|Armani leather jacket - $2895|
The signature clothing collections of Giorgio Armani, who is arguably the most famous fashion designer in the world and certainly the most successful to come out of Italy, have been proudly featured in our lineup since the late 1970's. We are the second retail door to do so in the United States, and have always admired Mr. Armani's masterful balance of soft, comfortable clothing and elegant professional fashion.
Mr. Armani started his design work in the early 1960's, and did his first major designs for the house of Nino Cerruti. During the 1970's he freelanced for companies like Gibo' and Bagutta, before opening his own design house in 1975, producing his first collections for men and women for the spring/summer season of 1976.
Armani quickly became notable for his signature style which continues today - soft, easy to wear fabrics, in elegantly simple cuts. His suits were among the first to remove significant amounts of padding and canvas from shoulders and chest, favoring a more body-conscious look.
During the 1980's and 1990's the brand became the global fashion powerhouse it is today, with forays into casual sportswear, children's clothing, home furnishings, and gifts available in over 35 different countries around the world.
Mr. Armani's personally designed collections for the Black Label are available exclusively in the Northwest for men at Butch Blum, carefully edited for the Seattle man's wardrobe.
This sometimes means using a key fabric to make a statement piece for the runway, like the long gown above. Later, when the designer and their staff takes the samples to market, the pieces will often change noticeably. In our case, the final product was made using the same incredible fabric (a sheer tulle overlaid with raffia and pearl embroidery), but as a sweet cardigan instead of a floor-length ball gown.
|Cardigan - Cheap and Chic - $955|
Calidora. ($250 value)
|Dress- $665 - Metradamo|
|Bag - Olga Berg - $98|
|"Bob" jacket - $695|
The LBM 1911 line is a softer, more casual collection than Lubiam...perfect for a young man buying his first sport coat, or for a seasoned professional whose wardrobe requirements are less restrictive. Pair one of our LBM 1911 jackets with a wool dress slack (but keep it slim, please) or a cotton chino and roll up the bottoms. Mix and match and find YOUR perfect outfit, but hurry in - these jackets are the IT jacket right now, and do not stay on the shelf long.
|Solo size (pictured) - $99. Also available - Duet - $149, Traveler - $79|
Posted by Butch Blum at 11:32 AM
Soil. Climate. People. Culture. All of these contribute to the way a wine looks, tastes, and feels. You'll experience it here in the Northwest, among the many beautiful wines The Local Vine serves. Other selections celebrate small, regional wine makers from around the world. Enjoy the extensive wine by the glass menu along with food, cocktails, and friends at either Local Vine location. Recognized by Sunset magazine's "Best Wine Bar for the Foodie" 2011 and one of "The Hot 10" Wine Bars in the USA by Bon Appetit magazine. The BB Skin Game player will enjoy a $100 gift certificate good for the wine bar, great food, wine classes, and retail. Please visit thelocalvine.com. ($100 value)
|Custom denim fabrics - $345|
|Cardigan - $545 - Schumacher...Stripe top - Majestic - $115...Pant - Metradamo - $395|
BB Sales Associate
|Alden cordovan plain-toe - $595|
Check out some of Alden's incredible hand-lasted Cordovan shoes, available in laceup and slip-on styles here at Butch Blum.
|Jean jacket - Maison Martin Margiela - $795|
|Linen coat - $495...Linen knit cardigan - $295...T-shirt (by Majestic) - $115|
TOMORROW! (Wednesday, March 14)
Doors open at 7:00 PM, Show starts at 8:30
Doors open at 7:00 PM, Show starts at 8:30
ULTRA VIP Ticket: $250—Includes premium front row seating (assigned by order of purchase), VIP reception with hosted beverages and hors d'oeuvres and an exclusive Ultra VIP Forecast swag bag.
VIP Ticket: $125—Includes premium 2nd and 3rd row seating (assigned by order of purchase) and VIP reception with two hosted drinks and hosted hors d'oeuvres.
GA Ticket: $50—Includes seat on the main floor (first come, first serve seating) and GA reception with hosted hors d'oeuvres.
Tickets are still available...get yours here!
|Image from the 2004 "Pain Couture" exhibition|
His career began in the early 80's, when after brief stints with Pierre Cardin and Jean Patou, he launched his own signature collection of clothing. The designs were shocking, irreverent, funny and masterfully tailored, and immediately lauded by French fashion editors. One of his most famous designs - the cone bra - appeared in Madonna's 1990 Blonde Ambition tour, and has irrevocably intertwined both designer and muse. He most recently designed for Madonna's 2006 Confessions tour.
At Butch Blum you will find a carefully edited selection of the master's work, including but not limited to his collaboration with the Fuzzi factory - called "Soleil." Gaultier prints his wild designs on Fuzzi's signature nylon tulle fabric, creating beautiful sheer fantasies of fabric, to be worn layered underneath his other garments, and thicker, opaque garments to be worn on their own. We are proud to have this collection exclusively in Seattle.
|Cotton stretch chambray shirt - Citizens of Humanity - $295|
5-pocket chinos - J.Brand - $195...Sneaker - Santoni - $420
Waste not, want not! Our next project for our easter windows involves - you guessed it - easter eggs, so we needed a ton of egg shells. We decided to donate the food parts of the egg to the Seattle Union Gospel Mission for the homeless . Check out these 'making of' shots, and the trip to the mission!
Partenopea's garments are over 60% hand constructed. Each step in the manufacturing process is overseen by a single tailor, who chalks out a pattern by hand, cuts the fabric by hand, and sews the various component pieces together by hand, before machine sewing load-bearing seams. These steps make them one of a handful of suit manufacturers in the world that produce clothing of this quality and attention to detail. Partenopea has an outstanding attention to value as well, with a starting price point roughly half the cost of similar 'designer' tailored goods.
Come check out this outstanding garment and see why Sartoria Partenopea is one of our favorite new resources.
|Dress - Jean-Paul Gaultier - $445...Belt - Berge $165|
Men's accessory buyer
|Men's J-Fold wallet - $67|
Check out some of our incredible spring accessories for men and women...everything from great belts and bags to beautiful ties, pocket squares, etc.
|Martin Margiela vintage-styled tote - $925|
Opened in 2008, Cascina Spinasse has captivated attention for its authentic incorporation of Piedmontese dishes. Led by Chef Jason Stratton, a Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chef in 2010, Spinasse received 2011 "Best Of " accolades in Seattle Met magazine, Seattle magazine, Seattle Weekly and Bon Appetit magazine. In 2011, Stratton opened ARTUSI next door. The bar focuses on Italian aperitivi, amaro, grappa and vermouth, unique cocktails built from Italian liqueurs, a select list of spirits, and lesser-known wine varietals. The menu ranges from the roots of Italy's cuisine to the Futurists and beyond. BB Skin Game players receive dinner for two, redeemable at either location. Visit www.spinasse.com and www.artusibar.com. ($100 value)
|Cotton trousers by Gardeur - $195|
|High crew-neck - $425|
|High button vee - $445|
Check out new arrivals from this 'Dear' little company now, exclusively at Butch Blum in Seattle!
|The ladies from MANE blowout bar|
|Guests enjoying nibbles from Jason Stratton|
|Guests getting pampered at Ummelina's hand massage/nail care station|
|The MANE ladies at work|
|More from Ummelina - the guys get to play too!|
|Guests enjoying Oola Distilleries hand-crafted spirits|
|More nibbles from Spinasse and chef Jason Stratton|
Posted by Butch Blum at 1:01 PM