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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

This Week's Style Events: BLACK FRIDAY EDITION

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 9:59 AM

My annual fantasy: Getting all of my holiday shopping done in a single day weekend week. This could be the year:

• Have yourself a vintage little Christmas (or whatever) this year with the You Unique Black Friday alternative. Multiple vendors will have clothing and accessories from the ’60s-’90s, plus DJs and bands to take the edge off. The Service, 2319 NE Glisan, Fri Nov 28, 3-10 pm

• Attendees of this year’s Content fashion installation event might recall the live-action dying happening in the Ace Hotel room of Olderbrother, the latest apparel project from Bobby Bonaparte (also of Lift Label). Now they’re teaming up with West End Select Shop for a Black Friday showcase, where you can check out the unisex line, chat with its creators, and put edibles/drinkables in your face. Olderbrother purchases will be 10 percent off during the festivity (and come with a bonus gift), but if you hate parties you can still come in to buy from the line through Sunday. West End Select Shop, 927 SW Oak, Fri Nov 28, 6-9 pm

• Just in time for the biggest retail weekend of the year, Stand Up Comedy has announced they’ll open on Black Friday, and I can’t wait to see them give SW Broadway a jolt of conceptual sophistication. They’ve got a lot of plans for their new shop windows, too, and you can check out the first display, designed by 69, dude. Stand Up Comedy, 511 SW Broadway, Fri Nov 28, 11 am

Mercantile is busting out the hallowed tradition of the prize wheel for this retail occasion: Spin it for a discount! Plus, they’re featuring the newly introduced Anzie, a line of jewelry hailing from Canada. Mercantile, 729 SW Alder, Fri Nov 28

• It might not be the first place you think of, but the Museum of Contemporary Craft’s Gallery Store is a wonderful place to find unique and exceptionally well-made gifts from regional makers, as well as an excellent way to support the fine work of the institution. They’re getting a little help from their friends this week, too: When you shop at Hand-Eye Supply on Black Friday (can we start calling it BF for short?), a portion of the proceeds will go to the museum. Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis; Hand-Eye Supply, 427 NW Broadway, Fri Nov 28

• The newly minted outpost for Liza Rietz apparel and BOET accessories, SIX/SEVEN is offering 15 percent off storewide on each line (and if you haven’t seen their collaborative 6/7 clothing line, it’s worth checking out too, even at full price!). SIX/SEVEN, 811 E Burnside, #111, Fri Nov 28, noon-6 pm

Lille Boutique has a little something for all the lingerie shoppers in the house, too: They’ll be offering a generous 30 percent off storewide all day for Black Friday/Small Business Saturday, simply and suh-weetly. Lille Boutique, 1007 E Burnside, Fri Nov 28, 11 am-7 pm, Sat Nov 29, noon-6 pm

• If you have fans of local/up-and-coming design on your hands, you’ll be overwhelmed by the ideas offered at Black Magic, which is where most of the city’s cool kids will be in lieu of the big-box stores. The lineup of vendors is right on target, covering jewelry (AK Vintage, Better Late Than Never, RillRill, Tiro Tiro), apparel (Crazy Wind, Made on the Moon, REIF), scent/body (OLO, Portland Apothecary), and leather goods (Primecut, Sara Barner), to name a few. Also, if you miss the event (or prefer not to leave the house), an edited selection from each vendor will be available for online purchase on from November 30 through December 30. The Cleaners at Ace Hotel, 403 SW 10th, Fri Nov 28-Sat Nov 29, 11 am-6 pm

• Yet another retail score for downtown’s West End shopping zone is North of West, spearheaded by three small local manufacturers: Pigeon Toe, Nell & Mary, and Make It Good. Using their connections to find likeminded creators from all over the country and beyond, they’re curating what they call a “design-focused mercantile,” and this is your first chance to see it. For Black Friday/Small Business Saturday they’ll be offering shoppers cocktails from micro-distillery Stone Barn Brandyworks, and will even let you retreat to their upstairs lounge to watch Die Hard on VHS while drinking hot toddies (really), because they know sometimes shoppers need a break. North of West, 203 SW 9th, Fri Nov 28-Sat Nov 29

• Shopping for tomboys is easy. Just head to Wildfang, which is offering drinks, music, and 20 percent off for this two-day glory of mass consumerism! (Even little tomboys are covered: The company’s co-founder Emma McIlroy just published a children’s book based on her own childhood exploits, Emma’s a Gem, which is available at the shop!) To sweeten the deal even more, your purchase will also get you a $20 voucher off a purchase in December and a free coffee at Coava. Wildfang, 1230 SE Grand, Fri Nov 28-Sat Nov 29

Amelia is setting up shop with a two-day trunk show featuring jewelry from Ten2Midnight Studios. There’ll be a much wider array of pieces than ordinarily featured in the store, plus some new designs made special for the holidays. Amelia, 2230 NE Alberta, Fri Nov 28-Sat Nov 29 11 am-6 pm

Little Boxes is no doubt the furthest reaching and most sophisticated BF alternative in the bunch. Unlike the others it doesn't take place at a single location, it's a citywide cooperation among local retailers. There’s an app you can download to find participants (hint: almost every independently owned store in town) and plan a route that’s convenient, plus you can collect reward points and win raffle prizes. It’s kind of amazing! All over Portland, Fri Nov 28-Sat Nov 29, 10 am-6 pm,

Palace is extending its BF bargain—20 percent off everything not already on sale—through the entire weekend (and then some) for those who like to let the crowds thin a little bit. Palace, 2205 E Burnside, Fri Nov 28-Mon Dec 1

Radish Underground is participating in an Etsy/American Express effort to give in-store visibility to Portland Etsy sellers—how nice of them! They’ve selected Lauren Greenwalt’s Loop Jewelry, who’ll hold court in the store with exclusives and one-of-a-kinds, as well as live music by Shelley Short, food and drinks, and 10 percent off all Etsy sellers repped at the shop. Radish Underground, 414 SW 10th, Sat Nov 29, 11 am-4 pm

• Lest you forget about your own needs, stock up on all the suiting you are lacking with Duchess' sample sale. You'll find items marked up to 65 percent off plus "cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks, and (quite possibly) emergency dance parties!" Duchess Clothier, 2505 SE 11th, #102, Sat Nov 29, 10 am-5 pm

  • Duchess Clothier

• The November edition of the Sunday Emporium returns, with your favorites from the Portland Flea plus an added boost in the housewares department courtesy of host Rejuvenation. This is a special holiday edition of the regularly occurring event, with 30 designers/makers participating and a food hall on the second floor filled with gift-worthy edibles from the likes of Alma Chocolate, Jacobsen Salt, and Olympic Provisions. Rejuvenation, 1100 SE Grand, Sun Nov 30, 11 am-5 pm

• This year, instead of just envying the crafty types who make their own holiday gifts, be one of them. Schoolhouse Electric is hosting a whole series of workshops, A Handmade Holiday, taught by the likes of WildCraft Studio School, Egg Press, and more that will guide you through everything from making shibori dyed table runners to getting through all your holiday card writing. Schoolhouse Electric, 2181 NW Nicolai, starts Mon Dec 1, various times and prices, for details

What the Pluck is up with Your Down?

Posted by Katie Guinn on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Do you know where your down comes from? Have you ever thought about it? Outdoor apparel brand Patagonia has, and they've decided to make a video to inform their customers of the difference between live plucked down and more humane, after passage-into-the-unknown plucking, which is softly called "traceable down". Down feathers are a bi-product of the food industry, and although force-feeding is now illegal in most European countries (save for France and Hungary) some are still doing it because it enlarges the liver, which results in more foi gras (yuck!). Hungary is where Patagonia has sourced their down since the beginning and have spent many years investigating beyond just reassurance from the farmers, which led to the realization that their long-time supplier had in fact been lying to them the entire time about both not force-feeding or before-molting* plucking. They have since made a dedication to tracing their down in full to ensure themselves and their customers that the high quality down is harvested humanely.
Here's the video they made:


*Molting is a natural process that geese experience where their feathers naturally fall out, so if plucked before this occurs, the geese are put through excruciating pain. Another note: When they're force-fed, it makes their feathers oily which causes the down to be of a lesser quality. To read the entire report on their website, click here.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tender Loving Empire Hawthorne's Grand Opening/Christmas Pre-Func

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Tender Loving Empire has been working on its expansion to a second location, at 3541 SE Hawthorne, for months (check out a glimpse of the raw space from back in September). Now they've announced that the grand opening will take place Thursday, Dec 4 (6:30-9:30 pm) and it'll be a hell of a lot more involved than a tray of cheese cubes and Trader Joe's champagne.

It doubles as a release party for one of your holiday essentials, the PDXMAS local-music Christmas album, so you'll have Ritchie Young of Loch Lomond; Colyn Cameron of Wake Owl; Luz Elena Mendoza of Y La Bamba; and Bud Wilson of AAN performing live renditions, plus a DJ set by Party Damage Records DJs. Fort George Brewery suds will flow, and every half hour will have a raffle drawing in which you can win such delights as first edition LPs of the entire catalog from bands like Typhoon and Radiation City, TLE gift certificates, and prize packs with everything from clothing to bath products to jewelry, and more.

Take a break from wringing your hands over businesses who form the bedrock of the city's culture closing down, and raise a glass for one that's doing gangbusters instead!

Sunday Emporium at Rejuvenation: Holiday Edition

Posted by Katie Guinn on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 8:59 AM


Portland Flea has bundled up for the rest of the year to get some much needed rest, but don't worry they'll be back in January at Union Pine and we'll have all the details in time for you to prepare.

In the meantime, Sunday Emporium is still going strong and in fact are having a special Holiday edition on Sunday, November 30th. There will of course be lots of local, handmade gifts to peruse and the entire second floor of Rejuvenation will play host to a huge selection of gift-ready delectables to savor or give away. The full list of vendors can be found here.

Sunday, November 30th
Rejuvenation: 1100 SE Grand Ave


Friday, November 21, 2014

Lookbook of the Day: Church + State x Frances May

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM

I first saw the new designs from Church + State—an exclusive collab with Frances May—at the boutique's grand re-opening last week. My favorite pieces read as workwear-inspired (the Carhartt-esque pants, the roomy-pocketed overshirts) and are in nubby winter-weight fabrics. See 'em all, as photographed by Caesy Oney.

  • Caesy Oney

  • Caesy Oney

  • Caesy Oney

  • Caesy Oney

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Lille Boutique Sale

Posted by Katie Guinn on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Another addition to the Black Friday list of shops that will be offering discounts is Lille Boutique, who's giving customers 30% off store-wide on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. They will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (I assume most shops will be, but it's worth checking out in case you like to shop while everyone else is feasting). Happy Shopping!

Lille Boutique
1007 E Burnside St
11am-7pm Friday
12-6pm Saturday

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Handmade Holiday Series at Schoolhouse Electric

Posted by Katie Guinn on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Schoolhouse Electric is hosting a series of workshops for the Holidays to help make gifting and card writing more personal and enjoyable. A Handmade Holiday consists of workshops like, learning to make a Holiday wreath with Anna Mara Flowers, block printed napkins, indigo shibori table runners, handmade candles and knitting with Wildcraft Studios, and Holiday card writing with Egg Press. All these sound like delightful and inspirational ways to get into the Holiday vibes. Egg Press's writing workshop is only $10 and you get supplies, stamps, coffee and inspiration to help keep the hand written messaging spirit alive. Space is limited and there's only one class per category, so get your place reserved here now.

  • A Handmade Holiday

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

This Week's Style Events

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Here's your extra-fatty, more-than-fit-in-print guide to all the ways you can pour your dollars back into the local economy this week, if you're the dollar-pouring type:

Communion’s pre-holiday fashion show has become annual tradition. Preview the new season’s items from the boutique’s favorite brands for gift giving and wardrobe building, or just go for the party, which includes free Stance socks for early arrivers, and a raffle benefiting the Pixie Project. Dig A Pony, 736 SE Grand, Wed Nov 19, 7:30 pm

Bridge & Burn has teamed up with graphic designer Tally Gunstone on a collaborative line of tees and totes that celebrate oregon's natural landmarks from the badlands to Mt. Hood. Check 'em out at the launch party and represent our truly great outdoors... Bridge & Burn, 1122 SW Morrison, Thurs Nov 20, 6-8 pm

• This week I wrote about Daniel McCall's Familiar Assemblage project, in which he puts an updated, spin on dresses made from patterns designed by Vionnet. Check out our interview and the opening presentation. Physical Element, 416 NW 12th, Thurs Nov 20, 6 pm

Familiar Assemblage
  • Aisha Harley
  • Familiar Assemblage

Nationale has settled into its SE Division digs, and is unveiling its second art show in the space: When We Dead Awaken, a series of paintings by Elizabeth Malaska. If you haven't yet been to the spacious new upgrade, here's a pleasant way to experience it. Nationale, 3360 SE Division, Fri Nov 21, 6-8 pm

• Icebreaker is having a warehouse sale with up to 70 percent off retail prices! They're also accepting gently used coat and sweater donations for Blanchet House/the Red Door Project. Icebreaker, 525 NW 10th, Fri Nov 21, 10 am-7 pm, Sat Nov 22, 10 am-4 pm

• Collectors, crafters, and jewelry makers take note: Gem Faire, the “west coast’s premier jewelry and bead show,” is coming to down with over 70 wholesalers, importers, and exporters on hand from around the world. They’ll be selling finished jewelry as well as raw materials, jewelry making tools, and more at manufacturer’s prices. You can also bring in pieces for repair, cleaning, and ring sizing while you’re at it, plus there are hourly drawings for door prizes. Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E, 777 NE MLK, Fri Nov 21, noon-6 pm, Sat Nov 22, 10 am-6 pm, Sun Nov 23, 10 am-5 pm, $7

Demimonde’s Rachael Donaldson shares a birthday month with her shop, so she’s doubling up on reasons to party. They’ll have a date-appropriate 22 percent off all day till 7 pm, including goods from new lines to the store, like Caravan Pacific and Anna Joyce. Demimonde, 2428 NE Broadway, Sat Nov 22, all day

• Milliner ElizaBeth Rohloff hosts the sixth annual Pheasant Fête, a shopping and snacking event with jewelry by Accents of Grace, perfume from Suzin Weiss, and smoked bird, cheese, wine, whiskey... 1325 SE 15th, Sat Nov 22, 5-9:30 pm

• Another new shop on Division, House of Commons, is celebrating its debut with a soft opening that features gift boxes with purchases over $50 (hint: there's wine in there!). Sat Nov 22-Sun Nov 23, 11 am-7 pm

• If you shop at places like Palace you've probably already fallen in love with the textile-focused Ace & Jig line of clothing. Now Palace is hosting the debut of their home goods collection, Bazaar, with 20 percent off all Ace & Jig items not already on sale (clothing too!). Palace, 2205 E Burnside, Sun Nov 23, 2-5 pm

Fall Sale from Alder & Co.

Posted by Jessica Caldwell on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 1:59 PM

'Tis the season for sales, which makes it a great time to stock up on cozy sweaters, coats, and layering pieces to get you through the long winter. Alder & Co. is now offering sale prices on their curated collection of clothing items. You can shop the sale in-store or online.

Alder & Co.
616 SW 12th Ave. Portland, OR 97205
Monday-Saturday 11-6 / Sunday 12-5


North of West & Stand Up Comedy to Open Black Friday

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 12:59 PM

It is indeed becoming ever more difficult to keep track of this year's rash of awesome new and re-opening shops, so here's a quick update on two:

North of West has chosen Friday, Nov 28 for its opening (it's a joint venture between Pigeon Toe as well as Nell & Mary and Make It Good). It'll be at 203 SW 9th.

Stand Up Comedy has been languishing on a longer-than-planned reopening process, but has finally been able to confirm they'll also re-open on Black Friday, Nov 28. (In the meantime they're offering private shopping appointments, and of course their online store is kicking.)

TOMS Sets Up Shop in Portland

Posted by Elizabeth Mollo on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 11:59 AM


Beloved shoewear-company-with-a-conscience TOMS is opening a brand new store at 1235 W. Burnside Street, Suite 125 (right next door to Whole Foods.) This is one of only three retail stores in the U.S. for the company, with the others in Venice, CA and Austin, TX. TOMS Portland will offer a complete selection of TOMS products for men, women, and kids, including shoes, optical, and sun eye wear, and a curated assortment of TOMS Marketplace items, apparel, and other accessories. At the front of the store shoppers will be greeted with a coffee cart that offers complimentary TOMS Roasting Co. drip coffee all day. Against the main wall of the space a hand-painted map by artist Christian Kasperkovitz illustrates their giving stories and reflects the visual impact of TOMS around the globe. Visitors can also learn more about TOMS giving initiatives via tech installations grouped in different stations amongst the product. The store is already open to the public, and will no doubt be a great place to shop for gifts for the holidays.

A rendering of the new TOMS Portland.
  • A rendering of the new TOMS Portland.

Older Brother Meet & Greet at West End Select Shop

Posted by Katie Guinn on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 10:59 AM

On top of being a player in the Little Boxes event the weekend after Thanksgiving, West End Select Shop is allowing Older Brother take over their shop on Friday, November 28. The unisex collection will be available for purchase at 10% off regular retail and customers will receive a gift with every purchase, (the night of the event only) as well as drinks and finger foods. The designers will also be there to chat about their collection and other things. The collection will be available sans discount through Sunday, November 30th.

West End Select Shop
927 SW Oak Street
Friday, November 28th from 6-9pm.

  • Older Brother/West End Select Shop

Black Magic at the Cleaners

Posted by Katie Guinn on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 9:59 AM

We have another after-Thanksgiving sale for you while you're out and about: Black Magic will take place at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel again. The carefully selected group of designers/shop owners and makers includes:

AK Vintage
Better Late Than Never
Crazy Wind
Dina No.
Made On The Moon
Portland Apothecary
Sara Barner
Tiro Tiro
WildCraft Studio School
Yo Vintage

Primecut Bags!
  • Primecut
  • Primecut Bags!

If you can't make it to the actual event, don't fret, each vendor will have a selection of items available for the sale price online at from November 30 all the way until December 30!

Black Magic
Friday, Nov 28th & Saturday, Nov 29th from 11am-6pm.
Cleaners at the Ace Hotel: 1022 SW Stark

  • Winnow

Sara Barner
  • Sara Barner

Collaborative Retail: Introducing House of Commons

Posted by Jessica Caldwell on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 8:59 AM


Over the past few months we’ve mentioned half a dozen new store openings in Portland, and here is one more exciting prospect to add to your shopping list. HOUSE OF COMMONS will soft-launch their retail storefront located at 33rd and Division on Saturday, Nov 22nd. One of the more interesting twists to this store is that it plans on being a “rotating retail and gallery space centered around one specific theme that changes every two months.” Founded by cousins Delia Tethong and Katy Conners, the pair are bringing a refreshing approach to retail. I reached out to Delia to find out more about HOUSE OF COMMONS and their plans for the new space.

With today’s abundance of amazing brands and artists emerging from all corners of the world, HOUSE OF COMMONS was founded to act as an idea house and platform to engage with the community and promote product in a creative way.

You’ve been involved in a lot of creative projects over the past few years in Portland. Can you give me a little bit of your background and why you decided to open HOUSE OF COMMONS?
Delia Tethong: When I first came to Portland, I co-founded an online publication about all things Portland, which was perfect because it gave me a crash course on the people, places, and events going on here. I got to meet so many amazing people in a variety of industries that I wouldn't have met otherwise, who I still work with today. My background is in marketing and events. So when I left the publication, I did a lot of collaborations and contract work with companies both locally and outside of Portland. 
Since I can remember, I had always wanted my own boutique, and I knew that it would happen someday.  All of my previous jobs in galleries, agencies and other experiences led to me to the realization that I could tie in my marketing background to do retail in a different kind of way. Some really great friends helped fuel the idea and that is what led to HOUSE OF COMMONS.

My cousin, Katy Connors, and I are the co-founders. Katy was living in LA until October of this year. When I was waiting to hear back on whether I got the space on Division, Katy said "if you get it, I will move up and start it with you.” As soon as I heard that I got the space, she bought a plane ticket that day and moved to Portland the following week. 


I’m really curious about the concept of the store. Can you explain your plans and how you envision it morphing every few months?
DT: The plan for the space is to have a different theme every few months, where the space will take a different form. With each theme, we will partner with a brand to offer products corresponding to the theme. We will always be curating the product, but the goal is to collaborate as much as possible and let people who have mastered their craft take the reigns, change the space, and make it something completely different each time. One of our collaborators, Jasmine Vaughan (founder of Made & State), is just one example of the talented individuals who will help transform the space for one of the themes.

PM: Can you give us a hint at the types of themes you’re thinking about?
DT: The first theme is It's Local Somewhere, to promote independent designers all over the world that locals have not been exposed to. Going forward, we have a lot of exciting themes in the mix, including Expression, Travel, and Food. The idea is to keep the themes somewhat general, so there is more room for creativity.
PM: Who are some artists or brands we can expect to find at the opening? Are you planning to carry local products as well?
DT: Of course, we are big advocates of our local artists and brands, who are making beautiful products. We will definitely have Portland products, but for the first theme, we really wanted to curate the space with brands that people may have never heard of or that they can't find in Portland. For example, we have a line of aromatherapy sprays called Happy Spritz and a clothing line out of the UK, that aren't sold anywhere else in the US at this time. Finding these artisans and bringing their products to Portland has definitely been one of the most rewarding and fun things to do.


PM: Your new store is located on Division, which has been exploding with new development. Why did you choose that location and how would you describe the vibe House of Commons plans to bring to the neighborhood?
Division was one of the first streets that I ever went to when I started visiting Portland, back when the only thing on the street was Pok Pok. I loved it then, and I love it now, even with all the development. I think the restaurants on Division have done an amazing job of drawing in the crowds, creating an opportunity for retail in the area.
Everyday you see a new shop opening on the street, and it is extremely exciting to be among this new wave of retail businesses on Division. I think there is a great variety of retail coming to Division, offering something for everyone. I love that She Bop (a sex toy boutique), Sugar Me (a sugar waxing spot), and Nationale (a design shop and art gallery) are just some of the businesses on Division with us. Not to mention the amount of women-owned businesses! I hope that HOUSE OF COMMONS brings something equally interesting and intriguing to the neighborhood. Describing the vibe we want to bring is hard considering the constant change, but if I had to describe it in two words it would be: engaging and ever-evolving. 

HOUSE OF COMMONS (website coming soon)
3370 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
Soft Launch: Nov 22nd & 23rd
Grand Opening: Black Friday, November 28th
Open 11am - 7pm Daily 
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CEO of WildFang Releases Children's Book

Posted by Katie Guinn on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Emma's a Gem is the title of a new book written in rhymes by Wildfang CEO Emma McIlroy and illustrated by Portland street artist Jeremy Nichols. It's the story of a curious young tomboy who helps save adults who find themselves in a rut and travels with her hip, young grandpa. The story is inspired by McIlroy's own childhood, wherein she actually discovered a 200M-year-old dinosaur fossil.

A line in the book states: "I don't flipping believe it!" and goes on to explain some strictly British vocabulary. Another favorite passage is: "Nina designs clothes, bags, dresses and shoes, she likes to date girls and has left-wing views." We like the progressive, no-fluff story line, and the verses are a hoot. Jeremy's illustrations are bold, with lively characters donning asymmetrical faces, and the charm of Portland can be found throughout, in graffitied brick walls, food carts, bridges, and balls of yarn.

At the end of the book's thick pages, an adventure journal awaits for kids to keep track of their own inspiring stories. Four years in the works, Emma's a Gem can be found starting tomorrow on and at their flagship store at 1230 SE Grand.

  • Emma McIlroy & Jeremy Nichols

Opening pages
  • Emma McIlroy & Jeremy Nichols
  • Opening pages

Ellery Lincoln with Emmas a Gem
  • Lindsey Beaumont
  • Ellery Lincoln with Emma's a Gem

Qcut: Another Potential Win for Stateside Manufacturing

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 2:29 PM

I first heard of Qcut, the city's latest in what's becoming a string of efforts to bolster the feasibility of re-homing apparel production, when it was thrown at me as an assignment for another publication (you can read that piece here). At the time, it was still gathering funding on Kickstarter, but it's now just over the mark, with 15 days to spare.

The initial premise of the venture is a method for selling and sizing women's denim direct to consumer using a sizing algorithm originally developed for Levi's back in the '90s (though the company didn't ultimately do much with it). Its creator, Gerald Ruderman, has reclaimed it and founded Qcut with Crystal Beasley, whose own background is in the tech world, not fashion—her connections in that sector, where start-up investment is rampant, have worked to their advantage; investment capital in the independent fashion world is notoriously difficult to come by.

But then, Qcut isn't really a fashion company at all. With a few questions and measurements, their system is supposedly able to match each customer with a range of 400 different jeans sizes, and there's potential for its application to work on myriad other types of garments. In fact, Beasley's plan is to open a factory, most likely in Portland (there's a chance it may wind up in LA but here's hoping Plan A comes through). And in addition to expanding her own company's offerings, Beasley's hope is that she'll be able to help out the community of emerging designers in the city, too. It may be a way's off, but between the efforts of PAL, the recently launched Studio 317, and this, it certainly feels like we are living in a promising era for inventive approaches to reinvigorating what was once a bustling local industry. We'll see how far Qcut gets, but it's telling that they've raised enough capital outside their $75k Kickstarter ask (it takes a lot more than that to raise a factory) that they can plan something so grand. I'd certainly keep my eye on it.

  • Qcut via Kickstarter

Project Luv Seat

Posted by Elizabeth Mollo on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Luv Seat Convertible Tote
  • Luv Seat Convertible Tote

You may well know the work of Portland based company Looptworks, who design and manufacture products made with only pre-existing materials, such as iPad cases made from excess belt leather, backpacks made from up-cycled polyester, and laptop cases from excess neoprene from the wetsuit industry. Their latest project is quite ambitious and involves 43 acres of leather re-purposed from Southwest Airlines when they underwent a large scale redesign of their cabins, which included replacing 80,000 seats with a more lightweight material, which leads to lighter planes, less fuel, and less pollution. This leather was then used to construct The Luv Seat Collection, a collection of three bags that are inspired by the shapes of the seats from which the material was derived. They are now available here for pre-order and will be delivered in time for the holidays. In the meantime check out the video below, which goes into more detail about the collection and the process by which it was made.

Luv Seat Backpack
  • Luv Seat Backpack

Luv Seat Weekender Duffel Bag
  • Luv Seat Weekender Duffel Bag

Coat Drive at Mercantile

Posted by Katie Guinn on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

This is happening again at Mercantile, and it's always a good way to pass along last season's gently worn item, or something that's brand new! All donations benefit the Raphael House of Portland.

  • Mercantile

Holiday Sales at Una

Posted by Katie Guinn on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Una is having two different sales in the next couple weeks that directly relate to our needs of warmth during this sudden flurry of cold, and our after-Thanksgiving shopping extravaganzas. November 19-26 all coats, scarves, and hats will be 20% off. Then after that (Nov. 27-30) everything in the store will be 25% off!

Shop owner Giovanna says, "Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your people (and pies!). Online customers please give a call if you are interested in the scarves, hats or coats between the 19th-26th."
The online Thanksgiving sale code is: novembersale2730
922 SE Ankeny St


Lookbook of the Day: TWIST Holiday

Posted by Katie Guinn on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 8:59 AM

We certainly have an appreciation for handmade jewelry categorized in a variety of price ranges, and TWIST's new holiday lookbook really caught our eye; specifically the Renaissance-inspired gemstone bracelets by Reinstein/Ross, Sevan Bikakci's "Theodora Butterfly Ring" and the "Eye Rising Pendant Necklace" by Lito; oh, the variety!

TWIST is a fine jewelry boutique that showcases pieces from an array of high-end artisan jewelers. The craftsmanship and taste levels are sincere, with artists hailing from NY to Wiltshire, England and Jaipur. If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind piece encasing precious and semi-precious stones in a variety of aesthetics, check out our favorites here, and their entire lookbook over at their website. The photos were taken by Mikola Accuardi and Justin Tunis.
30 NW 23rd Place






Monday, November 17, 2014

Doernbecher's Freestyle Collection

Posted by Tamara Alazri on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 3:29 PM

In 2004 the Doernbecher Foundation partnered with Nike to launch an annual fundraiser that would raise money for the hospital. Each year six patients from Doernbecher Children’s Hospital are chosen to design their very own custom shoe. Each is a one-of-a-kind creation in which nearly every detail of the shoe, from the color to the texture to the tiny little scribbles, are a representation of their own life experiences. Every child works with a team of 10-12 people at Nike. "They do sketches and drawings, and they are guided from every step of the process, from the design to manufacturing to the retail,” said Michael Doherty, Creative Director of Global Brand Presentations at Nike. Another cool factor is that each of the shoes this year were personally signed by American basketball player Kevin Durant.

I had the privilege of meeting with four of the lovely designers who shared with me their remarkable stories.

Missy Miller is a 14-year old from Turner, Oregon whose goal is to one day see New York. She even incorporated the city skyscraper on the back-end of her turquoise and pink shoe. Miller's Nike Free 5.0 shoe will be going for $105.00 (adult) and $90.00 (youth).


Addie Peterson is just 15 years old and created the Nike Air Max Thea Shoe. Her very girly creation of black lace and a pink and white polka dot accented shoe were certainly desirable to every teenage girl. There was even a custom floral accent at the bottom of her sneaker. Treated for cystic fibrosis, she tries to educate about the disease. One way she does this is by offering a more joyful way to articulate cystic fibrosis, opting for "65 roses." The Nike Air Max Thea shoes will be going for $95.00.


When I spoke Tim Haarmann, he appeared far more mature than his 15 years. He is currently a sophomore at Jesuit High School. I could tell his love for the color purple from the purple tie he was wearing to his purple accented shoes, purple socks, and the purple in the jacket he designed. During his stay at Doernbecher for cancer treatment, Haarmann walked 24 laps around the hospital each day. This being a special number for Haarmann, he incorporated the logo 24 on one heel of the shoe and the word laps on the other. His Nike Free 5.0 shoes will sell at $105.00 (adult) and $90.00 (youth).


Chase Crouch is an adorable 8-year-old who designed a map leading from his house to Doernbecher Hospital on the inside of his shoe. He also put the Nike campus on it. His favorite stuffed animal, a dinosaur named Dino, was the inspiration for the green fuzzy texture on the outside of his shoe. Nike shoe: Stefan Janoski Max will sell for $115.00.


The official one-of-a-kind freestyle collection goes on sale Nov. 23 at your Nike retail stores and online at

Lookbook of the Day: Hand Eye Supply's "From the Desk of..."

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Hand Eye Supply went the extra mile to showcase some of their desk-ier products in front of the gift-buying season, and I for one appreciate it. In a feature titled "From the desk of..." they profiled 21 creative types in Portland, asking them about their methods and tools (and yeah, inserting some of their handy products into the mix). The photos and Q&A look at people like Field Notes' Aaron Draplin, Imaginary Authors' Ashod Simonian, Pensole Footwear Design Academy's D'wayne Edwards... and even Mercury Art Director Justin Morrison, who shares his work in pursuit of "outdooring, nudity and storytelling." You can also see what we see during meetings: Justin drawing dicks in his notes. The whole thing's pretty cute, and quick read. Check it!

Always with the dicks and butts!

Prepare Yourself for Little Boxes

Posted by Katie Guinn on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM


Local shopping is always encouraged in lieu of larger chain store generic gift shopping. Little Boxes, if you're unfamiliar, is a local Black Friday shopping event and this will mark its 4th year in operation. Each year, new participating businesses are added to the list, and improvements to help get consumers engaged exist this time too.

Innovations to this year’s event include infrastructural improvements such as how-to videos and business sponsorships from respected local retailers like New Seasons Market. Founders Betsy Cross and Will Cervarich of betsy & iya anticipate record-breaking participation by over 200 stores and 20,000 shoppers this year, potentially topping last year’s estimated total of $283,500 of additional revenue created by Little Boxes for the 200 participating stores.

“Little Boxes is a uniquely Portland event—and has quickly become an annual celebration of local small business,” said Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish, who last year issued Little Boxes a proclamation in honor of Small Business Saturday. “Neighborhood small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. They employ half of Portland’s workforce, and for every dollar we spend at a local small business, almost 70 cents stays in the local economy.”

Not only does it help local businesses these two days during the Holiday shopping season, it also has a strong potential for shoppers to connect to their community and most likely find a new (or a few) favorite places to visit anytime they need to shop for a gift or for themselves.

Betsy Cross, co-ounder of Little Boxes, and designer behind Betsy & Iya says: “Little Boxes has become a new tradition.There’s no denying that all these different shops coming together for the same purpose in one city does something powerful. When the event takes place, one can feel that power of community and it's really something special.”

There are too many perks that exist to post here, so go peruse the website to discover the raffle prizes available, read the shop profiles, watch videos, and plan your trip for either Friday, Saturday or both!

Little Boxes
Friday & Saturday November 28-29th
All over Portland, 10 am-6 pm.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Studio 317 is Open For Business

Posted by Katie Guinn on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 8:59 AM

  • Studio 317

A group of skilled beings from the post-sports-apparel-industry are set to change the face of the Portland Apparel production community.

Studio 317 specializes in sample production, pattern making, grading, and even full fledged design—idea building carried through to sample production, as well as consulting. They have a few sewing machines set up as of now, as well as a digital pattern printer, a small textile library that's in the process of becoming much larger, and bonding machines set to arrive in early December. A space in the mezzanine will be rented out for industry professional meetings, both big and small, and (possibly) events. While the studio is still in the process of fully building itself, work is being collected since their under-the-radar opening in September.

Owner/designer Elizabeth LeMay has 17 years experience in the industry and after retiring, has decided to make her longtime dreams a reality. This type of work will never be "cheap" in Portland (or the US for that matter) but the fact that we have one more Portland based resource for apparel designers to get professional help is pretty exciting. Paying a little extra to get that finely constructed garment makes it possible to charge a little more for high quality, which consumers are definitely starting to recognize and appreciate. The fact that these resources are within our grasp, makes it more realistic to dedicate time to actual design conception and marketing. We now have one more direct source in our city as an option if we manage to get the funding!

Another benefit is that she'll be offering classes that range from how the design process works, and what to expect when working with a manufacturing studio, to being educated on how to use the machines they have, so you can rent and operate them yourself (on site). ( RCT (Rose City Textiles) offers similar services, which we'll also be exploring further very soon (many people already go there, but it's remained under-the-radar too.)

The work space is currently somewhat sparse, but won't be for long, and once they're all set up they plan to have an open house and are thinking something along the lines of group tours. Stay tuned for more information in the next couple months, but so far it's sounding pretty solid. In the meantime, visit the website to get more details, and if you're curious (and serious) Elizabeth is quite generous with her time in explaining what she and her team can do for you in person.

The mezzanine conference space
  • Studio 317
  • The mezzanine conference space

Thursday, November 13, 2014

This Week's Style Events

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Containing the first official holiday pop-up of 2014!

• Here’s an excellent reason to go back to school: Lewis & Clark College’s 11th annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies' theme this year is “How Do I Look?: Race, Beauty, and Desire.” Three days of panels and speakers will include punk/feminist/scholar/activist/author Mimi Thi Nguyen and topics ranging from the politics of black hair to the interplay between racism and fatphobia. And, thanks to the generosity of the school, all of the events are free and open to the public. Lewis & Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill, through Fri Nov 14, for schedule and complete info

Frances May is celebrating their move into a bigger space (just next door to the original location) with a party that features drinks and snacks, as well as the drop of a new batch of exclusives from Church + State. Frances May, 1003 SW Washington, Thurs Nov 13, 6-8 pm

Mercantile hosts a four-day trunk show for Joie, with $25 off Joie purchase (plus a gift) during the event. Mercantile, 729 SW Alder, Nov 13-16

• Apparel designer Liza Rietz is known for artistically minded, angular clothing with a sculptural, Japanese-inspired approach. BOET designer Emily Bixler’s signature is beautifully detailed crocheted accents on everything from jewlry to larger-scale wall hangings and light fixtures. They met at one of Ace Hotel’s Content events and quickly became friends and studio neighbors. Now they’ve come out with a collaborative line of clothing, 6/7, and a storefront for their work, SIX/SEVEN—designed both together and independently. (They also share a June 7 birthday, which explains the nomenclature.) Read more about it in this week's Sold Out column. SIX/SEVEN, 811 E Burnside, #111, Fri Nov 14, 5-9 pm

• New shop Seven Sisters opens this evening too, conveniently located in the same building as SIX/SEVEN! There will be flowers, jewelry, art, music, and even a "Seven Sisters" punch. Seven Sisters, 811 E Burnside #112, Fri Nov 14, 5-9 pm

• “Men’s style clothing for women” line Dapper D has a mission to reach as many people as possible within their underserved demographic. The latest offensive on that front is a three-day pop-up shop adjacent to Cupcake Jones, with a portion of proceeds going to benefit one of the city's most vital resources, Outside In. Cupcake Jones Social Hall, 307 NW 10th, Fri Nov 14-Sun Nov 16, 11 am-7 pm

• Seattle outdoor sportswear superstore Evo is finally open at its new Portland location, and they’re kicking off what they hope will be an active roster of community events with a grand opening celebration. Suss them out over food, drinks, live music, a silent auction, and dancing. It's also a benefit for the Chill Foundation, which uses board sports to teach “life lessons about patience, persistence, responsibility, courage, respect, and pride” to under-served youth. Evo, 200 SE MLK, Sat Nov 15, 7 pm-midnight, $5-10

• Release the last of your unwillingness to believe that the holiday shopping season has started: Winter Fête is hosted and curated by WildCraft Studio and Takara Jewelry, and features diverse vendors selling everything from perfumes and ceramics to quilts and plant-dyed fibers. 911 N Monroe, Sat Nov 15, 4-8 pm

Machus celebrates three years with a par-tay, a special edition Machus x Herrera tee, gift bags, and discounts. Machus, 542 E Burnside, Sat Nov 15, 6-9 pm

• Worth the drive to Tigard: Solestruck's third annual warehouse sale, with pairs marked as low as $10!! (A small scuff can be your best friend, and you know you're gonna scuff that shit anyway.) Please do yourself the favor of arriving early! Solestruck Warehouse, 7319 Southwest Kable Lane, Suite 700, Tigard, Sun Nov 16, 10 am-1 pm

Portland Garment Factory is hosting a two-day sample sale for Prairie Underground that PGF's Britt Howard promises is "going to be huge!" Stock up for the winter on cozy staples (they also make great, easy to size gifts, of course). Twenty percent of sales go to charity, too! Portland Garment Factory, 408 SE 79th, Sat Nov 15-Sun Nov 16, 10 am-3 pm

Not your average hoodie.
  • Prairie Underground
  • Not your average hoodie.

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