The Dark Side

Paint it Black: Northwest Designers in NYC's Bunch Magazine

Looking for twee Portlandians and the wooly urban woodsmen archetype? Not here. This is a different side of style from Seattle, Portland, and B.C.

By Laura Cassidy Photography by Elizabeth Rudge December 27, 2013

Earlier this year Bunch magazine commissioned local photographer Elizabeth Rudge and I to put together a shoot based on Northwest designers. I connected with almost twenty independent fashion brands in the Seattle-Portland-Vancouver sector (okay, and New York, too—I cheated and included the formerly Seattle-based Logan Neitzel) and put together this gothic take on regional style.

Floral-pattern button-down shirt with camo field jacket by Seattle's Maiden Noir

Tank by Seattle's Wyatt/Orr, long skirt by Portland's Michelle Lesniak, cuffs and druzy ring by Seattle's Hitchcock Madrona

Dress by Portland's Reif, hat by Seattle's Kelly Christy, cuffs by Seattle's Rachel Ravitch

Cuffs by Seattle's Hitchcock Madrona, wrap bracelet by Seattle's We Like to Lounge (sold at Hitchcock Madrona), bar ring by Seattle's Shannon Koszyk. Druzy ring by Hitchcock Madrona. Suit jacket by Seattle's Maiden Noir, tunic-length shirt by Seattle's Le Notre, leather tank top by NYC-based Art Institute of Seattle grad Logan Neitzel

Locally made Silvae of the Woods backless dress with pleated skirt, rope necklace by Seattle's Neon Zinn


Floor-length hi/low hem navy dress with gold leather yoke by Seattle's Wyatt/Orr, wrap bracelet by Seattle's We Like to Lounge (sold at Hitchcock Madrona), cuff and necklace (second view) by Seattle's Rachel Ravitch

Cashmere dress by Seattle's Benu, mesh undershirt is stylist's own

Dyed knit top by Seattle-based GCTC's MCDXLIV, tuxedo stripe cashmere leggings by Seattle's Paychi Guh

Open-weave knit dress by Seattle-based GCTC's MCDXLIV, cropped sweatshirt by Canada's Noctex, tassle necklace by Seattle's We Like to Lounge (sold at Hitchcock Madrona)

Leather T-shirt and shorts by NYC-based Art Institute of Seattle grad Logan Neitzel, leather jumpsuit by Seattle's Built for Man, locally made earrings by Faris

Tunic by Seattle's Le Notre, dyed knit drop-crotch sweatpants by Seattle-based GCTC's MCDXLIV


HAIR AND MAKEUP Kaija Mistral Towner

TALENT Zach and Claire, Heffner Management



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