It is interesting how things come together in life. About a year ago my close friend Bianca introduced me to a chic boutique, Design 10301, in Bellevue (near Seattle) and my very first reaction was “the clothes feel so European” — simple, current with a little bit of an edge and made with really great fabrics. I have since purchased several lovely items from the store and its fashion collection Jarbo — all designed, and in some cases even made, locally in Seattle.
Some time ago, when all the stars were lined up, the talented designer behind these great fashion items, Sharon, and I happened to be in the store at the same time (I was just a loyal customer looking for a fancy skirt!). A fun conversation ignited and from there several meetings and photo shoots followed. Today I am so very pleased to announce that I am now representing several of Jarbo’s signature pieces in my store, Splendid Willow Avenue.
Meet Sharon Roth, the super talented designer behind Jarbo Collection. She has been driving this brand for seven years and it has become immensely popular. Her designs have been featured in Vogue and InStyle Magazine and Jarbo Collection can be found in many upscale boutiques an department stores in the US and Canada carrying European product.
“I won’t compromise on quality. That is where I draw the line”, says Sharon. “My designs are for the sophisticated customer who seeks luxurious comfort and timeless fashion.”
Jarbo is a lifestyle collection with European designer sensibility. Sharon employs local seamstresses but the materials are sourced globally. Pima cotton from Peru, tulle and synthetic blends from Portugal, leather from Italy, fine fully fashioned knits from Hong Kong + yarns from Italy, silk from Shanghai, techno fabrics from Japan and the finest cashmere from Nepal. Only the best will do.
Sharon is well known for her unique design sensibility and her many interesting design techniques such as draping. She is a strong believer in visual art.
So what it the story behind the name, Jarbo? “My first sales associate listened to an amazing Parisian vocalist with the name Jarbo. We talked so much about Jarbo that day that the name stuck with us when it was time to chose a brand name! I like that it has a European connection”, says Sharon.
Sharon flies to Europe several times a year for inspiration and fabrics. “I am really drawn to European design. Perhaps because of my own European roots but I also admire the aesthetics — the subtleness in the colors and textures. Europe has always produced beautiful clothing. Understated elegance where luxe quality is always a key component.”
The Latte colored Chic Duster (below) can be worn in two different ways – like so many of Sharon’s designs.
In addition to a showroom in NY, Sharon has two physical stores, Design 10301 in Bellevue and a brand new boutique in Madison Valley, Seattle (with the same name) which opens its doors this week!
Early next year a new store will be opened in Brentwood, CA. And soon after a store in Boston will follow.
With my store, Splendid Willow Avenue, more people now have access to Jarbo Collection. I ship nationwide (and upon request, internationally).
Don’t be surprised if you see some collaborations between Sharon and me in the future.
To see a few pieces of Jarbo loveliness in my store! Enter here.
Don’t forget to take advantage of my 15% off coupon in House Of Fifty’s Magazine. (See my previous post!).
P.S Thank you everyone for having been so patient with my lack of blog hopping lately. I owe all my blog friends big!