Weather Vain: Seattle, Washington - 64 With a Chance of Rain

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The weather in Seattle today is very…Seattle-y. Here’s how to dress for it. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ Some freakin’ awesome Rachel Comey rain boots—so that the forecast doesn’t keep you from exploring Olympics Sculpture Park.

+ A Cook & Gates tote—in case you stumble upon something you can’t pass up at Totokaelo.

+ Skinny sweatpants from Rag & Bone that you should probably never travel without again.

+ An Apiece Apart sweater as minimalist and perfect as the decor at Bar Sajor.

+ What’ll put a smile on your face as fast as a scoop of melted chocolate ice cream from Molly Moon’s? This Bing Bang cuff.

+ A blue braided Aurelie Bidermann bracelet—to compensate if the sky’s gray all day long.

Whoa, so much more “Weather Vain” over here.

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Get Inside Portland’s Coolest Creative Collective With Lisa Jones

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Chalk it up to the perfect setting.

When ceramicist Lisa Jones scored the deal of a lifetime on a 7,000-square-foot space in industrial North Portland, Oregon, her motto was “the more, the merrier,” and she took—no, embraced—the opportunity to get a bunch of like-minded folks together under one roof. The outcome: The Makery, comprised of ten brands, including her line Pigeon Toe, that are all about good vibes. Check it out. —jane gauger

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“This is Pigeon Toe’s production facility where everything gets made. We do a little bit of slip-casting, but it’s predominantly wheel-throwing. Here are Alli and Aleka—yhey are glazing bowls today.”

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“This is Peter and his dog Ruby. Peter designs and produces Clinton Street Bags and makes custom furniture. It’s great to have peers close so you can consult about ideas. Working alone can be isolating.”

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“We can share resources and showcase everyone’s work. We also provide a place to learn with classes and workshops.”

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“Here’s Julie at her letterpress for Studio Olivine. She designs and creates custom letterpress products.”

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“This is Jacob and Roz. Jacob runs a video production company, Four + One Productions, and has a canvas bag line Collected Works Co. Roz handles operations for Jacob and organizes the Dead End Drawing Club.”

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“We host the Dead End Drawing Club here every week. There’s no pressure—and it’s a fun way to practice. Before class, we have a happy hour sponsored by Widmer Brothers Brewing.”

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“Erin, the jeweler here whose business Studio ERG is really taking off, is making brass parts for my next jewelry collection.”

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“I use my office to do my 3D modeling, graphic work, or weaving—I can weave here without getting clay dust over everything. On the table, I have a few of our new lighting designs, and I keep the reeds for my weaving work out of the way on the wall.”

You’re definitely going to want this Pigeon Toe colander hangin’ on your counter. 

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Meet the Who’s Who of the Seattle Art Scene With Faris Du Graf

You’ll wanna plan a trip to the Emerald City.

Though Faris Du Graf grew up in Seattle, when she returned as an adult after spending seven years in San Fran, it was like she was discovering a whole new city. “There are some talented folks out here,” says the super-creative jewelry designer behind the line Faris. “It’s made my resettling in Seattle exciting!” This is her scrapbook of “old friends, new friends, and friends of family—who all happen to be sources of inspiration.” carly pifer

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Lucien Pellegrin, Jessica Carter, and Avi Loud
“I met Lucien Pellegrin when I was 15—he was a skater kid with a backpack filled with art supplies and a non-conformist mentality. He founded Love City Love, a collaborative space, creative agency, and lifestyle movement. It includes a concept shop and event space housed in buildings that are vetted for demolition and gives life to those buildings’ last moments. Jessica Carter, a former Nordstrom trend forecaster, has joined Lucien, and their team wouldn’t be complete without someone around to capture it all—the young photography beast, Avi Loud.”

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Laura Cassidy
Laura Cassidy is a lexicon magician and uses her crafty wordplay to highlight creativity in the city as the style editor for Seattle Met magazine. I don’t know a person who doesn’t adore her. And, boy, is she forever fly—a layering queen bee who inspires you to dig deep in your closet.”

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Charlie Schuck
Charlie Schuck is a photographer and director who finds the fairytale essence in everything—I was lucky enough to work with him on my latest lookbook. He’s another steadfast believer in the thoughtful design emerging from the Northwest, and he founded Object, a concept shop in Belltown, to showcase it. You can often find him there tinkering with crumbled paper and mirrors, making magic for NW notables like Totokaelo and Nordstrom as well as some of us up-and-comers.”

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Maikoivo Alley-Barnes
Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes is a Seattle-based artist, writer, filmmaker, designer, and curator. Before I ever met Maikoiyo, I enjoyed the gallery that he led as the creative director for two years in Capitol Hill. His perspective in the art world is important to me and inspires me to question what I am really making—and to be thoughtful about my message and inspiration.”

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Lauren and Isabella Du Graf—Her Sisters!
“Then there are my sisters, Lauren Du Graf and Isabella Du Graf. Lauren, my older sister, is a phenomenal writer—she’s currently pursuing her PhD in literature and occasionally writing book reviews for The Daily Beast. She was the one who forced me to show my jewelry to the public. My younger sister, Isabella, is a singer, songwriter, and producer. She’s been working on an album for a couple years and is set to release it this year. Her studio is right next to my workshop, and we love to bug each other on breaks. My sisters are my champions and biggest fans. They have always pursued what they love and have encouraged the same in me.”

Check out these super-cool little bananas—Faris, we’re in love.

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Check Out Sarah Loertscher’s Favorite Design-y Spots in Seattle

Five places that make her love her city in a big way.

Drawn to Seattle to apprentice with a local jewelry maker, Sarah Loertscher fell for the city pretty quickly. That was 2006, and she has no plans to move anytime soon. “The city has a strong arts scene and a large community of makers,” she explains. “I found it to be an incredibly supportive arena for craft, with a strong network of metalsmiths.” These are the places that are especially near and dear to her. —julie alvin

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“This is an amazing boutique that I love for a lot of reasons. They carry my work and are really supportive of people like myself. The owner, Jill, is also a jewelry designer. I really like her aesthetic—it’s wearable and warm and very Seattle. She watches trends but presents them through a lens of what’s appropriate for our city.”
(5344 Ballard Ave. NW)

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Fifty Four Sixteen
“This is a collective studio of print-makers and glass-blowers and leather-workers. It’s usually open to the public, so you can just wander in. It is representative of the kind of collaborations that happen in the Seattle crafting scene. Wendu Ink is based here, and the owner and I trade skills. I made her wedding bands, and she created the cards for my Of a Kind edition.”
(5416 Shilshole Ave. NW)

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“The owners of this design store are heavily invested in the craft and making scene in Seattle. I worked here for about three years, and the owners and I used to share a studio space above the store. For years, this is where you would find me.”
(4540 California Ave. SW)

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Pratt Fine Arts Center
I moved to Seattle from a very tight-knit community of crafters in North Carolina, and people said that I should look into Pratt. I began with the work-study program there, and then I taught there for four or five years and really fell in love with it.”
(1902 S. Main St.)

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Her Studio!      
“My studio is my favorite place in the world. When I first moved to Seattle, I was assisting this jeweler Lulu Smith, and this used to be her home and studio space. She moved to Portland and offered to rent the house to my husband and I. It’s very full-circle—now I’m working in this space with my assistants.”

Get your hands on Sarah’s inspired earrings before it’s too late!

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Weather Vain: Seattle, Washington - 79 and Partly Cloudy

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It’s not a rainy day in Seattle today—best take advantage. Here’s what to wear for a really good time in The Emerald City. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ Elizabeth and James shades, with lenses as blue as the waterfall on Bainbridge Island.

+ An A.L.C. dress jazzy enough for a big night out at Artusi.

+ A Marie Turnor lunch sack leather bag, with room for a paperback score from The Elliott Bay Book Company.

+ Ella Moss flats—so you can investigate Pike Place Market for hours and hours.

+ A Winifred Grace cuff that’s going to make you want to spend the night on the waterfront looking at the stars.

Head this way for way more “Weather Vain.”

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Unearthen

Before taking the entrepreneurial plunge and founding Unearthen—her line of raw, sophisticated gems—in 2007, Gia Bahm was living in New York and working as a wardrobe stylist. “I realized I was happiest when I was just messing around on set and improvising little accessories out of scraps,” explains the designer, who spent childhood weekends in her native Seattle shuttling between various arts-and-crafts classes. “I just knew I wanted to try doing my own thing for a while and see what came of it.”

When Gia got down to experimenting, she whipped up pendants that paired gemstones with bullet casings, and they got so much love that she then needed to determine a name for this undertaking. “I agonized over what to call it,” Gia, now an L.A.-dweller, admits. “I wanted something that sounded natural and mysterious, and ‘Unearthen’ just felt right. I like that it’s not a real word. It kind of allows you to interpret it however you want.” And although the line has expanded well beyond its inaugural necklacse into a range that now includes rings, bracelets, lockets, and even pocketknives (why not?), Gia is still all about the making. “I’m obsessively hands-on,” she says. “It sounds insane, but I love finding the perfect setting, the perfect little home for each crystal.” Sounds like, in the process, she’s made a pretty fine home for herself as well. —mattie kahn

seeunearthen.com

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Billy Bartels’s Four Favorite Seattle Bands

Willing to wager you haven’t heard of any of them. Yet.

The Tractor is my favorite venue, and it happens to be right in my neighborhood. I’ve seen some of my favorite bands and favorite shows here—it’s a Seattle stronghold.”

A Wisconsin native, Billy Bartels moved to Seattle when he was 27 after a few deceptive trips out there a friend. “I visited a few times when it was perfect weather,” he laughs. “Everyone goes crazy on sunny days—it goes from 10 people on the sidewalk to 30.” Despite the notoriously rainy city’s biggest drawback, Billy, who has since launched an impressively wearable line of men’s jewelry Vim Beget, says he’s got nothing but love for his locale. One of the reasons? The music: Though it’s a far cry from the nineties grunge scene that put the city on the map, there are some really stellar, under-the-radar bands that call Seattle home. These are Billy’s favorites. —anthonia akitunde

Charles Leo Gebhardt IV: “Charles Leo Gebhardt IV is a good friend and a talented person—honest lyrics and great pop melodies. He’s on a label named GGNZLA with a lot of other very talented people.”

THEESatisfaction: “They sit right on the edge of funky soul and hip hop—a very positive energy and lyrics coming from two very cool girls.”

Craft Spells: “Some good dark, dance-y stuff—this is the kind of stuff I listen to while working. They’re not your average Seattle sound. I’m pretty proud of how eclectic the music scene in Seattle has become, and this is a good example.”

Smooth Sailing: “Gotta love a little heavy music. This is metal in its finest form, in my humble opinion of course. Their live show is not to be messed with.”

Get your hands on the rockin’ edition Billy made for us: a faded-out, made-by-hand chain bracelet.

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Why Iacoli & McAllister Work So Well Together

He’s a Capricorn; she’s a Virgo—even astrologists can vouch for their compatibility.

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McAllister (left) and Iacoli.

Jamie Iacoli was about done with Seattle in 2007 when she met Brian McAllister, who was studying industrial design at University of Washington. “Brian knew how to weld, and I said, ‘You should bring me over and show me how to weld,’” Jamie recalls. BOOM. With those magic words, a beautiful artistic partnership was born: They moved into a studio space together stat and figured things out from there.

Get a load of one of their latest creations: the angular (and supremely cool) brass-and-leather necklace they made just for Of a Kind.

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Another Iacoli & McAllister piece: a matte-black powder-coated step ladder with pink washed oak treads and brass hinges.

Once they determined what this new project Iacoli & McAllister should be—a furniture and jewelry outfit driven by a clean-lined ethos—how did they figure out how to work together so well
? “We sketch an idea really poorly together, and then Brian does a modeling of the concept on the computer—I art-direct over his shoulder. Then I create quarter-scale models of the design. Brian doesn’t really have the patience to build the models,” Jamie explains. “But our skills really complement each other. I’m the brains; he’s the brawn. He’s the one who figures out engineering and production, and I’m the front-of-house.”

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The duo inspiration-hunting.

And to answer that question you’re definitely asking in your head: “No, we’re not a couple. We were a couple, and it shows just how well we work together that we still get along after that. We’re like brother and sister now. We’re done with that,” Jamie laughs. Impressive—almost as much so as the design magic they make.

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Meet Iacoli & McAllister

These two are angling to jazz up you and your home.

When Jamie Iacoli and Brian McAllister, two Emerald City creatives, met in 2007, it was all about furniture. Bound together by their joint love of welding, they quickly established their eponymous studio in Seattle’s Capital Hill neighborhood and started dreaming up stark side tables and bold, powder-coated steel light fixtures.

The process involved in creating those large, statement-making home goods is not so dissimilar from the ones needed to make jewelry, it turns out, and soon after, the twosome started playing in that direction—offering the opportunity for all of us to get a little piece of their genius. “All of our stuff is very simple—we’re dealing with how positive space and negative space relate to each other. Jewelry is really the same thing: getting in there with a table saw and cutting brass pieces,” Jamie explains. “It’s quicker than what we normally do, and it’s fun to reap the rewards so fast.”

The real gluey good stuff behind all this is, of course, Jamie and Brian. They have matching work ethics—and are maybe even a little competitive about who can work more—and, they’re both obsessed with constantly pushing things forward. Two of the many projects on the horizon: a collection of bronze-and-marble jewelry and an entirely new line of  home amazingness that will launch in May. “We’re really blessed to have a compatible vision. Any piece we’ve created, it all has a certain feel. We’re first and foremost selfish in our vision. We don’t want to compromise  on it,” Jamie says. “We just want to make beautiful things that have quality and value—things that won’t be thrown away.”

Don’t miss out on their ridiculously amazing Of a Kind edition. Get on our email list to get word first.

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Seattle’s Finest, According to Iacoli & McAllister

The designers give us a tour of the seven spots they heart the most.

Being based in the moody, beautiful, artist-nurturing city of Seattle has had a huge impact on Iacoli & McAllister, and one of the best parts of town, in the humble opinion of the duo behind the line, is Capitol Hill, where they have their studio and create stunning, clean-lined furniture and jewelry. As Jamie Iacoli says, “It’s the densest part of the city, and it’s also the hippest and gayest. I can stumble outside, and there’s a ton of amazing local, seasonal restaurants within a five-block radius and a real sense of community.” Here, Jamie gives props to the places in her adopted hometown—Capitol Hill and beyond—that she and her cohort Brian McAllister can’t get enough of.


Elliott Bay Book Company
“They have a great magazine stand and amazing coffee, and the space is beautiful. It’s a half a block from the studio, so we go there every few days to have a coffee and to flip through magazines.” (elliottbaybook.com)


Volunteer Park Conservatory
“This park is a 15 to 20 minute walk from our studio. The conservatory has stunning views of the city, an Asian Art Museum, and a gorgeous greenhouse.” (volunteerparkconservatory.org)


Melrose Market
“Walking in here makes you feel like you’re on a movie set—it’s that sickeningly sweet Pacific Northwest sort of place, and it’s great. There’s a sandwich shop, cheese shop, flower shop, butcher, oyster bar, wine bar, and one of Matt Dillon’s restaurants, Sitka & Spruce.” (melrosemarketseattle.com)


Object   
“This Belltown neighborhood shop was started by our dear friend and photographer Charlie Schuck. He carries beautiful—beautiful!—objects [Ed: See the America mirror above], and he throws some fun parties, too. We call him Good Time Charlie. He’s magnetic.” (hereisobject.com)


North Cascades Highway
“The photos of this road say it all. It’s part of what makes this area magical.”


Totokaelo  
“Our great friend Jill Wenger is the owner of Totokaleo. She’ll be moving to our neighborhood, Capitol Hill, soon, opening a much larger store with home goods. I go to her site at least three times a week for wardrobe inspiration.” (totokaelo.com)


Ferry to Bainbridge Island
“It’s a 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle across the sound to Bainbridge Island, and it is the best way to see the city—for only $6.50.” (wsdot.wa.gov)

Come back tomorrow to score the edition the duo made from their Seattle studio, and get on our email list to make sure you don’t miss out.

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