Bellevue-based designer Suk Chai was scarcely back from New York long enough to shake that city's lightning-fast, go-get-'em pace for this one's much more relaxed one, but that turned out to be a good thing. As a fashion and design industry-focused crowd filed into Roche Bobois on the evening of Friday, March 14 for the first-ever Seattle presentation of Schai, it was clear that Chai had a busy night ahead of her.

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"Backstage" at Roche Bobois: Jamyrlyn Mallory readies a model for the informal presentation.

Chai's fifteen years of local design experience and her involvement in the Seattle chapter of FGI make her a popular figure in town—and the well-deserved buzz about her line put a certain excitement in the air. 

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Roche Bobois was the perfect spot for the invite-only affair; the informal, chic, and comfortable setting worked well for catching up and getting down to business.

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Chai dressed three models in looks from her line, which is due to hit stores in August and September of 2014. This informal viewing allowed clients, reps, and friends the opportunity to touch and feel and experience the garments in a real way. Runway shows add drama and a sense of theater, but they aren't always the best means of getting things done.

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Chai was set up to take advance orders for the fall collection; those who placed them were given 10 percent off.

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The party was catered by Herban Feast; dried fruit from Simple and Crisp by Seattle-based Jane Yuan was a lovely addition.

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Anna Telcs, local artist and designer and Totokaelo rep, with Vanguard Seattle's Trenton Flock.

 

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FGI's Julia Suleymanova Ryan with the Art Institute's Ali Basye.

 

The public is invited to see the collection and meet Chai on Wednesday, March 19 at the W Hotel from 5 to 7; the event is complimentary, and happy hour prices will be in effect at the bar for the duration.

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