|Z Zegna knit jacket - $695|
|Cardigan - BP studio - was $625, now $189|
|Relwen double-face hoody...was $185, now $79|
- The yarns that go into a Cividini cashmere sweater are always spun from the longest, softest cashmere fiber, so there is dramatically less pilling than lower quality sweaters - the fiber never leaves the yarn.
- Cividini specializes in unusual fabrics, producing innovative cloths from unusual fibers, including jute, metal, plastic, and more.
- The brand has an artisanal approach to color and pattern, often applying dye directly to the garment by hand, like an artist with his canvas.
- Because the garments are designed by two architects, they often have unusual structural features like rightside-up/upside-down wearability
Come check out the beautiful new pieces we've received for the pre-fall 2012 season, and stay tuned for more fabulous new arrivals!
|Bracelet by By Malene Birger - was $195 now $69|
|Wool saxony unconstructed blazer - WAS $1575 NOW $499|
|Overcoat by Martin Margiela - $2195|
|Gravati slip-on...was $595, now $149|
(Sizes 8.5 and 10 still available)
|Left: (detail of neckline)|
Right: Blumarine jersey print dress - was $1545, now $449
|Gravati - Both styles were $595, now $359|
The Fashion magazines agree - a pair of nubuck shoes in a light color are GREAT for spring. Trouble is, the white or chalk color favored by the jet set don't really work great in Seattle's rainy weather. Why not try a light honey or tan colored waterproof suede, that has a spring feel without being too tricky to keep clean? At 40% off, the price is right to try something new, too.
We're receiving new items daily from Giorgio Armani's signature collection - the Black label. This season's fabrics combine Armani's signature sense of luxury and love of texture with new technology in textiles, and feature innovative wrinkle-free finishes and four way stretch for ultimate mobility. Check out some of our favorites from the Milanese master - in store now!
It's that part of the sale - half-off markdowns! Take 50-60% off on selected merchandise from our best designers, including Giorgio Armani, Blumarine, Luciano Barbera, Moschino, Maison Martin Margiela, and more during our Spring/Summer savings event. Fire the starting gun - these deals are going FAST!
Posted by Butch Blum at 3:14 PM
|Gimo's - $1595|
- Treat your leather and suede with all-weather spray, readily available from shoe repair shops. Don't soak the piece in it, but use enough to evenly cover the entire garment. Let dry, then repeat. (For suede, a quick brushing with a stiff plastic or wire brush in-between sprays will keep the nap from falling flat). This should be done at most once or twice every 6 months, depending on how much the garment gets wet.
- Don't store leather in a plastic garment bag, as the leather will not be able to breathe and will be more susceptible to changes in temperature. Choose a cloth cover instead - one of our signature Butch Blum garment bags will be an excellent choice.
- If you must iron the item, set the iron on the lowest setting, without steam. Place a heavy brown paper grocery bag (or similar) on the outer side of the garment, between the garment and the iron. Iron quickly, without pressing down - leather will burn easily!
- Choose a sturdy hanger - especially one with wide shoulders - so the garment doesn't lose its shape.
- When the garment becomes wet, let it dry naturally but be sure that it does not stay moist too long, as it may mildew. Room temperature (65-70 degrees) should be fine. Do NOT use a machine dryer, as it will shrink the garment and/or damage the piece's natural oils.
- Clean smooth leathers with a damp cloth.
- Regularly brush suede with a stiff wire or plastic brush. Avoid cleaning chemicals.
- Don't spray hairspray or fragrances while wearing your leather items.
- Seek out a professional leather care specialist when the garment becomes badly worn or soiled. Be judicious about cleaning anything- sometimes a leather garment's appeal improves as it absorbs natural dust and oils from your skin, and develops a patina that looks beautiful and feels personal.
With a few easy steps, a beautiful leather or suede garment can be a great investment - one that will serve you well for many years.
|Giorgio Armani Black Label - $4495|
"This amazingly soft leather has a beautiful matte black finish, and the tailored fit will, after a short time, conform to the wearer in a very personal way. It's surprisingly light, for such a warm garment."
Men's luxury buyer
|Slippers by Derek Rose - $195|
|(outer) cocoon - $995...(inner) double-breasted jacket - $995|
|Seersucker madras button-down sport shirt - was $145, now $59|
An Italian company founded in the 1940's, Herno has been an outerwear specialist since its inception, creating innovative impermeable garments entirely in Italy from distinctive materials, while maintaining a fashion-conscious edge. Herno's standards are well known throughout the fashion industry, which is why they have partnered with name brand designers like Prada, Jil Sander, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, and more since the 1990's. Designers like these are ill-equipped to produce outerwear (most of them started as leather manufacturers) and have contracts with Herno to produce designs for them under license.
It becomes very obvious when you compare prices why it's smarter to buy garments with a manufacturer's label, rather than buy the designer-labeled iteration. A Prada Linea Rossa nylon jacket typically costs between $1195 and $1995, depending on trims, length, etc. A similar style from Herno (using the same quality construction, fabric, fastenings etc) may cost as little as $895-1495. Which do YOU care about - the label inside the garment, or how the garment looks, feels and most importantly - lasts? That extra $300-500 in your wallet left over from purchasing your new favorite coat is a great reminder that you can be stylish AND savvy. Look for new arrivals from Herno this fall, exclusively at Butch Blum in Seattle.
|Dress by MM6 Martin Margiela - was $545, now $325|
Asst. Women's buyer
Small messenger (also available in white) by Barbara Milano - Was $365, now $139
|Jeweled tee (Black tee only) - was $195, now $79|
|Belts by Giorgio Armani and Remo Tuliani...Normally $125-195, now $49-79|