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Sale of the Week: Velouria

Tes de Luna’s indie enterprise turns sweet six, celebrates from July 5-11

By Laura Cassidy July 2, 2010

Tes de Luna is celebrating six years and two locations of Velouria by extending a 20 percent savings to you

When folks ask, as they do, about defining Seattle style, someone usually brings up Velouria. First in her Ballard location and then, not six months ago on Capitol Hill, Tes de Luna created a place for local and otherwise independent designers to connect with shoppers looking for small batch style.

Let’s examine that word “first” up there. Before tattooed chefs were hip-ifying seasonal and local, before a farmers market in every neighborhood gave Seattleites a weekly opportunity to reflect on the virtues of small, close, and sustainable – six years ago this month in 2004 de Luna put her all into the notion that this is a city that values the maker, the craftperson, the artisan, the needle and the thread.

In honor of her sixth anniversary, and the fact that yes, Seattle does shop local and small – even in a recession – you can take 20 percent off any regularly priced item in the store between July 5 and July 11.

A couple of trunkshows are also in the mix: Brooklyn, NY jewelry designer Jene Despain will debut her summer jewelry line on Thursday July 8 from 5-8 during the Capitol Hill Artwalk. She’ll pop up out in Ballard on Saturday July 10 from 3-7.

Also, local Seattle menswear designer, Michael Cepress shows off his summer clothing line on Thursday July 8, 5-8, also during the Capitol Hill artwalk.

You’ll also catch Capitol Hill artist Elizabeth Soule’s polaroid portraits of animals and sealife and Seattleite Birgida Swanson’s Victorian-era inspired art prints.

Something tells me there might be Eastern Washington wine and Cascade Mountain raspberries – or something literally close enough – around, too.

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