Raechel Dawson/staff photo Karan Dannenberg of Karan Dannenberg Clothier stands with the store’s manager Amber Ebo.

Karan Dannenberg Clothier opens at Bellevue Hyatt

Traffic, lack of parking, a growing homeless population and even Bertha the tunneling machine, are just a few reasons why Seattle business Karan Dannenberg Clothier is moving to Bellevue.

Karan Dannenberg, owner of Karan Dannenberg Clothier, said the switch from Belltown to Bellevue after 20 years is a welcomed change.

“I think it’s a new day, a new time, a new adventure and a new opportunity and I’m very excited,” she said.

Karan Dannenberg Clothier will open Sept. 1 on the first floor of Downtown Bellevue’s Hyatt Regency.

Her new store will be 700 square feet larger than her Seattle one, which has closed. And, with more space, comes more clothes. Dannenberg has added several new lines to her existing travel wardrobes, which she specializes in. She says her business has a flair for creating beautiful ensembles for fashionable women around the world. Dannenberg has served local celebrities, newscasters, senior executives and business owners.

Many of Dannenberg’s clients have been shopping with her for many years as their careers and contributions to community causes have required them to look and feel their best from the beach to the boardroom to the big stage, she said. Dannenberg says she serves clients in Istanbul and Hong Kong and from just about every state in the U.S. Once she gets to know a client’s preferences, she deepens connections by reaching out with personal emails and phone calls. It’s not uncommon for clients to make selections from the website so Dannenberg’s staff can ship their items direct to their door.

Frede Wellons, a retired professional from Atlanta, Georgia is one of these clients.

Wellons says that she’s been shopping with Dannenberg for the past eight years. Wellons enjoys wearing the selections from Dannenberg’s boutique as a part of her every day casual lifestyle, as well as when she travels. She loves the easy care and wrinkle free fabrics of many of her designer lines. Wellons found the boutique online and contacted her about a clothing line she was interested in. It was the beginning of a friendship and a unique and personal shopping experience.

Dannenberg did everything she could to help Wellons, even though she lived in Georgia. When Wellon’s husband and her planned a trip out west, she put Dannenberg’s boutique on her itinerary. Dannenberg developed a great feel for her clothing tastes. She always lets Wellons know when she gets something in that she thinks is perfect for her.

Marilyn Walsh Morgan said that she likes nice clothes and enjoys looking stylish, but she doesn’t like to shop. Karan Dannenberg Clothier is great because Dannenberg has a varied selection of clothes and one gets a lot of personal shopping help. Both Dannenberg and her team have eyes for what will look good on a woman, taking into account her body type and coloring.

Nancy Juetten, a professional speaker and online entrepreneur who lives in Bellevue, says that she’s been driving to Seattle from Bellevue for almost 20 years to benefit from Dannenberg’s magic touch. She says that Dannenberg has helped her look her professional best for every major speaking engagement, award ceremony, or charitable event she has ever attended.

“I have a lot of clients on the Eastside here who did not want to come to Seattle anymore and the support has been overwhelming from my customers about moving over here,” Dannenberg said, adding that she expects to receive a lot of new clients from the hotel, which will benefit her travel line.

The store will also validate parking so that it’s free and there’s valet parking, Dannenberg pointed out.

“That’s a big deal,” she said.

Dannenberg’s clothing boutique replaces the Papillon boutique.

Karan Dannenberg Clothier will be featured during The Bellevue Collection’s upcoming Fashion Week. For more information, visit www.karandannenberg.com.