So today was a gorgeous day in the SEA and I thought I’d pick up my sister’s Christmas present down near Pike’s Place Market. After grabbing it and picking up a few tasty treats for lunch, I thought I’d make good use of the weather and walk over to Kuhlman which I’d been wanting to check out for a while. I also took a quick peek into Zebra Club which is listed as a retailer for Palladium Boots. Unfortunately they only had women’s boots, but I did take a quick look through the store. I didn’t browse too much since they didn’t have the boots, but there is definitely a lot of clothes there, and probably warrants a deeper look if you are into the “stylish” non-granola Seattle look.
So I walked over to Kuhlman after that and the store is on the West side of first. It’s really small, even more so than Everything’s Jake, but there is quite a bit of clothes inside so that’s not really the issue. I will try to come back again, but from looking at the men’s selection, it seems like the clothes are a bit overpriced and I need to return for a longer look, but some of the clothes seemed of a quality that did not befit the price. I checked several of the suits, including a Moods of Norway suit and while the lining was very colorful, I did not feel a free floating liner inside the suit which would indicate it was wholly fused instead of at least partially stitched. They stock this Italian brand and I did not see any plackart on the shirts, which is a little disappointing for shirts that are retailing for around $150 or more.
However, the blog and the care with which they promote their clothing still has me intrigued so I can’t write the place off until I go back and do a thorough impression of the clothes. The girl working the desk was friendly, but the tailor in back was very quiet so perhaps I should have gone out of my way to ask some questions about the construction of the clothes and such. The style here is more multi-faceted than Zebra Club, so that is a definite point in favor of the store. They had some cool Barbour gloves, and they did carry some cool looking coats (although no topcoats, but I sort of expected this).
Conclusion: Need more time to assess. Thus far Zebra club seems like a shoe place only (they carry Onitsuka Tigers and Palladium Boots) as the variation in the clothes is too limited. Kuhlman has some potential but seems VERY overpriced, but again I will need to review this place again.