Beyond Grunge: The Best of Seattle Menswear

Beyond Grunge: The Best of Seattle Menswear



Seattle, WA / Activities / Entertainment / Shopping

Not since the Grunge movement of the early 90's has Seattle's fashion influence been felt until only recently. Look around every metropolitan hub in the US and you'll see the Pacific Northwestern look of hunting plaids, Red Wing boots, utility wear and mountaineering facial hair. Hipsters, good and bad, and tastemakers have adopted and embraced the urban woodsman-look in excelsis. Brands that promote heritage, craftsmanship and a real feeling of authenticity are sought after and now sold in high-end boutiques and specialty stores. This tour showcases several stores in Seattle that cater to and modernize the new urban woodsman.

1. Jack Straw

Jack Straw Inc

1117 1st Ave Seattle, WA, 98101

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"Not a fashion store, but a clothing store" is the motto of Jack Straw. Expertly curated and edited, the Jack Straw boutique in downtown Seattle provides an elegant shopping experience and a gateway to some of the most innovative and handsomely crafted international clothing from the US, Italy, the UK, Ireland, France and the Netherlands. Men's and women's ready-to-wear are well-merchandised and conveniently displayed in long racks that make it easy to view the clothes up close and from a distance and ultimately find your right size. The space resembles a sophisticated minimalist loft with hard wood floors and exposed brick walls showcasing tasteful artwork that all provide a working counterpoint to the clothing. Pieces sold focus less on fickle trends (i.e garish stuff you'll wear maybe once or never) but on craftsmanship, authenticity and timelessness. So score an Aran Island fisherman's sweater by Inis Meain, a modern Stone Island parka using the most innovative fabrics and production techniques and a Commes Des Garcons tweed patchwork jacket to complete your Urban Woodsman transformation.
Stone Island promotional video: Mussola Prismatica. Stone Island products are available at Jack Straw.

2. Filson


Seattle, WA,

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Born out of the northern gold rush before the turn of the century, Filson was established in 1897 in Seattle to meet the demands of miners, engineers and northern pioneers needing practical, rugged and long-lasting workwear and equipment bags. Today, Filson is regarded as a timeless 'heritage' brand that retains it's original ethos: "Our materials are the very best obtainable, for we know that the best is none too good and that quality is of vital importance. YOU CAN DEPEND ABSOLUTELY UPON OUR GOODS BOTH AS TO MATERIAL AND WORKMANSHIP." Their patented 'Cruise' jacket and canvas twill luggage have achieved icon status in the realms of fashion and product design. The Filson of the 21st century is also collaborative having undertaken successful partnerships with other heritage brands such as Levis and Sebago shoes. Visit the shop in downtown Seattle for a full view of Filson's wears elegantly displayed in a wood-paneled lodge-like space complete with roaring fireplace.
Sebago X Filson promotional video

3. All Saints Spitalfields


1511 5th Ave, Metro Transit, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

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No place is best suited for an All Saints Spitalfields storefront than Seattle. In fact, Seattle may have had a significant influence on the All Saint's look: gothic moodiness, black and neutral color palette and a style-strangled mix of English, urban, country and steampunk rock & roll. Walk into the All Saints Seattle shop and marvel at the floor-to-ceiling wall of antique Singer sewing machines displayed. The space resembles an old turn-of-the-century factory straight out of a Charles Dickens novel that provides a suitable backdrop for its dark, sinister and vintage-inspired fashions.
All Saints Spitalfields A/W 2011 promotional video