You might not think to go looking for designer discounts in Pioneer Square, but there's something sort of perfect about the placement of Sarah Isreal's co-ed overruns concept on Yesler Way. For the straightforwardly monikered the Clothing Company, Isreal buys close-out, overstock, and past-season looks for men and women by Paige Denim, William Rast, Michael Stars, 7 For All Mankind, Rich & Skinny, and the like. It's this resourceful and pioneering spirit that made the neighborhood what it was, so here's hoping this shopkeeper helps outfit a new generation of innovators and explorers.
Shop Talk: What song or album is playing on your store’s sound system right now?
Isreal: Citizen Cope's "Bullet and A Target." Portishead, Massive Attack, and Sneaker Pimps are also essential artists on my playlists.
What was your first job in retail? What did you love or hate about it and how does it compare to what you do now?
I have always worked in sales but this is my first experience working hands on in retail. Previous to opening the store I worked in specialty food sales. I worked closely with large retail accounts but I rarely got to interact with the customers. My favorite part about owning this store is the opportunity it gives me to get to know my customers. Helping someone find the perfect gift, or the outfit that makes them feel fabulous is the reason I love my job.
What’s your favorite thing in the store right now?
My favorite item is the Bleulab Denim line. They make a fabulous reversible premium denim jean. I love the concept of two pairs of jeans in one. They are perfect for the workday-to-date night transition. I am especially proud of our jewelry selection. We carry a unique assortment of one of a kind pieces by local designers. My favorite lines are Sweet Disappointments and Crow & Iris. I am also completely enamored with local artist Kate Tesch, her artwork adornes the walls of our shop.
Where do you shop when you’re not at your store?
I am the quintessential bargain hunter; that was the reason behind my opening this shop. I love clothing by expensive designers but I don't like to pay full price for it. Crossroads Trading Company is my favorite place to shop because I can always afford something fabulous there. I also enjoy that when I have had enough of my wardrobe I can trade it out, this is especially helpful for seasonal revamping.
What do you love about your store’s neighborhood? What nearby restaurants and coffee shops do you recommend?
I love that each building in Pioneer Square has a story to tell. Seattle has such a rich and seedy history and this neighborhood is where it all began. For food in Pioneer Squre I reccomend Delicatus. They offer phenomenal sandwiches that are handmade with local meats and cheeses. The cocktails are delicious and the service is always excellent. (Don't miss there Fois Gras Fridays, its one of my secret pleasures!) My favorite bar is the Central, the bartenders there are all pretty awesome. For sweets be sure to try Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Their chocolate-dipped strawberries are ridiculously good. If you haven't had the chance to take the Seattle Underground Tour, I highly reccomend giving it a try.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened in your store?
In this neighborhood there is never a dull moment!