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The Red Shoes: Dancewear as daywear has captured the fashion fancy of many a gal since Fame and Flashdance (or maybe you're a Black Swan?). Either way, admit it, you've considered legwarmers at some point in your life. No? Well, we all love a comfy, versatile ballet flat. Intrepid entrepreneur Whitney Evans has just launched lingeshoes, a line of traditional ballet slippers bolstered with a bit more umph for everyday wear, in an array of amazing colors (look for new ones each season). Tuck them in your purse for slipping into at the office, on the airplane, after a long night of heels, or pirouette around the house just for fun.
The Sales and Event File is fit to burst this week. Let's have at it:
Kiehl's Shave Swap 2012: Gear up for Father's Day from June 7 through 10 at the U Village Kiehl's for Shave Swap 2012. Bring in your (or his) current shave cream and take home a free 2.5 ounce White Eagle Shave Cream (a $9 value) for a test drive. No purchase necessary.
La Ree: This stellar Bellevue boutique's spring/summer 2012 sale is on starting tomorrow, Friday, June 8. Save up to 50 percent off the likes of Rag & Bone, Thakoon Addition, Alexander Wang and Isabel Marant. From June 8-10, La Ree will also be hosting a Loeffler Randall Pre-Fall Trunk Show with five different styles in limited sizes.
Queen Anne Dispatch: Help this beloved QA boutique/shipping hub celebrate a whopping 25 years in business on Friday, June 8 from 6 to 10 p.m. during their Friends & Family Sale. Everything is 25 percent off (shoes, jewelry, clothing, cards, kids stuff, the whole shebang) and there will be nibbles, drinks and music to shop to.
Clementine + Jubilee: Pull out your gently worn shoes that just don't work for whatever reason and head over to Clementine in West Seattle from June 10 through 17 where they're collecting your impulse buys for donation to Jubilee Women’s Center. Do good and get rewarded:odnate one pair and get 10 percent off a new pair at Clem; donate two pairs and get 15 percent off a new pair; donate more than three pairs and get 20 percent off a new pair.
Crystalyn Kae Handbags: Who doesn’t have a Crystalyn Kae? I used one as a diaper bag for a few years and it still looks brand new. They’re just that good. In honor of her 11th year making these vegan gems, CK is having a Studio Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 9. Find deals on one-of-a-kind, experimental and sample bags at 50-70 percent off. 5611 B Phinney Ave N.
SCCC Fashion Portfolio Show: Like to keep up on what the local emerging student designers are up to? Head to the Seattle Central campus on Tuesday, June 12 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the Apparel Design program's 2012 Portfolio Show entitled DRESS/CODE. It's casual. Harvard Entrance Atrium, 1716 Harvard on Capitol Hill.
Craft & Culture/Ledger Launch Party: Craft & Culture is a newly launched webstore highlighting some really exciting designers coming straight outta Seatown. Created by Hana Ryan Wilson and Jason Parker, whose curatorial eyes reign supreme, shoppers are treated to awesome stuff from the city's most innovative minds like (Ladies & Gentlemen) and Actual Pain. Not only is their store cool, they're also launching Ledger, a magazine billed as "an exploration of outliers, underground craftsmanship and game-changers," according to their release. Love it! Meet and mingle with this cool crew at Vermillion on June 13 from 8 to 11 p.m. with giveaways from designers and music provided by DJ OZMZ OTACAVA. More info here.