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Juniper Celebrates Five Years of Eco Chicness; Uniqlo Seattle a No-Go For Now

Friends, gather round -- today we bring you Curbed Seattle's very first foray into retail coverage. Racked Seattle is helmed by none other than Alison Brownrigg. We're very proud to introduce her (and her fabulous retail coverage) to you today. Got fun tips for our in-house sartorial mastermind? Hit the tipline at seattle@curbed.com.

1. Juniper Celebration -- In its five years Juniper has introduced Seattle shoppers to many exquisite, sustainably and conscientiously crafted clothing lines (The Podolls, Dominique Picquier, Undesigned); fostered and adopted out 25 kitties; and survived a devastating burglary that nearly wiped out its entire stock. On Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. owner Lisa Clinton is celebrating this landmark anniversary with refreshments, special discounts, a pop-up shop from the ever-awesome, carefully curated online store LF Studio, a new floral installation from Melrose Market’s Marigold and Mint and the arrival of a new collection from Brooklyn-based Swedish designer H Fredriksson, whose pieces Clinton describes as “modern, yet timeless,” and that I describe as “just about to be in my closet.”

2. Uniqlo a no-go? -- Back in March, Laura Cassidy, Seattle Met style editor and one of the most fashionably in-the-know gals in town blogged about a potential Uniqlo location opening in Seattle. Oh, how the hearts of those of us who covet the snappy and imminently affordable clothing from this Japanese company jumped! Even a Zara opening here couldn’t have been better news. Dresses from Orla Kiely! Tee shirts by Lulu Guiness! And did I mention, oh so cheap! So, when Racked San Francisco joyfully reported that Uniqlo was opening a West Coast outpost in Union Square I felt compelled to check in with the company to see if they would confirm or deny the Seattle rumors. Alas, at this point, all they could confirm was that their only new location at present is San Fran and no other. Fingers (and toes) crossed that we’re still on their radar. Or if not, at least e-commerce is.

3. Eco-Jeans -- Also on the eco tip: if you’re in need of some new jeans, but don’t feel like contributing to the pesticide usage by the cotton industry used to make traditional denim, Charley + May on Queen Anne is now one of two spot in Washington state (the other is Bootyland Kids on Cap Hill), to carry Reco jeans, which are made from upcycled fabric scraps in an innovative process in Japan, then crafted into hip denim in NYC. They’re soft, comfy and stylish and at $72 to $89, are about to become your favorite pair.