As promised, here are a few more style events happening this weekend:
Shop Adorn is holding their annual holiday party on Friday from 4-8PM. Sip tasty tropical drinks while you shop brand new Spring 2014 styles from 27 Miles Malibu, and if you buy a 27 Miles Malibu poncho you get a Hard Tail long skinny tee to go underneath for half off. Also make sure to check out their new "Gently Used Prairie Underground Collection" and trade in your old Prairie for 10% off your next Prairie purchase. This is part of the Fremont Holiday Fest where tons of things will be happening, including a Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa Paws for dogs, and hot chocolate stands. For more info check out the full list of activities here.
EG Page is hosting a Holiday Party and Jill Michael Trunk Show from 5-9PM that will include drinks, jewels, giveaways, a drawing, 20% off everything in the store, and a chance to win a $500 gift certificate.
Tilde is having a one day sale on Saturday where you can take 15% off everything in the shop and online. Gift wrapping and hot cider will be available. This is part of the larger Decemberville holiday festival happening in the Sellwood neighborhood. Click here for more info on participating businesses.
Handmade Northwest is holding a Formal Holiday Artisans Fair at Leftbank Annex and will feature locally handmade gifts from over 100 artisans. For more information and a complete list of vendors click here.
'Tis the season to shop until you fucking drop, and with so many shopping and style events happening this weekend people might literally do that come Sunday night. The list is endless and, quite frankly, overwhelming, but we here at MOD are going to help you out with handy event lists to guide you through your quest to spend all of your hard earned money. Marjorie has a very comprehensive list of the style events happening this week on Sold Out over here, but here are more that just came to our attention that are worth your while to check out tonight:
Bridge & Burn is celebrating their newest collaborations with Olo Fragrance and Maak Lab at their flagship store from 5:30-8:30PM. Both products are inspired by the high desert region of Central Oregon and based around the aroma of the juniper tree. Olo Fragrance created a new scent for him and her called Black Lodge and Maak Lab created the Juniper Bar, a hand made soap that is all natural, cold processed, and features ground juniper berry sourced from New Deal Distillery, a byproduct of their gin making process. As is appropriate, New Deal will be providing cocktails for the event.
Boy's Fort is hosting Fort-Nite from 6-9PM, which features 40 local artists who are each doing something unique with a box. Each box is a one-off and will be priced at $125.00, with all profits from the event going to support the Cascades AIDS Project in recognition of World AIDS Day. Further info on the event can be found here.
Orox Leather's flagship store is celebrating one year of opening it's doors in Chinatown, and they invite you to celebrate with them from 4-9PM. Complimentary beer from Ninkasi will be provided as you peruse their newest offerings.
Popina Swimwear's Hollywood location is throwing a party with Skamania Lodge from 6-8PM, and if you're looking for some freebies this is the party for you. Details include 30% off swimwear purchases, $2,000 in giveaways from Skamania Lodge, Sunriver Resort, Suncadia Resort, Mt. Hood Meadows, Alaska Airlines and Popina Swimwear, live Hawaiian Music, snacks, Popina 2014 swimwear fashion show by the The Dolly Pops, complementary Kona Brewing Company beer, tickets and popcorn to the 12/5 evening 9PM movie at the The Hollywood Theatre, and the first 200 guests receive a goody bag with gifts including a 30% off Columbia Sportswear coupon and lift ticket discounts from Mt. Hood Meadows. To RSVP click here.
I will post the weekend events here tomorrow so make sure to check those out too!
Looks like everyone is getting lookbooks for Christmas: Yo Vintage! seems to pop out a new batch of eye candy on a monthly basis, and for their new holiday edition, they've unleashed more shiny tinsel than you can shake a candy cane at (and some pretty eye-catching party looks, too):
Solestruck is hosting their first ever Holiday Bazaar for the month of December, and the launch party is tomorrow, December 5th at 7PM at their flagship store. For the bazaar, aptly named Stuff Your Stockings, they are bringing in six of their favorite brands which include Moniker Leathers, Reif, Seaecho, Pino, Imaginary Authors, and Polaris, with Seaecho, Pino, and Reif all providing custom goods made just for the event. As is the case with any Solestruck party, drinks and treats will be provided, along with stockings! It might be hard to buy things for other people and not just for yourself at this event.
Eden churns out lookbooks at a steady clip, and its two-part holiday series, shot by Eric Rose, is more about moody images than the relatively small amount of product on display. Yes, the vintage painted souvenir skirt, airy dresses, and statement jewelry are gorgeous, but these are miles more inspiring than bald product shots.
If you didn't get enough shopping fun over the weekend or you decided not to even leave your house (I fall in the latter category) then there is an event coming up that you will be sure to enjoy. NE Broadway is having their annual Ladies Night Out this Wednesday from 5-9PM, and deals abound from numerous businesses along the street. Obviously of most interest to you MODers is the participation of shops like Demimonde, Soho Boutique, and Sweet Jayne, but other businesses of interest of the non-clothing variety include Kitchen Kaboodle, Zama Massage Therapeutic Spa, Furever Pets, Great Wine Buys, and Broadway Books. If you get hungry along the way almost all of the restaurants along the street will offer specials as well. For a full list of participating businesses click here.
Quiet but mighty, every time Una comes up I have to take the moment to extoll its virtue as one of the city's most world class destinations of any kind, and certainly among its boutiques. Tucked subtly away just off of lower Burnside, it's relatively low-profile in terms of sale announcements and other to-dos, but there's a rare calendar-oriented excuse to visit on the horizon.
On Thursday, Dec 12, they are featuring some of their favorite Portland designers, including Boet, Better Late Than Never, Esser Vesper, Hilary Horvath, Jacqueline Davis, and Sara Barner, plus refreshments and a portion of the sales going to an as-yet-unspecified women's charity. Don't even bother trying to keep your focus solely on the vendors at hand, though; Una's selections from around the world are wonderfully eccentric and elegant, and you're about guaranteed to find something that sparks your imagination.
Last night, Wildfang held the launch party for WILD.LIFE., the new private label put out by the tomboy-branded, Portland-based store that opened its brick 'n' mortar on SE Grand earlier this year. It's only four pieces, each emblazoned with the new wolf mascot logo (which they were offering to tattoo you with for free at the party, and no I didn't get one), but it's a start, and the embroidered wolf on the black sweatshirt is beautiful up close. They're also loosely based on different Wildfang-style archetypes: the the jock, the prep, the rebel, the "urban." It was all manufactured in Canada (better than overseas, not as great as USA, but ok), and as is Wildfang tradition, they made a video featuring tough girls and lofty pronouncements that serves as a more stimulating lookbook than static photos. And this time they added a couple adorable pets, too:
Agave Denim's annual winter warehouse sale is coming up on Friday December 6th and Saturday December 7th, 9AM-5PM. There will be special deals of 40-80% off men’s and women’s jeans, knits, sweaters and jackets, and if you just so happen to be Agave's sample size you should arrive early for a chance to get one-of-a-kind prototype samples. Saturday's sale will feature live music and refreshments including coffee and popcorn.
If you want to receive even more savings while helping out the less fortunate you are encouraged to take part in Agave’s charity benefited “Jeans Exchange”, where you bring and donate used, clean jeans for an additional 10% discount. The collected jeans will be distributed to the local non-profit organizations Neighbors Helping Neighbors and The Arc of Clark County.
Agave’s warehouse address is 6210 S 11th St. Ridgefield WA, just off Interstate 5 at exit #14.
I love it how more and more stores are putting together photoshoots for seasonal lookbooks, and it only gets better when they join forces, as in the new fall/winter shoot for Frances May, which also features styling from Sarah Radcliffe of Yo Vintage! and was shot by a trio of photographers: Taylor Ahlmark, Michael O Andersen, and Jack Mahaley. And speaking of Frances May, their annual warehouse sale—where you can score goods from past seasons at up to 90% off (!)—is happening this Saturday, from noon-5 pm at the Ace Hotel Cleaners. Do yourself a favor and come as early as possible, because this thing gets crazy!
I spent a chunk of the day on Friday on the city's annual media tour of what's new in downtown retail. In concert with a variety of institutions (Portland Development Commission, Portland Business Alliance, etc), there has been a big effort over the past five or so years to strengthen downtown's shopping corridors, and one of the ways that's manifested has been through annual, sponsored pop-up shops, wherein local retailers take over unoccupied retail spaces for a month or two leading up to the end of the year—even better, they tended toward concepts that sold products made locally, too. This year there weren't any pop-ups to show us (though we visited two former pop-up success stories, Crafty Wonderland and Boys Fort), but I did finally go inside City Target and learn about some interesting acquisitions coming to Pioneer Place (Kitson, Camper, Scotch & Soda).
I've always loved the pop-up tradition, but their absence this year is actually good news; downtown just doesn't have enough vacancies to justify it anymore. That said, the program is shifting focus for 2014, when the pop-ups are expected to return, but relocate to Old Town, where they'll join permanent locals like Hand Eye Supply, Compound, and Orox. As much as I'll miss the spirit of the pop-ups, the past year's boom of new shops in the area—from Japanese outdoor brand Mont Bell's recent arrival at the corner of Director Park to Nashville-based denim heads Imogene + Willie in the Black Box, to the entire crew over at Union Way—should keep you entertained, and the constant flow of new announcements for local-focused holiday shopping events should keep your access to variety pretty well unfettered.
Cocktail attire is required, slackers, for Mabel & Zora's holiday party coming up on Thursday, December 5 (5-8 pm). For the occasion they're offering beer and champagne, chocolate, and free samples of La Mer skincare (ooh lala!). Additionally, there'll e a spend more/save more ladder-style deal that goes like this: "spend $50 and save $10, spend $100 and save $20, spend $250 and save $50!"
In 2005, longtime Portland apparel designer Elizabeth Dye opened the English Dept. boutique on NW 23rd. It quickly evolved to become a groundbreaking bridal boutique that catered to the sensibilities of a modern, down-to-earth, independent bride, featuring Dye's own designs and known for its annual "A Novel Romance" bridal runway show at the head of wedding planning season. Yesterday, she posted an announcement on her Facebook wall saying that the shop "is passing to a new owner, so that I can design full time... Thank you to anyone who ever asked me to design her wedding dress. Still doing that. Keep asking."
The new owner is Liz Gross, whose Xtabay vintage clothing boutique and bridal salon boasts some of the most impressive finds in a city that loves its vintage. In a FB status update posted to her own page by an employee (FB is the new press release), it was stated that the Xtabay would now "also give contemporary bridal options at our newly acquired English Department!," suggesting that they plan to keep the current model at least somewhat intact, but I have a message out to Gross for more details on her plans.
Dye shared with me a longer statement to be released later today, which you can read after the cut, including the location of her new HQ, and a hint at designs beyond bridal.
In our never-ending quest to keep inundating you with posts about Content (we wouldn't do it unless it was a really awesome event!) our next one comes to inform you about the pop-up shop that will be taking place at The Cleaners during the event itself, as well as on Sunday from 12-5 pm. The pop-up will exclusively sell wares from the designers that are participating in Content, and if you have taken a gander at the line-up you'll see that there is a very eclectic mix of mediums that these designers employ. Everything from clothing (women's and men's) to jewelry, fragrances, to home items. I dare you NOT to buy something at this thing.
Newish downtown addition Mojave just released their new fall lookbook, with witchy, cutout dresses, cozy everyday sweaters, leather shorts, and a little mesh:
Filling the vacancy after former tenant Reveille suddenly disappeared from the West End's Blackbox, Imogene + Willie have landed in Portland at 1306 W Burnside. Coincidentally, I first heard of the brand from Reveille's Jess Carson, when he was carrying the cult denim brand. It's an interesting story, as far as brand identities go, with its founders' grandparents a huge influence, and steeped in Americana—it began in a former Nashville gas station, to give you some idea. Keeping a strong commitment to American manufacturing, they're among the crop of heritage brands in the making, making them a more-than-appropriate neighbor to Tanner Goods, with whom they already had a relationship. I see big potential for more collaborations in the future.
They have a video that tells the full story of their company—at 15 minutes it's a little exhaustive, but for the curious, here it is:
They're open as of Friday, if you wanna pop in and say hey.
Sweaters: it's time. For some reason, I rarely buy them, but I wear the ones I do have constantly during the winter. It gets boring. Let's work on this.
1. Vintage at Yo Vintage!
2. Nic + Zoe at Mabel & Zora
4. Carolyn Hart at Radish Underground
Just in time for the temperatures to start dropping, Patagonia recently announced its Worn Wear program where customers can bring in their used Patagonia clothing for store credit, as well as buy used Patagonia clothing. Portland is only one of four locations in the U.S. to offer this program, with Seattle, Palo Alto, and Chicago being the others. Items accepted for trade-in include Patagonia shells, fleece, down and synthetic insulation, and ski and alpine pants. Clothing must be clean and in good condition and customers can earn trade-in credit valued at 50 percent of the price of the item, which will then be sold through the store’s Common Threads Worn Wear™ section. Credit can be redeemed for purchases in store or online. Patagonia has always been at the forefront of sustainability, and the Worn Wear program takes them even further. More about the program:
“Worn Wear started as a pilot program in our Portland, Oregon store in October 2012 and over the last year we’ve seen remarkable demand and interest in the program,” said Vickie Achee, Patagonia’s head of retail marketing. “We are excited to provide more customers with the opportunity to join us in the Common Threads Partnership and keep their Patagonia clothing in circulation by trading it in through the Worn Wear program.”
Worn Wear™ is part of Patagonia’s Common Threads Partnership with its customers to take mutual responsibility for the stuff Patagonia makes and people purchase. The partnership is founded on the basic Four R’s: Reduce, Repair, Reuse and Recycle. Over 60,000 customers have taken the Common Threads Pledge by which customers agree to buy only what they need, repair what breaks, reuse and share what they no longer need and recycle the rest. On Patagonia’s part, the Company pledges to build useful things that last, help find a home for Patagonia gear people no longer need, repair what breaks and recycle items that have come to the end of their useful life.
With consumers being increasingly aware of how their clothing is manufactured, I think it's great that more and more clothing companies are taking the incentive to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. By giving consumers an incentive to be mindful of what they purchase and what they do with their clothing when it's no longer needed, it creates a win-win scenario for the consumer, the retailer, the economy, and the environment. Here's hoping that more apparel companies adopt this sort of program.
Longtime NW independent shop Blake has announced its pending closure. Owner Blake Nieman-Davis made the announcement in customary verbose fashion, in a lengthy email that was framed around different definitions of the word "end."
2) Something toward which one strives; a goal.
Another good one. When I decided to start the store, I was living in San Francisco and dreaming about moving back home. What would I do if I moved back to Portland? I had been in the retail business for many years and on many different sides of the business. I loved Portland and knew that it was a wonderful city with amazing people. I knew that Portland was cooler than the rest of the country was giving it credit for. It was before the New York Times love affair with our food scene and before Portlandia turned us into a cartoon of ourselves.
Blake was one of the only indie boutiques in a city now rich with them when it first opened, and was long respected for being one of the best places for denim. If you happen to me in the market, now is a good time to strike. Needless to say, the whole store's been put on sale, priced to move.
Now that the tenant mysteries of Union Way, are pretty well settled, we can turn our attention to the eastside's similarly landmark new development, The Bindery. This space, on SE Sandy and 31st, has the potential to make a big impact on the neighborhood, especially when compared to the already retail-choked West End, where Union Way made its home.
The Bindery already had my interest due to the fact that its basement is now the country's largest underground urban winery, but word of other tenants has been slow to emerge. However, jewelry company Grayling has announced that they're opening in one of the ground floor spaces, with a grand opening celebration coming sometime in November. More of a store than their previous industrial southeast studio space, Grayling will be the only boutique experience in sight. Unless, of course, other indie retailers are heading the Bindery's way, a prospect I surely wouldn't be mad at. (By the way, if you're looking for a restaurant/retail/office/studio/salon space, there are a lot of options.)
The Real Things Pop-Up Shop, which features only handmade goods including furniture, ceramics, jewelry, leather goods, apparel, cosmetics, and more by local artists, is happening this weekend. The shop, which has had three successful events over the summer, aims to support and promote local artists working in handmade media. It is volunteer-run and takes no commission, meaning that all proceeds go directly to the artists. The kick-off party for the shop is on Friday, September 27th from 6-9 PM and will offer wine, snacks, DJs, raffles, and the chance to meet and talk with all of the Real Things artists. Normal shop hours will follow on Saturday and Sunday from 10AM-dark.
Today the 41st and 42nd blocks of NE Fremont Street will be hosting the eighth Shop the Block event from 4-8PM. The bi-monthly event is put on by six boutiques that include Amenity Shoes, The Arrangement, Full Circle Resale, Gazelle, Shop Adorn, and Silhouette.
Each shop has a promotion, sale, or trunk show and most shops offer complimentary beverages and/or snacks. Customers are encouraged to visit each shop to get a “Block Card” stamped and once it’s filled they receive a “Shop Card” good for $10 off a $50 purchase at each store on their next visit. The promotions for each store are:
-Amenity Shoes will host a Sofft Shoes Trunk Show featuring a limited selection of boots and shoes. Meet the representative, Hillary Richards, and enter to win a free pair of shoes. Customers will also receive a gift with purchase.
-The Arrangement will be offering 20% off all prAna clothing.
-Full Circle Resale will be offering 10% off storewide, plus an additional 20% off sale items.
-Gazelle Natural Fibre Clothing will be offering 10% off all new fall items, plus an additional 20% off sale items. Enjoy live jazz music while shopping.
-Shop Adorn will be hosting two trunk shows inspired by the Pendleton Portland Collection Fall 2013 colors featuring a Butter London exclusive nail polish trio set and a collection from Tumbleweed Jewelry.
-Silhouette will be having an art opening for Glen Larsen featuring abstract watercolor paintings. Jana Marie Apparel will debut it’s Fall 2013 collection. All summer clothes will be on clearance.
Add yet ANOTHER thing to your fashion calender this weekend. Alberta Street is holding their annual sidewalk sale on Saturday and Sunday with tons of businesses participating, including Garnish, Amelia, Frock, and Tumbleweed. Hours vary by location.
Wildfang—the tomboy-oriented online shop that went viral months before they had even one item up for sale—recently opened a physical location on SE Grand, and tonight they're hosting an opening party with live music by the Summer Cannibals, DJ K Marie, and the obligatory refreshments (7:30-11 pm).
Wildfang in particular, amid the flurry of constant new businesses in Portland, is an interesting one to watch. Hatched by a couple of young Nike geniuses, their branding campaign and pace of growth is remarkably successful. They (along with Poler) are among the savviest young brands putting roots down here, and they're ambitious. It isn't that what they're offering—in terms of brands and merchandise—is so terribly different, but the mini social empire they're creating is an impressive thing to behold.
The genius design duo over at Church & State are throwing down this Friday, with a sample sale of epic proportions. All dresses will be $99 and you know they will be going like hotcakes! Pop by for First Friday fun at 727 SE Morrison St. A mini photography show by everyone’s favorite lady in pink, Ashley Sophia Clark will also be on exhibit. Don’t worry champagne, and the champagne of beers will be provided to round out the evening. See ya there!
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