Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Go To: Holiday CRAVE-ings

Holiday shopping can be stressful! But what if going through your list was a party?

The lovely team over at CRAVE Seattle would love to have you at their party! The Holiday CRAVE-ings Shopping Party will be an exclusive, glamorous evening of fun, filled with shopping and entertainment for both women and men. A variety of clothing, jewelry, handbags, treats, d├ęcor, gourmet food and much more will be featured by many local Seattle female-owned businesses and boutiques. Party goers get to mingle with friends (and make new ones) while getting the latest trends and completing their holiday shopping lists.

Tickets may be purchased at http://thecravecompany.com/seattle/events/holiday-craveings-2012/ $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Swag to be given to the first 100 guests at each pop up shop. Look for your CRAVINGS SAVINGS of the night, each pop up shop is giving one item or more away for half the price.

Grab your friends and join me on Wednesday, December 5th, 5:00pm – 9:00pm at Seattle Design Center 5701 6th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98108



Friday, October 26, 2012

Back in the Saddle Again...

Since we closed the Collective back in August, I've been lucky to hear from so many of our lovely customers who miss us. First of all, thank you for taking the time to reach out via email, Twitter and Facebook. You have no idea how great it feels to hear your kind words!

So what's been going on since we closed?

Many of the designers that we featured at SPUN Sustainable Collective are doing great things and moving along on their own fashion path. Here's what a few of our favorite designers are up to:

* Cameron Levin  is the super talented designer who joined the Collective the minute we launched. Cameron was also there to man the register when I needed an extra set of hands. We're so excited to watch her grow as a designer and we're so proud to announce that she just released her much anticipated Ruby collection! Inspired by the art of flamenco dance, the rich red color palette is perfect for all the Holiday parties you have planned this Winter.



 * Bri Seeley has been busy too! A woman with a fashion dream and surrounded by love and support of her family, friends and fans, she is definitely going places! Fresh off the runways of Phoenix and LA Style Fashion Weeks, Bri was approached by Zappos who will be carrying her line next Spring! Way to go Bri!!!



* Marian Built is the talented line of lighting and furniture that designed the Collective. They recently re-launched their furniture line with a brand new website and online store! MB fans can now find their popular mason jar lights as well as lots of reclaimed and vintage MB pieces online. As an added bonus, if you use the code "SPUN" you save 20% off your order of $75 or more!



* OHA Skincare is my skin's saving grace all year and especially now that it's getting colder. I use OHA moisturizers and can't live without their Cleansing Milk. The OHA team is working away on a new website so stay tuned on that launch very soon. Rumor has it that they are releasing a new Perfume this Winter too! It's no surprise as I know first hand how truly amazing their products smell. Even better is that they are Organic and BioActive, meaning that they don't offer a million products for different skin types. Just use one product and know that the ingredients are working away on your skin, making it healthy and balanced. Way to go OHA!



Oh and I've been busy designing a new collection and am re-designing the SPUN website as well. It's due for a face lift! I hope to release an all new SPUN Organic Spring/Summer 2013 collection very soon! So be sure to follow SPUN on Facebook and stay in the loop!

xo, Sara

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Thanks for the memories....

Dear Friends and Customers,

Well, you may have already heard but the lovely site of the collective is going to be re-developed later this year. So we have accepted the upcoming change and are packing it up! But not before one last goodbye and an exciting sale which will help us personally say thanks to all of you. Don't worry, SPUN will still be available online as well as select retailers. All of the other artists and designers that have been featured here at the collective are also still doing what they do....it's just the store that is closing up.

Please join us for the SPUN Sample Sale on August 11th. This is also our last day open so we're just going to call it a Closing/Sample Sale! Doors will open at 11am and we'll be here until 7pm. Please come by and see us and more importantly, save up to 90% off on old stock, one-offs, samples and a bunch of other goodies in the store. 



Thank you again for your love and support of all of us here at SPUN Sustainable Collective. The experience has been truly invaluable and we appreciate every single one of you. Please continue to support SPUN and other independent designers because without you, we can't continue. Here's to the next chapter! xo, Sara

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for Our Annual Sample Sale Event, Saturday August 11th! More details including all the designers and products being offered will be announced soon, so stay tuned!


Friday, June 29, 2012

New For Summer!

Summer isn't quite here yet in Seattle but we're always excited to see new pieces from our favorite indie designers. Check out what we got in!

Tulip Skirt by Ashley Lynn $42
Intention Necklace by Nutti Yogini
$79 Silver / $89 Gold
Silk Square Tee by Ashley Lynn $42

Attn: Artists and Designers

SPUN Sustainable Collective is always seeking new indie designers, keeping our store's offerings fresh and making our customers happy. One of the biggest challenges about being a designer is breaking into the business. It's not only expensive and risky but also very difficult. SPUN Sustainable Collective helps support designers by providing them with shelf/rack space in a well-located store. We also help gain you exposure through marketing and business assistance, leaving you to focus on growing your brand. By joining SPUN Sustainable Collective, you are given your own shelf/rack space, personal bio about you and your label and are included in all of the collective's marketing outreach.


SPUN Sustainable Collective features designers who are creative, innovative and make quality products. If you are serious about your work and would like to join us at the collective, please contact SPUN designer, Sara Seumae to make an appointment.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

To All Graduates...and students of life!

Graduation season is upon us. Whether you are done with high school, college, or just pre-school like my little one, it's time to celebrate! As you begin the next chapter in your life and look forward to all that's ahead, you may be reflecting on your past and making decisions as to your future.

David McCullough Jr., the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and a longtime English teacher at Wellesley High School in Wellesley, Massachusetts, gave his students a reality check at their graduation. I was raised with the same lessons that Mr. McCullough is urging students to learn. I was taught that I'm smart, funny, kind, strong, beautiful and special. But the main thing that my parent's wanted me to know was that I'm all of those things but only to them. That I will need to spend my life trying to show others who I am and what I'm about. And more importantly, that there are millions of others who are also all of those things and that their parents are telling them the same thing. That life isn't about who people say you are, but who you really are. And that you can get people's attention by doing good as well as bad, but you need to decide which way you want it.

So happy graduation to all of you and good luck making the right decisions in YOUR life!

Friday, June 8, 2012

New Furniture!

Come by and check out this beautiful vintage gym locker by Marian Built. The numbered baskets can be used to store all your treasures.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Greetings from Fresh Jess at SPUN! Stock Up for Summer

Hi everyone! I've been watching the store this week while Sara enjoys a much-needed family vacay. There's so much in the store right now that I wanted to share a few pics with you. 

Come update your wardrobe with bright colors and prints for the summer time with the latest collections from Ashley Lynn, Kate Chrisman, Cameron Levin & Nutti Yogini. There are also some amazing accessories by Metamorphic Gear & By BAC, and jewelry by Elle B. Designs and Nutti Yogini. 

We've also got Miir water bottles, OHA Bio-Active Skincare, and as always, The Raven & The Writing Desk greeting cards and Marian Built furniture & lighting.

Looking for some sweet deals? We've got you covered there too. You'll find $4 tanks & tees and more in the Collective right now, plus you can enjoy 50% off fabric clutches, 30% off jewelry and lots more on all the By BAC items as well as 30% off Cameron Levin's F/W '11 collection.

Come by! We're open 11:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 

See you soon!
-Jess

Ashley Lynn, Kate Chrisman & Cameron Levin's latest collections.
Clutches by BAC & shelf fixtures by Marian Built

By BAC Jewelry - 30% off right now!

By BAC

OHA Bio-Active Skin Care

Elle B. Designs

Miir bottles - and my customized matte black one!

Nutti Yogini

The Raven & The Writing Desk greeting cards


Friday, May 11, 2012

Mother's Day Sale!

Join us this Saturday May 12th for a full day of savings!


Here's what we got:

50% off Cameron Levin's 2011 "Chelsea" Collection

30% off Kate Chrisman garments

20% off all jewelry

20% off SPUN organic clothing (excludes sale items)


PLUS... drinks, laughs and fun!




Speaking of laughs....

awkwardfamilyphotos.com




Friday, April 13, 2012

Calling All Designers!

The incredible team at Seattle Magazine have asked me to be a part of the "5th Annual Seamless in Seattle" design contest. This will be my second time joining a panel of extraordinary fashion insiders as we go through all the contestants and pick the winners.

The contest is open now until June 1st so be sure to apply if you want to take part. I believe it to be a great way to gain exposure for your line since your name/info will be up on the Seattle Magazine website and the winner(s) will also be featured in a full editorial spread in the September issue of Seattle Magazine!

Here's more info on how you can take part! Good luck!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Meet the Collective: Metamorphic Gear

I hear it from customers all the time... "why can't stuff be eco and cute at the same time? why is it one or the other?". As a designer of my own eco fashion line, SPUN, I try to make garments that offer the best of both worlds. I firmly believe that you don't need to make a choice when deciding to bring more green into your life.

This is why I was so excited to meet Lindsay Lawrence, the man behind the new Seattle brand, Metamorphic Gear. Lindsay's vision is to morph the two worlds of style and eco into his products.

"Lindsay is a world traveler, sailor and lover of the outdoors. Inspired by the outdoor equipment that he used while hiking, Lindsay wanted to design a range of stylish but reliable eco-friendly products for the outdoor enthusiast to use in their urban lifestyle. Having been involved with sailing both professionally and recreationally, Lindsay witnessed the durability of sail material before it was sent to landfill so decided to give it a new lease of life as the major ingredient in Metamorphic Gear’s products. Lindsay’s drive to create a company that is earth minded and forward thinking while always maintaining its integrity has attracted a team of likeminded folks. We are driven to innovate, create and deliver stylish, upcycled products you will be happy to bring into your urban life."

We proudly carry Metamorphic Gear's "Slate" Messenger Bags in both the solid colors (green, blue and red $130) as well the Limited Edition colors $150. Each bag is made using upcycled sails and used truck tarp materials.



Don't you love all the pockets?!?

 

You gotta see these bags in person so come on in to SPUN Sustainable Collective and take a look for yourself. Congratulations Lindsay on doing a remarkable job with these bags. We can't wait to see all the new styles you have cooking up!

Back in Stock!

Super excited to announce that the extremely funny and creative greeting cards from Seattle's own "the raven & the writing desk" are back in stock!

If you have ever shopped at the collective, then you are already familiar with these hilarious cards. If not, then here's a little taste...

inside reads: "but that's why I love you."

inside reads: "happy birthday bitch, let's celebrate!"

There are many other designs to choose from and all of them are priced at just $4/each. We sell out fast so if you are hoping to grab a few and don't have time to stop in right away, then please email us and we'll gladly put them on hold for you!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

This Just In! - Saturday 3/3

It's a been a very busy week full of fashion. We wrapped up the "Pink Carpet Project" event on Thursday and took a couple of days to recover. Stay tuned for some great pictures from the event coming up very soon.

Kate Chrisman has been a busy bee too! She just brought in this beautiful coat and I'm really excited to show you what it looks like. It's black wool with leather detail and a gorgeous interior lining. The zipper and buttons are brass and the whole look is to die for. These pictures don't do it justice so come by and take a closer look.

Kate Chrisman Military Coat $395

Check out that leather detail in the back! #swoon

Our customers adore the handmade shawls and scarves that Jennifer Glidewell of "Larson Love" makes. Each piece is truly made with love and includes a story of how it was made, where she bought the wool and even the name of the llama or sheep it's made from! This is one of my favorite scarves in the collective. Her use of the deep aqua color along with the rich brown is a lovely combination. It's hardly a scarf as it measures over 8 feet long! Made using 100% Organic Romney Wool raised on Orcas Island, Washington.

"Rainier Scarf" by Larson Love
Our good friend Cameron Levin has put a few of her garments on sale as to make room for more pieces from her much anticipated "Sati" collection. This Silk maxi skirt is available in grey and pink. The lining is a buttery soft fabric combination of bamboo and organic cotton. We only have one left in the pink and two in grey, so hurry in if you want to be wearing one this spring.

Cameron Levin Silk Maxi Skirt - $155 (originally $230)

Friday, February 24, 2012

This Just In! - Friday 2/24

I know how it is when you are curious if there's something new at your favorite store, but you don't have time to stop by. So to feed that hunger, we are doing a weekly post featuring the products that are new at the collective! We'll save you a trip and you can even call us to purchase by phone! Standard shipping in the US is just $5 if you want us to mail it to you. How painless is that?!?

One of my favorite skincare lines, OHA Bioactive, has recently joined the collective! Not only do I adore OHA owner Martha and her cute assistant Meg, but I absolutely love what OHA is doing to my skin! I'll save the story for when I can attribute a whole post just to OHA, but for now, I will just outline a few of my favorite products that we are proudly offering here at the collective. *yay*

OHA Gift & Travel Set $36
Everything you need to get started

OHA Intensive Nutrient Complex $40
OHA Vitamin C Infused Hand Cream $29

If you've stopped by in the last week or so, then you have probably already fallen in love with all the cute clutches, belts and jewelry that are made in Colombia by Belice, the talented designer of "by BAC". Belice has amazing taste and her designs go great with everything else here at the shop.


Leather Clutch $200

Leather & Filigree Cuff $70

Spiral Necklace & Earrings $130/set

Serpent Copper Ring $70
Miir Water Bottle $23

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Happy President's Day!

All day Saturday 2/18, Save 20% off everything in the store! Even sale items!
The Obama's love SPUN!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Join SPUN at "Pink Carpet Project"

I'm sure you have heard all about the recent decision the Susan G. Komen foundation made in regards to cease funding for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood. Much like most people, I tweeted and facebooked a couple of links and wrote a few comments showing my disgust. But that's as far as it went because I didn't know what else I could do to help the situation. Unlike me, a smart lady decided to stand up and actually DO SOMETHING!

If you've ever walked into the store, you have most likely seen the gorgeous designs of Cameron Levin. She is the woman responsible for the popular Feather Dress which helped put her on the map of Seattle fashion. Followed most recently by her newest collection, Sati, Cameron Levin fans have flocked (no pun intended) to her website and here at the collective, to buy up her designs. What makes her collections unique is her vision for making women feel comfortable and beautiful while still having fun.

As if she wasn't busy enough, in just 24 hours, Cameron managed to gather a group of Seattle fashion designers, nationally known brands, performers and the regional Medical Director from Planned Parenthood for an evening of fashion and education geared towards supporting this fantastic organization. With just a simple idea and a small Facebook group, Cameron formed a team and spearheaded the "Pink Carpet Project".

Here's a statement from event's website:
Susan G. Komen Foundation benefits from countless fashion shows across the country because of its charitable work in women's healthcare. In direct response to the foundation's recent move to cut critical funding to Planned Parenthood's preventative clinical breast exams to low-income women, we fashion designers of the Puget Sound area stand in solidarity with Planned Parenthood. We are organizing a fashion show (Pink Carpet Project) to benefit Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and to bring attention to this important issue. Dr. Anna Kaminski, Medical Director for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, will host a short discussion on the status of its life-saving clinical breast exams and referrals for mammograms prior to the show.

Pink "P" Ribbons to be worn at the event


SPUN is proud to join the following designers (some of whom are current and past members of SPUN Sustainable Collective) at the Pink Carpet Project:

- Cameron Levin
- Lizzie Parker (featured in NBC's upcoming show "Fashion Star")
Lisa Vian Hunter (featured in NBC's upcoming show "Fashion Star")
- Katie Chrisman (2010 Seattle Magazine "Seamless in Seattle" winner)
- Kate Mensah (2011 Seattle Magazine "Seamless in Seattle" winner)
- Lady Konnyaku (2011 Seattle Magazine "Seamless in Seattle" winner)
- La Belle Reve
- Banchong Douangphrachanh (2011 Seattle Magazine "Seamless in Seattle" winner)
- MEKA Clothing
- Fancy Hawk
- Miriam Reynolds
- House of Isaac Andrews
- Ilha Swimwear

Pink Carpet Project is being held at the FRED Wildlife Refuge in Seattle at 8pm on Thursday March 1st. We hope that you join SPUN and show your support for Planned Parenthood in appreciation for all of the important work they do in our community.

For more information and link to the ticket page, please visit: http://www.pinkcarpetproject.com/

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Crazy Pinning!

It seems that by the time we start getting used to a new app or social networking program/site, a new one comes along. Usually it takes me a while to start up with a new site but there is one that got my attention right away.

If you have already spent some time on Pinterest, then you know what I'm talking about. It's pretty much the answer to all of my prayers. Something that I never thought could exist or be as easy as it is. Talk to anyone who has been on Pinterest and they can tell you how addictive it is!


Pinterest is a social networking site that lets you create pinboards and dictate each one as a different interest. From there, each time you find something on the internet that you want to bookmark, you can pin it to the pinboard that falls under one of your catergories or interests. You can also just upload images straight from your computer. For example: if you're perusing a fashion site and find a dress that you love, you can pin it to your "have to buy" pinboard. Pinterest will keep the image and link to the image in your pinboard. Easy peasy!

The social part of Pinterest comes when others in the community find your image and can either comment, like or even re-pin it to their own board. Often times, I find myself spending an hour just re-pinning things that I see rather than adding my own!

Pinterest is currently by invitation only meaning that you have to apply to get access. However, I got mine in about 10 minutes and I've heard that the longest wait time is just a couple of days. Members can also invite friends to join with a special code. If you're interested in joining Pinterest and would like an invite, feel free to email us and we will send one out to you right away!

Follow SPUN on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/choosespun/

Chocolate, Chocolate and More Chocolate!

February is all about chocolate and we just can't get enough!

Join us as we welcome Pastry Chef Laurie Pfalzer of Pastry Craft for demonstrations on simple and sexy chocolate treats to make for your Valentine. She will be whipping up silky Theo Chocolate Fondue with special sweets for dipping and dark and milk chocolate barks with nuts and dried fruit. This is a great chance to get some tips on tempering chocolate while enjoying delicious treats! Chef Laurie will wrap up the demonstration with Douglas Fir Hot Chocolate - a Pacific Northwest specialty.

Along with great tips, you need great kitchen wear! Save 20% on all aprons, table linens, napkins and produce bags by "A Greener Kitchen" during the event!


Day: Saturday February 4th
Time: 2pm to 4pm
At: SPUN Sustainable Collective