Portland jewelry juggernaut Betsy & Iya are famous for their cuff bracelets modeled after bridges like the ones in their hometown, and now they've added even more: "Both new designs, the Hernando de Soto Bridge bracelet and the Steel Bridge Cuff, are inspired by real-life bridges; the Hernando de Soto bridge in Memphis, Tenn., and the Steel bridge in Cross’ adopted hometown of Portland, Ore. join bracelets based on the Brooklyn, Golden Gate, St. Johns, and and Fremont bridges. Prices are $69 (brass) and $89 (silver plated) for the Hernando de Soto Bridge bracelet, and $79 (brass) or $99 (silver plated) for the Steel Bridge Cuff Bracelet."
The Steel! Finally!
Aaaaaand Memphis, in case you have a connection there:
Today's lookbook pick comes from local jewelry line Cradle, designed by Sonia Marie Mitchell, formerly of New York, Berlin, and San Francisco. Of the works, Mitchell says, "I try to create what is beautiful and minimal, yet strong and timeless at the same time.”
Here we are hanging on to the last days of this long hot summer. Portland based jewelry designer Cobra Cult has a new collection of handmade pieces for this almost fall, in-between-seasons time of year, appropriately named "Summer Don't Go." Amanda Leigh Smith photographed sometimes half-naked super babes donning seductive, classic American patriotic garments along with the jewelry. There's lots of sexy booty, and you can almost smell the suede fringe, cigarette smoke, and exhaust from the Harleys, and it was shot on 35mm film.
To see the lookbook in its entirety (this is only about half of it!) and for stocklists, visit the website.
It's not the first time a Portland talent has been a finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made contest, but it's awesome to see a longtime favorite in the mix: Grayling jewelry has the opportunity to be one of nine judges' picks (or one people's choice winner). If so:
a trip for two to New York City to attend the American Made event; a spot in our American Made Market; $10,000 to grow your business; a video produced by our in-house team; and the opportunity to be featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine, on SiriusXM radio, and on our website.
If you want to give Grayling a boost, you can vote for them here. Kind of weirdly, each person can vote up to five times a day through October 13, and if you really want to support them, hit social media with the hashtag #votegrayling
Those of us who adore the original "Pacific Wonderland" license plates can now wear an inspired-by version atop our noggins. Tabor Made Portland has created the ultimate Oregon cap that displays the letters, O-R across the front in our state's original flag colors.
"Featuring an unstructured wool crown, full-grain premium leather adjuster, satin seam taping and two unmistakable felt letters front and center, the vintage-style minor league baseball cap plays perfectly with the Oregon heritage aesthetic."
What better way to show your roots? For you newcomers, don't fret: It's a solid way to express your appreciation for your new state. Either way, show your love for Oregon by wearing a hat that was made in WA. (That's still considered local, right?) Ebbets Field Flannel in Seattle to be exact, and it's Tabor's first collaboration with the manufacturer. The Tabor + Ebbets Field Cap is available at both Tabor Made and Compound Gallery.
Vintalier announced recently that they're accumulating a massive haul of closeout inventory from another local shop. The items include a full rack of Opening Ceremony, shoes by Samantha Pleet, Luxury Rebel, Sass & Bide, Grey City and others. For men, there will be heritage brands like Post Overalls, Carters, and selvage denim. The said swag will be so large that it will take up half the shop, so it must be good stuff for them to rearrange their space to bring it in. They'll be putting away half their stock too to fit it all. There are hundreds of pairs of shoes. These items will be on sale for up to 70% off the original price and will only be available in the shop for 10 days.
This sounds like a sale to attend right away if you can.
Vintalier 412 NW 13th
August 29th-September 7th
The Queen of local handbag design, Rebecca Pearcy just debuted her newest collection of beautifully crafted faux leather and canvas accessories for Queen Bee. There are purses, diaper bags, coin purses, pouches, bill folds, storage bins and the list continues. Little flowered appliques, leaves and whales are among the new designs. The updated shapes and colors are extensions of the "Classic Line" which is continuously available. There are also pieces made with hand printed canvas donning prints designed by Pearcy including the 'Give and Take' number borrowed from her textile line. She once again pleases with new styles while staying true to her well loved aesthetic. See the entire collection on the website. If you make a purchase now, you'll find items in the sale section at 20% off, just use code: supermoon.
We have another launch party to add to your First Thursday stroll in NW: Betsy + Iya are hosting the release of Modern Metal Hair Ties by Caravan Pacific. Designer Shannon Guirl says she came up with the idea while working in her studio; she needed a way to tie back her hair while using the lathe, and why not make it pretty? Why not make more? So she did. Each piece has an actual elastic hair tie connected to it that's removable, and there are several sizes available in both brass and copper. If you purchase one of these Portland-made beauties at the party you'll get a personal styling session with designer Emily Katz.
Betsy & Iya
2403 NW Thurman St
Thursday August 7th, 6-9pm
Artist and designer Haley Ann will be taking over Yo Vintage! for the entire month of August. This Thursday they're having a celebration/sale to debut her pieces that are being installed. BLTN and Rill Rill are bringing some of their jewelry over to the party too, so arrive prepared to ooh (yeah) and aah and get your hands on some fantastic goods.
413 SW 13th Ave.
Thursday, August 7th 6-9pm
We mentioned before that the Urban Air Market is paying us a visit, so get ready for the first ever installment in Portland. The San Fransisco based event is bringing in their guns to host an amazing array of both emerging and established designers from Portland alongside a few SF vendors. The focus is on sustainable design, as in locally manufactured, handmade by the designers themselves, or at least made in the US. Not only will there be a bounty of local creative talent, but you can chill at the beer garden and sip a few, listen to live music throughout the day(s), admire some art installations by Ivan McLean and Blake Hudson and eat satisfying food. We got our hands on the list of vendors (so far, they're still adding people) and it's certainly a righteous group.
Urban Air Market-Portland
2 Day Event: Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd
11 am-6 pm at Zidell Yards in South Waterfront
If it so happens that you would like to be a part of this event, they are still looking to fill some volunteer spaces, and there are perks: 21+ volunteers will get a PDX staff tote bag, an Urban Air Market T-shirt, and a drink ticket for the beer garden in exchange for a couple of hours of on-site help. More info here. If you just want to go and shop and get to know the vendors a little better, you can RSVP here. The first 150 people to RSVP will receive a good sized free tote bag that can be picked up at the info. booth upon arrival.
Well, here's a fascinating event to visit this weekend: Chrome Factory Tour invites you all to come see how they make sneakers. Chrome has looked to the past to manufacture sneakers of the future. After discovering several forged rubber machines in Slovakia that were originally used to make army boots, they resurrected the 70 year old apparatus's to make new handmade durable sneakers. The San Fransisco based company will be touring the country to show the public how it's done and will be visiting PDX this Friday and Saturday. They're offering 50% off a pair to the first 100 people who arrive.
Each sole is fused to the upper to ensure long-wear durability. They also took the time to insert odor-resistant materials for the stinky feet out there. (That can ruin a perfectly good pair of shoes, right?) You can also get a preview by checking out their new look book here.
The event lasts two days this weekend at The Chrome Portland Hub.
Friday, July 25th & Saturday, July 26th 11am-7pm
425 SW 10th
A pair of longtime friends (both majored in painting) decided to create a jewelry line with a focus on porcelain wearables. The new brand, based here in Portland, is called Barrow. Buffed to a matte finish, the pieces are hand gilded or hand painted, and threaded through either a gold chain or a semi-bulky linen rope to spawn a collection of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings. These two artists believe in the slow process and one-of-a-kind attention to detail that makes each piece a special one.
The full look book can be viewed on their website.
The lookbook (or in this case, they're calling it a moodbook) of the day comes from Seaecho, who had photographer Mikola Accuardi shoot model Anissa Glory paparazzi style as she cruised the aisles of grocery outlet with one of Seaecho's summery kerchief-style carryalls. +1 for sense of humor!
It makes us happy when our Portland brands celebrate anniversaries; the first year may symbolize having surmounted a huge struggle to launch, while 5 years shows that they've succeeded in collecting a loyal customer base. This month Queen Bee celebrates 18 YEARS! I would say that this brand has achieved all the above and has become a household brand in Portland. We all know Queen Bee established themselves many years ago as a source for accessories that express creative aesthetic appeal as well as utilitarian long lasting quality. We've seen many Portlanders donning their Queen Bee bags, busting out their wallets at the register, and even slinging their backpacks on the trails in the Gorge, and it makes us smile that so many people adore such a solid brand here in sunny, cloudy, rainy, hailstorm-in-June Oregon.
Obviously, Queen Bee is having a party/sale to celebrate. A 24-hour flash sale is happening on June 28th in store (where party time refreshments will be served) and online. Queen Bee house line merchandise (Queen Bee, Chick Pea, and Rebecca Pearcy Textiles) will be 25% off its marked price, along with additional discounts on other shop items. While shopping and celebrating, you're encouraged to enter the raffle, which will have 18 prizes total, including: a custom Truckette purse design session with Queen Bee owner/designer Rebecca Pearcy, gift certificates from Ink & Peat, Hopworks, Barre3, Black Wagon, Screaming Sky Gallery and many others! (Winners will be notified on Monday, June 30th).
“Queen Bee customers are so loyal, it’s our pleasure to thank them with a celebration of the connection between makers and buyers we’ve cultivated over the last 18 years,” says Queen Bee designer/owner Rebecca Pearcy.
Queen Bee Creations, 3961 N Williams Ave #101
Sale is (In store): Saturday, June 28th 10am-7pm
Online: Saturday from 10am until Sunday at 9:59am
Jewelry design maven Hazel Cox is hooking up with Yo Vintage! for a summer show on Saturday, June 21st. Known for her artistry with bronze, silver, and copper, Cox also integrates fibers like silk and waxed linen into her show-stopping pieces. I'm a bit obsessed with her colorful twisted rope necklaces that have tiny bronze accents, and her signature fan earrings made of bronze and silk. See more from Hazel Cox this Saturday, and check out her website to get a taste of her style and craft.
What: Hazel Cox Jewelry Show
Where: Yo Vintage!, 413 SW 13th Ave
When: Saturday, June 21st, 11-5pm
If you are in the mood for a fresh pair of sunnies for the season
These days the company has been revived by Goldsmith's great granddaughter, Claire Goldsmith, recreating the iconic styles (helpfully presented with the date of their design along with style names), allowing you to bring in some old school style a la clients from Vidal Sassoon to Vogue to Givenchy. And right now Visage is the only retailer who's got 'em all. Happy shade shopping!
Today's local fashion eye candy comes to us from Ellington Handbags' S/S 14 collection. And while I know it's hard to think about fall when summer is just getting started, fashion moves fast, people! So I've also included a few images from the F/W '14 catalog. Just file it away for when "back to school" type notions start to creep back into the Tecate of your brain.
Sneaky peek fall after the cut!
Bridge & Burn is one of the better-established new-generation apparel brands to have emerged from Portland, but much of its actual production has been sent overseas (with a few notable exceptions, like their collaboration with Columbiaknit). Now the company is working toward creating a "a growing suite of domestically made products" they're calling the "Pacific Standard" line. The first of these is a collection of bags with the Clinton Street Bag Company, now available on the B&B site and their flagship store (1122 SW Morrison), and for which they've made this handy little lookbook video:
Right on to B&B for bringing it back on home.
Eden is a splendid little shop known for those extra special pieces you just can't find anywhere else. Owner Cindy Rokoff has been the force behind many independent boutiques in Portland, including Flutter on Mississippi, which was taken over by Cristin Hinesley and Sara Kolp in 2013, and still remains today. Eve in Eden debuted in the annex of Eden last March. Both entities (Eden and Eve In Eden) will be saying farewell at the end of June. Cindy was offered a creative position at Swift that she is very excited about, so she's saying goodbye to one love and starting anew. If you are a fan of Eden and covet most every little unique thing in the shop, this is your last chance to obtain it. There will be a party every day until June 30th or until the inventory is wiped out, whichever comes first! The champagne will be flowing daily, along with discounts starting at 30% that will increase each week until the final goodbye.
In June Sara Barner, designer of handcrafted sharp and chic leather bags and accessories, will be moving her studio from the Ford Building in Southeast to a spot in North Portland.
"In an effort to clear stuff out and to say farewell to my work home for the last three years, I will be having a moving sale this Saturday from 12-6 pm," she writes. There will be many samples available and discontinued styles marked way down. She will also have donuts, but I'd suggest using a napkin and be careful not to get that yummy stuff on the leather!
2505 SE 11th-suite 100
The Tomboys are at it again, and this time Wildfang's newest collection and its lookbook were inspired by their four favorite tomboy gangs: Heroines, Hellions, Rascals, and Rockers. The lookbook features items by Peau de Loup exclusively For Wildfang, along with pieces from Sanctuary, Cheap Monday, Native Youth, and many other brands, but the main attraction is the "Band Of Thieves" in-house collection they've just debuted. They're known for bringing forth some in-house products here and there, like tees and hats, and mixing 'em up with other brands they sell, but this time it's a variety of garments that includes not only tees but a "Portland Tank," a vest, a jacket, and a hoodie. The entire "Be Unruly" lookbook is available now on the Wildfang website and the pieces range from $24-$132.
This Saturday Reynolds Optical is hosting a release party for their INhouse line of frames along with Motif, another local eye-wear designer, on Saturday, May 24 at the downtown shop at 800 NW Alder, with special discounts on the spring release collections. They'll be serving complimentary drinks too, so if you're in the market for a new frame to freshen your beautiful/handsome face, head on over.
Google maps still shows the lot at N. Mississippi and Failing as an empty one; a few food carts use to sit next to a large grassy area encased by a chain link fence. In actuality, the lot has a brand new building that provides a home for new residents of the district (which seems to be a major trend in North Portland in general) as well as a retail space that's been inhabited by a very interesting new little shop called Wanderlust + Wildhearts. The owner, Courtney Keene, is a designer who graduated from FIT in NY. She is a passionate traveler and lover/collector of fine handmade goods from her worldly adventures. She studies the design aesthetic while on her trips and brings back inspiration to invest creatively in both her jewelry and clothing lines, both sold in the shop.
She buys all her stones and metals from trusted sources, finding special stones like the Dzi (pronounced, ZEE) that in Tibet is a spiritual stone worn as a symbol of good luck, and ammolite, which looks similar to amber but is a different fossilized material that only occurs in one part of the world. The clothing consists mostly of simple cuts with textiles that are dyed and bleached to make each garment one of a kind, with screen printing done by her man, Murf. The house collection also includes bags made from handwoven textiles. She also decided to start selling her personal collection of Navajo and Zuni jewelry, consisting of hard to find rings, bracelets and necklaces. (Some of the pieces in that case are so unique that if you're a collector of such, your heart will melt).
The only way to get the whole story is to ask questions, and we did just that.
Mercury: Tell me about the products you design, do you make each piece?
Courtney Keene: My design aesthetic is heavily influenced by my upbringing on a rural Adirondack farm, a love for adventure, and a passion for design-based storytelling. We travel internationally every year and personally source handwoven textiles for our bag collection from fair-trade textile centers, weaving villages, and individual weavers. We also seek out stones and interesting pieces that can be incorporated into our jewelry line. Many of our stones are purchased directly from families of miners. We pay whatever price these skilled artisans ask for their traditional craft, and then ship all raw materials back to our shop in Portland where our collections are produced from start to finish. I make all of the jewelry, but with the help of a fantastic local metalsmith; Spooltown does all the cut-and-sew production of our bag line; and my fiancee, Murf, screen-prints all of our hand-drawn artwork.
We focus on small run production, and the majority of our bags and jewelry pieces are one-of-a-kind. I have no interest in creating pieces that will be mass-produced, and my fingerprint is probably on everything in our store. We want people to leave our shop feeling really inspired and exhilarated about this incredible world we live in, and to feel like they are getting something very unique.
Sticks and Stones recently released their newest collection of jewelry, called "The Art of Antler," in which every piece is made from antler sheds of buck, fawn, and stag found in the Northwest. Sleeping beauty turquoise makes an appearance, which is a highly sought after variety of the stone, due to its pure sky-blue color and clean, non-webbed appearance. Sticks and Stones had a pop-up at PFW this past weekend, and if you are familiar with the brand you know that the quality of their handcrafted work is high. The phrase they pair with their logo, "Strength in Layers," is apparent in the smooth texture and sturdy weight of the work. Take a look at some of their work below, modeled by Kate Troedsson and Gabe Berg, and see them in person at their flagship store: Sticks & Stones Specialty Store, 524 NW 23rd.
Red Clouds Collective's accessories for men and women are straightforward and driven. Each piece is dressed with a little detail, like the asymmetrical flap on the coin purse. The glasses case is made for a pair of RX specs or shades, and would even slip comfortably into my small handbag. I will be saving for the Journeyman's art kit, because how nice it would be to have a little case holding all you need for jotting down those fleeting ideas. (Don't we always seem to be missing a pen or some paper?)
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