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Purses of Paradise: A picture (or a million words) will never do the Anne Sylvain handbag line justice. It's all about touch with these leather bags and small accessories created by Seattleite Patricia Raskin, and like many experiential things, you won't get it until you try it. Supple, soft and chic, Anne Sylvain bags are made with a variety of sumptuous leathers, from lamb to ostrich, all from carefully vetted sources that care about what they're doing. The debut collection, Le Mans, in classic fall colors of camel, burgundy, plum, black, grey and purple, are as sleek as the race cars that inspired them. And all the limited-edition and numbered bags, from tote to wristlet, are lined in a signature blue suede. Anne Sylvain handbags are available at David Lawrence, with prices ranging from $50 to over $2,000. See them in action on the runway at the Bellevue Collection's Independent Designer Runway Show on September 26 as part of Fashion Week at the Bellevue Collection.
Badwill Market: We love a good indie market around here and BadWill Market, one of the city's best, is happening this Sunday, August 26 from noon to 7 p.m. at Fred Wildlife Refuge at 127 Boylston Ave East. Pretend you're one of the cool kids and check out stuff from local boutiques, vintage sellers and designers, including Christine Chaney, Kippy Ding Ding and Moksha. You'll even find limited edition, handmade, completely amazing oxfords there created by mother-daughter team for their brand, Marca, and a possible (probable) must-have for your fall wardrobe.
Kaleidoscope Vintage: If you've been pining for some Swedish Hasbeens, now's your moment – they're all 40 percent off this weekend (through Labor Day Weekend) at KV on Cap Hill. Court & Tellason denim is also 40 percent off and select vintage is 20 percent off. Additionally, Seattle Met has a lovely blog post about their Tenth Avenue Bazaar, which ends at the end of the month, where the gals from KV highlight their favorite local designers from the Seattle area.
Mercer: Stock up on denim at this on-trend U Village spot right now. Buy two pairs of jeans and get the second pair at 25 percent off.
Future File: Seattle Central Community Collage is hosting a fashion show from the Bunka Gakuen University in Tokyo, Japan on September 23 at 1 and 3 p.m. Admission is free for this presentation, which the venerable Hisako Nakaya, program coordinator for the Apparel Design program at the school tells us is absolutely spot-on spectacular. Save the date!
[Barchetta clutch, $1350. Photo courtesy of Anne Sylvain]
[Shoe Photo courtesy of Marca]