Well, ain't this a cutie. Katy Ellis O'Brien created this for the upcoming Portland Zine Symposium.
Have a flyer or whatnot you want to recommend for next week? Do it!
Holy moly has it been hot these last few days! Sometimes it's hard to worry about looking cute when the temperatures soar. But there are still people getting it right and showing us how it's done even when the thermometer is bursting.
"I'm in a transitive phase right now. I was really into '70's but now I'm feeling futuristic. I also read a lot of African lookbooks." -Sidony
"I just love old things. I resell them." -Dee
"This was my Mom's belt. I dress mainly for comfort and to keep Rikki cool." -Tenneson
"The hat is from my friends at Aeon Attire, floral shirt from Kings Of NY on Etsy, PacSun/Bullhead pants and the shoes were a gift from my dad. I'm trying to make black+brown more acceptable!." -Andrew
(Andrew is currently on tour with Harry and the Potters and Hank Green. You can check out his music at andrewismusic.com)
Urban Air Market has been going strong in San Francisco for a decade, where it goes down several times a year in neighborhoods like Hayes Valley and the Lower Haight, and this summer—August 2 & 3—it's making its debut in Portland. Its emphasis is on the sale of sustainably produced goods, bolstered by additional attractions like live music and beer gardens, and it'll be the first real event to warm up the pastures of Zidell Yards. Another way it plans to differentiate from an increasingly busy market of pop-ups and fleas come from its Bay Area connections, with SF vendors mingling among like-minded Portlanders (collaborations, anyone?), adding up to a day of sunny outdoor shopping and entertainment for you (entrance is free), without the tie to winter holidays that bungles up so many budgets around these types of large-scale shopping events.
Though the Market has partnered with a variety of local entities to some extent (including, recently, ADX, Portland Made, and Know Your City), the list of vendors is still being finalized, and you can still apply to get your foot in the door.
I guess you can blame "bikini season" for the rash of unusual workout options coursing through the intertubes this week? Next up: David Lynch Yoga. This one is a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation, through which he spreads the gospel of transcendental meditation, particularly to at-risk populations like inner-city kids, veterans, and refugees. For just a $15 suggestion donation, Nick Mattos of the Art of Movement studio is leading a 90-minute all-levels class guided by a soundtrack referencing Lynch's oeuvre on Sunday, July 20. In the meantime, meditate on the lovely fluttering motion Lynch makes with his hand while explaining "wakefulness."
Backtalk is known for seemlessly blending art and fashion in their well curated Mississippi boutique space, and on this week's 2nd Thursday, July 10th, they'll be reminding us why with the opening of Rubric, an art show featuring the work of Kayla Mattes. For the show, Mattes created bright, geometric tapestries, infused with modern cultural iconography, such as smiley faces, pizzas, and pie charts. Influenced by kitsch aesthetics and pop culture, Mattes uses hand weaving, knitting machines, and digital painting to create vibrant, playful pieces. The show starts at 6pm, get more details and RSVP here.
Beam & Anchor on N. Interstate is hosting an opening this Thursday to welcome Montana based artist Nicholas Coleman who paints the American West in the style of realism. His work invites viewers into vast spaces created with bold brush strokes and fade-away backgrounds. The opening will start at 6 pm with food from Roman Candle and an assortment of drinks from Union Wine Co., and Coleman's work will be hanging through August.
Nicholas Coleman @ Beam & Anchor
2710 N Interstate Ave
One more style event in the name of independence, this time from Dehen 1920:
Barry Blankenship made this kick-buck poster for Ian Karmel's headlining show this weekend. Ain't it sweet?
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In this week's Sold Out, I got to profile Liam Drain, one of my... er, favorite ceramicists. (Why does it feel so much weirder to have a favorite ceramicist than it does a favorite painter or photographer? Oh god, is it an art vs craft thing? It is, isn't it.) I've actually known Drain for years, and we met long before he got into his current medium (back then he was more of a photographer). He's hilarious, and one of those people who always has a game-changing record or book recommendation, and it makes a certain lovely kind of sense that he's infusing vases and cups with meditations on "enclosure of common land, and the human misery that ensues from the invention of private property." It can be hard to do justice to someone's tone in print, so I let him do all the talking here. Hopefully it'll pique your interest enough to check out what he does, on Instagram (@liamadrain), Twitter (@DeathPots) or by checking out what he's currently got selling at Lowell.
A pair of longtime friends (both majored in painting) decided to create a jewelry line with a focus on porcelain wearables. The new brand, based here in Portland, is called Barrow. Buffed to a matte finish, the pieces are hand gilded or hand painted, and threaded through either a gold chain or a semi-bulky linen rope to spawn a collection of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings. These two artists believe in the slow process and one-of-a-kind attention to detail that makes each piece a special one.
The full look book can be viewed on their website.
Portland is home to some incredible furniture designers and master craftsmen who have been producing truly innovative pieces over the years. ShowPDX: A Decade of Portland Furniture Design is a new exhibition coming soon to the Museum of Contemporary Craft. You'll have the chance to see award-winning designs from ShowPDX, the biennial juried furniture show presented by fix studio that started in 2002 and was the first of its kind in Portland.
Opening October 31, 2014 and running through February 1, 2015, the exhibition offers a comprehensive view of the state of millennial furniture design in Portland. It will be a chance to celebrate the makers as well as the sense of community that ShowPDX has fostered over the years.
Show2014 will display over 60 examples of unusual and stimulating furniture design while providing designers/fabricators/makers with a place and resource for peer and public recognition, support and dialogue. The exhibition will include work by Esque, Ghilarducci Studio, David Laubenthal, Kari Merkl, Phloem Studio, and many more.
ShowPDX: A Decade of Portland Furniture Design is presented by Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art and curated by acting director Nicole Nathan, with Jennifer Jako and Chris Bleiler from fix studio.
It's one of them hot holiday weeks, with just a slight rumble on the retail front:
—Wanderlust Vintage is pressing pause on its Window Dressing series for the month, instead using July's First Thursday to celebrate their two-year anniversary with a day-long 10% off sale and a raffle for a $50 gift certificate. Wanderlust Vintage, 2804 SE Ankeny, Thurs July 3, all day
—Upper Playground debuts its Alex Pardee & Zero Friends pop-up shop (which will remain until Aug 2nd). Pick up the new Bunnywith book, plus the first 50 people "to ask" will get a free print, too. Upper Playground, 23 NW 5th, Thurs July 3, 6-9 pm
—Bridal/formalwear designer Sophie Chang is having a fine little soire for her summer '14 collection, featuring live music by Los Gallos, plus wine and cheese tastings. Cafe Umbria, 303 NW 12th, Thurs July 3, 7-10 pm
—Valentines is already one of the best summertime destinations for knocking back a few, but this year they'll also be hosting a vintage market each Sunday through September, featuring what appear to be only vintage dealers with rad names: DRANK SINATRA, MILK MONEY, HAZY CHAIN, LONELY PLAYER. Valentines, 232 SW Ankeny, Sundays 1 pm-dusk, through Sept 28
—Hair W's makeup staff teaches "Creating the Perfect Base" with Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics: "We'll teach you how to choose the correct foundation, concealer and primer products for your skin type and skin tone, along with application techniques in order to achieve your desired coverage and a flawless base." The class fee is $25, though that will get refunded if you drop $150 or more on product. Speaking of which, all retail will be off 10%, and all featured in the class by 20%. Hair W, 1015 NE Lovejoy, Tues July 8, 7:30-9 pm
The Portland Flea has been happening at both Union Pine every first Sunday of the month and at The Colony in St. Johns every second Sunday. The ambitious team behind it all has added yet another member to the Sunday flea family: Sunday Emporium at Rejuvenation. The head honcho (I'll call her the Mama of the flea family) Kate Sullivan doesn't look worn down from all these highly organized events, but rather wide eyed and enthused, happily meeting and greeting guests and visiting with the vendors. Alex Bellos, who manages at Rejuvenation, relayed that although the store has been bought by a larger corporation they feel strongly about staying connected to the local community. It's quite a fitting environment for this kind of event; the vibes were pretty stellar (and the lighting certainly played a role).
When you arrive at one of the three (so far) and you see the famous FLEA wood cut sign, it's a reassurance that this is going to be the shit. We were able to arrive slightly early and have a chance to converse with the variety of vendors that were scattered about the immense space. The first pop-up we were entranced by was Sweetheart, whose adorable and polished treats are eye candy that make the mouth water. The pastry chef, Anna Hendricks' pop-up is her only outlet (she also vends at the Colony every 2nd Sunday).
Another included The Good Mod with their $100 chair and their new and already famous conference table that's also a ping pong table, which dons a strip of copper down the center and powder coated legs (available in many colors). They're customizable, made to order, and pretty. fucking. bad ass.
In this week's Sold Out, I took a look at Rachel Ancliffe's new Ancliffe Collection, a collection of premium-quality basics developed by one of the city's more experienced designers. She's done time in the cogs of New York's industry as well as designer for the sportswear biggies in town, and is intimately familiar with various manufacturing models for apparel. As someone who champions the support of local, regional, and domestically made products first and foremost, Ancliffe's decision to have the line manufactured in China gave me pause. Since "Made in China" is usually shorthand for me to take a pass. However her perspective on the choice, which is essentially the result of her taking advantage of special circumstances and a special relationship, is interesting to me, and worth mentioning. She's aware of the knee-jerk reaction many of us have to a "Made in China" tag, and was quite thoughtful in weighing the pros and cons.
Also, as you can see, the collection's slim-fitting pants, bustier tops, and pencil skirts are pretty damn hot. And aside from a small selection at Una, there aren't many opportunities to try on these items, but Halo Shoes is hosting a pop-up starting today and running through Sunday that features her collection along with ABCoLab Jewelry and personal stylist Scarlet Chamberlin. Get it while you can.
You have to be a little bit jealous of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's mounting resume, to which he has already recently added opening up for MIA and giving informal life coaching, and now: modeling. Word broke today that Ben Westwood (son of Vivienne) is carrying on the family tradition for provocation (not to mention courting controversy to draw attention to his collection) by announcing that he's cast Assange to model in the London Fashion Week presentation, given that the clothing is "influenced by costumes worn by Clint Eastwood’s western films and also Assange’s combat-beret look." There's also at least one garment Westwood says features "a Julian Assange print." We'll have to wait until September to see what exactly a Julian Assange print is, but... it sounds kind of awesome?
The spotlight on Portland fashion designers continues to grow with every season thanks to runway events like Fade to Light, Portland Fashion Week, and FashioNXT. If you're a new designer who is ready to step into the limelight, here's your chance. Portland Fashion Week is now accepting applications for emerging designers to showcase their collections during the three-night event on September 29th-October 2nd.
- Apply on the PFW website by filling out the online application. The deadline to apply is July 21st. Ready-to-wear, bridal, and couture designers are encouraged to apply.
- Semi-finalists will be announced on July 29th, and the three winners will be revealed during the new “Fashion on the Square” event in early September.
For official details and to learn more about Portland Fashion Week, check out their website. Good luck!
The lookbook (or in this case, they're calling it a moodbook) of the day comes from Seaecho, who had photographer Mikola Accuardi shoot model Anissa Glory paparazzi style as she cruised the aisles of grocery outlet with one of Seaecho's summery kerchief-style carryalls. +1 for sense of humor!
These neat-o poster by Mercury favorite Martin Ontiveros is our Poster of the Week! What do you think that creature is called? Tragonprey? Trollstrich Harpy? Thor, Master of the Puppy Pat?
Send me your recommendations for next week's pick!
Too rainy for the river. Let's see about the shops:
—Machus continues its streak as HQ for the modern, gothic man with a release party for their new brand Represent UK's summer collection, called—get this—"The Wraith Collection." Expect a DJ set from DVST and 10% off storewide during the event. Machus, 542 E Burnside, Wed June 25 (AKA today), 7-9 pm
—Tanner Goods is opening up their workshop for a two-day sample sale with deals on past seasons, factory seconds, and samples, plus Stumptown flowing and guest merch from Woodlands and Mazama. Tanner Goods warehouse, 240 N Broadway, Ste 012, Fri June 27, 2-6 pm & Sat June 28, 11 am-4 pm
—Halo Shoes is hosting a weekend-long pop-up shop featuring the limited edition Ancliffe Collection, plus jewelry by ABCoLab and personal styling advice courtesy of Scarlet Chamberlin. Halo Shoes, 938 NW Everett, Fri-Sat June 27-28, 11 am-6 pm & Sun June 29, noon-5 pm
—Queen Bee is celebrating a very impressive 18 years of business, with refreshments, raffles, and 25% off (online you can also use the code 18YEARSQB). Queen Bee, 3961 N Williams, Sat June 28, 10 am-7 pm
—Liam Drain is making some astonishingly good ceramics. Like, cooler than you probably think ceramics have a right to be. He's hosting an open studio with "2nds, stuff that came out slightly weird, maybe a *little* cracked, etc, but also a cool selection of the fanciest pots I've ever made." If you go to this you will most likely find out that you like ceramics a lot more than you thought you did. Liam Drain studio, 1875 SE Belmont, Sat June 28, 10 am-4 pm
—The Portland Flea has been enjoying several expansions over the past year or so, both in location and frequency. The latest feather in its cap is a new monthly collaboration with Rejuvenation called “Sunday Emporium.” Look for the craftsmanship and vintage charm you’ve come to expect from the Flea, with an added focus on home beautification. Rejuvenation, 1100 SE Grand, last Sundays starting Sun June 29, 11 am-5 pm
—Una is having a sidewalk sale, with most spring/summer clothing marked down 30% or more, plus additional bargains from seasons past, and "maybe even a few fixtures or a rug thrown in for good measure." Una, 922 SE Ankeny, Sun June 29, noon-6 pm
—Modified Style is hosting another giant clothing swap to benefit its annual charitable event, which means out with the old and in with the new at little cost to you. Men's clothing too! Bridgeport Brewing Company, 1313 NW Marshall, Sun, June 29, 3-7 pm, $5 with bag of "gently used" clothing, $10 without
When I started writing about Portland's independent fashion and retail scene, I was actually worried about not having enough material to support a weekly column much less a daily blog. Ha! Obviously, I had nothing to worry about. There is so much quality retail action and brilliant design happening here that it's too much for one person to stay on top of. Thus my small collection of MOD contributors, who help me check out the newest shops opening all over the city; cover local fashion shows from the front row; and take a close look at some of the people making Portland a place that's known for its commitment to locally manufactured, high-quality goods. There's a ton of creative freedom and self-direction involved too, in case you're not a big fan of being told what to do.
If that's the sort of thing you like to do, I'm currently on the hunt for some fresh voices to join the fray, so please email me your resume along with some samples of your writing, and let me know which aspects of the Portland fashion scene you're excited about delving into. You'll make a bit of extra scratch, gain valuable experience, make connections in the local industry, and it'll be funnnnn.
Maybe you've noticed that this rad former service station on N Interstate and Skidmore has been undergoing a transformation over the past few months:
It's been becoming Associated... again:
The space was taken over three months ago by Aaron Hoskins, Corey Davis, Caitlin Troutman, and Amanda Yakisoba (full disclosure: Hoskins and Troutman are friends of mine), who have transformed the '30s-era structure into a cafe, antique/collectibles store, and HQ for "artistic services":
We wish to facilitate, encourage, and encompass the Creative economy:
the idea is to offer not only wares (antiques and collectibles) but a physical platform for ideas: to allow other merchants and creative artisans a place to come together and manifest their ideas in a community setting, while simultaneously offering a stylized events venue for film, fashion, photography, performance art, music, etc.
Associated had their soft opener last night, and are officially opening doors next week on July 4. Hoskins has incredible taste when it comes to design, and word is that Portland makers like Mike Spencer and Hazel Cox will be represented on the retail side, while Stumptown Coffee, Fressen Artisan Bakery (yum, pretzels), and Farina Bakery will be on offer in the small cafe space. They're positioned to be "a landmark for the rebirth of the NeonSignDistrict," and even if antiques, plants, and local small goods aren't your bag, it seems like that neighborhood is in need of a good coffee joint. Check 'em out while the sun is shining and the outdoor seating is plentiful.
Summer in Portland always has some of the most exciting, unconventional fashion events, and on July 13th, the PDX Fat Fashion Collective is adding a new one to the mix. Summer Strut, taking place at the White Owl Social Club will feature plus size looks by local designers Allihalla, Chubby Cartwheels, Clair Vintage Inspired, Copper Union, Hubris Apparel, Mag Big, Scrafts and Size Queen Clothing. The show will be hosted by my favorite local drag clown, Carla Rossi, and will include a raffle with prizes from Look/See Eyewear, Fat Fancy, Savvy Plus and Curvy Chic Closet. Doors open at 3pm and the show starts at 5. VIP packages, which include admission for four, a pizza by Sizzle Pie, drink tickets, gift bags and priority seating, must be purchased in advance. RSVP and get full event deets here.
The semi-annual Fade to Light fashion show is readying for its second summer edition, scheduled for Wednesday, August 20 at the Crystal Ballroom. They've announced the lineup in a handy little video:
Some of those are returning names: Bad Wolf Clothier was one of the more impressive inclusions during the last Fade to Light, with its sharply tailored menswear; WWJJD also made a splashy debut as a new collaboration between Joshua Buck and Jeanne Tunberg (another point scored for menswear). Other names on that list, like Urchin Redesign and Mag-Big, are familiar enough from other shows but new to the Fade to Light format, which tasks its designers to produce a video element that introduces their collections. Also, some of the show's regulars (Emit, Bryce Black, Studio SKB) are set to be joined by two new debuts, the mysterious Elephant Room and Primal Haunt, a collaboration between Shelby Morgan and print designer Kate Troyer, whose past work you may have seen on dresses by the likes of Michelle Lesniak.
If you haven't realized yet, it will be next to impossible to be bored this summer in Portland. With so many events, fashion shows, and pop up shops coming our way in the next few months, there is something for everyone and plenty of opportunities to keep yourself entertained.
Case in point, check out the new event called Designer Flea which will be taking place during the 13th Annual Mississippi Street Fair on Saturday, July 12th. Created as a showcase of some of Portland's favorite designers and artists, the Flea will be set up in the garden at Lot 13 on Mississippi Ave (next to the Rexall Building).
The growing list of participating designers includes Sticks & Stones, Make It Good, SEAECHO, (fellow MOD blogger) Katie Guinn, REIF, Haunt, and Mag-Big. There will be dressing rooms, treats, and complimentary champagne cocktails with your purchase. (Stay up to date with the event on Facebook.)
What: Designer Flea
Where: Lot 13, N. Mississipi Ave
When: Saturday, July 12th from 10am to 5pm
A lot of people have been waiting for a long time to see American Apparel founder Dov Charney take a fall. The company's suggestive advertisements have been accused of more crimes against feminism than pairs of boy-cut panties sold, and Charney has personally come under fire, mostly for sexual harassment-related transgressions, both formally charged and rumored. But if one measure of success is founding a company that gets big enough to fire you, Charney has succeeded. His ousting was announced late yesterday, "amid a continuing investigation," and whatever the degree to which his behavior was a factor in the decision, the company's financial under-performance was no doubt also a major consideration, as shares in the company have plummeted in the past half-decade. Interestingly, investors reacted to the news of his ouster with a 14 percent rise in pre-market trading this morning.
Despite the criticisms, I've always thought American Apparel has played an important role in spreading the idea of Made in USA clothing among shop-happy youth. AA's own factories have received criticism as well, but at least as voting citizens we have the theoretical ability to control their regulation instead of something located in a remote corner of a country most of us will never visit. It's one of the only gateways to the discussion of apparel-industry reform and domestic reclamation of manufacturing among the big-boxes. As to whether Charney's exit means the company's ads will take a different tack, I suppose that remains to be seen.
Incidentally, if you are a fan of AA's core conveniences (trendy basics in every color of the rainbow), local apparel company Reif posted a photo the other day from their forthcoming line of underpinnings, with the caption, "Coming soon for fall - your fave new bralette #reifbasik #aw14 #apexbralette #oneineverycolor"
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