One of my favorite stops in New York City is Intermix in Soho. It is like a giant island of cool. You have to walk the store from end to end to take it all in, then circle back around and go through it again rack by rack. Having both established labels and up-and-coming designers that are ahead of the curve of fashion’s latest and greatest make this a favorite shop for fashionistas the world over.
The original store opened in NYC’s Flatiron District in 1993 and cultivated a following of people in pursuit of individual style pieces that are on trend and high quality. Intermix has 36 stores throughout the U.S., including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, Chicago and now Bellevue. Located in Bellevue Square near the Microsoft Store and Nordstrom, Intermix at the Bellevue Collection opened on October 31, 2013, then had a party to celebrate their arrival in the Northwest on November 20, 2013. Style expert Cassandra LaValle of Coco+Kelley hosted the festive soiree wearing the A.L.C. Leopard Sweater Dress paired with a rocking pair of motorcycle boots. A.L.C. is a perfect example of what Intermix is all about; the line was created by designer Andrea Lieberman, who is an NYC native and a Parsons School of Design alum. Lieberman’s line has a cult following and is carried by major trendsetting retailers, including Intermix. Other lines at Intermix include Yigal Azrouel, 10 Crosby by Derek Lam, Gig Brasil, Nicholas, L’Agence, rag & bone, Helmut Lang, ALC, Mason, J Brand, Equipment, Herve Leger, Alexis Bittar, and Loeffler Randall. This hip boutique is definitely on the cutting edge, with chic pieces that can be mixed in unexpected ways. Walking in, it seems like one has walked into a giant dressing room filled with many coveted pieces from a wish list.
Among the friendly, knowledgeable and fabulously dressed staff, a carefully edited selection of clothing, accessories, shoes and jewelry awaited inspection. Jewelry included beautiful Vita Fede bracelets, Jennifer Zuener rings and fabulous statement pieces from Lulu Frost. The Coordinates Collection Seattle Cuff, was a standout—a small cuff that is twice-dipped in yellow or rose gold, curves ¾ around the wrist, and ends in arrowheads on each side. The Coordinates Collection makes Cuff’s for numerous cities with a city’s longitude and latitude inscribed on the front and its name inscribed on the inside. Store Manager Allison Becker tells us that Intermix is the first to carry these cuffs, which represent some of the cities in which Intermix stores are located, and they can hardly keep them in stock. A great stocking stuffer idea. The store carries has a stellar collection for the holiday season, including a gorgeous exclusive Alexis mesh maxi dress, a Helmut Lang asymmetrical jersey skirt (which Manager Becker rocked), a L’Agence topstitch blouse in a gorgeous silver silk and lots of leather skirts, pants and tops that are perfectly on trend this season. Zebra and black and white were both prominent, including on printed scarves, sweaters and blouses. If you like to stand out in a crowd, there is the beaded Parker jumpsuit, Yigal Azrouel’s colorblock croc embossed bustier, or perhaps the A.L.C. open back striped sweater. And skinny flare leg jeans were spotted in velvet and denim—you’ve been warned.
Need a little list of sweet gift ideas for someone special—or yourself? Check out the perfect little leather Nina D’Orsay flats by Vince, a Loeffler Randall Colorblock Watersnake Lock Clutch, the Mason by Michelle Mason Leather Front Sweater, the Elizabeth and James Sheer Organza Plaid Blouse, and both the Carolina Amato Leather Fingerless Gloves and the super soft Jocelyn rabbit fur infinity scarves and fingerless gloves. I could go on and on.
Intermix is a great addition to the Seattle and Eastside fashion scene. No matter on which side of the lake you reside, it is worth the trip to see what Intermix has in store for you. The Place: Intermix at The Bellevue Collection, 112 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 98004 The Digits: 425-462-2514 The hours: Monday-Saturday 9:30 am – 9:30 pm, Sundays 11 am – 7 pm Photography by Jed Asher