Moms Know Best

Does Your Mom Want a Motorcycle Jacket for Mother's Day?

She might. Seattle designer Mia Fiorvanti does. We've loaded another post full of gift and shopping ideas straight from this year's crop of cool mothers. Moms do know best.

By Laura Cassidy May 2, 2014

Okay you've considered everything else and you're still not sure. Well, our mom friends are sure. In addition to those trillions and billions of ideas they already offered you, they had even more to say about gifts. And shopping, too

See if you can't put some of this smart-thinking to work.

"The stores I love the most for browsing are: Burnt Sugar in Fremont, Clementine in West Seattle, and E. Smith Mercantile in Pioneer Square. I would love to go out and buy a really great black motorcycle jacket. I’ve heard that there is a vendor at Atlas Clothing in Fremont who carries really good ones. [He's no longer in Fremont, check our our update. —Eds.] My other top acquisitions would be seeds, soil, and everything I need for my garden including a greenhouse at Portage Bay Grange in the U District, a leather bag by Billy Kirk at Hammer and Awl in Madrona, rings and bracelets at Hitchcock in Madrona, and a new oversized sweater from Momo in the ID." —Mia Fiorvanti

"The hit list: Baby and Co. is always a must go; they remind me to invest in my look and lifestyle. Always so chic. Lucca in Ballard I love for all the little trinkets and goodies. Easy Street Records obviously! [Kisha's husband Matt Vaughan is the store's owner. —Eds] A hoodie, a coffee, a record... who wouldn't love receiving that? Pacific Place Galleries is awesome because you just never know what you will find in there. I have found great gifts for my vintage lovers as well as great items for the home." —Kisha Vaughan

"The best gift to take to a girls' night or to cover dessert at a dinner party is a dozen macaroons from Jessica Cantlin of Le Petite Sucre (no website; email her at jcantlin @ The Roheline incense from Blackbird is a great hostess gift. It smells of tomato plants and is perfect for a kitchen. For birthday gifts, the AP + RR loop bracelet in python. Natch." —April Pride


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"When we moved from Brooklyn a couple of years ago, I really struggled to find the city’s style pulse points. But now I’ve found my regs. My Monday through Friday uniform (grey skinnies, men’s Ts, and fitted leathers) comes from All Saints Spitalfields. I think Seattle has the best one in the country. For big meetings and hot dates I head straight to Baby and Co. Jill really gets the style plight of the modern woman – and she has an incredible eye for the intersection of wearable, powerful and sexy. B&C is a much needed home-run in a city inexplicably overrun by Eileen Fisher and culottes. Finally, home design is very much on my radar. After a lifetime of crumbly old brownstones, our new build in Kirkland felt cold and sterile. Debbie Nordstrom’s Haystack is a literal trove of vintage pieces that are great for creating patina and soul. Kirk Albert is also fantastic for moody and glamorous finds." —Shireen Jiwan

"I would love a private cooking class with Aran Goyaga; she moved here this past year and it is so great to have her creative energy in town. Also: a piece of pottery with a floral pattern from local artist (by way of Spain) Carolina Silva—soon to be available at London Plane. I also really like Paper Hammer. They have a great cloth-bound flower pressing folder/book. And I am always happy shopping at Juniper in Madrona. Lisa brings in beautiful clothes and really knows her clients. Jack Straw is another local favorite for gorgeous clothes. In terms of things, I always want a pen or pencil from Peter Miller Books. Matteo sheets and just about everything else from Pam at Red Ticking. And getting lost amidst the shelves at Elliott Bay Books still makes me happier than just about any other shopping experience." —Katherine Anderson

"In terms of hostess gifts, Glassybabys always work, or I'll sometimes bring some new food item that I've found at DeLaurenti's or at Snowgoose on Fir Island on the way to the San Juans. I'm also a fan of the soaps at Watson-Kennedy, everything at Paper Hammer." —Heather Redman

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"I love Watson Kennedy in downtown Seattle, they have my favorite hand soap, Sea Salt Neroli by Caldrea. There are so much to see, smell, and touch in the beautifully merchandised store! I also love Juniper. Owner Lisa Clinton has stocked Paychi Guh cashmere since the day it was launched. It was so refreshing to know that Lisa was willing to take a risk. Lisa picks items that are beautiful and wearable but not trendy—perfect for busy moms who are stylish and practical at the same time." —Karen Paychi Guh

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"I love David Lawrence, Baby and Co., Ketch, and Canopy Blue—oh and of course Butch Blum! There are so many great retailers I really love shopping with all of them!" —Terri Morgan

"Much of my wardrobe and home decor is composed of unique vintage finds; my fave sources are Curtis Steiner (just visiting his shop is an inspirational experience) and Lucky Vintage in Ballard, Pacific Galleries in Sodo and Susan Wheeler in Georgetown. I also love Midnight Blossom in Ballard for excellent terrariums and unusual planters. For new pieces, my go-to's are Totokaelo for pretty much everything in the store, Essenza in Fremont for lovely scents and candles (and jewels for someone to give me!), Prism for comfy-yet-chic pieces, and Juniper in Madrona for solid wardrobe staples like Raleigh Denim jeans and cashmere from fellow local designer Paychi Guh." —Khadijah Fulton

 "At Butch Blum we have greatly expanded our accessories—both men's and women's—it's the scarves I am loving the most, and the jewelry from Soixante Neuf. Peter Miller, of Peter Miller Books, just wrote a great cook book called Lunch at the Shop. Grab a copy—lots of wonderful stories about retail intertwined with the recipes." —Kay Smith-Blum


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