Designer Spotlight

Designer Spotlight: Fiber Florist

Karis Dodd

Designer Spotlight: Fiber Florist

Flowers are beautiful but they do that pesky little thing where they're living organisms and wilt after a few days. That's why we love floral designs by Fiber Florist! Fiber Florist flowers are handmade by Vivian Truong right here in Oakland. A real-living-flower florist by day, Vivian knows a lot about the beauty of floral art.  Each flower is cut, watercolored, and assembled by hand in Oakland. Vivian purchases the fibers for her flowers from a Massachusetts felt company (yay made in the USA!), and the felt is made from wool, bamboo, and recycled plastic bottles (yay eco-friendly!). The felt comes over 100 colors,...


Designer Spotlight: Shwood

Karis Dodd

Designer Spotlight: Shwood

Shwood is one of the brands we've been carrying from our beginnings. Their sunglasses are beautiful, and each pair is unique and expertly crafted. Shwood's glasses are made from a variety of natural materials. Cannon Black Ebony Grey Glasses As the name suggests, the brand started with wood sunglasses. To this day, their wood sunglasses are a big part of their brand, and wood manipulation is kept to a minimum to ensure that the natural beauty of the medium comes through in each piece. Shwood's in-house manufacturing takes place in Portland. Everything is done in their warehouse so that they can ensure...


Designer Spotlight: Lord & Lady

Karis Dodd

Designer Spotlight: Lord & Lady

We love good accessories, that's why we design our own 3-D jewelry. But good accessories work for both men and women, and that's why we love ties and bow-ties by Lord and Lady Co! Lord and Lady is the brainchild of Megan Cash, a SCAD costume design major who left the charms of the South for the beautiful Colorado Mountains. Photo from the @lordandladyco Instagram Megan designs and sews each tie herself, and her pieces reflect her attention to detail and eye for beautiful fabrics. The brand was started in 2012, and has grown to include women's designs as well as some very...


Designer Spotlight: Sock Hop

Karis Dodd

Designer Spotlight: Sock Hop

This week we're talking about one of our absolute favorite men's brands we carry: Sock Hop! If you've been in to try on one of their shirts or if you've bought one yourself, you know that Sock Hop does quality. They're a New York based company started by three brothers and their father, and their family has been in the shirting business for generations. The brothers learned from their father who learned from his father who learned from his uncle. The family cuts and sews each shirt right in the back of their New York store. Oh and in case you...


Brand Spotlight: Grey Goods

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Fashions fade, but style is eternal. Saint Laurent’s message is something Grey Goods must have taken into mind--they have a strong focus on creating mindful designs that are functional and stylish. With a call to arms in the fashion world about going back to simple, timeless designs, it’s easy to see why Grey Goods has expanded their reach. While they still may have a limited number of selections right now, each product is handmade in their Portland studio from quality materials. Featuring leather, wool, canvas, and even fur, each one is made to last and adapt to wear. Each design...