The folks at Shwood Eyewear and the Experiment with Nature blog have a new mixtape, continuing their series of all-Portland compilations that you can download for free. You can stream it here and also download it over on their site. This time they've put together something a little more self-conciously synthy, with bands like Glass Candy and STRFKR making the tracklist; there's even an early '90s new jack swingy song by Nu Shooz which might kind of break your brain.
The Museum of Contemporary Craft has revamped their gift shop, otherwise known as The Gallery, and it's stocked with great gift items just in time for the holiday season. "At this studio store, you can touch, hold and purchase a meaningful one-of-a-kind object, extending the museum experience in a way that enhances your everyday life." These objects include jewelry, books, prints, and ceramics, many made by local artists. Below are some items in The Gallery that caught my eye:
Lindsey Reif’s new turban collection has been quite the buzz all around town. From the cute bow-style headbands to the glam new “full” turban style hats, there is a color or print sure to suit your style.
But that’s not all this lovely local designer has been up to. She recently launching her online store, which features her latest clothing and accessories collections. Looking for a foolproof holiday party outfit? Scope my favorites below, and click here to shop.
A new jewelry line just launched in Portland, an event I imagine roughly occurs once every eight minutes. But Bevy has a clever, original angle on the market: Simple "industrial chic" amulet "grid necklaces" that are custom-coded to represent significant dates—birthdays, anniversaries, etc. It's sentimental, like so much jewelry is, but a simple, clean, modern design. Plus, secret codes are just cool.
Local accessory brand Sticks & Stones will be doing a BIG BLACK FRIDAY EVENT starting today through Sunday, November 25th. Take 50% OFF of their entire online store, with free shipping on ALL domestic orders. Also, the FIRST 100 customers will automatically be entered to win a $200 Sticks & Stones Holiday gift card.
Here are some of my favorites that I hope to purchase!
Just in time for the holidays comes Seaecho’s latest collection ‘Spoils of Joy.’ A perfect gift for your bestie, or for yourself I would recommend getting one before they’re gone. These it-bags are handmade with authentic Pendleton fabric, and come in plenty of sizes to choose from. Click here to see which local shops stock em’.
Getting sick of the duct tape holding your once-iconic, now-ironic glasses together? Now is a good time to purchase these sweet frames from Shwood. For a limited time, Shwood eyewear is offering these frames (ranging from $155-$195), with proceeds going to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief. "E pluribus unum" is also engraved on the sweet, mahogany side.
10% of all sunglass sales in the next month will also go towards Hurricane Sandy victims. Trust me, those will come in handy when you show up to mom's house on Thanksgiving blazed out of your effing mind.
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Jewelry designer, shop owner, and overall girl about town Katie Freedle has been one busy babe. Launching her newest lookbook and a fresh new site all in one swoop is no easy feat. The dreamy, witchy desert vibe paints the perfect backdrop for RillRill’s newest pieces. Familiar triangle shapes intermix effortlessly with chevron stripe-inspired patterns. I personally have my eye on the Geometric Hand Piece Triangle // Ring to Wrist Armor Bracelet. Shop the looks here, or pop into Backtalk PDX to get your RillRill fix.
Make way Portland, there's a new accessory line coming up. Blank Brand Bags & Accessories is a project Matt Geiger has been working with on and off for about seven years, and he started developing the current versions full time earlier this year. All parts and materials are locally sourced whenever possible, the primary material is upcycled as much as possible, and the production run(s) will be done by Spooltown.
Geiger recently launched the project on Kickstarter, so if this kind of thing is your bag (pun intended) click on over, watch the video, and help out a local business get up and running.
Telhart Eyewear, a Portland-San Francisco based wooden eyeglass business, will be celebrating it's launch in Portland tonight with a party at Alexa Stark Shop and Gallery. There will be food, wine, and sweets provided by Salt & Straw plus live music. The event will also feature a wall-paper installation by artist Nathan Reimer of The Make House, along with new designs and products from Alexa Stark's in-house collections. It all goes down at 7PM.
Next time you feel like making the old argument about Portland's European aesthetic, and/or further taking down the moldy stereotype that everyone here dresses like a hippie, I present to you more fuel in the form of Natural Born Elegance, another company catering to an apparent demand for more formal men's clothing, neckwear in particular. (We're racking up a tidy local selection, with upstart specialists like this and PINO joining stalwarts like Duchess and Adam Arnold). NBE's base of operations is here in Portland, but their roots extend to Italy—specifically a wool and cashmere mill started in 1881 in Biella.
Jewelie Randall’s last name means "Wolf’s Shield" (beat that), so in keeping with the old time tradition of apothecaries named after their owners, she brings us Wolf's Apothecary, a temporary source for locally concocted health and beauty products (Randall herself has 20 years of experience as a "city herbalist"), plus vintage and modern home goods, and jewelry. Appearing set to exist for just two short months in November and December at 902 SW Morrison Street, the list of products it is expected to carry is being meted out in updates on Facebook. Here's what we know so far:
The store will stock "soap, candles, jewelry, furniture, medicinals, candy, body care, haircare, skincare, leather, wood, ironwork, vintage housewares, etc." Oh man, I'm so listening. Confirmed vendors include Portland Black Lipstick Company, Heather Bell Jewelry, "raw organic local" honey (this one perhaps?), Gretchen Nation Collection, Molly Muriel, and From The Reliquary, with presumably more to come.
Pity the fool who isn't aware that Portland's own Pinkham Millinery is one of the finest destinations for headwear in all the world. Don't take my hyperbole for it: Designer Dayna Pinkham's work has often graced the pages of international books and magazines celebrating the rarefied art she exemplifies. The latest to do so is Louis Bou’s Couture Hats: From the Outrageous to the Refined which profiles Pinkham as one of only four American milliner's to make the editor's cut. To celebrate the release of the English version of the book, Pinkham is hosting a party and fashion show tomorrow with refreshments and "an intimate show of Pinkham’s couture hats from the last 30 years." Her work ranges from the high drama of the Kentucky Derby to awesomely durable everyday cloches and caps, and are truly one of the wisest investments in local accessories a Portland person could possibly make. Don't miss the shindig at Pinkham HQ (1012 SW Washington) tomorrow 6-9 pm.
It's no small feat standing out in the over-saturated jewelry industry. If you think clothing is frivolous, consider that jewelry has no practical purpose at all; it's adornment uncut. Teresa Robinson's Stone & Honey line is one of the fortunate few to have carved out a name with collections like her latest for Fall/Winter, Arcos.
Not too long ago I purchased my first piece of AK Vintage, and being the kind of klutz that walks into chairs, doors, and other random shit I accidentally snagged my beloved bodychain on a stool. The point of this intro? Anna Korte, designer of AK Vintage, happily fixed my bodychain and was an absolute doll about the whole ordeal. The custy service at AK is just the cherry on top, though. Her latest collection, dreamily dubbed "Myth Maker," is perfection. I can’t get enough of the bold gold-plated bits. Bodychains, bangles, statement necklaces, and earrings—the gang's all here. Shop the entire collection here.
Just in time for Fall, thanks to another boot collaboration your feet will stay warm and dry in style when, inevitably, the rain returns and doesn't let up until July. Oregon staple Pendleton has teamed up with British icon Dr. Martens to create two signature boots that have all the sturdiness and comfort you expect from Dr. Martens paired with the iconic Pendleton jacquard we just can't seem to get enough of. There are also two satchels in the collection, so your shoes can match your bag! Check out the video below to get a peek at how the boots are made. (Fun fact: Pendleton and Dr. Martens are actually neighbors—Martens' U.S. headquarters are here in Portland, just up the street from the Pendleton headquarters.)
If that was not enough Pendleton to get you through your day, check out this awesome behind the scenes video by Seattle boutique Horseshoe featuring pieces from the Fall 2012 Pendleton Portland Collection, starring longtime Portland model Adazoe:
I'm not quite ready to give up my sandals and bare legs, but I will admit to taking a shine to some of the new winter clothes arriving in stores. A lot less painful of an acquiescence to the changing season than a pair of tights, Grayling's Fall/Winter 2012 line of jewelry is out now, comprised of two limited edition lines, "Frost" and "Mint." You check them all out online now, including my personal favorite: the oceanic earrings, which go as well with snow as they do a mid-winter break for someplace warm and beachy:
Amy Sacks Eyewear is re-branding itself to better convey its continued support for our animal friends. The company, now named Fetch Eyewear, will continue to support The Pixie Project by donating all of its profits to them. They will also continue to offer fashionable frames at reasonable prices, with the new line offering a fresh range of colors and styles for men and women made in the same high quality acetate and materials as the Amy Sacks Line. To kick off the new name they will be throwing a party at the newly renovated Pixie Project space tonight from 6-9 pm. There will be the requisite food and drinks available, as well skee-ball, pop-a-shot, and pinball for those that like to partake in games that don't involve a video screen. Of course the real stars of the party will be the animals themselves, and I am sure (hopefully) that the party will help find homes for some of the cats and dogs in need. Also be sure to check out a preview of the new website to view the Fall collection of Fetch frames and sign up for the mailing list to get news and updates.
Truth be told, I have been so busy with all the Portland fashion events (both going to them and planning them) that I have not seen one full collection from New York Fashion Week. I have been keeping up with the news from NYFW and have seen scattered images of the collections, and while it seems like business as usual (Everyone LOVED the Alexander Wang collection, Thom Browne's presentation was over the top, etc.) one presentation stood out because of one little accessory. Google Glasses. You may remember the video they came out with when they were launched last May. Personally I thought they were kind of wacky and would bring me one step closer to becoming part of The Borg, but apparently I was wrong. The fashion forward crowd, namely Diane Von Furstenberg who collaborated with the Google Glasses Project, are seemingly picking them up as the newest tech accessory. Some of Von Furstenberg's models walked down the runway donning the glasses during the presentation, and even the grand lady herself wore them during the show, recording everything for a short film. So what do we think about this new fangled gadget? We already look at our phones most of our waking hours anyway, why not just attach the thing to our heads and call it a day?
Source: NY Mag
You win some and you lose some in the world of come and go retail, but today we win: Demimonde Jewelry has been housed as part of the Haunt collective at 811 E Burnside as of late, but perhaps as soon as next week designer Rachael Donaldson will open up a solo Demimonde shop at 2428 NE Broadway.
The most ethereal, sexy video you never thought you would see showcasing eyewear—shot using a "3D technique from the early 1800’s" (who knew?)—has arrived in the form of the Joe Stevens-directed 2012 lookbook video for Shwood. Watch the whole thing over and improve the ambiance of your Monday morning.
Is First Thursday already coming up this week? It sure is! Don’t miss your chance to get some great deals and view the latest collection from jewelry magic maker AK Vintage. Local photog fave Brendan Coughlin will also be on hand showing photography in collaboration with the Mada Creative Team. Lowell will also be featuring a pop-up shop, so drop by for cocktails, shopping, and mingling. The shin-dig is going down this Thursday, August 2nd at Mada Beauty, 906 NW Irving St, from 7:30-10:30 pm.
Local designer Lindsey Reif has just launched a new collection of totally amazing turban headbands. Available at our fave shops like Yo Vintage!, Backtalk, and Betsy & Iya, these darling little guys come in all kinds of prints, colors, and styles. My personal faves include the minty green shade, the leopard print (duhh), and the adorbs tie-dye version. When you’re hustling out the door, simply pop on your new turban, an oversize pair of sunnies, add a bold lip, and BAM—insta-chic! Pair with a bikini and caftan for the ultimate beach bombshell look.
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