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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tonight: Adrienne Antonson at MoCC

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 9:56 AM

If you like alpacas, clothing, art, bugs, felting, and... uh, environmental responsibility, You should take advantage of the current residency Adrienne Antonson is currently absorbing herself with over at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. I spoke to her for my column this week, and learned a few things I really, really like about her: 1) She makes perfect human-hair sculptures of bugs. 2) She used to live on an alpaca farm. 3) Her attitude toward creating her clothing line, STATE, in a responsible manner is that, "If I'm bringing new objects into the world, I want them to be an improvement." 4) She's fearless about growing an apparel line that doesn't conform to the norms of the retail hustle ("The typical fashion calendar has never clicked with me.") 5) She made herself this outfit yesterday:

  • Adrienne Antonson via Instagram

Antonson's artist talk is this evening at 6:30 pm at the museum and totally free to check out. This whole series of residencies and lectures has been stimulating enough to forfeit a summer evening for, and I'm particularly excited for this one. Maybe I'll see ya there.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

This Week's Style Events

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:06 PM

The week in shopping (and shows) starts... now.

Adorn's second annual Shop Sale is its biggest of the season, with up to 50% off spring/summer gear. Discounts increase (though selection dwindles) as the days march on. Adorn, 4120 NE Fremont, Today-Mon August 4

Indie Ella is launching a brand new bag collection, and with it? A party. Look for sale prices on the new totes, as well as the Indie Ella and Ginger Lamb lines of apparel. Indie Ella, 333 NE Hancock Suite #2, Thurs July 31, 5-9 pm

Hand Eye Supply is throwing a party to release its summer quarterly, featuring the selfies of creators with their favorite tools. Check out the new garage space, Pacific Pie Co. edibles, plus DJs The Beatles and Tobias, spinning “your uncle’s records” and "weird classics." Hand Eye Supply's Glisan Garage, 714 NW Glisan, Thurs July 31, 6-9 pm

• The August edition of Wanderlust Vintage's "Window Dressing" series kicks off this First Friday, featuring crafter/blogger the Paper Mama, whose window design will remain up at the shop throughout the month. Come for the first look, first dibs on limited edition merch, and refreshments. Wanderlust Vintage, 2804 SE Ankeny, Fri August 1, 5-9 pm

The Paper Mama
  • Wanderlust Vintage
  • The Paper Mama

• Every neighborhood takes its turn in the summertime, and this week is Fremont Fest, where, in addition to other brands of mayhem in the street, (hello again) Adorn will have a clearance tent with markdowns up to 70 percent off, plus a photobooth, face painting for the kids, and more. Adorn, 4120 NE Fremont, Sat August 2, 10 am-6 pm

Lowell had an opening party for Jeffrey Hale and Lila Jarzombek's art show inspired by Roky Erickson, so why not a closing party? Especially since The Woolen Men will be there with a set of Erickson covers... Lowell, 819 N Russell, Sun Aug 3, 8 pm

Lookbook of the Day: Machus Private Label

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Today's eye candy comes from Machus, which has cornered Portland's market for a certain brand of modern casual menswear that—and I mean this in the best way—involves a lot of very fancy sweatpants and almost nothing in the way of color. The store recently added its own in-house line of basics to complement this aesthetic, called Machus Private Label, which is the subject of this summer lookbook shot by proprietor Justin Machus himself, in the moody bowels of Lower Eastside Industrial.

  • Justin Machus

  • Justin Machus

  • Justin Machus

  • Justin Machus

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Urban Air Market is Approaching

Posted by Katie Guinn on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 8:59 AM

We mentioned before that the Urban Air Market is paying us a visit, so get ready for the first ever installment in Portland. The San Fransisco based event is bringing in their guns to host an amazing array of both emerging and established designers from Portland alongside a few SF vendors. The focus is on sustainable design, as in locally manufactured, handmade by the designers themselves, or at least made in the US. Not only will there be a bounty of local creative talent, but you can chill at the beer garden and sip a few, listen to live music throughout the day(s), admire some art installations by Ivan McLean and Blake Hudson and eat satisfying food. We got our hands on the list of vendors (so far, they're still adding people) and it's certainly a righteous group.

Urban Air Market-Portland
2 Day Event: Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd
11 am-6 pm at Zidell Yards in South Waterfront


If it so happens that you would like to be a part of this event, they are still looking to fill some volunteer spaces, and there are perks: 21+ volunteers will get a PDX staff tote bag, an Urban Air Market T-shirt, and a drink ticket for the beer garden in exchange for a couple of hours of on-site help. More info here. If you just want to go and shop and get to know the vendors a little better, you can RSVP here. The first 150 people to RSVP will receive a good sized free tote bag that can be picked up at the info. booth upon arrival.

  • Reitz/BOET
  • Reitz/BOET

Vintage Jewelry
  • Warren Goods
  • Vintage Jewelry

Kit Bag
  • Beckel Canvas
  • Kit Bag

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Friday, July 25, 2014

FashioNXT Emerging Designer Auditions

Posted by Katie Guinn on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 3:12 PM

FashioNXT is probably the most prominent fashion show in Portland currently. Fielding designers locally, nationally, and even internationally, it draws a lot of attention and has helped emerging designers make their debut on a high-end runway. In August, emerging designers will get another opportunity to audition their brand to be a part of the upcoming show in October. The auditions will take place on August 10 in front of a promising panel of judges including Eden Dawn, Michelle Lesniak, Anne Bocci, and our very own managing editor here at the Mercury, the lovely Marjorie Skinner [I'll actually be camping on the 10th but will be there for the second round and for the final show judging, and thanks for calling me "lovely"!—Ed.], among other fashion buyers, designers and editors from the region.

There is a small fee to enter the audition, and if you end up being one of the designers that makes it to the runway in October there's a bigger fee, but the prize package for the winner and the exposure designers receive from walking the FashioNXT runway seems worth the investment. Previous shows have included Michael Costello (Beyonce is a huge fan!), Seth Aaron, Pendleton's The Portland Collection, Michelle Lesniak, Lift Label, and last year's emerging designer winner, Amy Sim. So yeah, you'd be sharing the stage with some prominent and talented designers. Period. For full details and qualifications click here.

Sunday August 10th at 2pm
Choose Local Media, 1801 NW Upshur St #660

Last Years winning designer, Amy Sim
  • FashioNXT
  • Last Year's winner, Amy Sim

“Our long experience in catapulting emerging designers to get national press and prominent accounts enabled us to identify the critical needs for the emerging designers to take their business to the next level”, says Tito Chowdhury, Executive Producer of FashioNXT.
Amy Sim
  • FashioNXT
  • Amy Sim

The Problem with Project Runway

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:14 AM

You could hardly be blamed for not realizing that a new season of Project Runway aired last night (for one thing, I didn't tell you, since there's isn't a strong enough Portland connection for me to watch it either—Korina Emmerich did go to Portland's Art Institute, though she wasn't active on the local scene otherwise, and now lives in New York). This great Washington Post article by Robin Givhan articulates the show's most fundamental problem: 13 seasons in it has yet to produce "America’s next big name designer,” while similar reality competitions in the fields of music and cooking have. The closest to it has been Christian Siriano, though even his headway has been relatively modest.

“Project Runway” hasn’t told a story of triumph as much as it has, over time, offered a nuanced tale about what success means in today’s fashion industry, why it is so difficult and why it mostly has nothing to do with having one’s name up in lights — or on the New York Stock Exchange. In its particular failure to produce another Michael Kors, the show has brilliantly illuminated the realities of fashion for the public to see.

Givhens also makes the observation what a career in fashion looks like in modern times is evolving, and "a slower, bumpier journey" than it was even 20 years ago. There's also the point that, "Despite the importance of it, business acumen is minimally discussed." That sentiment has been shared over and over in recent discussions concerning the future viability of fashion design happening here in Portland, too. Moreover, the show's arguably most successful alumni are those who have set their sites more modestly, and grown their businesses in their own communities rather than swinging for the fences, unlike what the hyperbole-drenched marketing of the show would suggest.

It's like it's accidentally uncovered more reality than it intended to, which is interesting for industry watchers, but an increasing bummer for ratings.

David Lynch Co-Designs a Line of Sportswear

Posted by Elizabeth Mollo on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 9:59 AM

It seems the many facets of David Lynch's talent are never ending. In his latest venture, he has co-designed a capsule collection of women's sportswear for the company Live the Process. Co-designed with model Alyssa Miller, the collection features bras, leggings, shorts, and T-shirts and is available in a limited edition floral print. Part of the proceeds benefit the David Lynch Foundation, which is dedicated to teaching meditation to young victims of post-traumatic stress disorder and abuse.


On a related note, if you want to support something local, you should add your dollars to the possible screening of the David Lynch directed film Fire Walk with Me at Hollywood Theater on August 1. It's part of their This is Your Film series and they just need 30 more paid tickets to make it happen. Seriously, who doesn't want to see Laura Palmer drinking tiny bottles of booze and doing blow by herself in her bedroom on the big screen?

Source: The Independent

Ready to Roll: Lodekka Heading to New Location

Posted by Jessica Caldwell on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 8:59 AM

  • Lodekka

There is something charming about a dress shop stationed inside an iconic 1965 Bristol Lodekka double decker bus. Specializing in vintage and modern clothing for men, women, and kids, Lodekka and has been parked on N Williams since 2010. But as foot traffic at their current location began decreasing, the shop's owner, Erin Sutherland, knew she either needed to close the shop or move it—an obvious perk to having a mobile storefront.

  • Lodekka

  • Lodekka

  • Lodekka

Sutherland will be moving her shop to the brand new Tidbit Food Farm and Garden space on SE Division and 28th Place in mid-August. Tidbit is the brainchild of Aaron Blake and Christina Davis of local design-build firm reworks, which is responsible for the Trifecta Tavern & Bakery space, as well as both Bollywood Theater locations. The new 15,000-square-foot pod will feature 16 food carts, a plant nursery, a beer garden, and covered seating. Lodekka will be situated next to the plant nursery in order to create a small retail section.

Lodekka will be posting updates about the official opening date on their Facebook page and website.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

This Week's Style Events

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Turn that heat right back the eff up and get out there:

SaySay Boutique celebrates 10 years with a storewide sale for one day only (or find them on Facebook and RSVP for a preview sale on Thursday night). SaySay Boutique, 1010 SW Morrison, Fri July 25 (and register online for preview sale on Thurs July 24, 5-8 pm), 11 am-7 pm

Foster Row is a new storefront and collaborative studio space opening in the Foster-Powell neighborhood, and tonight's grand opening will include open studios, music by DJ Big Booty Judy and Rick Klaras, drinks, small bites, films, and raffles. (Stay tuned for a pop-up that will launch the retail side on August 1.) Foster Row, 5300 SE Foster, Sat July 26, 7-10 pm

• Pretty much every business in the blast radius of the Clinton/Division street fair will be putting its best foot forward, like Xtabay, which is having a blowout sale inside and on the sidewalk, with housewares, knick-knacks, art, and "an awe inspiring collection of $5 hats." Xtabay, 2515 SE Clinton, Sat July 26, 11 am

• The Rejuvenation and Portland Flea's Sunday Emporium lit up Instagrams across the city for its inaugural run, and now it's back with a slightly different rotation of vintage- and housewares-focused vendors. Rejuvenation, 1100 SE Grand, Sun July 27, 11 am-5 pm

A look from Xtabays summer lookbook
  • Cory Burnsed and Jade Sheldon-Burnsed
  • A look from Xtabay's summer lookbook


The Fourth Annual Alley 33!

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM

In this week's Sold Out column, I took a look at the fourth annual Alley 33 outdoor fashion show this Saturday, which showcases some of the city's "designer manufacturers" who are, in increasing numbers, working to create reasonable (and reasonably priced) clothing that's relatively accessible and can fold into your everyday wardrobe. The same sort of sentiment is folded into the strategy of Mag-Big, the shop that—along with Elizabeth Mollo and Siren Nation—produces the event. This year they have nearly 20 designers showing new collections, which I'm pretty sure makes it the largest representation of local apparel design to be shown in a single day... ever? This year, at least.

Anyway, summer claims to be coming back from its hiatus this weekend, so you'll be happy to be outside with the good vibes that this show always brings. Check out the column for more info, and you may also want to get advance tickets—it's a popular, plus there's a price jump (from $10 to $12) at the door.

Alley 33 headlining designer Sara Bergman
  • Sara Bergman Apparel
  • Alley 33 headlining designer Sara Bergman

Hand Forged Chrome Sneakers

Posted by Katie Guinn on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Well, here's a fascinating event to visit this weekend: Chrome Factory Tour invites you all to come see how they make sneakers. Chrome has looked to the past to manufacture sneakers of the future. After discovering several forged rubber machines in Slovakia that were originally used to make army boots, they resurrected the 70 year old apparatus's to make new handmade durable sneakers. The San Fransisco based company will be touring the country to show the public how it's done and will be visiting PDX this Friday and Saturday. They're offering 50% off a pair to the first 100 people who arrive.

Each sole is fused to the upper to ensure long-wear durability. They also took the time to insert odor-resistant materials for the stinky feet out there. (That can ruin a perfectly good pair of shoes, right?) You can also get a preview by checking out their new look book here.

The event lasts two days this weekend at The Chrome Portland Hub.
Friday, July 25th & Saturday, July 26th 11am-7pm
425 SW 10th

  • Chrome

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 2:29 PM


Furturtle has a pretty steady gig doing posters for the annual Pickathon fest, and you can see why, with their complementary aesthetic.

Have a recommendation for next week? Email me!

Adrienne Antonson

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Portland's summer of fashion rages on in part thanks to the Museum of Contemporary Craft's Fashioning Cascadia (up through Oct 11), and while Portland's own Cassie Ridgway's residency at the exhibit's "Safehouse" runs through this Saturday, I'm also looking ahead to the next visitor, Adrienne Antonson.

Antonson went from Charleston to Washington's Vashon Island (where she worked and lived at an alpaca farm) to Seattle to New York City, where she pursued work as a sculpture artist who mostly worked with human hair, and developed the State line of clothing, through which she coined the term "farm-to-hanger," which is used to describe a number of clothing lines now, including Oregon's own Imperial Collection.

For her time in Portland she'll be working on Fully Clothed, a project that "makes use of entirely salvaged garments and textiles to create an entire wardrobe" and presenting a (free) lecture at the museum on Thurs, July 31 at 6:30 pm. In the meantime I've been filling up on the eye candy of her past work, from her curious, delicate sculpture work to her clothing design, which runs the gamut from cute printed "britches" and other intimates to the types of big-pocketed smocks that seem to be on many designers' minds right now.

Made from human hair--Im impressed.
  • Adrienne Antonson
  • Made from human hair—I'm impressed.

  • State

  • State

  • State

Other Cities Keep Giving Us Their Fleas (Markets, That Is)

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 10:29 AM

As previously mentioned, the sustainably minded Urban Air Market—already well established in San Francisco, with over a decade of events spread over various neighborhoods—is making its first foray into the Portland market on August 2 and 3 at the Zidell Yards. In addition to pulling in some of their Bay Area vendors, they've tapped a growing roster of Portland makers, including Amira Jewelry, Appetite, Indie Ella, Sticks & Stones, Beckel Canvas, and so. many. more. They're also going to have art installations, food vendors, a beer garden, and a bunch of live bands.

If that weren't enough, the following weekend (Aug 9 and 10) sees the first-ever Portland version of the Renegade Craft Mini Market, which has 14 annual events in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, London, and—now—Portland. (They also seem to still be adding vendors; you can find out how to participate and see who's already on board here.)

It's been like Christmas in July around here with all the flea market/indie vendor events happening in town this summer. I'm excited by what seem to be lineups that miraculously aren't the same people over and over, intrigued by the ability to access out of towners without a plane ticket and a timing strategy, and optimistic about the prospect of Portland's small businesses making connections in other markets, too. I'm also curious to see if our population of flea/craft-market enthusiasts is strong enough to support the increased saturation. Needless to say, I hope so.

A massive crowd at another citys Renegade Craft event.
  • Renegade Craft
  • A massive crowd at another city's Renegade Craft event.


New Lookbook from Katie Guinn

Posted by Jessica Caldwell on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Here is a new lookbook from local designer (and MOD contributor), Katie Guinn that really captures the feeling of summer in Portland. Guinn's designs incorporate vintage and new fabrics into contemporary pieces with an eclectic edge. This collection is available online or you can check out her pieces in person at Haunt and Mag-Big. Guinn will also be showing her collection on the runway at the upcoming fashion event, Alley 33.

Photography: Holly Stalder
Model: Kenzie Richter
Jewelry: Demimonde Studio
Special appearance by Oggie the Boston Terrier

See the full lookbook after the jump.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Strut

Posted by Toby Robboy on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Hostess Carla Rossi
  • Upswept Creative
  • Hostess Carla Rossi

On Sunday the 13th, PDX Fat Fashion threw Summer Strut, a plus-size runway show. The plus-size fashion market has always been very underserved, locally and globally, but lately, the landscape has been improving as an increasing number of labels increase their size range, and more plus-size specific lines are cropping up. While big-box retailers that do carry plus-sizes are generally known for their extremely limited range of options, usually limited to a color palette of black, charcoal and grey, PDX Fat Fashion is all about showcasing the limitless possibilities that can exist within the category. Summer Strut was a celebration of body-positivity, with designers sending an expansive range of colors, prints and silhouettes down the runway. The common thread between collections was a sense of fun and fabulosity, so it was fitting that the show was hosted by Portland's premier drag clown, Carla Rossi.

The first line on the runway was Mag-Big, who showed a series of flirty summer dresses. Highlights included an elegant, desaturated tie-dye, a gorgeous floral print on a deep purple shift, and a boho-style maxi-dress that was paired with a sheer white blouse.

  • Upswept Creative

  • Upswept Creative

  • Upswept Creative

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Maven Collective Pop-Up Shop at Vintalier

Posted by Jessica Caldwell on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 8:59 AM

  • Maven Collective

Get your vintage vibe on at this special pop-up shop coming to the Pearl. Vintalier will be hosting Maven Collective from August 7th-15th featuring their popular vintage home goods. Maven is based in the deep Southeast neighborhood of Montavilla, and will be coming into the Pearl District to inspire you and your home. If you can't wait for the First Thursday opening party, just check out Maven's Instagram account for some instant ideas.

  • Vintailer

Vintalier curates and sells vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories for modern women and men and is located at 412 NW 13th Ave in the Pearl. Maven Collective consists of vintage goods from Kim Ludy of Ethanollie and Jacklyn Arvin of Tabor Vintage. Maven is located at 7819 SE Stark St.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Milk Milk Lemonade

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Someone desperately needs to open a candy store around the corner from Olo Fragrance's new joint (at 1407 SE Belmont) called Chocolate's Made. C'mon Portland, you do this kind of shit all the time. Do this one for me.

Olo's Heather Sielaff says she chose the dirty kids' limerick for the storefront/studio space because it's been an earworm for her since childhood, plus she "makes her shit in the back," so it "makes sense," She also says that if the name turns people off they're probably not her kind anyway. Sielaff's line is one of a handful of boutique fragrance companies coming to prominence in Portland, and it's quite arguably leading the pack. You can already find their scents in shops across the country (and locally at Beam & Anchor, Frances May, Nationale, and more), but the shop will be home base and the only source (at least out of the gates) for an in-production line of lotions and other body care products. For now it showcases apothecary items (which currently lean Japanese) and jewelry from the like of Rill Rill and Hazel Cox, among others. It's worth stopping in just to huff on everything, and hours are loose. If the lights are on and the door's unlocked, go in!

  • Olo via Instagram

Say Say Boutique Celebrates 10 Years!

Posted by Katie Guinn on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Ten years does deserve a celebration indeed, and Say Say knows it. Being open a decade is no small feat, so if you can make it to their storewide sale on Friday, July 25th every item in the shop will be available at a discounted price. They are also featuring a preview sale on facebook the night before, for those of you who'd rather avoid the crowds and get first pick, but you must RSVP because there are only a certain amount of spaces available at the preview sale.

In Store July 25th 11am-7pm
Say Say Boutique
1010 SW Morrison
Facebook Preview Sale Thursday, July 24th, 5-8pm

  • Say Say Boutique

  • Say Say Boutique


Friday, July 18, 2014

This Week/end's Style Events

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

The week/end in sales is bigger than it looked:

Grayling Jewelry's annual sample sale is bigger than ever, with up to 70 percent off past season pieces. Grayling Jewelry, 3115 NE Sandy, now through Sat July 19, 11 am-6 pm

• The Ellington handbag warehouse sale is also ongoing, with up to 90% off (!) retail prices. 525 NW 10th, today till 6 pm, Sat July 19, 9 am-2 pm

Bike 'n' Hike is also preparing for a location change (TBD), and their clearance sale is on, with 10% off technology, 20% off bikes, and 30% off gear. According to them it's the biggest sale they've had in 30 years! Bike 'n' Hike, 400 SE Grand, now through July 31

Reif just launched their line of fall "basiks," and you can take 10% off the top of your pre-order this month online with the code: BASIKLAUNCH10., through August 1

Marine Layer is opening a second Portland store, hot on the heels of the one in Union Way. Check out the launch tonight with a party featuring 20% off plus beer and wine. Marine Layer, 828 NW 23rd, today, 5:30-7:30 pm

• Shop/gallery Nationale hosts an opening for photographers Jake Arcularius, John Voves, and Marshall Scheider. Nationale, 811 E Burnside, today, 6-8 pm

• Who doesn't like wine, fashion, and recycling, really? The delightfully named "A Debris Aperitif" is a haute trash fashion show "designed to entertain, educate, and empower." Corkscrew Wine Bar, 1665 SE Bybee, Sat July 19, 9 pm, $15

• Combining two of Portland's favorite things, comedy and fashion, Hems and Ha's is a fundraiser for the all-female sketch comedy web series Potty Talk, featuring looks from designers like Carolyn Hart and Lizz Basinger, along with stand-up from comics like Bri Pruett. From the highly quotable press release: "Both fashion and comedy are about beauty, observation, and vulnerability. Both genres are highly personal and creative and deal with the realness of personhood." Amen. The Secret Society, 116 NE Russell, Sun July 20, 7:30 pm, $10-12

• According to the Portland Flea, this will be their biggest yet, with 50 vintage vendors, plus food carts and cocktails. Union/Pine, 525 SE Pine, Sun July 20, 10 am-4 pm

Mojave is hosting a storewide sale, with 30% off everything, champagne, and DJ Oppositta. Mojave, 415 SW 13th, Sun July 20, noon-6 pm

Yung Zine is "an alternative Teen Zine for the Tumblr Era," and it's having a launch party for issue #4, the Teen Fashion Issue, featuring Yung Zine and Dreem Street shirt designs, plus DJ E*Rock and a live set by Kimonono. Church, 2600 NE Sandy, 9 pm

  • Yung Zine

Day 3 of My Residency at Museum of Contemporary Craft

Posted by Cassie Ridgway on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Yesterday was my third day of residency at the Museum of Contemporary Craft's "Fashion Safehouse." I am still tirelessly striving to create one garment per day from scratch. That is: designing, patterning, cutting, sewing, and finishing. My pristine “safe house” is now certifiably a little more reminiscent of my normal sew shop (meaning: I trashed the place). What once were clean surfaces and floors and now covered in threads, serger chains, scrap fabric, and textile dust.

Me, Day 3 in the Museum Safehouse

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A Sale With Sips at Mojave

Posted by Katie Guinn on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 8:59 AM

If you're looking for something to do this Sunday, head over to Mojave for a storewide sale. While you peruse the goods at 30% off, a DJ will be playing some jams to help you beat (to) the heat. Refreshing champagne will be served while you hang.

Sunday, July 20th, 12-6pm at Mojave, 415 SW 13th

  • Mojave

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mag-Big Lecture at MoCC Tonight (and the Explorers Club Launches Tomorrow)

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 1:14 PM

The Museum of Contemporary Craft is doing a bang-up job of keeping attention trained on its ongoing Fashioning Cascadia exhibit, maintaining activity with artist residencies and lectures throughout its run (it's set to close Oct 11). Mag-Big's Cassie Ridgway took up the residency mantle this week (a dispatch from which you can read on MOD, where she is also a regular contributor), where she is working on the foundation pieces of a new collection based on the idea of a uniform, called ""In the Working Woman's Uniform," which exhibit curator Sarah Margolis-Pineo says is, "a way to bring visibility to—and, in a way, to valorize—the women who have a hand in PDX's grassroots garment industry."

This evening Ridgway, along with her Mag-Big design partner Becca Price, is giving a free lecture at the museum at 6:30 about the history and relevance of uniforms as well as the process of designing a collection. Check out my article on it here before ya go! Also mentioned there is the launch of the Explorers Club, an ADX collaboration with Stargazer Farm, a series of meals and conversations centered around Portland's (and its surrounding area) manufacturing "ecosystem." The first weekly lunch is tomorrow (noon-2 pm) at ADX, and will be followed by dinners/brunches out at the farm. It's an exciting time for discussions of local product, from the city as well as its farmland outskirts, and increasingly the focus is becoming larger than just the food or fashion and craft scenes. Get in on it!

The new uniform.
  • Cassie Ridgway via Instagram
  • The new uniform.

The Release of REIFbasik AW/14

Posted by Katie Guinn on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM

In anticipation of Reif Haus' newest collection: REIFbasik, we previewed one or two things lately, and now we can see it in its entirety. The look book has been released as well as a slight revamp of the branding and website design that was launched on July 15th. REIFbasik is a line of super contemporary pieces that are simple (not to be confused with boring!). The collection debuts with a full line of neutral colored textiles, and every piece is meant to be layered with other garments from the collection (but of course) or existing ones in your closet, all of which look very comfortable and easy to wear.

Although the collection isn't quite ready to be shipped out, REIF is offering the opportunity to preorder your favorites before they sell out, with an entire month of pre-sales on their website. Check out the site and lookbook in its full glory here. Pre-sale lasts through August 15th and orders will start shipping on September 1st.

Autumn Winter 2014 REIFbasik
  • Reif
  • Autumn Winter 2014 REIFbasik

Autumn Winter 2014 REIFbasik
  • Reif
  • Autumn Winter 2014 REIFbasik

Autumn Winter 2014 REIFbasik
  • Reif
  • Autumn Winter 2014 REIFbasik

Autumn Winter 2014 REIFbasik
  • Reif
  • Autumn Winter 2014 REIFbasik

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Day One of My Residency at The Museum of Contemporary Craft

Posted by Cassie Ridgway on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Yesterday was my first day of residency at the Museum Of Contemporary Craft’s “Fashion Safehouse” installation. As a part of the Fashioning Cascadia exhibit for the Summer, curator Sarah Margolis-Pineo has selected four artists in residence to occupy a sewing work space designed by Otto Von Busch. The concept is to create a dedicated place for uninhibited design while simultaneously opening up the design process to the public for viewing. I am completely honored and humbled (and nervous) to be the Portland-based artist in residency, as the other artists include Stephanie Syjuco, Adrienne Antonson, and Drew Cameron.

the Fashion Safehouse, designed by Otto Von Busch

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