Nov 26, 2014

GRAY on the Scene: FGI Spring/Summer Trend Panel

Last week the Seattle chapter of Fashion Group International held its annual Spring/Summer trend prediction event at Motif Seattle. Moderated by Kate Neschke (social media marketing specialist at Nordstrom, and FGI Seattle board member), the panel included Lauren Foster (assistant editor at 425 Magazine) and Amanda Zurita (style editor at Seattle Met), as well as our own editor, Rachel Gallaher. 

So what should we look out for next spring? The panel predicted that Seattle would embrace the comfort and ease of the sportswear trend. But this trend isn't about your middle school breakaways and weekend-worthy hooded sweatshirts. Instead, combine a chic pair of sneakers with an A-line skirt for an unexpected twist, or choose a looser, sweatpant-inspired trouser to go with a blazer and heels.

It was no surprise to find a very stylish crowd, and here are some memorable moments from the evening. 

An event attendee with Kate Neschke, social media marketing specialist at Nordstrom, and FGI Seattle board member.
GRAY editor and panel participant Rachel Gallaher.

Joanna Morgan of Joanna Morgan Designs (center) wearing a Seth Damm Neon Zinn necklace and enjoying a glass of wine with fellow FGI Seattle members. 

Kate Neschke and Rachel Gallaher chatting over a glass of vino.

Patricia Gorham, Co-Chair of Programming for FGI Seattle, introduces the panel.
Moderator Kate Neschke, Amanda Zurita (style editor at Seattle Met) and Lauren Foster (assistant editor at 425 Magazine).

Panelists discussing predicted spring 2015 trends in Seattle.

Designer Masha Osianu donated one of her necklaces for the night's raffle. 
FGI Seattle board member Marj Turner draws the winning ticket.
Masha Osianu presents the necklace to the raffle winner.
What's a fashion event without a little photoshoot?
Photographer Ilya Moshenskiy jumps in front of the camera with a group of lovely event attendees. 
Photography by Ilya Moshenskiy.

Nov 25, 2014

Shop it: Holiday Pop-Ups

Black Friday is just around the corner. And whether you have a tradition of heading to the stores at midnight and waiting in line, or grabbing a latte the next day and braving downtown, it’s the official start of the holiday shopping season. It’s no secret that we’re advocates of all gifts local, so we’ve rounded up a list of the must-stop pop-up shops opening this weekend across the Pacific Northwest.

Score something really great? Post it on Instagram and let us know (@gray_magazine). It’s a great way to support local shops and designers, and pick up something completely unique for all those on your ‘Nice” list this year.


When: Sunday, November 30, 11am-6pm
Where: Melrose Market Studios, 1532 Minor Ave (entrance through Minor, not Melrose)

This independent, creative market features at least two dozen Seattle designers and makers, and will leave you with the title of “Best Gift Giver of the Year.”

Brands: MakrBox, Fresh Tangerine, Blk Pine Workshop, Ampersand As Apostrophe, Fantagraphics, and many more.

Bonus: Get your caffeine pick-me-up with coffee by Slate Coffee Roasters, and cocktails by Still Liquor with a happy hour from 4-6pm. The first 50 people in the doors get a free copy of GRAY.

What: Shop the Square
When: November 29, December 6, December 29, 11am-6pm
Where: Various locations in Pioneer Square, Seattle

Whether you’re into fashion or art, shopping Pioneer Square is always a safe bet.

Brands: Pipe + Row, Joanna Morgan Designs, Juan Alonso Studio, E. Smith Mercantile, Velouria, Clementine’s and dozens more. For a full list of vendors, click here.

Bonus: At the Fresh Tangerine Studio (89 Yesler Way), the first 20 shoppers will receive a free tote bag filled with goodies.

Double Bonus: Print out a Shop the Square passport and explore the neighborhood’s participating shops on any of these Saturdays, collecting stamps as you go. Collect five stamps and enter your passport into the weekly raffle for gift cards and other prizes from Pioneer Square retailers.


When: Through December 22, Wednesday-Sunday 11am-7pm
Where: 196 Kingsway, Vancouver

This beloved B.C. fashion stop has turned itself into a long-term pop-up, open through the end of December. Featuring on-point seasonal trends and new stock every week, Hey Jude warrants more than one visit, and is the perfect place to pick up a little holiday gift for yourself.

Brands: Broken Promises, Hand+Sew, Wolf Circus, Woodlot, Hand and Sew, Reassembly With Love, and more.

Bonus: They have a dreamy Instagram that’s worth a follow (@heyjudeshop). With gorgeous inspiration pictures and trendy brands, we hope this pop-up becomes a permanent brick-and-mortar staple. New stock announced via Instagram every few days.

What: Portage
When: November 24-30, 11am-7pm, Sunday to 6PM
Where: 222 East Georgia St., Vancouver

A pop-up that brings together designers with a passion for sustainable design, AW by Andrea Wong transformed a Chinatown storefront into a Pacific Northwest cabin. Shop everything from clothing to candles, and delicious baked goods to boot.

Brands: Hendrik Lou, AW by Andrea Wong, Forest and Waves, Nettle’s Tale, Plenty and Space, and more.

Bonus: Our Bread and Butter have planned a cozy cabin dinner for Friday and Saturday night featuring cured salmon, slow roasted pork loin followed by dessert and winter cocktails, of course. Tickets are $35. Last minute, but TONIGHT is the opening party until 10pm.


What: The Makery Winter Market
When: Saturday, December 13, 12-7pm
Where: Holocene Portland, 1001 SE Morrison St.

Find an array of ceramic, glass, jewelry, textile, and fashion at the second annual Winter Market. Hosted by The Makery, a multi-brand studio collective, this pop-up features handcrafted goods from two-dozen Oregon brands.

Brands: Pigeon Toe Ceramics, Caravan Pacific, Studio Olivine, Nell & Mary, Make it Good, Vitreluxe, and more.

Bonus: The Winter Market features a bar and is just a few blocks from Distillery Row, which boasts a handful of local craft distilleries. Take a break from shopping with some vodka, gin, rum, and/or whiskey.

Nov 24, 2014

Product of the Week: Glassybaby Seahawks Collection

Spoiler alert: Just like the city of Seattle, most of us here at GRAY are big Seahawks fans. It is always fun to see local businesses that bolster the spirits of the 12th Man with exclusive products and specials. The Northwest's beloved Glassybaby has done just that—check out this new Seahawks color combo called "Blue Friday" and "We are 12!" Even if your Thanksgiving table scheme ISN'T Seahawkian, you can smile knowing that 10% of the proceeds from any purchase of a glassbaby in November will go to feed the hungry—that's at least five meals per glassybaby. Happy Thanksgiving, indeed!

P.S. Be sure to check out their new holiday popup location in Portland! 1221 S.W. 10th Ave., Portland, OR 97205

Editorial note: Items featured in GRAY’s Product of the Week posts are solely the choice of our editors and are not paid for in any way by anyone associated with the product.

Nov 21, 2014

5 Questions For: Lynda Sherman, Bremelo Press

Name: Lynda Sherman
Title: Master Printer
Company: Bremelo Press

Which of your designs or projects are you most excited about right now and why?
My next project is always what excites me. I like to have a puzzle to solve and a deadline to meet.

Tell us three words that embody your design philosophy.
The same three words with which you were taught to cross the road: Stop. Look. Listen. They really help you to get anywhere.

What's your favorite place in the Pacific Northwest and why?
Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island; the epic scope of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains after a walk along the Bluff Trail is a reveal that can't be beat.

Who or what are you inspired by right now?
I am inspired by the people I know and the people I am about to meet.

What do you think of the color gray?
The color gray is a warm embrace on a rainy evening; it is shelter from the storm.

Image Courtesy of Lynda Sherman

Nov 20, 2014

Behind the Design: Electric Mirror

By John Briggs

If you find it hard to drag yourself out of bed in the morning, once daylight savings time ends, you’re not alone. Trying to make it easier to get out from under the duvet is Electric Mirror, a bathroom mirror that also functions as a TV. Go ahead: catch up with the news while you brush your teeth, watch the Today Show while putting on your makeup.

The high-tech mirror company of the same name is located at a 50,000-square-foot facility in South Everett, Washington, and it’s where 300 Washingtonians manufacture the high-tech mirrors from scratch. GRAY got a peek at how construction of these magic mirrors works.

The process begins with the construction of the mirror's raw, steel chassis, which is stamped, bent, and then welded.  

Next, since Electric Mirror mirrors sport flat-panel screens and/or lighting, they need a power supply.  Extensive wiring harnesses are installed into the chassis frame.

While the mirror's chassis is being manufactured, the glass is cut.  

Some models have a water-resistant TV installed onto the back of the mirror. (Some of the mirrors only have lighting).

The last step in the manufacturing process is hanging the mirror into its chassis for final quality-assurance testing.

In addition to building its mirrors from scratch, Electric Mirror also builds its own shipping crates.

Mirror, mirror on the wall … I think we found the finest of them all!

John Briggs is an author and blogger who spotlights American firms employing American workers, and urges, championing the idea of buying American-made goods in order to help create more jobs in the United States. Visit his blog here

Nov 19, 2014

Room of the Week: Nancy Burfiend, NB Design Group

Category: Living Room
Designer: Nancy Burfiend, NB Design Group
Location: New York, N.Y.

Goal: When Lori Uddenberg of Tacoma, W.A. purchased this pied-à-terre in New York’s Upper East Side the interiors were very traditional. Looking for a refresh, Uddenberg asked Nancy Burfiend, principal of NB Design Group to create a “Manhattan Look” that paired well with her contemporary art collection.

Inspiration: “We researched the history of apartments in Manhattan, which was a fascinating task,” Burfiend says. “The client and I visited vintage shops and art galleries in Manhattan to look for one of a kind pieces. We then paired those pieces with simple, yet elegant cleaned lined furniture.”

Breakdown: In the living room a custom tête-à-tête by Seattle’s Rep Craftsman is a refreshing alternative to a traditional sofa. The piece is upholstered in HBF Textiles Grand Tour II and the color is Ufizzi. A custom screen (also fabricated by Rep Craftsman) helps break up blank wall space in a creative way, while serving as sophisticated backdrop for the furniture. Above the custom Aline Demilune #304 by Dessin Fournir credenza is a self-portrait by artist BoBartlett, who studied under Andrew Wyeth. Bartlett, who currently resides in Georgia, lived in Seattle for a while, and Uddenberg commissioned him to paint a portrait of her daughter. A Klismos chair by Donghia and George V chair by Holly Hunt provide extra seating for guests, and the 6505 Halogen floor lamps by Holtkötter are delicate and feminine.

Tips to Get the Look: The short and sweet advice from Burfiend? “Follow your instincts. Buy pieces that speak to your sense of design. An interior should reflect an owner’s passions.”

Image Courtesy of Peter Murdock.

Nov 17, 2014

Product of the Week: Continental Sidekick from Bevée

The Continental Sidekick was invented out of need—and boy do we need it! The small-scale leather zip bag with detachable billfold works as a wallet, clutch, or cross-body purse while holding all your various and sundry essentials. Because nobody appreciates a bulging evening clutch, Bevée bags was co-founded by Seattleite Sasha Muir (best known for founding nail polish empire Butter London) in response to a hole in the market for small, versatile yet luxurious bags. It might be the smartest-looking and smartest-working purchase you make this fall. $195 at Bevée.

Editorial note: Items featured in GRAY’s Product of the Week posts are solely the choice of our editors and are not paid for in any way by anyone associated with the product.