Friends, gather round -- behold this week's edition of Racked Seattle, where all the good retail gospel is spread by your girl, Ali Brownrigg. Check back here everything Thursday for news, tips, sales and events, and if you've got fun tips for our in-house sartorial mastermind, hit the tipline at email@example.com.
Fickle Four Eyes: Rivet & Sway, a new eye wear startup out of Seatown is fixing to launch any day now. The concept is simple and a life-saver for those of us who appreciate options, have trouble making decisions and like to live with our choices for a few days before committing. Peruse dozens of stylish frames online, select three to have shipped to you - sans prescription - live with them for three days, then ship them back free of charge with no obligation to buy. You will fall in love with one (or more) pair, of course and after sending in your Rx, will live happily ever after looking as cool as Lisa Loeb does in hers. All frames are $199, nicely made and come with sweet upgrades like a scratch-resistant UV coating.
Goodwill - La Boutique: The new South Lake Union Goodwill is opening today, Thursday, July 26 to much fanfare. Almost every style blogger worth her salt has posted about it, many of which will have been in line at 10 a.m. when the store opened, we reckon. The draw of this store, the twenty-second in the northern Puget Sound alone, is a smaller footprint, a boutique feel and an emphasis on cute clothing for the fashion- and budget-conscious shopper. Swing by today for the opening celebration featuring prizes, giveaways and music. Store location is 411 Westlake Avenue N.
The Finerie: Through August 11, save up to 85 percent at this downtown boutique, stocked with Abi Ferrin, Hugo Boss, Moods of Norway, Pour la Victoire, Portland’s Yed Omi jewelry and many, many others.
A Mano: All spring and summer styles are now 50 percent off at A Mano – many of which will help you transition gracefully into fall and still look stylish next year.
Totokaelo: All sale items go to 65 percent off this Friday. What’s left will fly out the door on the back of some lucky lady. Be her.
Pacific Galleries Saturday Marché: Don your comfortable shoes, grab a latte for strength and get ready to shop for some flea market finds. Pacific Galleries, in Sodo, is the mother of all antique malls in town, and this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. it’s hosting a huge outdoor French-style market, replete with unique antiques and vintage items. If flea markets aren’t your thing, Pacific Galleries is open seven days a week and hosts the most amazing auctions. Check their Facebook page for pics and deets.
Consign Design’s Half Off Parking Lot Sale and Island Life Summer Shack Open House:
There’s no end to the opportunities to purchase new (or new-to-you) stuff for your abode this weekend. Head to Consign Design’s Parking Lot Sale for half off their immense stock of home furnishings and pick up some bamboo and rattan patio furniture or maybe a tiki bar while you’re at it at (Sodo’s late, great) Island Life’s Summer Shack pop-up. Sale runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 28 and 29.
The Future File:
Dolce Vita Sample Sale: Woo hoo! DV’s hosting their biggest ever sample sale at Object in Belltown on August 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with over 1,500 spring and summer items at 60 to 85 percent off. Dang! All three of the brand’s lines, Dolce Vita, DV by Dolce Vita and DV8 by Dolce Vita, will be represented at sale prices between $10 and $75. Post an Instagram shot or tweet from the event for a chance to win three pairs of shoes from their fall collection. To enter, shoppers must tag @shopdolcevita and include hashtag #samplesale. The winner will be selected at random on Monday, August 13.
Formulary 55: Sweet Petula’s Cordelia Smith just can’t stop herself from opening brick and mortar shops and we’re so happy about it. This purveyor of decadence in the form of bath and body care is opening a new shop on NE 55th called Formulary 55 in the Ravenna/Bryant neighborhood on August 31, with an opening event that night from 5 to 8 p.m. and the next day (September 1) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The first 25 customers each day will receive a goody bag stuffed full of awesomeness. Formulary 55 will be Smith’s manufacturing spot and open to the public on the weekends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at this point. Expect stock to include Smith’s own incredibly popular lines (Sweet Petula, Good Clean Dog, Mr. Mustachio and Formulary 55) as well as Olo perfumes from Portland, DS & Durga, Patch NYC and Royal Apothic.