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They're the designers, boutiques, and artists who put a twinkle in your eye.
Sabrina Love Rodriguez Sabrina Love Handbags
While in Italy, Sabrina Love Rodriguez fell hard for the local artisans' buttery leather and Old World craftsmanship. Upon her return, she created a line of handbags made from the highest quality Italian lamb leather and imported hardware. Read more
I Know What You’ll Hold This Summer
Sabrina Love Bags
You idolized her in Party of Five. Cringed when she played Hepburn. Smirked at the MOWs. Cheered when she slammed the paparazzi.
Think you have mixed feelings about Jennifer Love Hewitt? Imagine what it’s like for Sabrina Love Rodriguez.
After years of hating her middle name, the Seattleite has finally embraced it — by creating Sabrina Love handbags.
The simple, ladylike totes and clutches are made from ultra-soft Italian leather. The classic shapes come in neutrals like red, cream, and black and were more than a little inspired by icons like Grace Kelly and (the real) Audrey Hepburn.
The bow-adorned Paris clutch is the right mix of vintage and debutante; the Marais tote is as relaxed as a boatneck top and capris.
You’ll appreciate their refreshing lack of controversy.
Even if it is your middle name.
Available at Les Amis, 3420 Evanston Avenue North (206-632-2877); Rue, 611 Stewart Street (206-264-0788); online at sabrinalovesbags.com.
Carolina Sadowski Carolina Pagano Shoes
A lifelong shoe connoisseur and former fashion merchandiser, Seattleite Carolina Sadowski fused experience with vision to launch her shoe line, Carolina Pagano, which combines quality materials with the sensuality and spontaneity of her native Brazil. Read more
Thanks a Brazilian
Carolina Pagano Shoes
Dance floor fiascoes are the number one contributor to workplace chagrin. This year, be responsible: Study up with Miss Twinkletoes’s easy at-home lessons.
Step 1: Slide out of your wellies.
Step 2: Sidestep bulky socks.
Step 3: Turn to a pair of sexy handmade Carolina Pagano shoes. Seattle designer Carolina Sadowski references her native Brazil in the hardware (natural bone beads), accent fabrics (satin, linen), and colors (skin, sand, magenta), which exude saucy luxury.
Step 4: Samba in the festive Sonia slide. Hustle in the strappy Capola. Or pas de bourrée in the Bea ballerina flat with its sweetly sizable bow.
Step 5: Finish with a flashy finale (jazz hands optional).
And just like that you’ll feel like the cock of the walk.
Available at Posh on Main, 10245 Main Street, Bellevue (425-454-2022 or poshonmain.com).
Anna Korte AK Vintage Jewelry
Portland designer Anna Korte culls materials from antique shops and costume jewelry warehouses for her one-of-a-kind line. Her limited-edition collections, inspired by literary giants like Cummings, Lorca, and Burroughs, are destined to be classics. Read more
Anna Korte Vintage Jewelry
As any pirate knows, there’s good loot (fancy jewels, golden medallions, vintage rum) to be plundered if you know where to look.
And Anna Korte does. The Portland-based jewelry designer scours Rose City antiques stores, estate sales, and jewelry warehouses for unusual pieces.
Korte repurposes her bohemian treasures (horseshoe charms, leather gloves) into earrings and necklaces — all of which are named after bits of poetry by writers (E.E. Cummings, John Burroughs) who inspire her.
Fringed anchors made from textured leather lend an arty appeal, while brassy ball-bearing chains, whistle charms, and orb lockets transform old into new.
Aye, aye, me hearties: It’s one serious booty call.
Available at Last Waltz, 1406 18th Avenue, at Union Street (206-328-5512); Olivine, 5344 Ballard Avenue Northwest (206-706-4188); online at tobi.com.