The Pacific Northwest's temperate weather means it's almost always a great time for layers. Beyond the obvious connotations of '90s grunge and the burgeoning indie music scene, it's safe to say that Seattle has much more to offer than ripped jeans, flannel and artisan coffee. The vast urban area is full of quality shopping, although much of it isn't close to each other at all. Should you find yourself in Kings County, here are a few of our favorites from a recent visit.
1117 1st Ave.
If you'd asked me if I thought you could find avant-garde designer Junya Watanabe in Seattle, my initial answer would've been "no." But Jack Straw was a pleasant surprise. Co-owner John Richards really has his ear to the ground, picking up collections from Adam Kimmel and Dries Van Noten, along with pieces from one of my favorites, Engineered Garments. Even better, he has some splurge-worthy sport coats from the likes of Boglioli and Aspesi. Looking for a gift for your lady? Check out their selection of Isabel Marant.
5410 22nd Ave. NW
Probably one of the few places you can pick up a Filson bag (made just a few miles away in Filson's factory), a pair of aggressive-looking Rick Owens sneakers and an asymmetrically-cut blazer from dark designers like Alexandre Plokhov or Siki Im. They've also got a pretty great in-house line, including a new line of slim cut suits. I gravitated toward the vintage motorcycle jackets and hoodies from Reigning Champ. Looking for a simpler souvenir? Check out their apothecary around the corner and get familiarized with an array of candles, colognes and grooming products.
1408 5th Ave.
At first glance, Butch Blum might seem like a run-of-the-mill men's shop. But once I got inside, the selection is only second to the customer service. Running the gamut from Italian brands like Zegna and L.B.M. 1911, there were even pieces from designers like Maison Martin Margiela. The knowledgeable staff can go into great detail about each piece in the store, and they even carry emerging brands like Benson, who make some pretty affordable and stylish casual clothes. In the market for a new pair of shoes? Peruse a few pairs from manufacturers like Alden and Santoni.
More Stores: Check out our map of other Seattle spots in our Shops Directory.
1555 4th Ave. South
No trip to Rain City would be complete without a stop at Filson's flagship store. It was more like a pilgrimage, considering I never leave home without my Filson carry-on suitcase. Designed to feel like an old-school hunting lodge, it houses the entire collection of luggage and apparel. Wood accents, mounted animals, and dim lighting lend to the outdoor atmosphere without coming off super-kitschy like a Cracker Barrel. After a long day of walking, it felt nice to hang out by the hearth while I waited for the rain outside to pass.