My Seattle Exit

In which I attempt to leave this party with maybe even half the grace, style, and generosity that has been shown to me over the last eight-and-one-half years.

By Laura Cassidy September 24, 2014

Eight and a half years ago, I walked into the corner office at 1201 Western and announced I'd love to be considered for a style editor position that hadn't even been created.

And then three weeks ago, I walked into the same room and announced that it was time for me to leave it.

The first time I was convincing Katherine Koberg, the editor-in-chief at the time of Seattle Met's 2006 launch; the second time I was springing some unexpected news on current ed-in-chief and my very good friend and partner-in-crime James Gardner.

I'm pretty strong-willed when it comes down to it, and of course, I did end up getting the job—not of style editor but lifestyle editor—though it wasn't long before I eventually shortened the title. With the launch of Seattle Met Bride & Groom in 2007—and in the years since—I carried two business cards: one claiming the role of SMBG editor-in-chief, the other claiming that original goal.

Being strong-willed means I also have big goals that require me to push on. Today is my last day at the best job I've ever, ever had.

While my usual M.O. is to employ what I've always called a French Exit (in other circles it's known as an Irish Goodbye, and who knows whatever else), I'm definitely not leaving this post without singing some sort of farewell.

This happened. And it was definitely fun, but it wasn't the best thing to happen during my time here. Not by a long shot.

Although I've had the opportunity to sit down and talk with such luminaries as the Olsen twins, Andre Leon Tally, and Simon Doonan, the folks I loved dishing with the most were those locals who had an active hand in shaping the way style has been expressed and elevated around here over the last half-decade or so. And I want to thank them, and you, all.

I'm thinking of visionary Seattle fashion photographers, store owners who consistently used their spaces to expand the definition of 'store,' random and assorted sartorially aware types who challenged themselves publicly and personally, and the wedding vendors who go way above and beyond—every weekend of every summer and then some—for the happiness of others and the greater good. 

And seriously, my favorite moments have been when someone I've profiled in some way or another dropped me a line or stopped me at a party to tell me that after they or their work appeared in the magazine, their grandmother went out and bought 47 copies of that month's issue and distributed said copies at the next bridge tournament along with caramel corn and pink lemonade. The only thing better than shining a light on the good, talented, stylish, and hard-working people in this town is making old ladies proud.

I wish I could cleverly and succinctly hyperlink all my favorite stories and events here, but a game of greatest hits would be pretty darn self-indulgent and rather oppositional to the whole ghosting-out thing. Suffice it to say that I have truly loved going from the town that consistently topped (those admittedly bullshit) Worst Dressed lists to the city whose style is cliff-noted season after season by really important designers.

Believe me, I'm very aware that there are more important things in the world than all that, but in terms of shopping locally, supporting local designers, and taking serious the cultural implications of big business and personal expression, we're getting things done around here, and that matters.

In a few days time I'll be reporting to my new post on Seventh Avenue—not the famous Seventh, or Fashion, Avenue in New York, but don't think that little coincidence was lost on me. My new job is at Nordstrom's locally based HQ. I'm joining a really exciting team of innovative big thinkers tasked with taking the brand's online editorial content to the next level as the company moves into Canada, New York, and beyond.

Though I've loved filtering fashion news and style trends through the lens of Seattle for almost a decade, I'm beyond excited to step out into the world. Literally. And whereas for all these years I've worked inside the Seattle mix, doing what I can to help elevate the movers and the makers, now I'll be inside and outside of this town, shining a slightly different sort of light on who we are and what we create. I hope you'll keep following along.

And speaking of following along: you will certainly want to continue doing that here. As I have said over and over with as much humility as I can muster (it's hard to be humble when you're as great as Seattle Met is ...) I am positive that there is no better place to get style and shopping news in Seattle. Trunk shows, fashion shows, collection debuts, cool parties, new stores, important people, fantastic things: we are on top of all of it. If anyone in this town still thinks there aren't good style and fashion events around here, the Shop Talk newsletter (see convenient link at the end of this long-winded ramble) will very quickly disabuse them of that notion.

Amanda Zurita, known to many as the wise-cracking, wise-hearted assistant editor and interviewer of such tough-nuts-to-crack as the not-Kardashians, will be overseeing Seattle Met's style coverage for the time being. Amanda is also taking over the editorship of Seattle Met Bride & Groom, which basically rules. You are in excellent hands with that one. I could not be more certain that she's going to take these jobs and rule them.

Now, before I slip out the door, let me say, one of the best things about this city is that it is a small one. And Instagram and Facebook make it even more so—in the best way.

So, well, .. see you later.


Show Comments