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Friday, July 18, 2014

This Week/end's Style Events

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

The week/end in sales is bigger than it looked:

Grayling Jewelry's annual sample sale is bigger than ever, with up to 70 percent off past season pieces. Grayling Jewelry, 3115 NE Sandy, now through Sat July 19, 11 am-6 pm

• The Ellington handbag warehouse sale is also ongoing, with up to 90% off (!) retail prices. 525 NW 10th, today till 6 pm, Sat July 19, 9 am-2 pm

Bike 'n' Hike is also preparing for a location change (TBD), and their clearance sale is on, with 10% off technology, 20% off bikes, and 30% off gear. According to them it's the biggest sale they've had in 30 years! Bike 'n' Hike, 400 SE Grand, now through July 31

Reif just launched their line of fall "basiks," and you can take 10% off the top of your pre-order this month online with the code: BASIKLAUNCH10., through August 1

Marine Layer is opening a second Portland store, hot on the heels of the one in Union Way. Check out the launch tonight with a party featuring 20% off plus beer and wine. Marine Layer, 828 NW 23rd, today, 5:30-7:30 pm

• Shop/gallery Nationale hosts an opening for photographers Jake Arcularius, John Voves, and Marshall Scheider. Nationale, 811 E Burnside, today, 6-8 pm

• Who doesn't like wine, fashion, and recycling, really? The delightfully named "A Debris Aperitif" is a haute trash fashion show "designed to entertain, educate, and empower." Corkscrew Wine Bar, 1665 SE Bybee, Sat July 19, 9 pm, $15

• Combining two of Portland's favorite things, comedy and fashion, Hems and Ha's is a fundraiser for the all-female sketch comedy web series Potty Talk, featuring looks from designers like Carolyn Hart and Lizz Basinger, along with stand-up from comics like Bri Pruett. From the highly quotable press release: "Both fashion and comedy are about beauty, observation, and vulnerability. Both genres are highly personal and creative and deal with the realness of personhood." Amen. The Secret Society, 116 NE Russell, Sun July 20, 7:30 pm, $10-12

• According to the Portland Flea, this will be their biggest yet, with 50 vintage vendors, plus food carts and cocktails. Union/Pine, 525 SE Pine, Sun July 20, 10 am-4 pm

Mojave is hosting a storewide sale, with 30% off everything, champagne, and DJ Oppositta. Mojave, 415 SW 13th, Sun July 20, noon-6 pm

Yung Zine is "an alternative Teen Zine for the Tumblr Era," and it's having a launch party for issue #4, the Teen Fashion Issue, featuring Yung Zine and Dreem Street shirt designs, plus DJ E*Rock and a live set by Kimonono. Church, 2600 NE Sandy, 9 pm

  • Yung Zine

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mag-Big Lecture at MoCC Tonight (and the Explorers Club Launches Tomorrow)

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 1:14 PM

The Museum of Contemporary Craft is doing a bang-up job of keeping attention trained on its ongoing Fashioning Cascadia exhibit, maintaining activity with artist residencies and lectures throughout its run (it's set to close Oct 11). Mag-Big's Cassie Ridgway took up the residency mantle this week (a dispatch from which you can read on MOD, where she is also a regular contributor), where she is working on the foundation pieces of a new collection based on the idea of a uniform, called ""In the Working Woman's Uniform," which exhibit curator Sarah Margolis-Pineo says is, "a way to bring visibility to—and, in a way, to valorize—the women who have a hand in PDX's grassroots garment industry."

This evening Ridgway, along with her Mag-Big design partner Becca Price, is giving a free lecture at the museum at 6:30 about the history and relevance of uniforms as well as the process of designing a collection. Check out my article on it here before ya go! Also mentioned there is the launch of the Explorers Club, an ADX collaboration with Stargazer Farm, a series of meals and conversations centered around Portland's (and its surrounding area) manufacturing "ecosystem." The first weekly lunch is tomorrow (noon-2 pm) at ADX, and will be followed by dinners/brunches out at the farm. It's an exciting time for discussions of local product, from the city as well as its farmland outskirts, and increasingly the focus is becoming larger than just the food or fashion and craft scenes. Get in on it!

The new uniform.
  • Cassie Ridgway via Instagram
  • The new uniform.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mississippi Street Fair Style

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 10:59 AM

I was out of town and missed this year's Mississippi Street Fair on Saturday, which is always a goldmine for people watching. If you did too, or simply can't live with the knowledge that you couldn't have possibly clocked all the day's interesting outfits, check out the latest set of street style shots by Caroline Smith up now over on MOD.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

This Week's Style Events

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 10:44 AM

This week's another sleeper hit on the city's retail calendar. See below for what's listed in today's print edition, and then some:

• Montana artist Nicholas Coleman is setting up at Beam & Anchor with his paintings of the West. Kicking off the show is tonight’s opening reception, with Roman Candle food and Union Wine Co. vino. Beam & Anchor, 2710 N Interstate, Thurs July 10, 6-9 pm

Backtalk joins N Mississippi’s Second Thursday art walk with a show for tapestry artist Kayla Mattes, in whose work “triangles, stripes, and squares intersect with smiley faces, pizzas, and pie charts.” Backtalk, 3962 N Mississippi, Thurs July 10, 6-10 pm

  • Kayla Mattes

• Here’s an excellent idea: Wildfang hooked up with the awesome Portland surface design company Pattern People for a “WF pack collection.” It’s launching this week with a party featuring live music from Charts! Wildfang, 1230 SE Grand, Thurs July 10, 6-9 pm

• Jewelry dealer Arlene Abelow is setting up shop at Mag-Big for an evening, with "tables packed with treasures from Art Nouveau necklaces, Art Deco pendant earrings, lockets, bracelets, Mid-century costume and sterling jewelry, and 1960s & 70s designer signed chic jewelry." Cash and checks only! Mag-Big, 3279 SE Hawthorne, Thurs July 10, 5-9 pm

• This weekend marks the fourth annual Summer Style in the Pearl, where 13 boutiques in walking distance of each other team up to offer various discounts. This year’s participants: Mabel & Zora, Folly, Bonnet, Consigning Women Handbags, Christopher David, Porch Light, FlairWalk, Garnish, Monique’s Boutique, Silkwood, Flor, Rachelle M Rustic House of Fashion, and Jack Spade. Pearl District, Fri July 11-Sun July 13, hours vary by store

• If you needed another push to join the throngs at the Mississippi Street Fair, try this one on: Slightly removed from the fray will be a little oasis of local style called Designer Flea. It’ll have its own dressing room, complimentary cocktails with purchase, and merchandise from Portland accessory and apparel companies like Sticks & Stones, Mag-Big, Seaecho, Julia Barbee, and Haunt, to name just a few. Lot 13, N Mississippi & Shaver, Sat July 12, 10 am-5 pm

• The Portland Flea is setting up shop at its St Johns digs this week, and if you've never experienced one of these vintage and local goods bonanzas... well, it looks like you'll have plenty of opportunities to in the future, but why not see what the fuss is about sooner than than later? Colony St Johns, 7525 N Richmond, Sun July 13, 10 am-4 pm

Wildfang (yes, again) invites you over to watch the World Cup's final match, and they have free booze? Best not tell anyone at Pioneer Place. Wildfang, 1230 SE Grand, Sun July 13, 11 am-3 pm


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Urban Air Market

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Urban Air Market has been going strong in San Francisco for a decade, where it goes down several times a year in neighborhoods like Hayes Valley and the Lower Haight, and this summer—August 2 & 3—it's making its debut in Portland. Its emphasis is on the sale of sustainably produced goods, bolstered by additional attractions like live music and beer gardens, and it'll be the first real event to warm up the pastures of Zidell Yards. Another way it plans to differentiate from an increasingly busy market of pop-ups and fleas come from its Bay Area connections, with SF vendors mingling among like-minded Portlanders (collaborations, anyone?), adding up to a day of sunny outdoor shopping and entertainment for you (entrance is free), without the tie to winter holidays that bungles up so many budgets around these types of large-scale shopping events.

Though the Market has partnered with a variety of local entities to some extent (including, recently, ADX, Portland Made, and Know Your City), the list of vendors is still being finalized, and you can still apply to get your foot in the door.

  • Zidell Yards

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

This Week's Style Events

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 10:29 AM

It's one of them hot holiday weeks, with just a slight rumble on the retail front:

—Wanderlust Vintage is pressing pause on its Window Dressing series for the month, instead using July's First Thursday to celebrate their two-year anniversary with a day-long 10% off sale and a raffle for a $50 gift certificate. Wanderlust Vintage, 2804 SE Ankeny, Thurs July 3, all day

  • Wanderlust Vintage

Upper Playground debuts its Alex Pardee & Zero Friends pop-up shop (which will remain until Aug 2nd). Pick up the new Bunnywith book, plus the first 50 people "to ask" will get a free print, too. Upper Playground, 23 NW 5th, Thurs July 3, 6-9 pm

—Bridal/formalwear designer Sophie Chang is having a fine little soire for her summer '14 collection, featuring live music by Los Gallos, plus wine and cheese tastings. Cafe Umbria, 303 NW 12th, Thurs July 3, 7-10 pm

Valentines is already one of the best summertime destinations for knocking back a few, but this year they'll also be hosting a vintage market each Sunday through September, featuring what appear to be only vintage dealers with rad names: DRANK SINATRA, MILK MONEY, HAZY CHAIN, LONELY PLAYER. Valentines, 232 SW Ankeny, Sundays 1 pm-dusk, through Sept 28

Hair W's makeup staff teaches "Creating the Perfect Base" with Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics: "We'll teach you how to choose the correct foundation, concealer and primer products for your skin type and skin tone, along with application techniques in order to achieve your desired coverage and a flawless base." The class fee is $25, though that will get refunded if you drop $150 or more on product. Speaking of which, all retail will be off 10%, and all featured in the class by 20%. Hair W, 1015 NE Lovejoy, Tues July 8, 7:30-9 pm

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Ancliffe Collection Pop-Up Is On

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 1:29 PM

In this week's Sold Out, I took a look at Rachel Ancliffe's new Ancliffe Collection, a collection of premium-quality basics developed by one of the city's more experienced designers. She's done time in the cogs of New York's industry as well as designer for the sportswear biggies in town, and is intimately familiar with various manufacturing models for apparel. As someone who champions the support of local, regional, and domestically made products first and foremost, Ancliffe's decision to have the line manufactured in China gave me pause. Since "Made in China" is usually shorthand for me to take a pass. However her perspective on the choice, which is essentially the result of her taking advantage of special circumstances and a special relationship, is interesting to me, and worth mentioning. She's aware of the knee-jerk reaction many of us have to a "Made in China" tag, and was quite thoughtful in weighing the pros and cons.

  • Tim Aguero

Also, as you can see, the collection's slim-fitting pants, bustier tops, and pencil skirts are pretty damn hot. And aside from a small selection at Una, there aren't many opportunities to try on these items, but Halo Shoes is hosting a pop-up starting today and running through Sunday that features her collection along with ABCoLab Jewelry and personal stylist Scarlet Chamberlin. Get it while you can.

Top Model: Julian Assange

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 10:59 AM

You have to be a little bit jealous of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's mounting resume, to which he has already recently added opening up for MIA and giving informal life coaching, and now: modeling. Word broke today that Ben Westwood (son of Vivienne) is carrying on the family tradition for provocation (not to mention courting controversy to draw attention to his collection) by announcing that he's cast Assange to model in the London Fashion Week presentation, given that the clothing is "influenced by costumes worn by Clint Eastwood’s western films and also Assange’s combat-beret look." There's also at least one garment Westwood says features "a Julian Assange print." We'll have to wait until September to see what exactly a Julian Assange print is, but... it sounds kind of awesome?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lookbook of the Day: "Stars, They're Just Like Us"

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 11:59 AM

The lookbook (or in this case, they're calling it a moodbook) of the day comes from Seaecho, who had photographer Mikola Accuardi shoot model Anissa Glory paparazzi style as she cruised the aisles of grocery outlet with one of Seaecho's summery kerchief-style carryalls. Click through to MOD to see more from the set.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

This Week's Style Events

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Too rainy for the river. Let's see about the shops:

Machus continues its streak as HQ for the modern, gothic man with a release party for their new brand Represent UK's summer collection, called—get this—"The Wraith Collection." Expect a DJ set from DVST and 10% off storewide during the event. Machus, 542 E Burnside, Wed June 25 (AKA today), 7-9 pm

Tanner Goods is opening up their workshop for a two-day sample sale with deals on past seasons, factory seconds, and samples, plus Stumptown flowing and guest merch from Woodlands and Mazama. Tanner Goods warehouse, 240 N Broadway, Ste 012, Fri June 27, 2-6 pm & Sat June 28, 11 am-4 pm

Halo Shoes is hosting a weekend-long pop-up shop featuring the limited edition Ancliffe Collection, plus jewelry by ABCoLab and personal styling advice courtesy of Scarlet Chamberlin. Halo Shoes, 938 NW Everett, Fri-Sat June 27-28, 11 am-6 pm & Sun June 29, noon-5 pm

Queen Bee is celebrating a very impressive 18 years of business, with refreshments, raffles, and 25% off (online you can also use the code 18YEARSQB). Queen Bee, 3961 N Williams, Sat June 28, 10 am-7 pm

Liam Drain is making some astonishingly good ceramics. Like, cooler than you probably think ceramics have a right to be. He's hosting an open studio with "2nds, stuff that came out slightly weird, maybe a *little* cracked, etc, but also a cool selection of the fanciest pots I've ever made." If you go to this you will most likely find out that you like ceramics a lot more than you thought you did. Liam Drain studio, 1875 SE Belmont, Sat June 28, 10 am-4 pm

  • Liam Drain

—The Portland Flea has been enjoying several expansions over the past year or so, both in location and frequency. The latest feather in its cap is a new monthly collaboration with Rejuvenation called “Sunday Emporium.” Look for the craftsmanship and vintage charm you’ve come to expect from the Flea, with an added focus on home beautification. Rejuvenation, 1100 SE Grand, last Sundays starting Sun June 29, 11 am-5 pm

Una is having a sidewalk sale, with most spring/summer clothing marked down 30% or more, plus additional bargains from seasons past, and "maybe even a few fixtures or a rug thrown in for good measure." Una, 922 SE Ankeny, Sun June 29, noon-6 pm

Modified Style is hosting another giant clothing swap to benefit its annual charitable event, which means out with the old and in with the new at little cost to you. Men's clothing too! Bridgeport Brewing Company, 1313 NW Marshall, Sun, June 29, 3-7 pm, $5 with bag of "gently used" clothing, $10 without

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wanted: MOD Writers

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 10:59 AM

When I started writing about Portland's independent fashion and retail scene, I was actually worried about not having enough material to support a weekly column much less a daily blog. Ha! Obviously, I had nothing to worry about. There is so much quality retail action and brilliant design happening here that it's too much for one person to stay on top of. Thus my small collection of MOD contributors, who help me check out the newest shops opening all over the city; cover local fashion shows from the front row; and take a close look at some of the people making Portland a place that's known for its commitment to locally manufactured, high-quality goods. There's a ton of creative freedom and self-direction involved too, in case you're not a big fan of being told what to do.

If that's the sort of thing you like to do, I'm currently on the hunt for some fresh voices to join the fray, so please email me your resume along with some samples of your writing, and let me know which aspects of the Portland fashion scene you're excited about delving into. You'll make a bit of extra scratch, gain valuable experience, make connections in the local industry, and it'll be funnnnn.


Friday, June 20, 2014

This Summer's Fade to Light Announces Lineup

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 10:59 AM

The semi-annual Fade to Light fashion show is readying for its second summer edition, scheduled for Wednesday, August 20 at the Crystal Ballroom. They've announced the lineup in a handy little video:

Some of those are returning names: Bad Wolf Clothier was one of the more impressive inclusions during the last Fade to Light, with its sharply tailored menswear; WWJJD also made a splashy debut as a new collaboration between Joshua Buck and Jeanne Tunberg (another point scored for menswear). Other names on that list, like Urchin Redesign and Mag-Big, are familiar enough from other shows but new to the Fade to Light format, which tasks its designers to produce a video element that introduces their collections. Also, some of the show's regulars (Emit, Bryce Black, Studio SKB) are set to be joined by two new debuts, the mysterious Elephant Room and Primal Haunt, a collaboration between Shelby Morgan and print designer Kate Troyer, whose past work you may have seen on dresses by the likes of Michelle Lesniak.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Buh-Bye: Dov Charney Fired from His Own Company, American Apparel

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 10:44 AM

A lot of people have been waiting for a long time to see American Apparel founder Dov Charney take a fall. The company's suggestive advertisements have been accused of more crimes against feminism than pairs of boy-cut panties sold, and Charney has personally come under fire, mostly for sexual harassment-related transgressions, both formally charged and rumored. But if one measure of success is founding a company that gets big enough to fire you, Charney has succeeded. As mentioned in GMN, his ousting was announced late yesterday, "amid a continuing investigation," and whatever the degree to which his behavior was a factor in the decision, the company's financial under-performance was no doubt also a major consideration, as shares in the company have plummeted in the past half-decade. Interestingly, investors reacted to the news of his ouster with a 14 percent rise in pre-market trading this morning.

Despite the criticisms, I've always thought American Apparel has played an important role in spreading the idea of Made in USA clothing among shop-happy youth. AA's own factories have received criticism as well, but at least as voting citizens we have the theoretical ability to control their regulation instead of something located in a remote corner of a country most of us will never visit. It's one of the only gateways to the discussion of apparel-industry reform and domestic reclamation of manufacturing among the big-boxes. As to whether Charney's exit means the company's ads will take a different tack, I suppose that remains to be seen.

Incidentally, if you are a fan of AA's core conveniences (trendy basics in every color of the rainbow), local apparel company Reif posted a photo the other day from their forthcoming line of underpinnings, with the caption, "Coming soon for fall - your fave new bralette #reifbasik #aw14 #apexbralette #oneineverycolor"

  • Reif via Instagram

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sword + Fern to Leave E Burnside

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Emily Baker's Sword + Fern is one of the city's most unique, personal shops. In addition to showcasing its in-house line of wildly popular jewelry, Baker has used it to gather small vintage housewares, art, plants, a line of wildcrafted apothecary products, books, posters, and more. Despite its tiny size, its always invited careful exploration since opening back in 2008, and as such it's been a popular stop for shoppers and out-of-town press alike, helping to pave the lower E Burnside area into the shopping destination it is now.

So, it's a little sad to hear that Baker is closing the E Burnside shop at the end of this month until a new location can be sussed out. In the meantime, Baker is offering 40% off in honor of their anniversary (online code: HAPPY6) until the end of the month, and the online shop isn't going anywhere. Now is an excellent time to get some of the rad, new-agey vibes Baker throws down into your life until her next move becomes apparent.


Friday, June 13, 2014

This Week's Style Events

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 11:44 AM

This is why this city is so awesome for seasonal sales. It's summer one minute, and cold and raining the next, so no matter which season you are plucking from (for the apparel world marches to the beat of its own ruthless seasons regardless), you'll probably be able to comfortably wear your new find within the week. Which is good because...

• Summer sales are beginning in earnest. It's like the stores are getting hot, and literally shedding their layers. A few that have caught our eye in the past week with their price slashing are Lille Boutique, which is discounting all their shoes for the month of June, as well as broad markdowns at Machus and Una. Keep your eyes peeled at your favorite haunts; chances are they're doing a little summer shedding, too. Lille Boutique, 1007 E Burnside; Machus, 542 E Burnside; Una, 922 SE Ankeny

Michelle Lesniak is hosting an open studio, where visitors can buy direct from the designer (including unreleased items), peep her library of past collections (including the NY Fashion Week collection from her win on Project Runway), and get advice on fit and fashion straight from the source. 1123 SE Market, Fri June 13 & Sat June 14, 2-9 pm

• It feels good to be appreciated, and Shop Adorn goes out of its way to make their customers feel loved. The fourth annual Customer Appreciation Night features giveaways, deals, and summer cocktails. Shop Adorn, 4120 NE Fremont, Fri June 13, 6-9 pm

• The German-based Atheist brand makes for "people who don't believe in god(s)." Interestingly, the company did a study last year that showed packages they sent to the US with their "Atheist"-branded packing tape were 10 times more likely to get lost in the mail than packages without it. (The same bias didn't show up in other countries they ship to—way to go, us.) Anyway, you can skip the whole shipping drama altogether this weekend, because Land Gallery is hosting an Atheist pop-up show through the weekend. The politics of religion aside, the simple designs are super cute and co-founder David Bonney assures me they are "so soft it's like walking on hugs from baby kittens." Land Gallery, 3925 N Mississippi, Fri June 13-Sun June 15, 10 am-6 pm

• The genius home goods, etc shop Lowell is hosting an art opening for Jeffrey Hale and Lila Jarzombek whose work is inspired by Roky Erickson of the 13th Floor Elevators. We're not sure what that will look like but when it comes to looks, Lowell is pretty trustworthy. Lowell, 819 N Russell, Fri June 13, 6-9 pm

  • Atheist

• In advance of Father's Day, Lizard Lounge is hosting a "meet the makers" event with local companies One Man Made, Otter Wax, and Harding & Wilson, complete with demos and complimentary old fashions. Lizard Lounge, 1323 NW Irving, Sat June 14, noon-4 pm

The Portland Flea is at its Union/Pine spot for a Father's Day edition featuring a classic car show in addition to more than 30 vendors of vintage and local goods, plus a bar and food vendors, too. Union/Pine, 525 SE Pine, 10 am-4 pm

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tonight: Stephanie Syjuco at MoCC

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 1:59 PM

This evening at 6:30 San Francisco mixed-media artist Stephanie Syjuco (her work is part of the permanent collections of both the SF MOMA and the Whitney) is giving a free lecture at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in advance of a two-day workshop she is also teaching next week. It's part of the museum's Fashioning Cascadia exhibit (up now through early October), which has not only condensed a ton of information on the region's apparel industry, but has created some really valuable opportunities to connect with artists and academics from outside the immediate community whose work engages with the world of fashion on fascinating conceptual levels beyond discussion of aesthetics and economic models. It's the kind of programming MoCC specializes in, wherein raising questions is prioritized over presenting explanation, and having that kind of attention turned on the apparel world doesn't happen too often in Portland.

So, what I am trying to say is: I am super excited to see how Suyjuco is going to tie in WWI-era dazzle camouflage (striped battleships; you've seen 'em) with modern surveillance technology and modern approaches to fashion. And if you are too, you should probably key into this and the other events MoCC has on the docket. There aren't many museum institutions in Portland that have the resources to bring in programming like this, and the next time something apparel-related cycles through their doors could well be a while.

  • Stephanie Syjuco

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Summer Shoe Roundup!

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 12:44 PM

I'm feeling another roundup coming on. With summer kinda-sorta basically here, it may be time to consider a new pair of kicks, or at least take a looky-loo at what your friendly local independent businesses are peddling for the warmer months. First up: Halo Shoes, where you can find wood-heeled/clog shoes (which are showing little sign of going anywhere on the popularity meter) from BOSABO, a fourth-generation French company founded in Brittany in 1890, but which sure is doing modern things:

Click over to MOD for more picks.

Lookbook of the Day: Ellington Handbags

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Today's local fashion eye candy comes to us from Ellington Handbags' S/S 14 collection. And while I know it's hard to think about fall when summer is just getting started, fashion moves fast, people! So I've also included a few images from the F/W '14 catalog. Just file it away for when "back to school" type notions start to creep back into the Tecate of your brain.

  • Olivia Ashton Photography

See shots from both up now over on MOD.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Fashion in Film #2: Clueless

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

I'm trotting out the old conflict of interest pony because the poor thing needs to stretch his legs, that's all! And for this outing we are talking about the second film in the quarterly Fashion in Film series I've been curating with my pal Eden Dawn from the Portland Monthly at the Hollywood Theater. Last time we took it back to 1989's Troop Beverly Hills, and this time we're moving it slightly further down the timeline of our fashion-influenced lives... to 1995's Clueless! Le duh!

The one-night-only screening is going down Thursday, June 19 at the Hollywood at 9 pm! We'll be there to introduce the film, and I promise that the next one of these won't take place in Beverly Hills... most likely. (Isn't it weird how many '80s and '90s films took place in flipping Beverly Hills?! Man, property rates must be going down).


Thursday, June 5, 2014

This Week's Style Events

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 9:59 AM

The first week of every month is always a doozy. Don't forget to keep an eye on MOD for daily updates and calendar additions. Plus in this week's Sold Out column, we take a look at a pop-up that features Portland's first shot at the Ouur line of apparel from Kinfolk and the latest activation of the Museum of Contemporary Craft's Fashioning Cascadia exhibit, "Fashion Safehouse":

• Sarah Bibb’s NW Portland shop and production house Folly celebrates its six-year anniversary with a party featuring prizes, factory tours, and more. Folly, 1005 NW 16th, Thurs, June 5, 6 pm

• The West End’s newest retail complex, Union Way, is jumping into the First Thursday game, with a building-wide “Walk A Block Party” that features all nine businesses hosting sales, refreshments, DJs, and more, like a Shwood pop-up at Danner Boots. Union Way, 1022 SW 10th, Thurs June 5, 4-8 pm

• Those plugged in to the wellness scene may be familiar with the Indian system of Ayurveda, and this month the Art Institute’s Steven Goldman Gallery makes it its focus with an exhibit called, um, “Got Ayurveda?” The opening features “a sample of Ayurvedic experience for the senses.” The Art Institute of Portland, 1122 NW Davis, Thurs June 5, 6-8 pm

Yo Vintage! was an unmistakable presence online and at events long before it even found itself a brick 'n' mortar home, but this week marks two years of said physical space. What other way to celebrate than to inhabit it with champers, a DJ, and shoppers enjoying goodie bags and 25 percent off storewide? Yo Vintage!, 413 SW 13th, Thurs June 5, 6-9 pm

Union Rose hosts another First Friday in Montavilla featuring clothing line Volacious along with original paintings by card maker Ursula Barton to peruse over drinks and snacks. Union Rose, 7909 SE Stark, Fri, June 6, 6-9 pm

Wanderlust is re-launching a monthly series called “Window Dressing,” in which they invite artists to decorate the shop window. Each installation will be christened with an opening party, and first up is multimedia artist BT Livermore’s, titled, “Anywhere & Everywhere.” Wanderlust Vintage, 2804 SE Ankeny, Fri, June 6, 5-9 pm

Parallel is marking Year Six with a three-day anniversary sale, featuring 25% off storewide (online customers use code: ME6NOW). Parallel, 1016 SW Washington, Fri June 6-Sun June 8

• This week may mark the famous World Naked Bike Ride, but Popina Swimwear is offering a less-exposing alternative/warm-up: The first annual Bikini Bike Ride. Bikini-clad riders will be treated to Kona beers at the shop prior to a two-mile ride with an after-party—with time to spare for those who wish to continue on to the WNBR! Popina Swimear, 2030 NE 42nd, Sat June 7, 5 pm; after-party at Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd, 6:30 pm

• One of the city’s most important institutions of local manufacturing is having a birthday: ADX is celebrating seven years, with a bash boasting BBQ, music, drinks, games, prizes, and more. ADX, 417 SE 11th, Sat June 7, noon-8 pm

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Pacific Standard: Bridge & Burn's New Bag

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Bridge & Burn is one of the better-established new-generation apparel brands to have emerged from Portland, but much of its actual production has been sent overseas (with a few notable exceptions, like their collaboration with Columbiaknit). Now the company is working toward creating a "a growing suite of domestically made products" they're calling the "Pacific Standard" line. The first of these is a collection of bags with the Clinton Street Bag Company, now available on the B&B site and their flagship store (1122 SW Morrison), and for which they've made this handy little lookbook video:

Right on to B&B for bringing it back on home.

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Complete Lineup for Summer Strut

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Speaking of under-served markets (AKA business opportunities) in the apparel world: While plus-size clothing has long held a presence in big-box retail, it's been enjoying an uptick on the local level, with shops like Union Rose and Mag-Big featuring and designing locally made styles as reasonably priced, off-the-rack options for women whose previous shop-local opportunities were often limited to custom work (which is lovely, but costly). Timed with the release of these new collections comes Summer Strut, the first plus-size local fashion show to hit town in recent memory, and scheduled for Sunday, July 13 at the White Owl. The complete lineup has been announced; head over to MOD to check it out.


Friday, May 30, 2014

This Week's Style Events

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 10:29 AM

If you take a serious interest in the potential for the Pacific Northwest to play an influential role in the spreading of a culture change from fast to slow fashion (much as it has for food, and for very similar reasons), I highly recommend signing up for tomorrow's "Prototyping Fashion's Futures" symposium tomorrow at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. On a less serious note, tonight is also the vintage fashion show being held in conjunction with MoCC's "Fashioning Cascadia" exhibit, both of which you can read about in this week's Sold Out column.

In other calendar news:

• The brilliantly curated, masculine-driven Boys Fort is celebrating the one-year anniversary of their downtown location with a full weekend of art, giveaways, and a reading by Tom Spanbauer from his latest, I Loved You More. Boys Fort, 902 SW Morrison, Jane Terzis art opening on Fri May 30, 5-8 pm; each purchase enters you into a giveaway drawing on Sat May 31; reading on Sun June 1, 1-4 pm

Schoolhouse Electric and Egg Press are teaming up for another of their semi-regular sample sales. Look for lighting and furniture, while letterpress cards are just a buck each through the weekend. Schoolhouse Electric, 2181 NW Nicolai, Fri May 30 & Sat May 31, 10 am-6 pm, Sun June 1, 11 am-4 pm

Colette Patterns just released The Colette Guide to Sewing Knits with Clair Vintage Inspired designer Alyson Clair, and it's their fifth anniversary, so clearly a party is in order. Get your book signed, plus fabric recommendations and other knitwear advice, refreshments, and an after-party. Modern Domestic, 1408 NE Alberta, Sat May 31, 5-7 pm; after-party at Radio Room's upstairs patio, 1101 NE Alberta, 7 pm, 21+

As always, supplementary material is available over on MOD.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Men's Style Clothing for Women Could/Should Be the Next Big Market for Apparel

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, May 28, 2014 at 11:44 AM

You can call it "tomboy" or "gender-bending" or "men's style clothing for women," but I'm just surprised it's taken this long to show signs of proliferation. When Portland-based Wildfang opened just over a year ago, its hook was that it literally poached its inventory from male-designated designs, albeit while selecting cuts that worked best on female shapes, and mixing them in with lines that were designed for women but exude the same "tomboy" aesthetic. I wouldn't call it—or similarly minded clothing ventures, like the local Dapper D, which is currently crowd-sourcing funds for its launch—lesbian fashion per se. Especially with a line as marketing savvy as Wildfang, the appeal isn't that narrow. But it is being designed and branded in a way that's finally inclusive of lesbian/queer style, a belatedly smart (and lucrative) market to tap. It increasingly feels antiquated to refer to "menswear" and "womenswear," not because masculine or feminine aesthetics are irrelevant, but because the identity of those who might want to wear them is evolving into greater fluidity. As Dapper D's founder Vanna Pecoraro expresses it:

Since having my first job at 16 and buying my own clothes, I only shopped in the men's department. I never felt comfortable in dresses or feminine blouses etc. I always felt awkward and my confidence was lacking to say the least. Wearing men's style clothes gave me the confidence I needed to be myself and walk with my head held high... I want to empower other women to be themselves and wear what makes THEM comfortable... Being a fashionista doesn't just mean wearing high heels, skirts and the latest trend.

Check out Dapper D's Kickstarter if you want to help foster an increase in this type of clothing design on the local level, and also this photo of former police officer Pecoraro (who says "Wearing a uniform taught me to take pride in looking 'sharp.' My uniform had to be dry cleaned and pressed, boots cleaned and the leather shined.") looking rather amazing is worth a gander:

  • Dapper D via Kickstarter

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Nufoot: The Worst Thing in the World or the Worst Thing in the Universe?

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, May 27, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Fashion has a new footwear foe, and its name is Nufoot:

  • Nufoot

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