We're so proud of our collection this season and we think our lookbook really celebrates that feeling. We're also so proud that this year we collaborated with many local Portland designers and makers in creating it. Everything worn by our models was made right here in the Rose City.
So, we decided to share our favorite looks with you and provide direct links on how to shop them for yourself! You'll look amazing and, even better, you'll feel amazing because you'll be supporting amazing independent designers, ethically making their goods right here in the U.S.
Lauren Winter creates her beautiful collections with 3 key things in mind: Quality, Interesting Design, and Sustainability. She writes:
"Our designs are inspired by origami and the versatile nature of shapes and folds. Put a square cut of cloth on a body and watch it transform. There are no buttons, zippers, or snaps - only ties, wraps, and elastic. Our breathable materials and geometric designs adapt to the wearer because we believe in clothing conforming to the body, not the other way around."
Laurs Kemp writes that her designs are inspired by "the cinema and the feminine gaze." We love the unique detail of her Rowan Coat in Daikon that we shot in our SS17 lookbook. It was"inspired by "liner coats" that have cut-outs under the arms to prevent bunching when you layer. This piece is made from cream-colored quilted cotton, and it has French seams, rounded raglan sleeves, and half-moon pockets in the side seams. It's an ideal layering piece that can be worn over thick sweaters or under warm top coats, or as a light jacket in Spring."
Shop it here.
Megan Novak created Golden Dinosaur Studio to be a lifestyle brand that features seasonal apparel and custom creations. She is "inspired by the simplicity of raw and organic materials, the intensity of natural dyes that yield saturated, one-of-a-kind results, and the peaceful, majestic beauty of the Pacific Northwest, where she now calls home."
We think her beautiful NuMu dress in Cobalt Ombre best exemplifies this inspiration, reminding us of the beauty of the Oregon Coast.
Shop the NuMu dress here.
Rachel Corry of Rachel Sees Snail Shoes "makes fun, casual shoes, one pair at a time. RSSS believes in sustainable choices, working small, learning about the history and practices of shoe craft, and empowering people to make their own shoes."
You can shop her shoes here.
Or, sign up to take a class to learn how to make your own shoes here.