Nowhere does heritage wear feel more at home (or less contrived) than in the Pacific Northwest. So break out your flannel and selvedge denim and scope out the city's top-notch retail options.
Owner Nealy Blau makes biannual trips to Milan—though she stocks a few labels from other cities as well—to handpick the gorgeously crafted leather goods that fill her unfussy sliver of an accessories shop. Expect the latest, most sought-after styles from insider brands like Il Bisonte, Fiorentini + Baker, and Roberto Del Carlo.
1115 First Ave., 206-292-1767, shopamano.com
While Blackbird is wildly hyped, the adulation is well-deserved: The racks are primarily devoted to slick menswear, but there are unisex picks, too, including Comme des Garçons wallets, Cutler and Gross sunglasses. Plus, next door they've opened a stand-alone apothecary that stocks some of the coolest soaps you've ever seen.
5410 22nd Ave. NW, 206-547-2524, blackbirdballard.com
Helmed by two Russian-born siblings whose family actually owns a porcelain factory in Moscow, Far 4 has distinguished itself as the source in Seattle for forward-thinking home goods. Besides its own ceramics line, find Astier de Villatte fruit bowls and Kühn Keramik mugs emblazoned with burning hearts.
1020 First Ave., 206-621-8831, far4.net
Devoted to highly collectible, out-of-production pottery, this shop boasts an unbelievably extensive selection of earth-tone Heath Ceramics from the '50s, Rookwood Pottery vases and gloriously simple pitchers by famed industrial designer Eva Zeisel.
116 S. Washington St., 206-682-6162, lagunapottery.com
This well-loved spot consistently brings new lines to the city, like Gary Graham and Megan Park, expertly mixing them with store favorites including Rozae Nichols' gauzy, layered styles. It's hard to express how much we love shopping here: From the cozy, French-country-cabin vibe to its laid-back merchandise, it all feels so right.
3420 Evanston Ave. N, 206-632-2877, lesamis-inc.com
Styled like a chic, slightly gothic Parisian flea market, this place could easily suck away an afternoon. Bowls of Mexican milagros sit next to shadow-boxed insects and turn-of-the-century toys, while the walls are lined with letterpress cards.
5332 Ballard Ave. NW, 206-782-7337, luccagreatfinds.com
Provençal-sourced striped linens are arranged in tidy color-coordinated stacks along the wall, and vintage chandeliers drape from the ceiling at this thoroughly romantic spot. The shop does a brisk business in made-to-order pillows, crafted from vintage South-of-France fabrics.
2802 E. Madison St., 206-250-8853, redticking.com
Georgetown has slowly established itself as the city's best resource for vintage home goods, and Kirk Albert was a pioneer. The shop (formerly known as Great Stuff) is laced with incredibly special, handpicked finds, like an anatomical eye model, an industrial steam gauge and a vintage lifeguard chair.
5517 S. Airport Way, 206-762-3899, kirkalbert.com
After years working as a stylist in New York City, native Seattleite Tamara Donaghy returned home with a mission to open a boutique stocked with little-known lines that complement her sleekly feminine, superhip aesthetic. Her keen eye ensures that Sway & Cake is the first in town to sell the most up-and-coming labels.
1631 Sixth Ave., 206-624-2699, swayandcake.com
Owned by a former graphic designer, Totokaelo (which means "reaching to the edge of the stars" if your Latin's rusty) traffics in a studied mix of labels that are quietly cool (Maison Martin Margiela, A.P.C., Raquel Allegra) and under-the-radar (Hope, Uzi NYC). Don't miss the spot-on jewelry from Mociun and Lauren Manoogian.
1523 10th Ave., 206-623-3582, totokaelo.com
The Seattle-based mini chainlet Watson Kennedy has won all sorts of awards for artful store displays, which makes absolute sense: It's one of those places that can sell an entire aesthetic, meaning you'll want to buy it all—the obscure cookbooks, antique dominos and lusciously wrapped hand soaps.
1022 First Ave., 206-652-8350, watsonkennedy.com