Fresh out of Seattle Pacific University, spunky fashion merchandising graduate and platform shoe lover Jennilee Bennett noticed a lack of opportunities for fashion folks in Seattle to collaborate. "No one was really coming together to work together and build something bigger,"she says. Out of that need, Style Scout began.

Jennilee Bennett of Style Scout Seattle.

We attended the fashion collective’s first event on Friday, February 1at the U District's swanky new recreational space, The Landing.

The event wasn't what you would call sold-out or standing room only. Still, some youg photographers, models, stylists, and a few local clothing designers (we spotted graphic designer Kevin Peralta and Sarsen clothing designer Heather Ellrod among them) looking to connect had gathered. In addition to general networking, guests enjoyed specialty cocktails and light bites while doing a little shopping.

There was a consignment angle as well; invitees were encouraged to bring an item of their own to consign and or trade. We didn’t get lucky in that sense, but the swapping and bartering looked like it was succussful for others. One scout brought Jean Paul Gaultier, Issey Miyake, and Yohji Yamamoto pieces.

Mixing it up at Style Scout.

Think of Style Scout as an alternative to FGI, perhaps—or maybe a complement. If you're really looking to find the style and fashion community in Seattle, might as well cover your bases.

Bennett has more events on the horizon; if you're looking to expand your little black book of style-savvy specialists, visit stylescoutseattle.com to see what's going down. 

Abiola Akanni is a guest blogger at Seattle Met; her blog is called Bora Bora Style.