One of the collections I most look forward to at this year's Portland Fashion Week is Anna Cohen's collaboration with Oregon's Imperial Stock Ranch's Imperial Yarn division, where she serves as Creative Director. She's shown collections in conjunction with them before—as one of PFW's more consistently eco-minded designers she's a natural fit with the ranch's commitment to responsible land management and practices—but in a very rare move, the new collection won't be of clothing you can buy off the rack. Instead, it will be sold as knitting patterns, a first for the company.
Called "Dreaming in Motion," the seven-piece collection will also be joined by a piece that represents a three-way collaboration with Cohen, Imperial Yarn, and Earthtec, who produces fabrics made from recycled bottles, called RPET (Earthtec is also collaborating with fellow PFW presenter Seth Aaron and showing in its own right as part of the "Leaders in Athletic-Wear" showcase) as a "symbol of our commitment to building community and a more sustainable world."
The Cohen/Imperial Knits collection will hit the runway on Thursday Oct 6, but exclusive Portland stockist of Imperial Yarn Twisted will also be hosting a trunk show Saturday Oct 8 from 3-5 pm.