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Mobile Fashion Debuts; Summer Skin Savers

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Summer Skin Savers: Seattle’s got a string of sunny days in the forecast (isn’t weird that the July 5 thing is really true?), so now it’s really time to start thinking about summer skincare. We’re all down with the obligatory sunscreen, but these local lines are here to help keep you hydrated so you don’t wilt like a flower in the intense 75-degree heat.

Kari Gran: This newly launched oil-rich, three-step wonder line is full of all sorts of emollient goodness, including a Cleansing Oil (yes, oil – try it, you’ll like it), an Essential Serum and a pure and simple Hydrating Tonic, perfect for soothing stressed skin. Keep it with you at all times. Available at

Jeffrey James Botanicals: Launched in 2010 by a former University of Washington football player, Jeffrey James Botanicals is a darling among the health store crowd for its conscientious ingredient list and effectiveness. James recommends his Toner, rich with colloidal silver, vitamin C and geranium extract to refresh and revive during our short summer season. Available at The Herbalist.

Koh Gen Do: While it’s based in Japan, this amazing line that has makeup artists here and in Asia aflutter, has US ties to Yelm, Wash., of all places, making it local enough for these purposes. Available exclusively at Barney’s here in town, Koh Gen Do products exist where the intersection of skin science and luxury meet. Their Cleansing Water, made with thermal water from Japanese hot springs and other botanicals, is a replenishing drink for your skin, gently removing makeup and other pore-clogging stuff. Stick it in the fridge, soak some (organic) cotton balls with it and spread them on your face for a refreshing and hydrating pick-me-up.

Clover House Gifts Closing Sale: This adorable South Lake Union shop is giving up the ghost after five years. Save between 15 and 40 percent on everything storewide, including gifty stuff like candles, books and jewelry. Now through July 9.

Totokaelo Art – Object: While stock has been in-store since their recent move to Capitol Hill, Totokaelo has just launched their sibling website, Art – Object, so the rest of the world can take a gander at what home goods from Maison Martin Margiela are all about. As an aside, sale items on the clothing side went to 50 percent off at midnight on Friday, July 7.
[Matriochkas Russian Dolls from Maison Martin Margiela. Photo by Totokaelo]

Ketch: Save up to 70 percent off summer staples at this low-key, under-the-radar Ballard Ave. shop, including on-trend cutoffs from Joe’s jeans and maxi dresses from Joie.