September 3

Italian Luxury Pops Up in SLU

Designer fashion brand Tonya Hawkes anchors an all-women collective at Periodic.

After more than a year serving South Lake Union and Seattle shoppers, Periodic: A Pop Up Shop continues to impress with its stellar lineup of retail experiences. The space hosts rotating brands for a minimum of one week to a maximum of eight weeks. Its latest tenant, luxury designer Tonya Hawkes, is popping up at Periodic through September 30.

According to Periodic curator Melissa Gonzalez, the space has welcomed 13 brands/experiences to date:




4Twenty4 Boutique

Woodland Park Zoo

Cuts Clothing

Rustek Collective

Boo Oh

Theo Chocolate

From The Ground Up

Chiara Mecozzi

Outdoor Research

Tonya Hawkes

“Periodic is known as the spot that continuously offers up a rotation of fresh, unique, interactive experiences. Our goal is to bring something new to the South Lake Union area to further inspire local consumers and visitors alike,” Gonzalez explained.

Tonya Hawkes, a native of Seattle currently based in Bologna, Italy, finds her inspiration to create through art, culture, and travel. Her sophisticated but simplified handbags have graced the red carpet in the clutches of celebrities like Solange Knowles, Alicia Keys, Mindy Kaling, Song Jia, and Alexia Meyers. These designs are adored by influential fashion bloggers such as Louise Roe, Leandra Medine (aka Man Repeller), Olivia Palermo, Paul Stella, and Diana Pereira.

Hand holding a snake skin designer handbag in neutral tones.

“This is an artistic collaboration showcase at its finest. At the core there is Tonya Hawkes showcasing her beautiful and artistic handbag designs. However there is a reason it is called Tonya Hawkes Collective–Tonya celebrates other women-founded local brands in the space, too. This includes Condor Design (interior design), Susan Wheeler (home), Anna Porcu (jewelry), Eileen Shields (footwear), SSKEIN (knitwear), Maria Christofilis (jewelry), ISO Seattle (designer consignment), and more. Expect the unexpected–this is truly something very special and unique for the Seattle consumer,” Gonzalez said.

Up next at Periodic is Cancelled Plans, a modern candle company, from November 20 to December 31.

Story by Ethan Chung & photographs courtesy of Tonya Hawkes.

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