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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lookbook of the Day: Kat Seale's "Assorted Shapes"

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Jewelry can be challenging to photograph effectively on a model, especially while sidestepping the pitfalls of repetition and clutter. I'm digging Mikola Accuardi's take on Kat Seale's "Assorted Shapes," which pairs the strong metal shapes of the pieces with nothing more than model Taylor Stillwell's own hair and bare torso.

Mia Charnelle Releases New Label: BLVCK QVEEN

Posted by Katie Guinn on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Mia Charnelle is a multi-dimensional creative with a portfolio that shows her work as a stylist and graphic designer while previously working as one half of the duo called Triibe Movement. She has branched off to create her own label called BLVCK QVEEN which aims to empower people of color, especially women, through fashion and design, and although there are so far just two hats available on her website, it's just the beginning.

She plans to expand her label as a lifestyle brand that includes everything from accessories to home goods and eventually, apparel. We say that's solid. Her inspiration for BLVCK QVEEN is based on her personal experiences and a passion for moving on from past tribulations, and hopes her brand and message will connect with others as well.

Says Mia, "As a black, queer, masculine identifying, enunciating woman I struggled with acceptance. I tried being cool and I hated it. So, BQ is my outlet. Tangible affirmation for those who are considered weird, socially awkward, anxious, not black enough but too white, crazy and all of that jazz."

  • Mia Charnelle

  • Mia Charnelle

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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

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







Thursday, October 30, 2014

Solestruck Lookbook: "No Sexy Cats"

Posted by Katie Guinn on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Solestruck's Halloween inspired look book called "No Sexy Cats" parallels our thinking that there's just not enough creativity at costume parties anymore. In case you need some last minute inspiration, or if you just need a serious smile, please check it out. Remember it's all about the shoes. Here are a few of our favorites photographed by JD White:

Dairy Queen!
  • Dairy Queen!

Food Porn- That shits bananas!
  • Food Porn- That shit's bananas!

Taco Belle escaped the Beast and is working it.
  • Taco Belle escaped the Beast and is working it.

Alexander McQueen AW/09-fellow fashionistas will understand
  • Alexander McQueen AW/09-fellow fashionistas will understand

Tobias wears Comme Des Garcons
  • Tobias wears Comme Des Garcons

Friday, September 26, 2014

New Bridges from Betsy & Iya

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 8:59 AM

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:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lookbook of the Day: Cradle Jewelry

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 9:59 AM

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.”

  • Mario Gallucci

  • Mario Gallucci

  • Mario Gallucci

  • Mario Gallucci

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Monday, September 22, 2014

New Lookbook From Cobra Cult Jewelry: "Summer Don't Go"

Posted by Katie Guinn on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 8:59 AM

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.

  • Amanda Leigh Smith

  • Amanda Leigh Smith

Photography: Amanda Leigh Smith
Produced by: Jessica Ilalaole of CobraCult
Styled by: Tashina Hill
Models: Skye Sengelmann & Kelsey McNiece
Creative Assistant: Claire Everson
  • Amanda Leigh Smith

You can also see Cobra Cult at the these events in the near future:
Nuclear Forest Event @ Whit Owl Social Club on Sept. 20th (this Saturday) from 12-7pm.
Urban Outfitters on NW 23rd Ave. Saturday, Sept. 27th from 1-5pm.
  • Amanda Leigh Smith

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Grayling Finalist in 2014's Martha Stewart American Made Contest

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 8:59 AM

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

  • Grayling via Martha Stewart


Friday, September 12, 2014

Tabor + Ebbets Field Native Cap

Posted by Katie Guinn on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 8:59 AM

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.

  • Tabor Made Portland

  • Tabor Made Portland

  • Tabor Made Portland

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Huge Sale at Vintalier

Posted by Katie Guinn on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 8:59 AM

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

Literally hundreds of shoes!
  • Vintlier
  • Literally hundreds of shoes!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Pieces From Queen Bee

Posted by Katie Guinn on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 8:59 AM

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.

Canvas Truckette Bag Wildflower
  • Queen Bee
  • Canvas Truckette Bag "Wildflower"

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Modern Metal Hair Ties

Posted by Katie Guinn on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 12:14 PM

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

  • Caravan Pacific
  • Small

  • Caravan Pacific
  • Medium

  • Caravan Pacific
  • Large

Haley Anne Pops Up Shop at Yo Vintage!

Posted by Katie Guinn on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 8:59 AM

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.
Yo Vintage!
413 SW 13th Ave.
Thursday, August 7th 6-9pm

Wood Geo
  • Haley Ann
  • Wood Geo

  • BLTN ( Better Late Than Never)

  • Rill Rill


Monday, July 28, 2014

Urban Air Market is Approaching

Posted by Katie Guinn on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 8:59 AM

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.

  • Reitz/BOET
  • Reitz/BOET

Vintage Jewelry
  • Warren Goods
  • Vintage Jewelry

Kit Bag
  • Beckel Canvas
  • Kit Bag

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hand Forged Chrome Sneakers

Posted by Katie Guinn on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 8:59 AM

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

  • Chrome

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A New Jewelry Designer: Barrow

Posted by Katie Guinn on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 8:59 AM

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.

  • Barrow

  • Barrow

  • Barrow

  • Barrow

  • Barrow

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Seaecho's "Stars, They're Just Like Us"

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 9:47 AM

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!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Queen Bee Celebrates 18 Years!

Posted by Katie Guinn on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 9:46 AM

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.

Hip Holster Ginkgo
  • Queen Bee
  • Hip Holster "Ginkgo"

  • Queen Bee

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

The Truckette Bag
  • Queen Bee
  • The Truckette Bag

Sling Rocker, Daphne Purse, Daisy Hair Clips
  • Queen Bee
  • Sling Rocker, Daphne Purse, Daisy Hair Clips


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hazel Cox Jewelry + Yo Vintage!

Posted by Jessica Caldwell on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 10:15 AM

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

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Oliver Goldsmith at Visage This Month!

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 3:44 PM

If you are in the mood for a fresh pair of sunnies for the season , you may not want to pull the trigger before swinging over to Visage, which is hosting the entire 200-piece collection of Oliver Goldsmith for the month of June. Originally founded in 1926, the eponymous brand adorned the peepers of Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Princess Di, Jackie O, Sophia Loren... the list goes on.

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!

  • Oliver Goldsmith

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Lookbook of the Day: Ellington Handbags

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 9:59 AM

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.

Summer first:

  • Olivia Ashton Photography

  • Olivia Ashton Photography

  • Olivia Ashton Photography

  • Olivia Ashton Photography

Sneaky peek fall after the cut!

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Pacific Standard: Bridge & Burn's New Bag

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM

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.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Eden and Eve in Eden Say Farewell

Posted by Katie Guinn on Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

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.

All The Ladies!
  • Eve in Eden
  • All The Ladies!


Bad-Ass Books

D.S. & Durga, Imaginary Authors and LAromarine
  • Eden
  • D.S. & Durga, Imaginary Authors and L'Aromarine

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Moving Sale at Sara Barner Studio

Posted by Katie Guinn on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 8:59 AM

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!

Sara Barner
Ford Building
2505 SE 11th-suite 100

  • Sara Barner

Circle Bag
  • Sara Barner
  • Circle Bag

Triangle Fold-Over Clutch
  • Sara Barner
  • Triangle Fold-Over Clutch

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