Descended from Belarusian Jews and born to clothing and shoe retailers in Salem, Oregon, Butch Blum fell in love with fashion. After a trip to Italy in the 1960s, he landed in Seattle as a buyer for The Bon Marché. In 1974, he opened his self-titled boutique downtown, where he introduced designer European fashion for men and women in the Northwest.
Butch Blum recently changed hands, but the quality and mission haven’t. Connoisseurs of fashion flock to Seattle to visit the shop, which has been named a curator of some of the world’s finest designs.