Upon entering the elegant Kirkland showroom of Kate Quinn Organics, you are enveloped by color. There are racks of kids and baby clothes in blue (twilight, storm, sky) and stacks of green (basil, clover); another area brings purple and pink. Even the walls and fixtures wear vibrant paint. The hue explosion gives you pause: Is this really what organic looks like?
It does in the world of Kate Quinn, a former Hollywood stylist who started her line of organic baby and kids clothes in Seattle in 2005. Four years later and Quinn has a loyal customer following, a burgeoning e-business and two storefronts — the main one in Kirkland and a Columbia City loft that’s open for weekend sample sales.
Quinn’s vision was always to create apparel that’s certified organic kids clothes from seed to packaging. The clothes are super soft and ever-so-stylish, with inventive designs like the infant sacque and the kimono-style onesie. But while most organic cotton baby clothes come in muted, earthy colors, Quinn’s line is a rainbow of nature-inspired colors and prints. In addition to babies, Kate Quinn Organics outfits toddlers and youth. There’s also a new women’s line of basics like yoga pants and tunics. In her years of designing, and now as a mother of a toddler, Quinn has become well-versed in what parents want for their kids: clothes that look as good as they feel. And if you can contribute to a cleaner kinder earth at the same time, well, why wouldn’t you?
Kate Quinn Organics
431 6th Street South
Kirkland, WA 98033 and
5609-B Rainier Ave. S
(btwn Findlay and Orcas)
Seattle, WA 98118