When Ashley Rose Portilla settled in Seattle after years of doing costume and wardrobe design in Los Angeles, what she missed wasn't so much the eternal sunshine, it was the fabric district.

Here's to those who create their own solutions: she opened District Fabric in September, in the space not too long ago vacated by Bitters Co.

Portilla tells me she's drawing on textile connections near and far to bring in a mix of serviceable basics, exotic wovens, animal hides, and really great fashion-forward finds for costuming, craft, and high-style wearables. 

Personal favorites include luxe silk shirting that called to mind Dries Van Noten and made me really, really want a long ballgown skirt to pair with a plain white T-shirt ala the Raf Simons collection for Jil Sander that continues to feel seasonal and urgent three years down the line. 

Any local independent designers want to take that commission on?

But I digress. There were also some lovely small and medium-sized furs and leathers, some crazy sequins and velvets, and lots inbetween.

Portilla is easy-going and friendly; I'd suggest using her as a resource—maybe together the two of you will expand Fremont's budding garment district.

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