Dressing Up in the Puget Sound

Man, I don’t even have to write a pun headline for that title. I mean, did I ever tell you about the time I was at the Seattle Symphony, sitting next to a guy in a bright green sweatsuit? To be fair, it was St. Patrick’s Day, but still…folks around here are much more likely to be seen at Canlis in jeans and Gore-Tex than rocking a Mad Men style.

But, shockingly perhaps, we actually have a pretty significant fashion & apparel industry cluster here in the region. And, if you’re interested, I’d be happy to take you on a bus tour of it.

You probably remember back in October when enterpriseSeattle released their study, and you have to marvel at the breadth and diversity of the cluster. You’ve got major players like Nordstrom, REI and Eddie Bauer mixed with high fashion folks like Luly Yang; small boutiques and designers focused on local hipsters mixed with folks like Tactical Tailor providing uniforms to the military; and of course lots of outdoor gear like Filson and Zumiez (which is apparently doing pretty well).

How can you possibly learn all about this incredible buzz of activity? Join us on the next Prosperity Partnership Industry Cluster Tour, of course! That’s right. On April 15, how would you rather spend your Tax Day than learning about all the great fashion and apparel being designed, manufactured, marketed and retailed from right here in the region? It’ll give you lots of great ideas about how to spend that tax return.

Not only will be making stops throughout the region to see these companies, but we’ll also have panel discussions from industry folks on the challenges and opportunities of doing their work here, as well as workforce people on how we train future fashion industry employees. It won’t have the free food samples of our last tour, but maybe just maybe you can get a fabric sample or two out of it.

Register now, and I look forward to seeing you then!

SIDEBAR: So, I think I have a really, really good idea for a start-up tech company. You know the worst part about buying clothes online is how you can’t see how you’ll look in them? And you know how popular computer avatars have become, in everything from Tiger Woods Golf to Second Life? What if you could upload an avatar with your exact proportions to all clothing retail websites, and see your avatar in that garment in 360 degree rotation? It’s the perfect combination of the region’s fashion cluster and our IT/interactive media cluster. Any VC folks reading this that want to back me?

UPDATE: H/t to Fashion Network Seattle in response to the sidebar above: Apparently, there are two new companies that have rolled out virtual dressing rooms.

4 Responses to Dressing Up in the Puget Sound

  1. Frank says:

    Or, better yet, what if we could put the clothes right on a projection of your body?

  2. Michele says:

    I always refer to my North Face items as Northwest Prada. I think your VC idea would have more impact than printing calorie info on restaurant menus.

  3. Sheila Martin says:

    Well, this is one area where Portland has beat the pants off Seattle!

  4. small boutiques and designers focused on local hipsters mixed with folks like Tactical Tailor providing uniforms to the military; and of course lots of outdoor gear like Filson and Zumiez.

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