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Friday, April 11, 2014

Museum of Contemporary Craft Director and Chief Curator Namita Gupta Wiggers Steps Down

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Yesterday evening a press release went out announcing that Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Craft Namita Gupta Wiggers is stepping down from her full-time role at the institution after 10 years. Wiggers oversaw the museum's move from Corbett Ave to the heart of the city, doubled the size of its collection, was responsible for landmark exhibitions like Ai Wei Wei's first West Coast show, and remains one of the city's most interesting interviews, in my opinion. Promisingly, she is expected to continue work with MoCC in some capacity in addition to pursuing other gigs in independent curating, consulting, and teaching, as well as continuing to develop Critical Craft Forum, which she co-founded in 2008. The news comes as the museum is on the cusp of big changes itself, integrating more completely as a department of PNCA, which is itself migrating quickly to take over the North Park Blocks. Wiggers has an incredible wealth of insight and enthusiasm to share, so I hope whatever shakes out for her will keep her voice in a prominent and easily accessed place within the city. As PNCA president Tom Manley puts it, "Her impact on the institution and the field will be felt well into the future, and we look forward to this new phase of our relationship with her."

Portland Flea's First Run at The Colony

Posted by Katie Guinn on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Portland Flea lovers can't get enough! The Colony in St. Johns will open its doors this Sunday (and every second Sunday from here out) to host the Flea, plus the original third Sundays at Union Pine are still happening,even though this month it lands on Easter. In fact, to embrace the holiday they're having an Easter egg hunt, in which the eggs will hold awesome prizes ( think gift certificates).

The Colony has been a steadfast presence in St. Johns (in one form or another) for quite a while. It began life as the St. Johns Funeral Home (delectably creepy), before being converted into a new-age learning center called The Crystal Temple. And then, lucky for us, in 2011 it became a b-e-a-utiful, inviting event space, perfect for weddings, parties, and of course...flea markets. We hope you'll join us on April 13 to shop around and check out The Colony!

  • Portland Flea

The Colony
  • Portland Flea
  • The Colony

  • Sabi & Friends

  • Circa Vintage

  • Hound & Hare

All that shopping might make you hungry and thirsty, so Kuza Burger will be there, as well as Field Day Feasts, who'll be bartending drinks with New Deal Distillery.

Sunday, April 13th, 10am-4pm
The Colony
7525 N Richmond Ave

Sunday, April 20th, 10am-4pm
Union Pine
525 SE Pine St.

Designer Highlight: 2550°

Posted by Katie Guinn on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Usually it’s the fall season that inspires us to seek out the best smelling candles to fill our newly closed-up homes with the scents of essential oils. Personally, I’m a year ‘round candle burner and although I have my favorites, including blood orange and sandalwood, I am constantly sticking my nose in candles looking for more intriguing combinations to add to my home or share as gifts. I recently discovered a candle maker here in Portland that I hadn't yet experienced: The brand is 2550°, and the maker behind these unique and clever combinations is Jason Linscott. You may already be familiar, but because we’re so fascinated with creative people who have that something special, we wanted to learn more.

One thing I noticed while checking out the 2550° website is Linscott's list of stockists—not only are his modern candles up for grabs at our own boutiques, but in cities like Austin, LA, and Korea! The packaging shows an acute attention to detail, from the logo design itself to the wooden lids that lend a rugged appeal. Each scent has a vivid colored sticker along with its well thought-out name, all of which are men's. We just had to learn more.

  • 2550

We just had to learn more.

Mercury: How did the inspiration for these candles come about? Have you always been a creative person/maker? In other words, what's your story?

Jason: My background is in Design and Visual Merchandising, so I've always had a creative mind. Designing, illustrating, building things; my mind is always coming up with ideas and working through solutions. I've worked in the fashion and cosmetics industry on the corporate side, so I had great insight into the personal care category and into product development, marketing, etc., all of which aided me with the nitty gritty details of the line.

I had always enjoyed the warmth and intimacy that candles bring to a home, and scented candles are a great way to liven up a space and make it more personal. But I was having difficulty finding something unique, more masculine, and that didn't fall into a one-note scent profile. I remember becoming frustrated and dreaming up what my perfect candle would smell like. I eventually came upon the concept of a home fragrance that would mimic scent aspects associated with an individual's personality, and feature more of a layered, rounded profile. The first scent, "Joe," evolved from that initial concept. A smoldering campfire, a leather jacket, a slug of whiskey; scent aspects that could be folded together to create a kind of "home cologne." The subsequent scents carry through with that theme.

What is the significance behind the 2550 degree name?

Good question! 2550° is the maximum temperature of a candle flame (which kind of blew my mind when I was researching and ultimately stuck with me).

What's the process for getting your candles in stores worldwide? Do you travel to these cities or send them samples?

Both! I try to get out as much as possible and see the stores for myself. My product is unique and does best in a unique environment where it can shine, so when I'm out and about I look for locations where it will both be a good fit and the customer base would appreciate it. I'm so grateful to have the opportunity for the line to be carried in some of the best boutiques both here and overseas. I've been lucky enough that many of my stockists have sought me out as well. In that sense, there's a good deal of word-of-mouth that helps me getting them out to the world.

What is your biggest challenge as a maker?

There are many. It's not an easy endeavor. I'm in awe of the community of artisans we have in Portland who come up with a concept and "make it happen," because it's a herculean task, and I think everybody who has a unique product and wants to make a livelihood making it shares that opinion. As a business owner you have to juggle dozens of responsibilities, and you quickly find out the "making" is just one of many.

Do you have any events coming up? What can we expect from you in the future?

I'm working on several fun collaborations with some talented folks both locally and out of town; one of the most exciting projects is a pop-up for the next holiday I'm working on with my friend Heather Sielaff over at Olo Fragrance. We've worked together on a couple collabs in the past, and she's just secured a cool permanent space that we'll transform over the holidays. I'm also working through some fun new additions to the line, which will appear next Fall.

  • 2550

Jason in his studio
  • 2550
  • Jason in his studio

Linscott and Sielaff have worked on two scents so far: Gift sets that include an existing fragrance from her line, called Cedar Rose, and one they created together called Wyeth, which she has subsequently launched as a stand-alone and which he's working up as well. Each candle has a very layered and unique scent, and it really requires more than one sniff to understand the depth. You might expect "rolled cigarette" to smell like an ashtray; but on the contrary, fresh tobacco is actually quite nice, and while burning through a candle, that freshness remains. If you haven't experienced these intriguing and beautifully packaged and presented candles, put it on your to-do list. Find them at Beam and Anchor on N Interstate, which also has a dedicated space for Olo.

  • 2550

Thursday, April 10, 2014

This Week's Style Events

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Get out into that sun and take a look at what's shakin' in the shops this week: fine new local designs, new beers 'n' bikinis, and a little bit o' birthday color theory. Okay!

Mabel & Zora is taking a novel approach to their eighth anniversary: In addition to champagne, store discounts, and raffle prizes, they’ve invited color expert Vanessa Van Edwards from the Science of People to talk about the psychology behind colors. Should be an interesting way to inform your shopping decisions as you peruse the racks and Grayling trunk show also scheduled to take place. Mabel & Zora, 748 NW 11th, Thurs April 10, 6-8 pm

—It’s not surprising that a beer named Kona would enjoy a partnership with Popina Swimwear, which serves the needs of rain-fatigued vacationers all over the city. The shop is hosting a launch for the brand’s latest brew, “Castaway,” with catering by Noho’s, 30 percent off purchases, and live music by Noble Firs and Outer Space Heaters. Popina Swimwear, 2030 NE 42nd, Thurs April 10, 6-9 pm

—It’s been a minute since we heard from Rachel Ancliffe, and now she back with the exciting debut of the Ancliffe Collection launching this week at one of the city’s most auspicious locations: Una! Una, 922 SE Ankeny, Thurs April 10, 5-8 pm

Plus check out this week's Sold Out for more on Saturday's Fashion Forward show, and a peek at the new Church + State x Frances May capsule collection!

Ancliffe Collection
  • Tim Aguero
  • Ancliffe Collection


Kelcey Blanton for Varnish Clothing

Posted by Cassie Ridgway on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 8:59 AM

This week in my shop Mag-Big we've been stocking up on Spring/Summer dresses. This is a time of year when we're all looking for versatile dresses that transition from day to evening, warm weather to slightly chilly, professional to casual. Everyone is excited to shed a few layers and see their figure again. For many of us, a perfect knit dress will give us the most options for layering pieces, adding styling elements, and achieving a comfortable, flattering look. With this in mind, we were so excited by the arrival of dresses by Varnish Clothing, a Portland-based clothing company focused on beautifully structured knit dresses and separates. After designer Kelcey Blanton brought us a new batch of clothes, I just had to write about her company.

While knits may seem like an easy choice for most wardrobe accents, they present some distinctive challenges for designers to work with. That desired easy to fit, stretchy, soft, and luscious element is accompanied with a host of careful attentions to detail such as varying fabric weight, hems, and employing proper equipment to accomplish a polished look. Portland has an incredible class of ready-to-wear designers who focus on knit textiles and Varnish Clothing is among the strongest representations of this aesthetic. Varnish Clothing designer, Kelcey Blanton, is known for her exquisite choice of beautiful fabric, creating dresses and separates that function interchangeably (and are often reversible). In the last few years I have watched Varnish produce stunningly elegant silhouettes time and time again. Blanton's eye for drape in fabric, color blocking, and over-all ease is characteristic of every collection she has produced. Her apparel is meant for women from every size range, personal style, and setting. It is multi-seasonal, extremely versatile, and let's be clear: there is nothing better for traveling than a reversible dress.

I asked Kelcey Blanton to tell us about her company, her techniques, and what's in store for her in the coming months.

The reversible Harlow Dress by Varnish
  • The reversible Harlow Dress by Varnish

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fashion Forward Graduates: Jessica Van Hulle

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM

This Saturday is Portland Sewing's Fashion Forward graduate show, featuring the graduates of an intensive program that goes beyond apparel construction techniques to guide students into thinking about how to hone their focus and market themselves. I always love a good student show, but this one tends to produce designers and collections that are more fully formed than in undergraduate shows like those produced by the Art Institute. In anticipation of this weekend's debuts we spoke to some of the students to get a sense of what to expect.

Next up: Jessica Van Hulle's The Lady Jessica:

  • Jessica Van Hulle via Facebook

MERCURY: Where were you in your (apparel-related) career prior to Fashion Forward?
Jessica Van Hulle: I have been professionally designing Halloween costumes, lingerie and sexy high-heeled shoes for industry-leading manufacturers since 2008. In 2011, I started my own business and have been a freelance designer since then.

What drove you to seek it out? Is it what you expected?
My background is actually in science fiction/fantasy illustration and fine art. I was offered my first fashion design job because of my drawing ability. I fell in love with fashion design, but eventually felt limited and wanted to expand into apparel. However, I lacked technical skills. The Fashion Forward program is the best option for getting those skills quickly and affordably, with the support I need.

What are your thoughts on the experience?
It is a challenging experience and I’m very glad I’m doing it. I think “the buddy system” is the only way to go when I'm taking a leap forward in life. I’m guessing that’s true for many people. I don’t think I could have, or would have, done this without my fellow Fashion Forward designers, Sharon Blair, and the instructors at Portland Sewing.

What did you learn?
In addition to the technical patternmaking, industrial sewing techniques, and apparel manufacturing business classes, I got crystal clear on WHY I am doing this. Yes, it is to make exquisite garments, and tap into an underserved part of the market, but most importantly it is to support women in feeling beautiful and in loving themselves more.

A Lookbook for The Guys: WWJJD

Posted by Katie Guinn on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:29 PM

If you went to the most recent installment of Fade To Light then you saw the new collaboration by Designers Joshua Buck and Jeanne Tunstall. (We did a Q & A with them preceding the show where they talk about how it happened and a little more about their line. You can check that out here.)

Following the show, the team of two collaborated with photographer Jaycob Desrosiers and Ashkan* (who did the makeup and produced the shoot) to create a lookbook. The results of this collaboration also debuted as the first editorial featured in Ashkan's brand-new online fashion magazine, Suede! We have the full spread of WWJJD's Spring/Summer '14 look book modeled by Evan Combs and shot at The Doug Fir Lounge:

  • Jaycob Desrosiers

  • Jaycob Desrosiers

  • Jaycob Desrosiers

  • Jaycob Desrosiers

For more information or to inquire about getting your hands on one of these pieces, email Joshua & Jeanne:

*Ashkan, in fact, also covered the Fade To light show for the Mercury.

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Fashion Forward Graduates: Stephanie Hutton

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 11:29 AM

This Saturday is Portland Sewing's Fashion Forward graduate show, featuring the graduates of an intensive program that goes beyond apparel construction techniques to guide students into thinking about how to hone their focus and market themselves. I always love a good student show, but this one tends to produce designers and collections that are more fully formed than in undergraduate shows like those produced by the Art Institute. In anticipation of this weekend's debuts we spoke to some of the students to get a sense of what to expect.

Next up: Stephanie Hutton, who attendees of the most recent Fade to Light got a glimpse of through her work with Portland Sewing owner Sharon Blair's multifaceted SKPDX line.

  • Jaycob Desrosiers

MERCURY: Where were you in your (apparel-related) career prior to Fashion Forward?
STEPHANIE HUTTON: This is the beginning of my education in fashion design. I have been working at Nordstrom for the last year and taking classes at Portland Sewing. I was taking classes so I could gain experience and build my portfolio for college—that's why I chose to do the Fashion Forward program, I knew it would be a great learning opportunity and I could really challenge myself.

What drove you to seek it out? Is it what you expected?
I have learned so much from everyone involved. It has been so much more than I could have ever expected and it has been an amazing experience.

What are your thoughts on the experience? What did you learn?
I have learned the design process from start to finish. Half of the process is very technical, with the flats and tech packs in Illustrator, and the patterning of every garment. I am excited to continue to build my portfolio after this. I feel very prepared and equipped to tackle whatever comes next.

Church and State x Frances May

Posted by Elissa Hall on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 9:59 AM

  • Casey Oney

It's here and it's BIG. Frances May has long been an institution of Portland style and has carried label Church & State since the store's beginnings. Now the two have teamed up for Frances May's first ever capsule collection.

Rachel Turk & Nathaniel Crissman of Church & State and Pamela Baker-Miller of Frances May put their heads together to re-interpret favorite Church & State silhouettes with a Frances May twist. The dresses (each named after their grandmothers) are a curation of dark florals, thoughtful design, and even a reversible dress. The collection is designed and made in Portland, Oregon.

Style win for Portland. Check out the collection in the store and online now.


Street Style: First Thursday

Posted by Caroline Smith on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 8:59 AM

First Thursday's art walk in the Pearl District is one of the best events in the city to people watch and see creative outfits.

Spotted at Pony Club Gallery at the opening reception for Our Noise: New Work by Emi Lenox, showing April 3rd-May 1st.

"I was inspired by paint splatters." -Jennifer

"I'm inspired by my friends. One of my friends made this dress, my friend let me borrow her garter belt, and my mom gave me this sweater." -Molly

Spotted outside of Upper Playground.

Kathleen and Rian

"He likes to dress in greyscale."- Kathleen "We end up unconsciously complimenting each other." -Rian

Spotted outside of Fleeting States Gallery.

"I love wearing vintage and mixing prints!" -Katie

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fashion Forward Graduates: Jessica Caldwell

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM

This Saturday is Portland Sewing's Fashion Forward graduate show, featuring the graduates of an intensive program that goes beyond apparel construction techniques to guide students into thinking about how to hone their focus and market themselves. I always love a good student show, but this one tends to produce designers and collections that are more fully formed than in undergraduate shows like those produced by the Art Institute. In anticipation of this weekend's debuts we spoke to some of the students to get a sense of what to expect.

First up: Jessica Caldwell's Machine, which she describes as "modern, attitude-infused women's street wear." [Full disclosure: Caldwell is also an occasional contributor to the MOD blog.]

  • Machine via Facebook

MERCURY: Where were you in your (apparel-related) career prior to Fashion Forward?

JESSICA CALDWELL: I'd been taking classes at Portland Sewing for over two years, and even interned at the Portland Opera costume shop, but I wasn't sure about my next move. My background is in web design and programming, and I was looking for a change. So when the opportunity for Fashion Forward came up I knew it was time to take that leap and really go for it.

What drove you to seek it out? Is it what you expected?

For me, working on a computer all day was creatively draining. When I started sewing, I fell in love with the process of creating something tactile that existed in the real world (instead of always digital). I was hooked. Of course, I had no idea what I was in for upon applying for Fashion Forward. The program has been a huge wakeup call as far as how the industry works and the level of commitment it takes to turn your designs into a business. There is still a lot to learn, but I feel like the program has given me a foundation of skills to be successful in this industry.

What are your thoughts on the experience? What did you learn?

Overall, the experience has been really positive. Stressful at times, but awesome. The group of designers we have this year are really diverse in their style and vision. It’s been fun working with everyone and watching them grow. Because of Fashion Forward, I've uncovered my point of view as a designer and the experience I want to create through fashion. The future is exciting.

Spring Time With Tilde

Posted by Katie Guinn on Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Tilde has a lot going on in this lovely spring time month of April, and are adding some new stock to their shelves. Swedish brand, Unit Portables will be a new addition to the shop for those of you planning adventures on foot in the wild and need a new pack. Some new jewelry will be introduced by Charlotte N.C. based designer, Laurel Denise who inscribes personal affirmations as in "Love Life", "Breathe" and "Life Whispers, Listen Closely" on her gold, silver and leather pieces. Both will be available tomorrow. Also debuting that day is a soap line that comes from Brooklyn called, Pelle Designs: Soaps shaped as natural occurring gemstones such as rose quartz, onyx, aquamarine and jade are hand made with vegetarian based glycerin and infused with essential oils. (Pelle's other sleek, modern and high end interior decor items are also worth checking out.)

Shoulder Bag
  • Unit Portables
  • Shoulder Bag

  • Laurel Denise

Soap Stones
  • Pelle Designs
  • Soap Stones

Then on April 10th (yes, the very next day) another line of bags including totes, hand bags and backpacks will be added to the shelves. These bags from Fabric Horse are hand made in Philadelphia with environmentally conscience materials including junkyard salvaged seat belts and recycled yoga mats. (I'd be interested to see the cleaning process on their materials).
  • Fabric Horse

New art work covering their walls by abstarct Artist George Perrou (You may have seen him featured on Oregon Art Beat) is available right now along with Orla Kielly's last spring shipment of hand bags. The weekend of April 19th & 20th Tilde will be hosting a trunk show for one of their favorite jewelry designers, Tasi Designs. For her 5th annual appearance at the shop on Saturday the 19th you'll get to meet Taya, the lady behind the sparkle of Tasi (Noon-3pm). With every purchase of Tasi jewelry during this trunk show weekend, you'll be entered in a raffle to win the pretty necklace pictured below! (the largest necklace on the left) and 15% off your purchased piece. They have plenty of new additions of their tried and true favorite brands too, so I'd suggest heading over there to see for yourself all the treasures available.
Win The Big One!

  • Tasi

Orla Kiely

7979 SE 13th

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hollywood Babylon Party and Show

Posted by Toby Robboy on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 1:59 PM

On Saturday night a sizable crowd squeezed into Hollywood Babylon's relatively close quarters for the vintage store's three-year anniversary party and live show featuring Ensly Mogul and Mister Saturday (who is co-owner of the store). The nerdcore duo did a set of Star Trek-based songs in a multimedia performance that incorporated video clips from the original show. While it certainly wasn't the typical choice of entertainment for a retail party, the performance felt like a natural fit with Hollywood Babylon's particular brand of quirk and kitsch.

The party also provided an opportunity to scope the store's current stock, which was everything one could hope for from a funky little vintage store that specializes in unpretentious whimsy. Highlights included jewel-tone hippie dresses, an impressive collection of shoes that ranged from slinky Ferragamos to sturdy boots, and every hat one could possibly desire. Hollywood Babylon is not the most flashy or high profile retailer out there, but given their promising range of merchandise, not to mention the strong turnout of loyal customers who showed up, I think it's safe to say they carved themselves out a very decent space in the crowded local vintage market.

Now for some pics:





Early Hints of a Liza Rietz x BOET Collaboration

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Design collaborations are common enough, but early word on one slated for early fall has caught my particular attention. Liza Rietz and BOET's Emily Bixler are apparel and accessory designers for the most part, but both of their work easily overlaps with fine art perspective. Rietz's designs, especially her one of a kind masterpieces, are the sort of clothing you can call "sculptural" without exaggeration, and while Bixler most frequently traffics in metal and fiber as earrings and necklaces, she's also done great installation and wall handing work, even fashioning some lighting fixtures for a month-long trunk show she held at Yo Vintage! last fall. The two have neighboring studios up in NW, and the news of an upcoming shared project is the best kind of inevitable. Via Rietz:

Emily and I have gravitated towards each others work for years now, and are looking to design and make a collection of sculptural clothing combining Emily's signature crochet and textural knitting with my structural garment construction. We are both fascinated by garment as sculpture - focusing on architectural and textural elements and how a garment takes shape once on the physical body. In blending our two distinct but similar modalities, we hope to achieve aspects of design that would otherwise not be possible. We are hoping to have a collection of no more than 10 pieces and we are planning on having an opening in late September or early October with the intention of displaying the collection for a month.

Stay tune for more on the project as it develops.


Notions of Beauty: NW Fashion Photography Now

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 11:29 AM

As if it needed further emphasis, the relationship between fashion and photographer has been underscored on the regional level of late by the unprecedented number of lookbooks being produced by shops and designers. And so it seems an appropriate time to celebrate that symbiosis with a proper art show: Notions of Beauty: NW Fashion Photography Now is opening May 1 at the Art Institute's Steven Goldman Gallery, featuring "large-format prints, video, installation, and fashion objects" from the region's shooters, including Holly Andres, Lindsey Avenetti, Julia Barbee, Brendan Coughlin, Lavenda Memory, Sarah Moskovitz, BriAnne Wills, and curator Christine Taylor, among others—22 in all. According to the exhibit statement:

Fashion is so much more than clothing, it is an expression and a cultural statement about how to live, what we find inspirational, and what we desire. Without photography, fashion design would not have the presence it has in our culture. The relationship between designer and photographer is most valuable, and a good match is critical to reaching a larger audience. Photographers hold their own views on what is fashionable, views that revolve around tone, light, form and composition - in addition to fashion and trend. On account of this, many great designers look for a shooter not only with technical ability, but also with an idiosyncratic style. Alas in a more commercial era of lower budgets, the deadpan white walled lookbook, Instagram, and cameras that think for us, creative ideas with spirited viewpoints on beauty are often lost in translation. So we find ourselves asking, what is the creative testimony behind contemporary fashion photography without the brand?

The opening First Thursday party will run from 5-8 pm, and the exhibit itself will be up through the end of May.

Mabel & Zora Celebrates Eight Years

Posted by Katie Guinn on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Mabel & Zora have been open in Portland for 8 years, and that is certainly something to celebrate. Their supply of casual and flirty dresses along with some shoes, jewelry and other accessories shows to have been a staple for many in Portland. Not only will they be serving champagne and having a sale, but they're taking things up a notch with a trunk show from Grayling, a gift with each purchase, raffles and a psychology of color workshop with color expert Vanessa Van Edwards from the Science of People! If you like to learn and are creative, then I'd bet you'll benefit from heading over and helping M&Z celebrate in this unique way. The party will take place Thursday from 6-8pm, and the rewards being raffled off include a $50 gift certificate to Mabel & Zora, $50 for Grayling and a 1 hour individual color session with Vanessa.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Happy Birthday Sale at Reif

Posted by Katie Guinn on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

It's always nice when people celebrate their Birthday by giving others gifts, and that's exactly what Reif is doing. The designer is celebrating her 30th! Her gift to you is 30% off all turbans; All the colors, prints and textures available. That is very generous indeed, and if you've been coveting one (we certainly are) now's a great time to check out the stock. Use code Birthday30 at check out online. This sale is only for 4 days though, so act fast!

English Garden

Montavilla First Friday at Union Rose

Posted by Katie Guinn on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Here comes April, and with that comes another round of First Friday events. Union Rose starts off the new season of F.F.'s in the Montavilla neighborhood with an opening party for art by Amy Stoner along with some new pieces by Hubris Apparel and a unique variety of jewelery by Ruby Girl. There will be other shops open and some live music in the hood as well, so you might want to plan on staying a while.
Today, from 6-9 pm!

Union Rose
  • Union Rose

  • Ruby Girl Jewelry

  • Hubris Apparel

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 2:29 PM


This pretty little thing by Jamila Clarke wins Poster of the Week. Wanna make a recommendation for next week? Have at it.


Hollywood Babylon Three-Year Anniversary Show

Posted by Toby Robboy on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Hollywood Babylon is celebrating three years in business this Saturday with a show featuring nerdcore duo Ensly Mogul and Mister Saturday. There will be free drinks, snacks, and, of course, a chance to browse the store's new (vintage) wares for Spring. Party starts at 8pm, RSVP here.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

This Week's Style Events

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Just as the greenery creeps back in after winter, so too do the happenings on the independent retail front. And it sure is poppin' off all the sudden:

Shop Adorn's spring cleaning sale is currently on, with an additional 30% off current sales items, through Friday. Shop Adorn, 4120 NE Fremont, now through Fri, April 4

Jane's Vanity is keeping good on their plans to remain active IRL, even after closing their physical shop on SW Broadway. Their latest endeavor is an event to debut their spring collections from lines like Fleur of England, with live models and bespoke flowers from Spellbound. Oh, and cocktails too, of course. Eden, 221 NW 11th, Thurs, April 3, 6-9 pm

—Curious about the next Portland Fashion Week? The organization is an all ages, get ta know ya mixer, complete with prizes. Aloft Hotel, 9920 NE Cascades Parkway, Thurs, April 3, 6:30-9:30 pm

—First Thursday ain't just for the Pearl: Liza Rietz and Thurman Street Studios are hosting an afternoon-to-evening shindig to showcase new arrivals from Rietz, clearance items from BOET jewelry, and OKO vintage. 2774 NW Thurman, Thurs April 3, 11 am-8 pm

—Light and sun will increasingly win the struggle with rain and doom and gloom from here out, making getting around the city and exploring so much more appealing. All the more reason to check out all the Firsts and Lasts of the month, including of course Montavilla's. Among the festivities are the doings at Union Rose, which is hosting Rubygirl Jewelry and Hubris Apparel, along with art by Amy Stone. Union Rose, 7909 SE Stark, Fri, April 4, 6-9 pm

Redux freshens its art for Spring, with a First Friday opening for painter/printmakers Adam Burke and Noelle Barce's two-month stand at the shop, with DJ Blackbars and things to eat and drink. Redux, 811 E Burnside #110, Fri, April 4, 6-9:30 pm

—If you're still feeling winter clothes, this is your week: Lizard Lounge is clearing out with a full weekend of heavy—80% off heavy—markdowns at their warehouse. Plus each transaction at the warehouse will garner you a 20% discount back at the shop. Lizard Lounge Warehouse, 710 NW 14th, Fri, April 4 & Sat April 5, 10 am-7 pm, Sun April 6, 11 am-7 pm

Hollywood Babylon is turning three, and they're celebrating the occasion with the debut performance from "nerd-core dancehall mcs" Mister Saturday & Ensly Mogul. Color me intrigued. Hollywood Babylon, 4512 NE Sandy, Sat, April 5, 8 pm

—In other anniversary news, Vintalier has rounded the corner on its first year, and to celebrate is hosting an extended afternoon tea party with Teri Gelber from T Project's spring line of teas. Plus, 15% off everything in store. Vintalier, 412 NW 13th, Sat, April 5, noon-4 pm

Lizard Lounge Warehouse Sale

Posted by Katie Guinn on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 8:59 AM

This weekend starting Friday, Lizard Lounge is having a warehouse sale. There will be items available for up to 80% off and with each purchase customers will receive a 20% off coupon for future purchases. Shoppers will also be offered complimentary Widmer beer while perusing the goods.
April 4th-6th (see flyer for exact times)
Lizard Lounge
710 NW 14th


  • Lizard Lounge

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Rummer House

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 10:59 AM

I am now in literal awe at the frequency with which the city's design scene is churning out lookbooks. One a day, almost? This one, "The Rummer House" from Frances May, features one of the houses in a small pocket of mid-century modern homes in SW Portland designed by Robert Rummer. I was lucky enough to attend a dinner in one a few years ago, and they are quite impressive, my favorite detail being the inner courtyard atriums that all the rooms wrap around. This shoot is naturally more about the clothes, but if you have some love for 20th century architecture, you can read more about the houses over on Modern Homes Portland.

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Wildfang Collabs With Peau de Loup and Throws a Party!

Posted by Katie Guinn on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Well, if you happened to miss the super rad-ass Wildfang Anniversary Party last month, they're giving you another chance to hang with them at their store and the White Owl Social Club on April 11th. It's a launch party for their exclusive collaboration with the brand Peau de Loup. Together they designed a line of special edition button-up shirts, available in-store only as of the 11th, and online starting April 18th. The fun starts at "The Fort" (their store where there's an actual fort) where they'll have a custom photo booth set up for partygoers to show their most wild side and compete in a snarl off. Attendees will score an exclusive Wildfang giveaway and will be served free Union Wine and PBR. At 8pm The party continues at The White Owl Social Club where bands Genders and Spookies will be playing, and once again you'll get to sip on their very own drink The Wildfang.

  • Wildfang

Some Peau De Loup Button ups
  • Peau De Loup
  • Some Peau De Loup Button ups

  • Genders

The Wildfang Drink
  • Wildafng
  • The Wildfang Drink

1230 SE Grand 5-8pm (Free)

White Owl Social Club
1305 SE 8th 8pm-last call ($3 cover)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Jet Clothing to Close

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Oh, when it rains it pours: On the heels of the news that Decades Vintage is closing, comes the announcement that another, albeit newer Portland institution is shutting its doors: Jet Clothing.

It has been quite the journey for jet. Starting out as a simple dream, working up to retail location on N. Mississippi with sewing machines in the store, and progressing to a production facility just down the street. We were able to grow with support and loyalty from our friends, family, and customers. jet was able to help the local clothing movement make strides in Portland, and throughout the Pacific Northwest. We are proud of the work we have done, but have decided that it’s time to move on.Closing our production facility and our retail store was not an easy decision, but it is a necessary step in the growth trajectory.

Jet plans to maintain a web presence as well as its wholesale accounts, but this still feels like a double loss since it's taking with it one of the city's few organized houses of local apparel production. It's unclear where the clothing will instead be produced, but I have a call out to get more information. In the meantime, everything in the shop is being marked down 40% through the end of April.

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