Maker-friendly mag Marrow has enlisted Portland neckwear company Harding & Wilson to create a limited edition of neck- and bow-ties made from the cloth of vintage dresses and coats, which they are now selling in their online shop as a floral counterpoint to the darker styles that dominate the season. Their marketing—in keeping with all the hype about tomboys that exploded in 2013—suggests that women need not abandon their vintage dresses just because they've been re-purposed as such; in fact the lookbook features nothing but women sporting the five varieties.
Fashion has been making more frequent appearances on the museum circuit in recent years, but not here. I used 2013's combo of overlapping fashion centric exhibits at the Met (Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity and Punk: Chaos to Couture) as an excuse to blow all my airline points on two round trips to New York, and plenty of Portland fashion enthusiasts have taken road trips to Seattle and/or San Francisco to experience exhibits that don't quite reach us here.
The exhibit is going to have some major pieces from legends like Pucci, Versace, Prada, Valentino, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana... 90 garments in all. It's going to be marvelous! The only downside is that the exhibit doesn't open until February... 2015. Though as the museum Tweeted at me over the weekend, "It will be worth the wait."
In case you missed the (snowy) memo: winter has arrived. While we'd all love to spend the coldest days sitting by a fire drinking spiked hot cocoa, eventually you're going to have to leave the house. Luckily, if you do have to venture outside there are great options for staying warm without looking like a yeti (unless that's your thing). So before you turn into a popsicle, wrap yourself up in these local favorites that will keep you warm all winter long.
When I was first introduced to Caitlin McCall's road-tested collection of bicycle clothing that doesn't look like bicycle clothing, Quick Study, I was so impressed that I devoted an entire page to it in the last Mercury Bike Issue.
Now, she's working on a project called "Dress to Ride," documenting the bike style of Portland women. She's just put out a call for entries for those who wished to be considered for an interview and portrait that will become part of a permanent gallery beginning in early January to coincide with the launch of QS' new web site. (Smart to do this when there's snow on the ground; fair-weather poseurs like me will have a harder time self-identifying as a cyclist this time of year.)
Full details for those who are interested are after the cut.
As promised, here are a few more style events happening this weekend:
Shop Adorn is holding their annual holiday party on Friday from 4-8PM. Sip tasty tropical drinks while you shop brand new Spring 2014 styles from 27 Miles Malibu, and if you buy a 27 Miles Malibu poncho you get a Hard Tail long skinny tee to go underneath for half off. Also make sure to check out their new "Gently Used Prairie Underground Collection" and trade in your old Prairie for 10% off your next Prairie purchase. This is part of the Fremont Holiday Fest where tons of things will be happening, including a Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa Paws for dogs, and hot chocolate stands. For more info check out the full list of activities here.
EG Page is hosting a Holiday Party and Jill Michael Trunk Show from 5-9PM that will include drinks, jewels, giveaways, a drawing, 20% off everything in the store, and a chance to win a $500 gift certificate.
Tilde is having a one day sale on Saturday where you can take 15% off everything in the shop and online. Gift wrapping and hot cider will be available. This is part of the larger Decemberville holiday festival happening in the Sellwood neighborhood. Click here for more info on participating businesses.
Handmade Northwest is holding a Formal Holiday Artisans Fair at Leftbank Annex and will feature locally handmade gifts from over 100 artisans. For more information and a complete list of vendors click here.
'Tis the season to shop until you fucking drop, and with so many shopping and style events happening this weekend people might literally do that come Sunday night. The list is endless and, quite frankly, overwhelming, but we here at MOD are going to help you out with handy event lists to guide you through your quest to spend all of your hard earned money. Marjorie has a very comprehensive list of the style events happening this week on Sold Out over here, but here are more that just came to our attention that are worth your while to check out tonight:
Bridge & Burn is celebrating their newest collaborations with Olo Fragrance and Maak Lab at their flagship store from 5:30-8:30PM. Both products are inspired by the high desert region of Central Oregon and based around the aroma of the juniper tree. Olo Fragrance created a new scent for him and her called Black Lodge and Maak Lab created the Juniper Bar, a hand made soap that is all natural, cold processed, and features ground juniper berry sourced from New Deal Distillery, a byproduct of their gin making process. As is appropriate, New Deal will be providing cocktails for the event.
Boy's Fort is hosting Fort-Nite from 6-9PM, which features 40 local artists who are each doing something unique with a box. Each box is a one-off and will be priced at $125.00, with all profits from the event going to support the Cascades AIDS Project in recognition of World AIDS Day. Further info on the event can be found here.
Orox Leather's flagship store is celebrating one year of opening it's doors in Chinatown, and they invite you to celebrate with them from 4-9PM. Complimentary beer from Ninkasi will be provided as you peruse their newest offerings.
Popina Swimwear's Hollywood location is throwing a party with Skamania Lodge from 6-8PM, and if you're looking for some freebies this is the party for you. Details include 30% off swimwear purchases, $2,000 in giveaways from Skamania Lodge, Sunriver Resort, Suncadia Resort, Mt. Hood Meadows, Alaska Airlines and Popina Swimwear, live Hawaiian Music, snacks, Popina 2014 swimwear fashion show by the The Dolly Pops, complementary Kona Brewing Company beer, tickets and popcorn to the 12/5 evening 9PM movie at the The Hollywood Theatre, and the first 200 guests receive a goody bag with gifts including a 30% off Columbia Sportswear coupon and lift ticket discounts from Mt. Hood Meadows. To RSVP click here.
I will post the weekend events here tomorrow so make sure to check those out too!
If you have someone on your holiday shopping list that is into fragrances and super fancy soaps then this might be the perfect gift for them. Pearl+ and Olo Fragrance have joined forces to create a limited edition box set of fragrance and moisturizing soap, available in either Toji or Forêt Noire. Pearl+ luxury soaps are a modern interpretation of one of Asia's oldest skin treatments, utilizing crushed natural pearl, moisturizing oils, and 100% natural ingredients. Toji by Olo fragrance is based on the baths popular in Japan during winter solstice and contains notes of citrus and cedar, while Forêt Noire is inspired by the deep forest with notes of pine and cedar. The set is available now at Oko Gallery and Table of Contents, as well as the Portland Bazaar coming up this weekend. Limited edition of course means once they are gone they are GONE, and just looking at the beautiful packaging I am going to guess that these will sell pretty quickly.
Looks like everyone is getting lookbooks for Christmas: Yo Vintage! seems to pop out a new batch of eye candy on a monthly basis, and for their new holiday edition, they've unleashed more shiny tinsel than you can shake a candy cane at (and some pretty eye-catching party looks, too):
Solestruck is hosting their first ever Holiday Bazaar for the month of December, and the launch party is tomorrow, December 5th at 7PM at their flagship store. For the bazaar, aptly named Stuff Your Stockings, they are bringing in six of their favorite brands which include Moniker Leathers, Reif, Seaecho, Pino, Imaginary Authors, and Polaris, with Seaecho, Pino, and Reif all providing custom goods made just for the event. As is the case with any Solestruck party, drinks and treats will be provided, along with stockings! It might be hard to buy things for other people and not just for yourself at this event.
Eden churns out lookbooks at a steady clip, and its two-part holiday series, shot by Eric Rose, is more about moody images than the relatively small amount of product on display. Yes, the vintage painted souvenir skirt, airy dresses, and statement jewelry are gorgeous, but these are miles more inspiring than bald product shots.
If you didn't get enough shopping fun over the weekend or you decided not to even leave your house (I fall in the latter category) then there is an event coming up that you will be sure to enjoy. NE Broadway is having their annual Ladies Night Out this Wednesday from 5-9PM, and deals abound from numerous businesses along the street. Obviously of most interest to you MODers is the participation of shops like Demimonde, Soho Boutique, and Sweet Jayne, but other businesses of interest of the non-clothing variety include Kitchen Kaboodle, Zama Massage Therapeutic Spa, Furever Pets, Great Wine Buys, and Broadway Books. If you get hungry along the way almost all of the restaurants along the street will offer specials as well. For a full list of participating businesses click here.
Quiet but mighty, every time Una comes up I have to take the moment to extoll its virtue as one of the city's most world class destinations of any kind, and certainly among its boutiques. Tucked subtly away just off of lower Burnside, it's relatively low-profile in terms of sale announcements and other to-dos, but there's a rare calendar-oriented excuse to visit on the horizon.
On Thursday, Dec 12, they are featuring some of their favorite Portland designers, including Boet, Better Late Than Never, Esser Vesper, Hilary Horvath, Jacqueline Davis, and Sara Barner, plus refreshments and a portion of the sales going to an as-yet-unspecified women's charity. Don't even bother trying to keep your focus solely on the vendors at hand, though; Una's selections from around the world are wonderfully eccentric and elegant, and you're about guaranteed to find something that sparks your imagination.
Local resale shop Patti Smith West will be hosting an artist trunk show Friday, Dec 6 from 6-9 pm and Saturday, Dec 7 from 11 am-6 pm at their Northeast Portland location (3746 NE 42nd).
The reception will featuring: Nicole Carlon, Nancy Goldman, Trina Hesson, Moss & Mirror, and Serge Sisters.
Meet and mingle with Patti Smith West's visionaries, artists, and friends as they present vintage clothing, jewelry, and knickknacks, plus delicious refreshments and treats.
This tripped-out poster by David Welker is for the annual, fantastic, 10-years-running Art of Musical Maintenance gig poster show at the Goodfoot. It opens Thursday, December 5.
Always accepting of poster recommendations. Yep.
Last year around this time Communion teamed up with Dig a Pony to put on a fashion show. The last one just featured looks from Pendleton, but this time around they are expanding it to showcase the entire store. Featured women's and men's brands include Lifetime, Mary Meyer, Comune, Loup, RVCA, WESC, Cheap Monday, Shades of Grey, Left on Houston, Kai-Aakmann, Furies, Skargorn, Just Female, Zanerobe, Brixton, and Globe, as well as local favorites Bridge & Burn, Poler, and of course Pendleton. They are also going to do an entire segment focused on rain wear, with the highlight being looks from a line called RAINS out of Copenhagen. Communion is one of only a few stores in the US that carries the line, which is characterized by clean lines, beautiful fit, and high quality materials and construction. The show takes place on December 5th at 8PM at Dig a Pony, and if it's anything like it was last year you will want to get there early to get a drink and snag a good viewing spot, because this thing will be packed.
In addition to participating in Little Boxes and the Makery's holiday sale, tiny—but mighty—boutique Demimonde is hosting its own wee shindig. The shop, which is also HQ for the awesome, Native American/Art Deco-inspired jewelry line of the same name, is hosting an open house in Wednesday, Dec 5, with refreshments and 20% storewide from 5-9 pm. The jewelry, of course, is to die for, but you'll also find vintage pieces and brilliant curio doodads you never knew you or a friend/family member needed.
I sympathize with men a lot when it comes to fashion. Let's face it, there are a relatively limited number of basic silhouettes and items that you have to play with before veering into the laughable. So I get that you are detail oriented within those parameters, a fascination that has inspired some truly great innovations in subtlety and craftsmanship. And yet! So many men are resolutely casual, only embracing the most commonly acceptable form of flair/personality allowed in the average man's wardrobe, the tie, under pressure. I don't get it. What I do get, though, are lots of tie options for the holiday par-tay season, which is just about to be on. Everything—everything, even puking in the gutter—looks better when one is wearing a tie. Think about it.
1) The Woodlands, $68
2) Machus, $80
3) Hand-Eye Supply, $75
If you are even going to go there with a lingerie gift this year (or sneak in a self-purchase), do the right thing and consult with Lille Boutique.
They're hosting a trunk show for New York-based designer Samantha Chang on Friday, December 13 from 5pm to 8pm. A bit of bio:
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chang exhibited an early aptitude for fashion that brought her to the US to pursue her dreams, which were fully realized when she launched her own ready-to-wear collection immediately after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her eponymous lingerie line was launched four years later, in 2000, and she started her own showroom in 2008 to share her experience and nurture young, independent designers like herself. Carried by exclusive department stores like Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Fred Segal, and favored by celebrities like Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston and Christy Turlington, her designs are world-renowned for their femininity and beautiful details. Her strength lies in utilizing comfortable fabrics, harmonious colors and playful prints, and executing simple silhouettes with beautiful finishing.
The trunk show will include a meet and greet, options for private fittings (call the store ahead), and if you make a purchase of $100 or greater you'll earn "a free goodie bag full of Lille gifts, including a Samantha Chang original design." Plus, there will be 10% off store-wide, so... You know what to do.
If you've been following Solestruck then you most likely are aware that they have a special relationship with the Phillipines. Creative director and brand manager Ty McBride has traveled there twice in the past 18 months to build relationships and shoot lookbooks with Filipino brands Gold Dot, Monster Shoes, and Os Accessories. When Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the country Solestruck was compelled to help, and are partnering with Mercy Corps to raise funds for the relief efforts. Just click HERE to make a donation through the Solestruck X Mercy Corps donation page, and Solestruck will match your donation dollar for dollar up to $20,000, for a possible donation total of $40,000. It should be mentioned that Jeffrey Campbell already donated $10,000 to the effort, so Solestruck should not have any problem reaching their goal if we all pitch in.
Last night, Wildfang held the launch party for WILD.LIFE., the new private label put out by the tomboy-branded, Portland-based store that opened its brick 'n' mortar on SE Grand earlier this year. It's only four pieces, each emblazoned with the new wolf mascot logo (which they were offering to tattoo you with for free at the party, and no I didn't get one), but it's a start, and the embroidered wolf on the black sweatshirt is beautiful up close. They're also loosely based on different Wildfang-style archetypes: the the jock, the prep, the rebel, the "urban." It was all manufactured in Canada (better than overseas, not as great as USA, but ok), and as is Wildfang tradition, they made a video featuring tough girls and lofty pronouncements that serves as a more stimulating lookbook than static photos. And this time they added a couple adorable pets, too:
—There's so much focus on prezzies this time of year, but don't forget cards. Egg Press is hosting its annual holiday sample sale, with cards as low as $-freaking-1, plus other EP goodies for stocking stuffers and the rest of the year. Today & Saturday, 10 am-6 pm and Sunday, 11 am-4 pm, Schoolhouse Electric Co. library, 2181 NW Nicolai
—Line up early for Frances May's annual warehouse sale, where you can score men's and women's clothing and accessories from past season for up to a stunning 90% off. It will be bonkers, especially with brands like Suno, A.P.C., Folk, Rachel Comey, Raquel Allegra... Saturday, The Cleaners, 1022 SW Stark, noon-5 pm
—The physical location of Crafty Wonderland is celebrating its third anniversary, with 10% off all day long. Saturday, Crafty Wonderland, 808 SW 10th, 10 am-6 pm
—PINO and Sterling Coffee Roasters are celebrating their collaborative holiday collection of "ties, bow ties, pocket rounds and special Sterling Coffee gifts" with a launch party over drinks and snacks. Saturday, Coffeehouse Northwest, 1951 W Burnside, 6 pm
—Portland's Goorin Brothers, in concert with Rogue, Portland Beard Co and The Portland Beardsmen, is raising money for Family Dogs New Life Shelter with a six-category (!) beard contest called "Hats off to Beards," with contestants coming as far as Seattle and and Spokane. It's free to attend but there will be an auction of hats and beard products with all proceeds going to the cause. Saturday, Goorin Brothers, 808 NW 23rd, 4-8 pm
I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but right about now is the time that people really start to wonder what the hell they are going to get people for Christmas. With so many great shops and products, Portlanders have a wide variety to choose from if they want to go the local route. If you happen to be a person whose holiday dollars want to be spent locally while helping animals, PETA has just the thing for you. Their newest catalog features four items for sale from Portland makers and 100% of the proceeds goes directly to support PETA's work to help animals around the country. Here are the goods (click on the images for more info and to buy):
The Morse code–inspired "ANIMAL" etched ring by Betsy & Iya.
Cat and dog pillows by artist Kara Burke.
Mouse holiday cards by printmaker Michele Maule.
"Home Sweet Vegan Home" tea towels by screen-printer The Make House.
Check out this fantastic poster for Typhoon by Tiny Little Hammers. That's a mean-ass flyer.
Drop me a line if you want to recommend a poster for next week.
The original design team who worked with Pendleton to create the Portland Collection—Church + State's Rachel Turk and Nathaniel Crissman, and John Blasioli—have discontinued their contract with the heritage brand. Though TPC has a few more seasons to cycle through as far as appearing on retail shelves, it's unclear what will come of the venture. But the first assumption, that Jones had been hired to take it over, appears to be oversimplified.
You can read it in the paper if you like tactile sensations with your words, but the online version is longer, and includes her views on the whole Project Runway thing three years after having won it. ("I have no interest in being involved in any of that stuff again.")
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