Her SS14 collection incorporates a material less commonly used in jewelry making: marble. The designs play with the contrast between negative and positive, industrial and natural, and the copper and brass accents bring a modern flare to the ancient stone.
The new collection is available online now. Use the promo code LAUNCH_SS14 to get 50% off everything now through Sunday at midnight.
Photographer: Mikola Accuardi
Director: Katie Freedle
Stylist: Katie Freedle & Marisa Ruef
Model: Emily Mills
MUAH: Meachell Horton
Click through to see more of the newest pieces.
We don't get tired of seeing all the new things that Portland designers are creating, and here's yet another intriguing lookbook from R.A.W. for their Spring/Summer '14 collection. It shows off luxurious scarves and a refreshing hue of aqua featured on Rio Wrenn's carefully hand-dyed (and some digital) silks and cottons, each a piece of art. The lookbook was photographed by model Meredith Adelaide.
The collection is called "Daydream" and has the romantic notion of inspiration and intrigue. The focus for the patterns are semi precious stones and things found in nature. Two of the patterns are digitally printed with acid dyes. These were created with Rio’s original composting method and computer manipulation. All other patterns are hand dyed with natural dyes and iron. The fabrics used consist of silk haboti, silk chiffon, organic cotton gauze, and a silk seersucker. We hope you enjoy this collection as well as we have in manifesting it.
A selection of pieces will be available for sale on the store site. R.A.W. will also be moving from one studio space to another by the end of the month and will be having a "last chance" studio sale on April 26 and 27 from 11 am-4 pm.
Tilde has a lot going on in this lovely spring time month of April, and are adding some new stock to their shelves. Swedish brand, Unit Portables will be a new addition to the shop for those of you planning adventures on foot in the wild and need a new pack. Some new jewelry will be introduced by Charlotte N.C. based designer, Laurel Denise who inscribes personal affirmations as in "Love Life", "Breathe" and "Life Whispers, Listen Closely" on her gold, silver and leather pieces. Both will be available tomorrow. Also debuting that day is a soap line that comes from Brooklyn called, Pelle Designs: Soaps shaped as natural occurring gemstones such as rose quartz, onyx, aquamarine and jade are hand made with vegetarian based glycerin and infused with essential oils. (Pelle's other sleek, modern and high end interior decor items are also worth checking out.)
New spring lookbooks have been coming fast and furious from the city's design community, and while I love the photos, is also nice to see Seaecho switching it up by also adding a hot little video to the mix:
Sometimes Portland can't resist walking headfirst into its own adorkable stereotypes, and thus we have such occurrences as this collaborative bowtie design by PINO in honor of the impending 12th annual Filmed by Bike festival:
The idea is that you wear this silk twill guy to the opening night party (the festival runs April 19-22 at the Clinton St) or any of the other satellite events, like a "Bikes in the Night Sky" storytelling night and bike bingo at Radio Room. As for the films themselves, there are 45 films from 14 countries, including the feature-length CICLO from Mexico City (brush up on your Spanish for the duration of the trailer, though I'm sure they are planning to show the subtitled version of the full length):
More info on the festivities here.
Due propers to the all-weather cycling community, but for many, more sensitive riders the bike season is just arriving. Dovetailing with that is the launch of a collaboration between Berlin/Paris-based BLESS ("a multidisciplinary project that is consistently difficult to define... the elusive designers behind the brand are indifferent to the media and focus on quietly developing objects and garments that 'make the near future worth living for'") and Portland's own Table of Contents.
They've just released a lookbook for a new collection of cycling accessories: u-locks and cable locks, bags, and helmets that are crazy expensive. They are lovely, handmade in France (the helmet design is insane!), and have one foot in the fine art world, but most people simply aren't going to get much closer to them than looking at the photos. (Locks start at $323 with that helmet going for $984.) May we all be such ballers someday.
Jena Nesbitt has been designing in various forms for several years, and like many of us, trying to find her calling; trying new things, and not quite getting the right fit. Meanwhile, for the past 10 years she's been collecting vintage everything. She decided it was time to do something with this extensive collection and it's called Time Being Creative. This girl has taken re-purposed to the level it deserves. By taking sheet music from the '20s, mid century novels and dictionaries, sewing manuals, and even old-ass notebook paper, she has created unique notebooks that use almost all re-purposed materials. The fabrics that grace the covers are either from her own stash, given to her, or bought second hand; even the labels are made from scraps of paper. It's only fitting that she has also started a vintage venture, and the Instagram feed shows a wide variety of kitschy items along with some unique and high quality items.
How did Time Being Creative come about?
Jena: Time Being Creative emerged almost by accident in late 2013. My goal was to craft an assortment of personalized handmade holiday gifts for friends and family. I have been collecting vintage fabrics, paper, and magazines for over 10 years, and finally decided I was brave enough to cut them up and make something new. I had been wanting to try to make notebooks for several months. so I began prototyping on my 1947 Singer sewing machine.
I made and sent out over 60 notebooks, [and] a couple weeks later I couldn't believe the positive feedback that came pouring in from everyone! Many of my friends began insisting that I should start selling the notebooks. So, I turned to Instagram and began posting images of my products and creative process. Within six weeks I had over 1,000 followers and had sold 25 notebooks! I was blown away by the demand the notebooks were generating on a social media platform not designed for eCommerce. I have since created an Etsy site where folks can customize their notebooks and order stationery products I've created from vintage and repurposed materials.
Is it hard sometimes to cut up such old and unique pieces of paper that seem so special?
Oh my goodness, YES! A few weeks ago, I found a vintage dictionary that is identical to the one I used growing up. It took about 15 minutes of personal pep-talking to get me to pick up the scissors and start cutting. I don't know if it will ever get easier to cut up maps from the '50s or magazines from the '30s, but what I've learned is that once I see the finished product, it makes all the cutting anxiety worth it. I believe the creative process is enhanced by using re-purposed and vintage materials. It allows the craftsman to open their mind to the possibilities of changing one thought into another. I also feel it gives new life to these pieces that might otherwise be sitting on a shelf somewhere, in a box in storage collecting dust, in stacks in a garage getting moldy. So, as hard as it is, it's also liberating to actually re-purpose something that has so much potential. Plus, I'm proud to say that all of the products I create are made from more than 95% re-purposed materials—this also includes the packaging and shipping envelopes!
I must admit, I teared up a little bit the first time I opened one of my finished notebooks. There's a unique spirit to each one and I'm delighted by the thought of someone opening a Time Being Creative notebook and not knowing what they'll find hidden in its pages.
It seems like your notebooks are really becoming popular. Do you think it has to do with the fact that you're specializing in custom? How do you customize each piece/ set?
Each product I make is one of a kind, which I believe naturally lends itself to customization. I think customization is a great format for allowing customers to get involved in my creative process. The standard customization I offer on all the notebooks requires the buyer to select a cover fabric and a theme for the interior of their book. I currently offer a dozen page themes. Some examples are: Vintage Ladies from the 1930s-50s, Medical & Science, and Maps & Travel (which is the current top seller). I also offer a selection called "Random Surprise" which gives me vast creative freedom. When a buyer selects this option I often use fabrics and pages that are limited in quantity. I also love to personalize products, [and] I can create a custom stamp or stencil to further enhance your notebook. I think personalized notebooks are perfect for weddings, party favors, and artist collaborations!
Pop-up shops are becoming quite common and there's another one happening this Saturday. Some local favorites will be in the atrium at Olympic Mills Commerce Center, including Reif, Seaecho, Milk Money, Sturnelle Collection and Better Late Than Never. They're providing free bubbly while you shop their discounted items. Think of it as the perfect opportunity to get yourself something new to wear to The Malt Ball.
I was immediately captivated the first time I saw a photo of Cassie Meder (aka Casstronaut). It was a photo of her in a Holly Stalder silk gown with a crown of lit candles on her head in the middle of a snow covered forest. This girl has modeled for many of Portland’s finest clothing designers and there’s no mystery as to why . The photos she’s in take on a life their own, and while watching some of the behind the scenes videos she’s posted on YouTube, it’s quite clear that’s she’s not a bore to hang with either!
Her work as a model is something she does because it just works out sometimes, and there’s obviously a demand for her look, but her real career lives through her self-expression as an artist and designer herself. She has a few artsy short films under her belt that seem to have a cohesive theme. Each one has strong ethereal visuals and certainly don’t lack professional quality. She is an artist in the original sense, meaning that she draws, and her illustrations convey surreal subjects in pencil, often on tea stained paper. If that’s not enough, she also designs and makes jewelry: simple, straight forward pieces that adorn the head, along with chained ear cuffs and some Victorian inspired rings. Haunt recently announced that they’ll be stocking some head pieces and prints of her illustrations, and I discovered that she’ll be moving to Nashville, so I asked Cassie a few questions before she takes that huge leap cross country.
I’ve found that in the design world people advise against doing too many things, having too many focuses, because it can confuse the customer, but some designers start out as artists, and that’s what brought them into fashion design, and if done right it can totally work. What is your perspective on this?
Cassie: I think it depends on the artist, really. Saying that is like saying to a parent, “You can’t have more than one kid! You’ll get confused!” An artist’s work is so much like a child, really. Some people like having one child they can shower and dedicate themselves to completely. Others like to be surrounded and immersed, almost overtaken, in what they have created and what they love. It’s the same situation with artists. It’s a way of leaving a legacy and giving something back to the world. Why not leave more than one thing? I also think artists tend to use their work as a means of communication. You may notice that most artists are so much alike, you would think there was some kind of personality fad happening. Most of us don’t communicate ideas or feelings with our mouths or our bodies, so we find other means and if one way isn’t enough, find other ways to make your voice whole and audible. So with all of that being said, it is incredibly hard. It's absolutely worth it, though.
One of Portland’s most iconic jewelry makers Hazel Cox has just recently launched her brand new website, featuring a web shop full of incredible jewels. The sleek, clean layout is super eye catching and easy to shop. If you aren’t familiar with Hazel’s work, her bronze and silk pieces are each hand made to order in her NW workshop. Scope the new site, and eye all the amazing pieces you will surely be dreamy over all spring long.
Two brands with deep Portland roots, it's suitable that Danner and Beckel Canvas work together. Both brands pride themselves in the lasting quality of their products along with strong family and community history, and the Beckel duck canvas in its variety of colors fits into the Danner boot scene well.
“There is a great shared history between the Danner and Beckel brands,” says Kathy Beckel Darnielle, President of Beckel Canvas Products. “In addition to our Portland roots, my father and Bill Danner were neighbors and good friends for years. It means a lot to me to bring this partnership to life."
To celebrate the debut, Danner will host a launch party on March 6 at its new Union Way store.
The mens' Light Beckel Boots are now available online , and the women's styles will be available in April.
They're #33 in the House of Vintage on SE Hawthorne, and they have an Instagram where they post photos of their favorite rags and you can comment if you want to buy something. But tomorrow (Valentines Day—in case you forgot!) Jahdess Bless is popping up a shop at the Everett Station Lofts. Go check out these semi-underground collectors and sellers of vintage finds. "There will be other rad clothing vendors /wine & beer/jams/raffle/etc."
Since the snow arrived, stuck around, and was solidified with a slick layer of ice, many events have been postponed. Some of the diehard shops stayed open and honored their advertised sales over the weekend, and if you're bummed you missed them, there will be others. Eve in Eden, however, decided it was best to reschedule their trunk show originally set for last Saturday. They want to make sure ALL the beautiful brides to be this year get the first opportunity to see what's new and meet designers Sunjin Lee and Nichole McIver of Acanthus jewelry. The trunk show will now be this coming Saturday, Feb 15, at noon.
By then it should be safe traveling for shopping, champagne, and lots of bridal inspiration!
Here's an emerging jewelry designer to check out if you like a fun, bright, and geometric aesthetic: Sonja Maria. The pieces are youthful, but I can see them with a black dress and neon heels for women of any age. All the components are SLS (3D) printed and then hand painted, assembled, and made into jewelry by Sonja herself. (To learn more about the process, take a look at her "about " page on her website.)
She just debuted her first collection, which includes earrings, necklaces and unique brooches. There are also some very special limited edition pieces for Valentines Day:
Fetch Eyewear seems like the kind of company that could easily be spoofed on Portlandia, but they really are quintessentially Portland. This local company, founded by tile maven Ann Sacks, provides affordable, stylish frames for men and women. But the kicker is that they donate 100% of their profits to the Pixie Project to support animal rescue and adoption. So you get cool frames, look awesome, and help save some cute fuzzy animals. Not a bad deal, right?
With a ton of styles to chose from in a broad range of colors, it's easy to find a pair that fits your face (and personality). Thanks to their "try at home" program, you can order up to six frames to test drive before you settle on the perfect pair.
Here are a few fun frames including two new styles from Fetch, the Oscar and the Bell.
Many of the shops on N Mississippi are participating in the annual "Small Shops Big Hearts" this year. There will be trunk shows, sales, and a weekend full of wonderful treats up and down the block. One Mississippi gem, Flutter, for instance, will have a trunk show on Saturday and Tarot reading sessions on Sunday. They'll also have $2 Polaroids to ensure a very vintage keepsake of fun times being had. And, of course, there will be an abundant amount of romantic gifts for anyone on your love list.
The festivities of Small Shops Big Hearts will take place both Saturday and Sunday, so grab your shopping partner and go make some lovely memories at some of our city's most rad and creative shops.
This lookbook brings me a feeling of relaxation, peace, and well-styled comfort. It is titled "In My Place," after all. With all the sales and rush of other shops making room for the new styles, it's a little refreshing to get a glimpse into one of the first lookbooks of the new season. This one doesn't disappoint—viewing it makes me want to go wherever these ladies are and lounge around in their beautiful clothes on their rugs and sofas. I'm happy to see that rich royal blue pop up in clothing again, and the well fitted, lovely printed pencil skirts are delightful. The sunshine reminds me that although we're still in the chill of winter time, spring really is right around the corner. Fashion's endless nature of calling to the future, or rather preparing for it, and getting excited for what's ahead, gives us something to look forward to. Maybe I'm getting a little ahead of myself here—and I've enjoyed wearing my sweaters and jeans and boots—but I'm excited to wear my skirts, heels, and short sleeves, too.
Grayling jewelry located on Sandy is having a sample sale next Wednesday through Saturday.
The 50% off extends to their online store, so you can sit in your pajamas and find your fave statement pieces first thing—or stock up on a few lovely gifts to give for the year!
When I heard WILL Leather Goods was hosting a preview of their 2014 collections, I jumped at the chance to scope out the merchandise. It didn't hurt that they included some tasty breakfast snacks and espresso to keep me energized while I did my hard-hitting research.
Union Way, in all its hipster glory, is the new hotspot for Portland shopping. When I walked into the trademark alleyway, I was immediately hit with the sweet smell of leather. Even though they've only been open for a handful of months, the retailer has definitely made its presence known. The store spans across two spaces in the trendy "shopping arcade" and their windows glow from a mixture of neon signs and vintage light bulbs.
The 2014 collections are built on classic silhouettes, bold colors, and all the high-quality materials WLG is famous for. After browsing the store, there were a few gems that caught my eye along with some staple favorites. If you're in the mood for a new leather bag, looking for a sturdy tote, or just want to splurge on a fun accessory you've come to the right place.
The Fawn Collection
Supple, buttery soft leather is used in this collection that includes styles like the Florence Satchel and Beatrix Hobo. These bags feature clean design details and bright color choices.
WLG finds thoughtful products to maximize the use of the material and reduce waste. These little guys are made from the scraps created during production and there are a variety of styles to mix and match.
As part of WLG's "Found" series, this unique tote bag is made with vintage indigo-dyed Batik linen and distressed vegetable tanned leather trim. I was intrigued by the history behind the Indonesian textile and love that each piece is one of a kind.
Feast your eyes on more of the items WILL Leather Goods has to offer after the jump, or make your way to the West End and visit the store inside Union Way.
As much as I love clothing, anyone who knows me knows that I am an avid collector of jewelry. Over the years, I have seen the emergence of an incredible array of silversmiths such as Foxtail Jewelry, Noniko Jewelry, AmiRa Jewelry, and Pigeon Heart (just to name a few), but one of my favorite local silversmiths has a small, independent operation called Adams and Alchemy. Her rings, in particular, make my heart skip a beat.
Jewelry by Adams and Alchemy is not only created with beautiful hand hammering, carving, and soldering; the precious stones themselves are part of Adams' process. Adams and her husband are “rock hunters.” Scouring coastal and Eastern Oregon, they seek out beautiful Jaspers, Agates, and other stunning rocks that imbue all the geological radiance of the Pacific Northwest. Collecting bags and bags of what may look at first like run of the mill rocks, Adams tumbles and polishes the rocks for weeks until they are buffered into beautiful treasures. Getting to see this process first hand was an incredible experience. I certainly won't look at rocks the same anymore.
I asked designer, Jessica Adam's to share some information about her process.
The best way to start off the new year is to go shopping for stylish new things! Your closet and jewelry box will be happy, and it's a added bonus when stores like Una and Frances May are having such great sales!
The sale at Una includes ALL Winter/Fall clothing marked down 40%. Scarves, socks and tights 30% off, and select jewelry is on sale.
Frances May is continuing their end of the season sale with further markdowns.
It is proven that shopping enhances the mood at this time of year.
Hurry up and go save, these items won't last long at such great prices. Go go go!
If this week is any indication, I'm going to have to start treating local lookbook releases the way Ned does music videos. (Lookbook Lunes, anyone?) The next one up is solidly set in this polarly vortexed winter, with the somewhat mournful/hopeful title "Rituals to Bring the End of Long Nights."
The rituals depicted here seem to call for holing up in a snowy cabin with your best tattooed girlfriends, wearing long johns and wool socks while chopping wood and taking hot baths with tree pieces—which seems as healthy a way to pass the weather as any. Plus the photos, which are a showcase for Cobra Cult jewelry, are quite lovely. Taken by the buzzed-about Amanda Leigh Smith it also features some of the local women who are defining the motorcycle/camping/Poler vibe that so many are looking to right now.
Maybe you’ve heard of the luggage company, Jonny Sport. If you haven’t, here’s a little background on another of Portland’s very own creative brands:
Owner and designer Rachel Elizabeth started the company in 2009.
It all came from a little family inspiration in 1995. Her then-father in law and founder of Beckel Canvas Products, Bob Beckel, used to make one of a kind bags from this unique textured orange material on the side. She bought a few at the time. Says Rachel, "I would sport my two orange tote bags for everything, and wherever I shopped I would end up getting compliments on the bags, and the invariable question of ‘where can I get one?’ After a few years of this I started thinking that I would like to reissue a variation of the bags and to start my own luggage and accessories company.
"I am currently working on three new designs: A duffel bag, a computer/work bag, and a wallet. Each new piece will have a minimalist look but be meticulously constructed and designed to last for a lifetime of everyday use."
She is also looking into designing her own antique brass hardware for the bags, and although she loves to use the basketball material, is exploring new options for other great materials as well. Rachel also has a background in sculpture, real estate development, and historic preservation. Word on the street is that she was a major moving force for the beginning stages of the gentrification of N Mississippi, where she owns some real estate. She is currently working on a flea market in the garden at Lot 13 on Mississippi this summer.
This neat little necklace is part of the collection as well, called the Spacer 45 Pendant, and available at Music Millennium.
As of now, the existing bags in the collection can be purchased at Boys' Fort and on the company’s website. Boys' Fort has been a huge supporter for Jonny Sport, and as each maker knows, just one backer can make a world of difference. She hopes to expand, and personally, I don’t see why that would be a problem—these bags are super kick ass!
There is something intriguing about accessories made from unconventional materials, and Portland designers aren't shy when it comes to finding new ways to reuse or reinvent the norm. For example, wooden adornments is a trend as old as time, but thanks to technology we're seeing creative ways to make this material wearable. Here are a few shops in town that are pushing the boundaries with their unique, wooden designs.
You are either done and self-satisfied, not part of it and self-satisfied, or not done and easing into the panic/excitement (?) of last-minute consumerism. Jewelry is a good gift for the jewelery-wearing types, though it's often folly to buy something huge and/or loud for someone else—there's no accountin' for taste and all that. There are at last count 45,998,097 jewelry designers in Portland, but I was recently introduced to one that strikes a balance between simplicity and character, and with a relatively moderate price point, too: Cradle Jewelry.
Designed by one Sonia Marie, a Portlander via Manhattan, the line of rings and necklaces go from $60-105 per piece, in geometric and sawtooth patterns rendered in sterling silver and brass. The official statement goes:
Inspired by European minimalist fashion and geometric pattern, Sonia focuses on creating pieces that are elegant and luminous, yet fearless and volatile. They transform themselves to fit any situation. She also draws inspiration from the time she spent with her late father, a talented artist and musician who believed in the endless imagination.
Sonia is dedicated to sustainable and localized production, and creates each piece with attention and care. Every piece of Cradle jewelry is handmade in Portland, Oregon.
The collection is available locally at Physical Element.
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