Totokaelo: An Upscale Boutique Moves Uphill

Posted on November 19, 2012, 7:29 pm
3 mins


Totokaelo’s wall of shoes

Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood has long been home to unique boutiques and independent shops catering to a creative clientele. Like many parts of Seattle, the neighborhood is changing rapidly as new infrastructure and developments are built and old and new businesses come and go. Totokaelo, at 1523 10th Avenue in Capitol Hill, is an upscale clothing, furniture and home accessory boutique that migrated from Pioneer Square like its famous neighbor on 10th, Elliot Bay Books. Tototakelo’s capacious new space allows its inventory of clothes and shoes to be displayed in an uncluttered style similar to an art gallery. To say that the clothes and shoes can be compared to works of art is in this case not an exaggeration.

The wall of shoes in Totokaelo is a sight to behold in itself and only becomes more spectacular on close examination. Each pair of shoes is something of a treasure, just waiting to make someone’s high-fashion dreams come true—gold loafers, snakeskin oxfords, and fur heels, oh my!

Maison Martin Margiela: Gold Leaf Loafe

Furniture at Totokaelo

Acne: Trill Boot

Totokaelo covers more than your feet, though. There are racks upon racks of unique garments and accessories, from leather pencil skirts and bustier dresses to plaid stoles and fur-collared parkas. Their designer labels include 3.1 Phillip Lim, Isabel Marant, and Jill Sander to name a few. On their website ( they have a full list with small bios of the more than 150 designers that contribute to the store. One can sign up to be a Totokaelo member online receive invites to their “Pop-Up Shop” openings and other small events. This last Friday, November 16, a new Pop-Up Shop was introduced: Maiden Noir’s menswear will be sold from November 16 to December 2 and the designer Nin Truong was in store for the opening reception.

Zero + Maria Cornejo skirt currently at Totokaelo

Jill Sander dress currently at Totokaelo

Although clothing and accessories are Totokaelo’s main focus, it also sells furniture and home accessories incorporated and within the space. Contemporary light fixtures, hanging terrariums, and well-crafted wood tables and chairs are found throughout the boutique. Even if you don’t have room in your house for one of these pieces you can always test them out while you take a break from shopping. Lean back, soak in the style, and enjoy the leather sling chair as I did.

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