Instead of buying from big-name retailers this holiday season, why not support some of Seattle’s best up-and-coming businesses? Here are five great picks from local companies that are so nice, you might want to gift them to yourself!
1. A piece from LilyEmme
Seattle-raised jewelry designer Valerie Madison offers distinctive, delicate creations through her signature line, LilyEmme. Using recycled metals, Madison creates pieces that combine classic sensibilities with contemporary simplicity to wow.
Our pick: The sophisticated and stackable Blue Zircon Diamond Kiss Ring pairs a blue zircon with a dainty diamond. Made with a conflict-free Canadian diamond and SCS certified recycled 14K gold.
2. A shirt (or a whole outfit) from SHARPLY
Stop by the SHARPLY store or scroll through the website to find timeless men’s essentials that are great-fitting and comfortable. This Seattle-based men’s lifestyle brand was created for the kind of guys who’d rather be having a beer with their friends than shopping.
Our pick: The go-to fall outfit that he can totally wear during other seasons too! It consists of the Sandhurst Double Cloth Shirt, which is classic and cozy for cooler weather, and the Jacob Crew Neck T-shirt, which is made from a super-soft 100% cotton sub jersey. Slim-cut but comfortable Jim Slim Jeans from premium Japanese denim company Jean Shop and a whimsical ParkHat complete the look. 10 percent of profits from the sale of every ParkHat get donated to sustainable development and conservation efforts around the world, so you can feel especially good about donning or gifting this topper.
3. A month (or more!) of Armoire
Armoire is a clothing service that allows you (or your gift recipient) to rent four curated pieces of clothing, then exchange them for fresh items. After you complete your style profile, stylists will build you a closet full of clothing options that align with your style and fit preferences. Select the four pieces you like best and they’ll be shipped to your door. Enjoy them as long as you like, and swap when you’re ready.
Our pick: At only $99, a one-month membership is a great gift for the most stylish ladies in your life.
4. Athletic wear from Five12
Five12 is a northwest-based brand designed near Seattle that specializes in indoor and outdoor performance apparel made from S.cafe fabrics. S.cafe fabrics are made from recycled coffee grounds, so they’re highly sustainable AND they absorb odor naturally – a complete win-win in our book.
Our pick: The Luna Therma Hoody
With a thermal funnel neck, convenient thumb holes and UV protective, odor-resistant and moisture wicking fabric, the Luna Therma Hoody is a mid-layer that eco-conscious athletes will love.
5. Anything from Moorea Seal
This Seattle-based store offers a curated selection of beautiful accessories, clothing and objects handmade by artists across the country. The Moorea Seal aesthetic is fresh, chic and modern with a touch of the rustic, and 7 percent of all proceeds benefit nonprofits in five categories close to the hearts of the Moorea Seal team.
Our pick: Handcrafted in small batches in California, Flow Perfume Oil features apricot and almond oils rounded with notes of Turkish rose and sandalwood. It’s perfect for enhancing serenity and calm this holiday season.
If you’re going to be shopping anyway, why not shop local? Its’ a great way to invest in our community and support the cool companies that help make Seattle the vibrant city we all know and love.