Sunday, November 23, 2014

Blackbird Down

One of Seattle's best men's outfitters is closing

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The bad news: Blackbird, the Seattle man’s go-to for avant-garde fashion design perfectly plucked for the Northwest climate, will be no more.

It's true. The shop that has steadily shipped us wearable runway looks and underground Japanese lines for most of the past decade is closing at the end of July to focus on their wholesale incense and oils business.
 
The good news: everything in the store, from the Fieldhouse's home goods depot to Blackbird Apothecary's grooming closet, is quite seriously, on sale. And yes, that means everything, right down to the hefty black hangers and slim steel racks.
 
Pick out a streamlined leather jacket from dark LA designer Odyn Vovk, an offbeat Robert Geller hoodie in gravelly terrycloth or a geometric Rick Owens top, all at more than 50% off. 
 
Stock up on the in-house prize pair of jeans: Blackbird’s unbranded pants in Japanese indigo or jet-black waxed denim. Thankfully, the American-stitched pants are rugged enough to last several years and look better as they age.
 
Snag cashmere and linen scarves in several shades of grey. Bag some belts from Portland’s Tanner Leather Goods. Sweep in several blocks of Blackbird’s ash-colored soap, full of beeswax and palm oil, but inspired by the erupting Mt. St. Helen’s. Hell, take home the leather love seat from the private dressing room. 
 
Get what fashion and fixtures you can, before Blackbird flies the coop. It's the end of an era. 

Blackbird 
5410 22nd Ave. NW (at Ballard Ave. NW), Ballard
(206) 547-2524
blackbirdballard.com
 
Price: 2 (down from 3 out of 4) 
Hours: Mon-Sat 10a-7p; Sun 10a-6p
Call ahead: As soon as the floor is clear, the doors will be locked forever.
Nearby: King’s Hardware; Prism; Peddler Brewing Co.

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