Visual Art Upper Playground Opening A Store in Seattle
posted by September 16 at 14:00 PMon
Munk One: Kids, from UP’s online store
Like this? There’ll be more where that came from in Seattle soon.
The street-art apparel-and-art joint is opening up its seventh national location in the U District. Grand opening this Friday from 5-10 pm.
Press release on the jump.
UPPER PLAYGROUND OPENS RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT IN SEATTLE
New Location Features Apparel, Accessories and FIFTY24SEA Art Gallery
San Francisco-based apparel and fine art company Upper Playground is opening a new storefront in Seattle’s University District. The new store marks the second Upper Playground retail establishment in the Pacific Northwest after the 2006 opening of Upper Playground Portland and fine art gallery FIFTY24PDX. In celebration of the new store, there will be a variety of events held the weekend of September 19th including live art installations and an in-store appearance by photographer/director Estevan Oriol. Oriol will be signing advance copies of his 2009 calendar and items from his Estevan Oriol sub-line.
Upper Playground’s apparel line is available for men and women and features an assortment of hoodies, t-shirts, hats and jackets, in addition to other merchandise including luggage, a series of fine art books, vinyl toys, an innovative line of home furnishings and more. An exclusive series of Seattle-inspired apparel designs will also be available. In addition to Seattle and Portland, Upper Playground has retail locations in San Francisco, Berkeley, Los Angeles, Sacramento, London, and a NYC store is opening this month.
“Opening an Upper Playground store in Seattle is a natural progression for us after the success that we’ve has had with our Portland location,” said Matt Revelli, founder and owner of Upper Playground. “The Pacific Northwest is a culturally diverse area that appreciates the fine art community.”
Upper Playground is the pioneer of combining fashion and fine art. The Upper Playground store will have a separate space for the art gallery FIFTY24SEA, which is a similar format to many of Upper Playground’s other retail locations. There will be a special art exhibit featuring the works of Estevan Oriol, Alex Pardee, Munk One, Basco, Mear One, Parskid, Angel 179, and Herbert Baglione. Many of the featured artists on display also contribute designs to Upper Playground’s apparel line.
Friday, September 19, 2008 from 5–10 pm
Grand opening featuring:
-Estevan Oriol in attendance to sign his 2009 calendar at 6 pm
-Music from DJ Neight1000 and Ubiquity Records recording artist Ohmega Watts
Saturday, September 20, 2008
-2–6 pm: In-store live art installation with Munk One and Mear One
-9 pm–2 am: Special event at The Chapel Bar (1600 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA)
-Music from DJ’s Soul One & SeanCee, Live Art by Mear One
-No cover charge, ages 21 and over only
Upper Playground Seattle
4730 University Way NE #109, Seattle, WA 98105
Store Hours: 11 am–8 pm Monday-Saturday, 12–6 pm Sunday
Phone: (206) 985-1000
ABOUT UPPER PLAYGROUND:
Based in San Francisco, California, Upper Playground was founded in 1999 and has become a leader in today’s progressive fine art movement with its innovative apparel line and art gallery, FIFTY24SF. Recognized as a catalyst for the fusion of fashion with art, Upper Playground produces apparel lines bi-annually and features designs from notable local and international artists. Upper Playground apparel is sold nationally and internationally in over 300 boutiques and online. Please visit www.upperplayground.com for more information.