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.
This is my first guest post, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to tour production facilities of Portland-based companies who make and manufacture. Full disclosure about me: I own and operate my own clothing company and boutique, Mag-Big. Due to this, I am deeply interested in our city's abundance of makers with viable, serious businesses.
I am starting my tour with North St Bags, which has a brick and mortar showroom and production facility on 23rd/SE Clinton. North St is a bag company with a focus on convertible products for all weather use. Bicycle panniers that convert to back packs, for example, showcase owner/designer Curtis Williams' proprietary designs and aesthetic elements. These bags are distinguishably North St, and can be seen all over Portland. They are also manufactured across the country with an extremely impressive outreach and growing customer base. I was able to ask proprietor, Curtis Williams, some questions about the growth of his company.
Cruising around the shops downtown, one can't help but notice the throughlines in merchandise from store to store, especially when I comes to smaller-ticket items for those whose budgets are divided amongst ever-expanding broods. And socks/hosiery is one of those, with stacks of wool specimens fit for winter hiking alongside Japanese exports, whimsically printed trouser stocking, the ever-necessary pairs of wool tights, and so forth.
Some ungrateful person's notion brought the idea of socks as presents into low regard, but everyone knows they are, in fact, awesome, necessary, and popular gifts, and the options currently out there are substantial and tempting, to say the least. A few that have caught my eye:
1. Woodlands' Crew Socks, $22, come in a variety of mélange combinations.
2. Free People Fairisle Sock, $24 at Shop Adorn.
3. Pendleton knee socks, $24
4. Bonne Maison socks from France, $25 at Una.
Maker-friendly mag Marrow has enlisted Portland neckwear company Harding & Wilson to create a limited edition of neck- and bow-ties made from the cloth of vintage dresses and coats, which they are now selling in their online shop as a floral counterpoint to the darker styles that dominate the season. Their marketing—in keeping with all the hype about tomboys that exploded in 2013—suggests that women need not abandon their vintage dresses just because they've been re-purposed as such; in fact the lookbook features nothing but women sporting the five varieties.
In addition to participating in Little Boxes and the Makery's holiday sale, tiny—but mighty—boutique Demimonde is hosting its own wee shindig. The shop, which is also HQ for the awesome, Native American/Art Deco-inspired jewelry line of the same name, is hosting an open house in Wednesday, Dec 5, with refreshments and 20% storewide from 5-9 pm. The jewelry, of course, is to die for, but you'll also find vintage pieces and brilliant curio doodads you never knew you or a friend/family member needed.
If you want to kick off the weekend with a little (literal) flair, stop by Grayling's new flagship store in the Bindery this evening (5-9 pm) for a grand opening celebration complete with live music by La La Pomp, a $500 jewelry shopping spree, Pendleton Whiskey cocktails, gifts with every purchase, and the debut of a new apothecary section. Some current-favorite Grayling bling things:
Nice to see hometown heritage brand Pendleton continue to expand its collaborations with smaller local indie brands, lending their household name to the little guys. Next up we see them paired for the second time with Shwood, known for their eyeglass frames made out of wood. The wool stowaway cases are a gimme; less anticipated are the frames' laser-engraved Pendleton patterns. This here's called "Journey West" pattern:
And "Basket Maker":
Juggernaut Portland jewelry company Grayling is settling into their new digs at the Bindery (a new development that also distinguishes itself for containing the largest underground urban winery in the country, which I think is pretty neat). So, mark your calendars for Friday, November 15, when they'll open their shiny new doors to the public for the christening, and high-five a local company's next level of achievement.
Here's to wearable items in the fall/winter that aren't oriented around staying warm and dry, and that can still be seen even when you're wearing long sleeves, gloves, and a scarf!
Teresa Robinson took the risk of abandoning the name she'd built for her line of jewelry, Stone & Honey, saying simply that "as my work has evolved, I felt it was time for a change." The new line, Tiro Tiro, has its premiere lookbook for its first collection, "Forma Nueva," punctuated by half moons and fiber accents, out now. Find it locally at some of the city's most badass shops, like Beam & Anchor, Demimonde, Frances May, Noun, OKO, and Tumbleweed. I wouldn't be too worried about her building up the new name.
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