Admit that you get a weird thrill from — or at least that you’re awfully charmed by — Seattle natives who run off to fashion capitals and become bold face names. It’s cool; I do too.
Rachel Stroble at Mario’s gave me a scoop on one such Seattle-born sister; some of the Bainbridge Island-raised editor/designer’s work is shown here, but to find out more about her story you’ll have to check back in a few days.
(Spoiler alert: It’s a real oh-yeah?-a-recession?-here’s-what-I-can-do-to-buck-this-bad-luck tale.)
(Um, second spoiler alert: Devotees of Vogue, British Vogue, and Nylon need only a passable ability to retain names and photos to know who and what I’m talking about.)
To hear her—and her co-designer partner and friend—tell it, and to check out the neo new age narrow lines, draped wool crepe details, and innovative Japanese nylon that feels like silk but repels water like a duck (and I mean, c’mon, only a native Northwesterner can know the true value of that), just mark your calendar for next Wednesday, May 27 and plan on stopping by Mario’s some time between 10 and 5.
More soon — promise.
(Images from, in order, the designer’s look book, British Vogue, and Style.com)