Portland

"Grimm" Actress Claire Coffee, Looptworks Create Upcycled Backpack

BAG OF TRICKS Dubbed, for obvious reasons, the “Calvin,” the backpack is entirely composed of materials diverted from the landfill (vegan options are available). Because it…

Read More >

Looptworks Upcycles Alaska Airlines Seat Leather Into Eco-Chic Bags

CARRY ONS Like all Looptworks products, each Alaska Airlines item is handmade, hand-numbered, and backed by a lifetime guarantee. “Looptworks’ collaboration with Alaska Airlines is…

Read More >

Portland Farmer Jacinda Martinez Turns Vegetables Into Edible Fashion

Artist and designer Jacinda Martinez began playing with her food to make bold and beautiful statements about slow fashion, in a beautiful series she calls Fashion in the Raw. Based on…

Read More >

Nau, Snow Peak Launch Apparel That Marries Tokyo, Portland Design

EXCHANGE PROGRAM Both Portland-based Nau and Japan-founded Snow Peak are driven by a spirit of adventure. Nate Borne, general manager at Snow Peak, describes his average customer as…

Read More >

"Project Runway" Winner Gretchen Jones Joins Pendleton's Design Team

What happens when you fuse the talent of a hip up-and-coming designer with a brand that’s been in business for 150 years? How about “heritage chic”? Well, that’s…

Read More >

Seawall: An Eco-Fashion Label, Boutique That Promotes "Made in Maine"

Using fabrics from small mills in Japan, Seawall produces fine button-down shirts in an ethically-conscious way. From the same team behind lingerie line Brook There, the designs were…

Read More >

Brook There: Locally Sourced Organic Lingerie, Made in the United States

Brook There is a homegrown lingerie company that specializes in eco-friendly underwear that is organic and sustainably sourced. The designs are simple and elegant, but most importantly…

Read More >

Polar Bear's High-Tech Neckwear Captures Video, Answers About Climate Change

Tasul the polar bear is the latest animal research scientist and is cooperating with the U.S. Geological Survey to help learn more about how the bears move. Tasul lives at the Oregon…

Read More >

Fetch Eyewear Donates 100 Percent of Profits to Animal-Rescue Causes

PET PROJECT Fetch calls itself a small company with a big vision, with a full 100 percent of its corporate proceeds benefiting the Pixie Project. The frames themselves were designed…

Read More >

14 American Designers Tell Us What "Made in the U.S.A." Means to Them

BRITT HOWARD (PORTLAND GARMENT FACTORY) Made in America means considering the entire creative process from concept to production. Being conscience of the true impact manufacturing has…

Read More >

Bare Creations: Vegan-Friendly Backpacks for Minimalists

Bare Creations dubs its carryalls the “best backpacks ever” and it’s easy to see why. The vegan-friendly rucksacks are minimally designed yet elegant to a fault.…

Read More >

Ms. Wood: Portland-Made Ethical Fashion With a Japanese-Inspired Twist

WOOD YOU, COULD YOU? Four years after Wood found inspiration in the clean, feminine lines of the Japanese kimono, an Asian leitmotif continues to permeate her collection. Ms. Wood has…

Read More >

Pendleton to Launch U.S.A.-Made "Portland Collection" in Fall (Photos)

MADE IN PORTLAND While Pendleton’s signature line leans towards classic lines and cuts, the Portland Collection is geared to young, informed consumers who don’t want to…

Read More >

Portland Garment Factory Breathes Vitality to "Made in U.S.A." Label

MADE IN AMERICA It’s no coincidence that a plethora of independent designers, including three Project Runway winners, hail from the Portland area. The Oregon city crackles with…

Read More >

Keen Opens Shoe Factory Less Than 5 Miles From Oregon Headquarters

Manufacturers outsource to distant shores every day, but when Keen looked to open a new shoe factory, it cast its eyes no further than its own backyard. The 15,000-square-foot facility,…

Read More >

Buy a Pair of 141 Eyeglasses, Fund a Pair For a Child in Need

Think of 141 Eyewear as the TOMS Shoes of eyeglasses. (Even its name echoes the philanthropic shoemaker’s “one for one” slogan—perhaps intentionally so.) Much like…

Read More >

  • 1