House Call: Sahar Sokhandan, Designer Apparel Buyer


We took a peek inside the Redmond, WA, condo of our designer apparel buyer Sahar Sokhandan to kick off an ongoing series detailing her travel essentials for New York, London, Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks.

Born and raised in Norman, OK, and of Persian descent, Sahar moved to Seattle during high school and graduated pre-law from the University of Washington. After some soul-searching, she realized that she couldn’t picture herself as a lawyer, so she decided to merge her analytical side with her love for fashion by studying merchandising and marketing at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. That led to internships at Chanel, Christian Louboutin and Bergdorf Goodman, where she ended up spending five years as an assistant buyer. Sahar’s now back in Seattle, working as one of our designer apparel buyers—an action-packed role that sends her on regular trips to Europe and New York.

“My husband and I live in a condo on Lake Sammamish, just east of Seattle. We’re right on the water—it’s very calm and peaceful.”

“We love having our boat docked just outside our back door. The local crew team rows here in the morning. It’s fun to pour coffee, sit outside and watch them.”

“If I had a uniform, this would be it. A great pair of heels, slim jeans and an oversized, masculine-inspired shirt.”

“I always start my outfits with the shoes. I love statement colors and textures, whether it’s python, calf hair, studs or any hardware details.”

“These Alexander McQueen slingbacks are the oldest shoes I own. They’re from 2006, when McQueen was still alive. I’ve repaired them quite a few times because I love them so much.”

“This Chanel dress is amazing. It has the most beautiful, hand-shaped Lemarié feather peplum along the waist, making it truly couture.”

“I collect fashion books. All of these were either gifts to me or else I was a friend of the designer. The Lanvin, Ralph Rucci, Manolo Blahnik, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Narciso Rodriguez books are all signed.”

“I got this silver beaded skull at Z Gallerie, this quirky little store near us that sells modern art and furniture.”

“I always try to wear one big ring on my right hand. Many of these were gifts.”

“I collect Hermès collier de chien bracelets, which translates to ‘dog collar’ in French. They’re incredibly hard to find, so when I see one, I have to buy it.”

Dior is everything. These boots are just amazing. I love all the buckles and hardware. I’m drawn to anything that’s feminine but edgy.”

“I’ve had these Balenciaga shoes for a few years. They’re really rock ‘n’ roll and look great with something more feminine up top.”

“This is an amazing flocked velvet jacquard Gucci blazer. I love the structured shoulders and enameled buttons on the sleeves. It’s a longer jacket, hitting below my hips, which is hard to find.”

“I moved home to Seattle from New York two months before my husband and I got married. We did five years long-distance. Our wedding felt a little New York and a little Seattle: we got married on the water in Denny Blaine Park, and the reception was at Pravda Studios, a huge loft on Capitol Hill.”

“A good friend of mine got married in Anguilla with a black-tie dress code. I’d had this Michael Kors dress forever and was dying for the right occasion to wear it. That seemed like the perfect one.”

“I got this Bottega Veneta python clutch as a gift. I like that it’s navy instead of black—it adds a bit of depth to it.”

“This Lanvin tassel necklace is a great statement piece. I wear it with a blouse, but it would also be fun to turn it around and let it drape down an open-back dress.”

“This is totally a ‘me’ look—Alexander Wang’s ‘Rocco’ duffle bag with Lanvin pumps. My bags are all pretty neutral because I wear so many colorful shoes.”

– “Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum is my everyday fragrance.”
– “NARS eye shadow has really rich pigments. They’re great in quality but also affordable.”
– “I layer my mascaras because I’ve never found one that does everything. Diorshow thickens my lashes, and Armani ‘Eyes to Kill’ lengthens and separates.”
– “I put NARS eye cream on first in the morning. It makes my under-eye concealer smoother and not so cakey.”
– “M·A·C highlighter helps to accentuate my brow bone.”
– “I use Chanel eye shadow as my liner when I’m doing a smoky eye.”
– “Dior lip gloss has this amazing pigment that pulls out the color of your own lip—it changes based on the person.”
– “I also like Dior lip maximizer—it actually plumps up your lips.”
– “I love this neutral Chanel lipstick. It has a sheen to it, so it feels like a lip gloss.”

Now that you’ve gotten a glimpse inside Sahar’s home, take a look at what she’s packing for New York Fashion Week, which starts next Thursday.

—Mary O’Regan

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • seema April 18, 2014, 5:06 pm

    Good Taste , Nicely Organized picture blog

  • jeromey West April 16, 2014, 1:33 pm

    Hi sahar. Glad ur doing good.

  • Zsa Cuci September 28, 2013, 12:42 am

    I love Your wedding picture and your shoes have beautiful house.
    Thanks for posting

  • David September 4, 2013, 7:37 pm

    Hi Sahara,
    I’m recouping with my parents in Vancouver and was on Mynordstrom reading and saw this on you. Great to see you and hello to everyone in Seattle.
    David of store 20

  • Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} September 2, 2013, 5:49 pm

    Love this post! Your home is really pretty and I love your shoe collection! Do you have a personal blog that I can visit?

  • Samira September 2, 2013, 2:29 pm

    Thank you for opening up your life and allowing us (the readers) follow you throughout fashion week. I’m very fond of the items listed; they were very practical for buyers such as myself. Looking forward to your future suggestions!

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