This time I want to talk about a local designer – Mike Maffei of Buddhaful clothing. He (and friends) create tribal, urban, yoga-inspired pieces that are, yes, produced in Bali. I love how his style lends itself to simple pieces with small intricate details while keeping them casual and comfortable enough for everyday wear.
From their site: “Buddhaful is a grass roots company. Since its birth in 1998, Buddhaful has grown as a local Seattle, Washington clothing and fashion event organization to become not just an entity for apparel retail with accounts worldwide, but a sponsor for events promoting art, fashion, music and life.”
Scouring Seattle for my feral fashion fix, I happened to visit their store location during the short time it existed in Seattle’s U-District last summer. I loved being able to try on the clothes and after a few visits worked up the courage to spring for the Queen Bee jacket – a long, black canvas trench coat with beehive-patterned brass buttons, zippers and laces. It was love at first sight and I now wear it September through June, receiving compliments from strangers all the time. Buddhaful couldn’t justify the cost of a storefront beyond a few months, but you can still email them to stop by the workshop and check out the clothes if you’re in Seattle. And of course, order online.
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