Afiqah Amil’s clothing line campaign of "Amil" Fall collection with displaying different colors worn by women from various backgrounds.

Diverse Seattle evolves as a fashion city

Seattle's burgeoning fashion scene has international influences, with young designers drawing inspiration from the cultures in which they grew up.
Nov 18, 2016
Model Salwa Elrashid models a 'burkini', designed by Lebanese-born Australian Aheda Zanetti at her fashion store in Sydney, August 23, 2016. (Photo by Jason Reed for Reuters.)

France has “misunderstood” burkini, Australian designer says

Designer Aheda Zanetti says the burkini is meant to open choices for women who want to dress modestly or want more coverage from the sun.
Aug 25, 2016
“People used to try to run over me, because I was a Black woman, and small-statured," Williams recalls. "I’d fight them…I’m a good fighter.” (Photo by Chloe Collyer)

DeCharlene & Goliath: A Black business pioneer outlasts Seattle developers

Seattle's Central District is transforming before our eyes, but DeCharlene Williams sees a way for small business owners like her stand up to developers.
Aug 1, 2016
Aburu beads quickly, she says: she can make almost an entire necklace in the time it takes her to watch an episode one of her favorite crime shows on Netflix, How to Get Away with Murder.

Self-taught fashion designer draws from Ugandan upbringing

Shalom Aburu's designs will turn heads at Bellevue Fashion Week Independent Designer Runway Show in September.
Jul 5, 2016
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Redmond Indian clothing co. takes on challenges of cross-cultural fashion

The owner of Ravishing Marketplace hopes her original designs can bring Indian clothing styles into the mainstream.
Mar 11, 2016
Hijabis cross the street during Car Free Day in Bandung, Indonesia. (Photo from Flickr by Ikhlasul Amal)

8 surprising secrets about wearing hijab

It's World Hijab Day so it's a great opportunity to take a lighthearted look at some daily struggles and benefits that come with wearing a headscarf.
Feb 1, 2016
Dyed yarn hanging on a fence at the Jubilee Farm in Snoqualmie, part of a class on using natural plant dyes. (Photo by Carolyn Higgins)

Your organic cotton tee-shirt probably poisoned a river in Asia

Textile dyeing is an oft overlooked part of clothing manufacturing that can have devastating human and environmental impacts. But one Seattle woman has a solution.
Oct 8, 2015
A relaxing visit to the nail spa can often mean coming into contact with toxic chemicals -- though some Seattle nail salons have found greener alternatives. (Photo from Flickr by Sam Breach)

Are Seattle nail salon workers being mistreated?

Doing nails can be a risky business — but you shouldn’t assume Seattle nail salons are harming immigrant workers.
May 19, 2015
(Photo courtesy of Hamdi Lilah)

Local designer uses fashion to help Somalia

When Hamdi Mohamed first drew a map of Somalia, with the word “FREE” pushing out against the borders of the country, she wasn’t sure what she would do with it. The Chief Sealth High School student just knew it represented her desire for her home country to be freed of anarchy, violence and the numerous other issues it […]
Jul 24, 2014
Kevin "Abbra" Abraham, Haji Mutonye and Ismael Akuku. (Photo by Kelly Ranck)

Nairobi street fashions put Seattle thrift shoppers to shame

Nairobi's thrift shop fashion scene will have you rethinking your style.
Jun 3, 2014
Zara storefront in London, UK. (Photo by Aurelijus Valeiša via Flickr)

Zara brings international fashion to Seattle

First Macklemore, then the Seahawks and now...Zara?
Feb 18, 2014
(Photo by Hailey Way)

Origami, shadows, and Hello Kitty: Japanese fashion hits SAM

The Seattle Art Museum’s new exhibit is a study in the cultural exchange between Japan and the US through fashion.
Jul 22, 2013
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Issaquah entrepreneur puts flip flops to the test in Pamplona

This Afghanistan veteran really, really wants you to like his company on Facebook.
Jul 11, 2013
During the second exhibition of the Young family’s robes and jades in 1981, Mary Young (center) poses next to these treasures with Jon Kowalek, former Tacoma Art Museum director, and Pearlie Baskin. (Photo courtesy of the Young family)

Tacoma Art Museum director defends controversial sale of Chinese antiquities

Local relatives are angry after couples’ collection is sold off, mostly to buyers outside the Northwest.  
Mar 2, 2013
Women sort pistachios in a privately-owned factory in Herat, Afghanistan. (Photo by United Nations Photo )

Issaquah company fights to rebuild Afghan economy, one flip-flop at a time

How a couple of local veterans found out that rebuilding a war torn economy is almost as hard as fighting the war in the first place.
Feb 26, 2013
Designs from Maiden Noir, Trina Turk, Chrissy Wai-Ching and Naeem Khan (left to right). (Courtesy of Wing Luke)

From workroom to runway, Wing Luke honors Asian influences on fashion

Remember a couple years ago when GQ named Seattle one of the worst-dressed cities in the United States? Well clearly, they weren’t looking in the right places. The Wing Luke Museum, in the International District, highlights the stories of local Asian Pacific American communities through imaginative exhibits and tours. It’s an unlikely place to find […]
Jan 14, 2013