What do Meghann Sommer, Lily Raskind, and Ty Ziskis and Carlos Ruiz of CMR TYZ have in common?
All these Seattle designers (and perhaps more; let us know who we might have missed) have been carried or contracted by Urban Outfitters—which is no small feat, and hopefully, no small boon for the bank account. What I love about big box love is that it yields more flexibility for small shop innovation.
Speaking of big boxes: I stopped by the Pioneer Square studio of the multidisciplinary CMR TYZ guys and there was some major production going on. Dying, shredding, shaping, and packaging. UO placed a huge order; they're basically making a Seattle-made T-shirt into the t-shirt of the summer. It's not a hard sell, made of Pima cotton from Peru, they're as soft can be—and you can't beat the handmade look.