Bellevue has emerged as a fashion center and magnet for some of the hottest stores in the country and around the world. And it’s no wonder. With Bellevue’s growing, diverse population and reputation as a business and technology hub; we’ve become a shopper’s paradise.
Whether it’s a high-end boutique or the perfect place for back-to-school shopping and scoring a great deal—you’ll find it here in Bellevue. From the Bellevue Collection to the new Nordstrom Rack in Lincoln Square South, DSW, TJ Maxx and other off-price retailers at the Marketplace at Factoria, or authentic Chinese and Indian wardrobe items at Grace Collection Galleries and Sakkhi Style Bellevue truly has something for every fashion forward shopper.
Want to check out the latest looks for fall? There’s no better way than during Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection, September 20 – 24, 2017.
This annual event delivers an extraordinary experience to fashion forward, contemporary and luxury shoppers. Look for exclusive runway shows, trend reports and demonstrations, chic parties and irresistible shopping. Enjoy the unique fashions of seven local designers at the Independent Designer Runway Show where these up-and-coming Northwest designers square off in an ultimate runway showdown. Posh Party Trend Show features a high energy runway of must have Fall trends and a chic pre-party with beauty tips and photo booth fun.
And this year, The Bellevue Collection introduces The Collective Runway Show, featuring premier brands, hosted by special guest Fashion Designer Christian Siriano.
Inspired? Why not go shopping! Beyond the hottest retail shops to explore at the Shops at the Bravern and the Bellevue Collection, Bellevue is also home to some of the best independent boutiques and local trendsetters in the state. And remember—Small Business Saturday is November 25th this year.
Here are a few of our favorite local haunts:
Jarbo opened their first boutique in Old Bellevue on Main Street seven years ago. Since then, they’ve expanded to 11 locations across the country including Oregon, Michigan, and California.
Featuring clean, European designs in fine fabrics, Sharon Roth, owner, and designer, first began designing clothes in Seattle and selling them to friends. Word got out, her customer base grew and many are still her most loyal fans.
One look inside this boutique and you can understand why. With classic, comfortable designs that fit just right, along with sumptuous fabrics sourced from Italian leather, cashmere, and Pima Cotton, Jarbo designs and manufactures 90% of the clothing themselves. That makes the succulent leather coats, soft cashmere sweaters, and gorgeous silks hard to resist. They also carry their own leather handbags, scarves and accessories to complete any ensemble.
And the Jarbo “look” can be dressed up or down making this line perfect for work, an evening out, or a comfortable day on the go. Jarbo is a “must visit” for the true fashionista.
Located at Bellevue’s Crossroads shopping center, Sakkhi Style is a family run boutique featuring tastefully designed traditional Indian dresses for men, women, and children.
The dresses are designed in-home by fine craftsmen and tailored beautifully. The unique designs, fabric, and artwork used are all inspired by Indian lifestyle, culture, and beauty. Discover Sarees, Kurti, Salwars, children’s clothing and one-of-a-kind jewelry to compliment the beautifully designed attire. Stop by for a true Indian shopping experience.
If you want to know what’s happening in the world of fashion, look no further than La Ree Boutique in Old Bellevue. Right off Main Street, La Ree specializes in brands and designers you won’t find in many of the big box stores. But it’s their attention to trends and detail that have helped this little shop build such a loyal following.
What to expect this fall? Cozy, oversized sweaters, plaids and flannel shirts, distressed denim, skinny and wide leg bottoms, bomber jackets, booties, flats and chic mule slides. According to Rachael, La Ree’s owner, also looks for lots and lots of velvet, leopard prints, high-rise bottoms and light hues of pink and blush.
The addition they’re most excited about this season? Le Kasha Cashmere. Warm and so soft, these are pieces you will go to for years to come. This brand has been around since 1918 and solidified its reputation when Coco Chanel chose them to make her first suit collection.
Shop for dozens of other top designers as well as accessories, bags, scarves and one-of-a-kind jewelry.
This Chinese boutique is the first of its kind in North America. Located at The Shops at the Bravern walk in and you know you’re in for a special experience. With both custom pieces and ready-to-wear, the colorful silks are a feast for the eyes. And while you’re taking it all in, Grace Chu, GCG’s owner will make you feel at home with an offer of tea.
The clothing is simply breathtaking. Numerous items are handmade, reflecting colors and patterns that have been passed along for generations. Many of the embroidered designs are directly taken from the Royal family of China and have been carried down for more than 800 years.
In addition to the custom clothing, GCG features a gorgeous, ready-to-wear line encompassing the same traditional Chinese design with a modern twist.
Also look for accessories that take you on a journey of Chinese heritage by designer Saint Joy, along with home furnishings and paintings by artists who have become masters of their passions. GCG has an astute eye for melding the global and traditional while combining it with a contemporary twist.
Pushing the limits of the Northwest’s fashion scene since 1994, David Lawrence has mastered the art of styling men and women in the Greater Puget Sound area. They focus on accessible luxury–fusing design, fit and quality to create contemporary collections each season.
Step inside their boutique and it’s easy to forget that you’re in the land of khaki, flannel and polar fleece. The clothes tags here read like the credits from a GQ or Vogue fashion shoot, with no shortage of Italian labels.
Look for exclusive items from designers like Versace, Philipp Plein, Eton, Herve Leger, Les Petit Joueurs, Moschino and much more. You’ll find David Lawrence at The Shops at the Bravern.
Whether you’re shopping for a new fall wardrobe or just adding a few perfect pieces to update your look, Bellevue has you covered. Our shopping options include a range of price points from off-price to luxury and items from Pacific Northwest basics like jeans and sweaters to shops that cater to those seeking authentic Chinese and Indian wardrobe items.
Photo Credits, Top to Bottom: Fashion Week via The Bellevue Collection, Store Front via Jarbo, Dresses via Sakkhi Style, Signage via La Ree Boutique, Traditional dress via GCG, Models via David Lawrence.