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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Lookbook of the Day: Hand-Eye x L.C. King

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Hand-Eye Supply doesn't always market themselves as a destination for men's fashion per se—workwear, yes. But if you're into the nice lines and sturdy, quality materials that go into shirts, jackets, and pants by brands like Edgevale and Pointer, you oughta add them to your regular route of gentlemanly acquisition.

Now, they've taken it a step further, partnering with L.C. King (home of Pointer Brand) on a HES-branded pair of jeans all their own:

Hand-Eye Supply has spent the last few years cornering the market on practical, attractive workwear. We’re all denim lovers, and we’ve finally put our own name on the line in an exclusive partnership with L.C. King. These jeans feature a slim straight leg, beautiful Greensboro NC selvedge denim and brown duck, and are made in Bristol, TN by the same skilled manufacturers who have made Pointer Brand workwear for over 100 years. Traditional materials meet modern fit and they feel good, they look good, and they work.. well! For our editorial shoot we worked with Ryan Courter, the local leatherworker behind Moniker Goods. Our photographer Christine Taylor pulled heavily from vintage Levi’s ads and other traditional workwear print, and it shows!

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Kyoto Boutique and Gallery

Posted by Toby Robboy on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 9:59 AM

I recently got a chance to check out Kyoto, a fairly new menswear boutique and art gallery on 6th and Glisan in Old Town. The store draws inspiration—as you might gather from the name—from Japanese style, with an emphasis on high-end streetwear. Not exactly an untapped market, but Kyoto distinguishes itself by carrying brands and items that can't be found anywhere else in Portland, mixed in with a few local designer pieces. The general vibe is laid back but swagger-y, with unique, eye catching pieces like gold pants by Benny Gold, subtle floral printed shirts and shorts by Wolf & Man, and an impressive collection of multi-colored, limited edition Nikes. The gallery section of the store features striking, street inspired pieces by local artists like Beth Myrick and Brittany Osland.

Owner James Boyd is an industry veteran who previously ran a streetwear line called Prototype. He says opening the store has been a long term goal, but he "didn't think anyone would want it," due to the struggling economy. This year though, after shuttering Prototype's doors and selling the name to Microsoft, he decided the time was right to pursue this dream.

Check out some of the goods below:

Benny Gold Coach Jacket
  • Benny Gold Coach Jacket

Benny Gold Pants
  • Benny Gold Pants

Wolf & Man Shirt
  • Wolf & Man Shirt

Wolf & Man Shorts
  • Wolf & Man Shorts

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tabor by Compound

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, May 20, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Today's lookbook highlight is one for the boys, and the boyishly inclined: Tabor, by Compound, all of which is manufactured in Portland (not counting the kicks they're styled with, obviously). This kind of streetwear niche isn't one that you often see emphasizing local production, so it's nice to see an inroad here. The more we see diversification of local apparel (mid/low-priced, everyday, sportswear, lingerie, etc)—not just higher-end womenswear, which clearly dominates—the stronger its economic potential.

  • Yulia Nidbalskaya

  • Yulia Nidbalskaya

  • Yulia Nidbalskaya

  • Yulia Nidbalskaya

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Let's Hear It for the Boys Fort

Posted by Katie Guinn on Fri, May 9, 2014 at 8:59 AM

The Boys Fort started in 2011 as a pop-up shop curated for men with style, and were able to open a brick and mortar downtown in May of last year.

  • Boys Fort

The fact that they advertise themselves as a "manthropolgy" of locally designed wares and nostalgic curiosities is both entertaining and accurate! Instead of having a party, they are hosting a three-night celebration, and Tom Spanbauer will be there! Here's the line-up:

Friday May 30th, 5-8pm
Enjoy an evening of art in the Boys Fort Gallery with artist Jane Terzis, whose "Mischievous boy" paintings will be hanging, along with live music and beer & wine tastings.

Saturday May 31st
New local treasures will be available for spring and each purchase enters customers to win a special Boys Fort birthday surprise. Complimentary coffee from our friends at Ole Latte will be available.

Sunday June 1st, 1-4pm
Noted Portland author extraordinaire Tom Spanbauer reads from and signs his newest novel, I Loved You More.
Also on hand, Breakside Brewery will be offering tastings of their latest brews.

*All events at Boys Fort 902 SW Morrison Street

  • Boys Fort


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Hand-Eye Supply's Spring Quarterly: Plumber Style

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, May 7, 2014 at 8:59 AM

This is a tad belated, since Hand-Eye Supply's spring quarterly was released a couple weeks ago, but I have been noticing that the men in my life seem to be gravitating more and more to the shop—which specializes in all the tools one might need for a variety of making pursuits, from knives to pans and pencils and beyond—for their clothes. Not just work aprons, but go-to collared shirts and jeans they wear to dinner parties more often than workshops. It doesn't really brand itself as such, but Hand-Eye is savvy in its tidy, rather minimal collection of apparel. My husband's favorite new discovery are the Edgevale USA shirts they've started carrying, and they're one of the city's best sources for his beloved Paulrose, too. Both brands are showcased in the latest quarterly along with the finest new tools, all modeled by eco-plumber Joshua DeParrie. If for some reason Hand-Eye missed your radar (perhaps its too-subtle presence as a—dare I say it—fashion retailer), go for the clothes and stay for the experience of falling in love with objects you never thought you'd be capable of feeling love for. Like really nice erasers.

  • Hand-Eye Suppy

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tabor by Compound

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM

And another point for the move toward increasing local apparel production: Longtime Chinatown shop/gallery Compound is debuting its first ever in-house cut and sew line, called Tabor by Compound, entirely designed and manufactured in Portland. Launching this Saturday, here's what the shop/gallery's Ira LaFontaine has to say about it:

The line is going to include chino-style jogger pants, tops and a spring jacket (as well as graphic tees, like we've done in the past). I'm especially excited because the cut and sew will be entirely designed and manufactured here in Portland. For me, it's great because we've been able to take a more casual Portland aesthetic and mix it a bit with the faster Compound streetwear style... This is going to be one of the biggest projects we've ever done

Proper lookbook shots are still pending, but here are a couple snapshots to give you an idea:

Friday, February 21, 2014

Danner X Beckel: Stumptown Originals Collaborate

Posted by Katie Guinn on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 8:59 AM

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.

  • Danner

  • Danner

  • Danner

See the newly born Portland natives (I'm talking about the boots):
Danner Union Way Store
1022 W. Burnside
March 6 (first Thursday)
6-9 pm

Monday, February 3, 2014

Winn Perry Par-tay

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 10:14 AM

We have been basically unable to stop crowing about the return of Winn Perry, the menswear boutique that basically kicked off the last few years' surge in local options for the menfolk when it opened in SE Portland's Ford Building. After a couple years off it's back, in a more-prominent West End location, and with a slightly more relaxed focus, as well as an increase in shoes—one of the WInn Perry cornerstones is its relationship with Alden Shoes, with whom it often collaborates. Another hallmark: its preference in working with companies whose goods are manufactured in the same location as their HQs rather than outsourced, adding extra insurance toward quality checks, not to mention domestic manufacturing. Anyhoo, they have been re-opened since the early days of January, and have finally made the official announcement of their grand opening party, which should serve as the perfect excuse to check them out if you have yet to do so.

  • Winn Perry

It's going down this Saturday, Feb 8 from 7-9 pm with drinks and records spinning courtesy of DJ Mr. Mumu. Do it!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Self Edge

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Self Edge is among the recent parade of new shops to have opened in downtown's West End sector, and even if the speed at which these shops have opened is giving you a touch of retail fatigue, this one is worth a closer look. You may have even heard of them if you are a serious denim collector, since their stores—also in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles—and web shop have given them a reputation as one of the best denim specialists in the country.

The focus mainly on raw Japanese denim (also note the "selvedge" pun in their name)—pairs of jeans, yes, but also vests and jackets, a small but awesome selection of heavy-duty motorcycle denims (these are drop-dead cool, sorry), a well selected shirt department featuring gorgeous prints and fabrics, and more. It's a small space and edited appropriately, geared to men, and also features top-of-the-line denim repair to extend the life of your investment jeans. Their philosophy is grounded in the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi or "the beauty in imperfection" and hearing them speak about the mythology and vintage methods that drive their concept is as compelling as any passionate cheese or winemaker. I have a small piece on them in this week's Sold Out column, but if you even think you love denim, you should really go check them out.

Self Edge
  • Self Edge


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The New Winn Perry

Posted by Toby Robboy on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Winn Perry, the lauded menswear boutique that originally shuttered its doors in 2011, recently reopened at a new location next to Jackpot Records downtown. Here at MOD, we've been covering their relaunch since it was first announced, having previously mentioned it here, here and here, but I just recently got a chance to stop by the new digs for a proper visit. The store, which in its previous incarnation specialized in fine suiting and formal wear, has taken a more casual but still dapper turn, with clothing, accessories, and lifestyle items that fit a sort of polished-outdoorsy aesthetic.

One element that has carried over with the reboot is the strong emphasis on footwear, particularly by Alden, a New England shoe company that specializes in custom boots, and has created special edition styles specifically for the store. The apparel selection is fairly minimal but focused, consisting of Levi's Vintage jeans and special edition Individualized shirts, along with their own private label, which is manufactured in Massachusetts by the New England Shirt Company. There is a good assortment of lifestyle items, ranging from shot glasses to pocket knives, and, in keeping with retail trends, a strong selection of apothecary items, with grooming staples including Propaso shaving creams and Musco soaps and fragrances.

The local menswear landscape has certainly improved since 2011, with noteworthy retailers opening each year, but there is definitely room for more growth. Winn Perry still stands out as a well rounded, thoughtfully curated boutique, and I think their focus on domestically produced, limited edition pieces will always be welcome around here. Check out some of the goods.

Alden Shoes
  • Alden Shoes

Private Label Shirts
  • Private Label Shirts

Individualized Shirts
  • Individualized Shirts

Apothecary Items
  • Apothecary Items

Bridle Tan Drinking Supplies
  • Bridle Tan Drinking Supplies

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Winn Perry Is Back!

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM

It was not so very long ago that I could barely write a retail column over the din of people complaining about the lack of local menswear shops. Since then, obviously, things have improved vastly and we now find ourselves with a "West End" shopping district dripping with retail, much of which is directed at the male customer. But when Winn Perry first opened—on the east side, even—this was not the case. The ultra-dapper shop carried fine suiting and shave tools, shiny Alden shoes, and a plethora of tasteful lifestyle accessories. Proprietor Jordan Sayler was a perfect gentleman, and created a much-needed destination for style conscious men who valued the craftsmanship and ethics of slow fashion.

As of today, Winn Perry is officially back, with doors opening at 11 am on a new, more casual version of the shop at 209 SW 9th. Sayler is joined by partner Kurt Foster, and together they've created a space in response to the voids that do still exist in the male market—one major aspect of their focus will be on shoes, returning to their collaborative relationship with Alden as well as forging new ones with brands like Rancourt. Go give 'em a firm "welcome back" handshake—they'll be open daily with the exception of Mondays, and you can also read more about Winn Perry in this week's Sold Out column.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy Birthday, David Bowie!

Posted by Elizabeth Mollo on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM

If you have been an avid reader of my posts here on MOD (and why wouldn't you be?), you must surely know that I have kind of a major lady boner for David Bowie. His constant transformations, even up until today, have made him one of the most influential and admired artists in the world, and he is still pushing the boundaries of music and fashion at the age of 67. Happy Birthday, David Bowie, and here's to many more! (And a show in Portland, maybe?)



Remember when Givenchy put out a blazer exactly like this in 2010?
  • Remember when Givenchy put out a blazer exactly like this in 2010?


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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Freak of Nature

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Solestruck is kicking off another year of vigorous lookbook production with the cult-vibe-y "Freak of Nature", which for a slight change of pace, exclusively highlights new shoe arrivals for men:

  • Bryan Kyckelhahn

  • Bryan Kyckelhahn

  • Bryan Kyckelhahn

  • Bryan Kyckelhahn

  • Bryan Kyckelhahn

Head here to see the whole thing.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Return of Winn Perry

Posted by Toby Robboy on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Good news for the local menswear market: footwear and apparel store Winn Perry is reopening, three years after shuttering its doors. Owner Jordan Sayler says to expect a very similar merchandise mix to before, with Alden Footwear as the foundation line, and a strong emphasis on other premium niche labels, but adds that there will be "further focus on our private label and special make ups."

The store, which was previously located in the Ford Building on Division will be moving to SW 9th Ave, next to Jackpot Records off of Burnside. Sayler and his business partner Kurt Foster chose the West End area because they wanted the location to be "around some of the city's best hotels." Foster adds, "that building has been going through a lot of change with cool new shops and cafes coming."

An exact opening date has not been set, but is expected to be in the first or second week of January. We'll be back with updates as they occur, as well as a first look at the wares, once the store is up and running.



Thursday, December 12, 2013

North St Bags

Posted by Cassie Ridgway on Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 8:59 AM

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.

North St Bags Convertible Backpack
  • George Barberis Photography
  • North St Bags Convertible Backpack

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Tie Season

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 3:29 PM

I sympathize with men a lot when it comes to fashion. Let's face it, there are a relatively limited number of basic silhouettes and items that you have to play with before veering into the laughable. So I get that you are detail oriented within those parameters, a fascination that has inspired some truly great innovations in subtlety and craftsmanship. And yet! So many men are resolutely casual, only embracing the most commonly acceptable form of flair/personality allowed in the average man's wardrobe, the tie, under pressure. I don't get it. What I do get, though, are lots of tie options for the holiday par-tay season, which is just about to be on. Everything—everything, even puking in the gutter—looks better when one is wearing a tie. Think about it.

1) The Woodlands, $68

Woodlands Pendleton Wool necktie by Harding & Wilson
  • The Woodlands
  • Woodlands Pendleton Wool necktie by Harding & Wilson

2) Machus, $80

100% silk Band of Outsiders tie
  • Machus
  • 100% silk Band of Outsiders tie

3) Hand-Eye Supply, $75

PINO x Hand-Eye Supply Portland Craftsman bow tie
  • Hand-Eye Suppy
  • PINO x Hand-Eye Supply Portland Craftsman bow tie

Monday, November 11, 2013

Black Manufacturing F/W '13

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Finally, among the barrage of local apparel companies' flurry of seasonal lookbooks comes one just for men courtesy of Black Manufacturing:

  • Black Manufacturing

  • Black Manufacturing

  • Black Manufacturing

  • Black Manufacturing

Monday, November 4, 2013

Dehen x Woodlands

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Pendleton gets all the love, but they're not the only heritage brand in town. Dehen quietly made itself an institution in the 20th century, largely by producing varsity jackets for the nation's high schools, never straying from local production. (For a quickie on the brand's history, the Oregonian's obituary of Bill Dehen, who died on October 1, provides a succinct snapshot.)

Dehen's starting to get hip to itself, though, and realizing that it has cache in hip boutiques around the world, in particular for their heavyweight sweaters. Case in point is their new collab with the Woodlands:

Friday, November 1, 2013

Jbird Collective

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Portland has its fair share of bag and leather designers without even getting into the big names, so how do you know you're making a worthwhile contribution to the genre? One indication might be when you reach your $12,000 Kickstarter goal within 24 hours, like Justin Pyle's Jbird Collective did. Moreover, his fundraising window closes in a matter of hours, and as of this writing he's collected over $100,000.

So what's the big deal? Details, details. Like much of the best in men's fashion, these bags are full of thoughtful tricks, but in this case they also appeal to a gadget enthusiast, because everything also has a purposeful function, as you can see in the video below. The company's aimed at men, but don't let that stop you. Given his success so far, I imagine we'll be seeing these around:


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Indochino Made-to-Measure Menswear Pop-Up

Posted by Elizabeth Mollo on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 2:02 PM


There are basically a million fashion events and sales happening over the course of the next week and weekend, and for the most part those events cater to the female customer and leave the guys out in the lurch. Luckily Indochino has come to save the day with their Traveling Tailor pop-up store. Based in Vancouver, BC, Indochino provides custom online menswear for "the modern man who wants to look good and live well. From button stance to pocket slant, lapel width to vent slits-every suit is made to individual measurements and tastes." Designed to complement Indochino’s online shopping experience, Traveling Tailor will help men create their own made-to-measure wardrobe.

Over the course of a 30-minute appointment, customers will be measured by a fit specialist and walked through the customization process. There are 20 suit customization options and eight shirt customization options. Suits start at $429, shirts start at $79, and all customizations are free. And a bonus just for being an awesome MODer, mention that you read this post and you will receive 10% off of your purchase! Alternatively, they have a charity tie-in that also gets customers 10% off by bringing in a gently worn suit for donation to Sunshine Division, the not-for-profit arm of the Portland Police Bureau. The pop-up opens today at 922 SW Yamhill Street and will be going through September 23rd with hours being 8am-8pm weekdays, Saturdays 9am-8pm and Sundays 10am-7pm. Appointments are required, and you can set one up here.



Friday, August 9, 2013

New in at The Woodlands

Posted by Kayla Rekofke on Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Fresh in for fall is the latest from Tellason, this unlikely pairing of indigo and black feels fresh for the upcoming season. The Palmer jacket and Clampdown shirt look great paired together or mixed in as separates for your existing fall look. Tellason uses American-made materials and are expertly crafted in San Francisco, so ya can’t beat that! Scope it, and more from The Woodlands here.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Taylor Stitch

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Aug 7, 2013 at 8:59 AM

San Francisco menswear company Taylor Stitch is moving into Portland digs at Animal Traffic, and the store is throwing a party to celebrate (downtown location: 429 SW 10th). Known primarily for their men's shirts, Taylor Stitch is going to be bringing up some of their other staple garments for a trunk show that runs through next weekend, but the real party is going down Thursday, August 15 from 5-8 pm, drinks and all:


  • Taylor Stitch

  • Taylor Stitch

  • Taylor Stitch

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

PINO x Amar’e Staudemire

Posted by Kayla Rekofke on Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 11:14 AM

  • Donna Newman

  • Donna Newman

Hat’s off (or shall I say bow ties off?) to Crispin Argento of Portland menswear start-up PINO, whose custom silk grosgrain bow tie recently graced the very famous neck of NBA star Amar’e Staudemire at his June nuptials to longtime love Alexis Welch in Miami. I got the skinny from Mr. Argento regarding his involvement with the Big Day:

Mercury: Tell me a little bit about how you got in touch with Mr. Staudemire, and what your role was in the styling the look?

Crispin Argento: Amar'e's stylist Rachel Johnson of Thomas Faison, (whose clients include Jamie Fox, Lebron James and Keyshia Cole, among others) and I had a relationship when I was working at Moonwoods, and I have maintained the relationship with her since. Rachel contacted me about getting custom bow ties made for her client and in particular wanted a silk grosgrain bow tie with gold piping among the options. She ordered a number of PINO Big Bow ties, which have a 4 inch blade and are modeled after 1970's Lanvin, or, more recently, Tom Ford bow ties.

Did you visit LA for this job or was this done remotely?

CA: I worked with Rachel exclusively via email (from Portland), She did the styling, however I knew what she had envisioned for Amar'e black tie wedding and knew I had to pull out all the stops, using the best silk fabrics available and meticulous construction. She just wanted something that would stand out—and the PINO Big Bow (available F/W 2013 or for special pre-order) came to the rescue. The gold piping is a one-of-a-kind custom piece and took several hours to make and get right.

What was your overall experience like working on such a high-profile event for a celebrity wedding?

CA: It was an honor and a lot of fun work with Rachel, she really has a keen eye and a unique perspective on menswear that is refreshing. Amar'e and LeBron are often deemed the best dressed not only in the NBA, but among many public figures in sports, music and Hollywood. As known sports figures, perhaps their influence will inspire men to move past "casual/sloppy as cool" into a more sophisticated, gentlemanly form of dress.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Boys' Fort's Permanent Home

Posted by Elizabeth Mollo on Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 8:59 AM

You may remember my post about the Downtown Holiday Pop-Up Shops last November, which included a section describing a pop-up by the name of Boys' Fort. Conceived and curated by R. Rolfe and Jake France, the small space at the Governor's Hotel packed a lot of great items into a small space, all while remaining easily navigable and aesthetically pleasing. This was their third pop-up shop, and they had been so successful that Rolfe and Jake decided to find a permanent home for Boys' Fort, which they did right in the heart of Downtown Portland at 902 SW Morrison Street. The new and permanent shop opened on May 5th and the size has afforded the space to house approximately 80 artists from Portland (including a couple from Eugene and Seattle) all within the theme of "A Carefully Curated Manthology of Stuff." The criteria for items to be sold at Boys' Fort, as told to me by Jake, includes items that are well-designed, marketable, hand-made, and all around "Fort-worthy."

As I said before, their new home is very large, but Boys' Fort makes impressive use of every possible nook and cranny, staging various nostalgic vignettes that range in theme from sailing to Americana to sipping-whisky-while-listening-to-records. There is even a gallery in the back that rotates artists every month. Featured in these vignettes are a variety of items including Blind Buddha Guitars, Salvage Works stash boxes, Harding & Wilson bow ties, Gretchen Nation jewelry, Wooly Bison backpacks, apparel from Lift Label, and more. While the shop is obviously geared for the boys girls can easily, and are encouraged, to stop in and pick up some things for themselves.

As for the future of the shop, one can expect an expanding collection that sells more regional artists, art openings once a month in the gallery space, an online store, and plenty of holiday gifts including grab-and-go sets, when the time comes of course. Whether you are a boy or a girl, Boys' Fort is a definite must see destination in Portland.

Centuar by Joe Warren

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Red Wing 875 & 877: Your Heritage Boot Party of the Week

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Heritage brands—for the most part, at least in this era—straddle the divide between people who do and don't care about fashion. The workboots and jacquards worn by the people who built this country may be in vogue at the moment, but they also have that fascinating smack of national pride and history—they're clothes that will be behind glass in museums (or whatever installation designers of the future use) sooner than later.

One such is Red Wing, which is reissuing styles 875 and 877, among the most iconic in the company's history:

This boot is one of the two key styles that elevated the Red Wing brand to worldwide renown. The 875 and 877 were made with russet colored leather, tanned by using the sap of sequoia bark. The process yielded a rich color that was very close to the coat of an Irish Setter hunting dog. These boots provided excellent arch support, and had a light, cushion crepe sole. The 877 was introduced first and the 875 would quickly follow. They became an overnight sensation among hunters and workers alike. Together the 875 and 877 became Red Wing's most widely recognized boots and icons for the brand.

  • to take the train

Lizard Lounge is hosting the launch party tomorrow to commemorate, including a live performance from Dolorean—click behind the cut for the details.

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