipher what season it is—it’s just a stale grey. For once, we can all agree that Seattle could use a few rain days, right? 

Seattle and NYC-based, Universal Standard, is transforming the apparel industry for more than 67% of women in America.  The size-inclusive brand offers fashion-forward, high-quality clothing in sizes 10-28. Polina Veksler and Alexandra Waldman started Universal Standard because size had become the dividing line determining who had the privilege and freedom to dress with quality and style.

That had to change, so they changed it.

Independent global eyewear brand opens flagship boutique.

Ollie Quinn opened in late July with a modern 1000-square-foot space in Capitol Hill on East Pike. As an independent company, Ollie Quinn is able to keep prices fair – while still using the best quality materials – by designing all frames in-house and only selling via its own eyewear boutiques. In order to make the process easy and transparent, this starts with offering one price point of $125 USD across all frames, including single-vision prescription lenses.

Most men make the mistake of associating “custom menswear” with slick, three-piece suits that are only intended to be worn in the boardrooms of Manhattan’s most prestigious law firms or any other organization aspiring to be such. It might bring up images of top-dollar execs who drink expensive scotch in their offices who can afford to splurge on clothing made from scratch.

Fashion to end domestic violence.

Gina Moorhead a local and Minneapolis fashion designer and founder of House of Gina Marie® & GrasMark, and will be attending the 7th Annual Runway to Freedom Fashion Show and Auction for the second consecutive year. This year, Runway to Freedom Fashion Show and Auction will be held on Friday, November 4th at the Coterie Lounge in Seattle. The fashion show benefits Mary’s Place, a great nonprofit organization that works to empower women, children, and families to reclaim their lives.