Seattle fashion designers work wonders with wardrobe staple

A Sarah Alexandra shirt offers a custom design without sacrificing comfort. # k5sera

SEATTLE – A Sarah Alexandra shirt can easily be described as shiny without the fuss.

The brand is named after designer Sarah Alexandra McKinney, who runs a modern boutique in Seattle’s Madison Valley neighborhood.

“The shirt looks really good on so many different people on so many different body types of all ages,” said McKinney.

The secret sauce of the shirt starts with the material. McKinney procures the finest cotton and cashmere and is produced in Italy.

But what makes the shirt particularly remarkable is the design. And for this, Sarah turned to a family recipe.

His mother, Renee Bassetti, designed the shirt more than 30 years ago, with a distinctive flared collar and concealed front buttoning.

“People from all over the world would come to his Fairmont office and order the shirts when they were in town,” McKinney shared. “And I kept thinking, ‘How can we make this easier for them?'”

With the encouragement of her mother, the Sarah Alexandra brand was born.

It’s a ready-to-wear collection and McKinney has been adding her designs to the mix ever since.

But what remains the same is the desire to make styling easy.

“You can walk into a boardroom, you can walk into your child’s school. It’s something you don’t have to worry about,” McKinney said. “You can wear it, go around your day and look put together.”

So, whether you try it on at a Sarah Alexandra boutique or rent it as part of Armoire, a Sarah Alexandra shirt is definitely worth a second look.

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