Blame it on the pioneer spirit still dwelling within us (or maybe the fact that we just like to play with tools), but the craft culture is alive and well in Portland. These companies churn out consistently cool made-in-Portland goods for the rest of the world to fawn over, from fashionable swimwear and accessories, to built-to-last leather goods and stylish lighting fixtures.
Betsy and Iya
Betsy and Iya, tucked-away in the fashionable Nob Hill district, carries its own signature brand of metalwork: hand-pounded pieces twisted into cool geometric shapes. Their runway-ready collection of etched and oxidized cuffs is inspired by two of Portland’s most iconic bridges (St. Johns and Fremont).
Paper hasn’t been this cool since — well — ever. Local letterpress masters at Egg Press give age-old techniques a total reboot, using sustainable materials like 100% cotton paper to make distinctive greeting cards, gift wraps and stationery. The whimsical art also comes with a good sense of humor, including graphics like “What’s growin’ on?” mustache charts and piles of bread that say, “Nice buns.” You can find the cards at many Portland stores, including Powell’s City of Books.
Frankie & Coco
With hip hip-sacks, purses, and totes, Frankie & Coco‘s hand-made accessories are fun, funky and functional. Find your favorite at several of the usual Portland stockists, MadeHere PDX or Tender Loving Empire, or if you’re in the Alberta Arts District, Ecovibe.
Every step of the Garnish Apparel clothing production process is completed right here in Portland. Roughly a dozen of each style in a colorway is made, ready to turn heads as your next wardrobe favorite. All Garnish jewelry and accessories are handcrafted by owner Erica and her staff in her home studio, becoming the perfect complement to the beautiful limited edition apparel.
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Many locals wouldn’t be caught anywhere without their iPhones — especially not without a protective phone case from GroveMade. Each one is made from a single block of bamboo that’s been hand-sanded and oiled before being laser-engraved with either a signature design or your own custom imagery.
If Davy Crockett were alive today, odds are he’d proudly boast a Leatherman tool on his belt. The iconic brand of multitools, knives and related accessories has been a go-to for outdoorsy types since 1983. Still, this Portland-headquartered outfit knows how to keep up with the times— tool models like the “Juice” come in non-Crockett-approved colors, including blue, purple, orange and red. Find the tools at REI in the Pearl District.
Fashion-forward Portlanders obsess over Ms. Wood and her innovative collection of kimono-inspired womenswear, fringed leather bags, obi belts and wooden shoes and jewelry. The pieces are dreamed up by Alicia Wood and then crafted with help of husband Ben Wood in the couple’s North Portland home studio.
Channel your inner Marilyn Monroe with Popina’s retro-inspired bathing suits. Popina Swimwear designer Pamela Levenson translates her love for the 1940s and ’50s into halter-top one-pieces,high-waisted bikini briefs and matching swim skirts for sexy modesty.
Red Clouds Collective
Red Clouds Collective got its start by asking local artists, photographers and others what kinds of products they couldn’t live without (or what they’d always wished they had). The result? Ultra-nifty carrying cases and leather iPhone wallets. Their signature tote bags are made with brass finishing and stitched right here in town using sturdy materials like waxed canvas and Hermann Oak bridle leather.
Ritual + Fancy
Schoolhouse Electric Co.
Known for its retro-cool lighting and hardware offerings (including hand-blown antique reproduction shades), peruse Schoolhouse Electric’s softer(and more portable) side in the form of pillows, throws, rugs, organic soap and more.
Swarm Pollinator Collective
When you purchase a jar of Swarm’s locally made Northwest Honey Collection, you are not only getting something sweet, you are supporting small-scale, sustainable bee keeping and pollinator garden education.
For heirloom-quality leather goods in the form of belts, bags and wallets, these buttery-smooth pieces are made from superior raw materials, cut meticulously and shaped by Tanner Goods’ stable of dedicated craftspeople.
Tender Loving Empire
Tender Loving Empire doesn’t just do one job — it does many (and it does them all pretty differently). But one phrase does seem to capture the company’s spirit: “All together.” Walk into one of Tender Loving Empire’s shops and you’ll get it instantly: house-produced and consignment records side-by-side on shelves under local calendars, right next to handmade jewelry and Oregon-brewed beer. It’s a place for everything creative in Portland, all together, just as it has been for more than a decade.
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