LONG A DESTINATION FOR CREATIVE CUISINE, imported essentials, and practical purchases, the Chinatown-International District now boasts a swath of unique boutiques that cement it as a go-to spot for stylish shopping sprees. Stocked with local designers and expertly curated collections, these shops stay in touch with the neighborhood’s culture and history while offering the latest trends.
This small boutique makes space for casual dresses from local designer KFLY, wooden food puzzles from Hawaiian toy company Keiki Kaukau, and handpainted teacups from In Ceremony, a ceramicist just up the street. Thanks to the expert curation by the two owners, both named Kaitlin, the eclectic selection that shares these shelves makes perfect sense. 600 S Jackson St; shopsairen.com
On their way to opening, the owners of Pylon Market stumbled on this sweet space with the name already on a sign above. They stocked it with an eye for aesthetics—one-of-a-kind clothes, gourmet sauces (sesame, spicy, and soy), souvenirs—and assorted drinks, including sake, cider, and natural wine. 674 S King St; pylonmarket.com/blogs/news/gift-shop
This small art space, whose name translates from Japanese to “it is,” “to be,” or “now,” serves as the retail home for Maiden Noir, a fashion brand that uses premium Japanese fabrics to create Pacific Northwest–inspired hoodies, shirts, and pants, as well as their signature Madam Noir unisex eau de parfum with warm and spicy notes. 513 S Main St; maidennoir.com/pages/dadada-gallery
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