I’ve been admiring the lovely Hut Up garments at Alder & Co. by Berlin-based artist Christine Birkle. The textures she creates and the contrast between the delicate silk and the heavier wool, linen and cotton textiles are just stunning. Every piece really is a one-of-a-kind work of art because of the nature of her nuno felting, seaming and unique decorations. My favorites are the long Off-White Woven Wool Dress, the Black Lace De Luxe Cropped Jacket, the Long Sleeve Chiffon Dress (all the detail on the back!), the reversible Gold Jacket with ivory details and the versatile Wool Circle Coat. More HERE.
Images courtesy of Alder & Co.
One of Portland’s best kept retail secrets is darling SE shop Johan, whose insta-ready hashtag is the cheeky #shhhshop. Located in a tiny, but sweet spot tucked away on a mainly residential street just off Hawthorne, the once online-only mecca of minimal Scandi-style has since taken over owner Laura Housgard’s actual living room. Inspired by a stint studying marketing and branding in Sweden and her Scandinavian ancestry, the shop is named after her great-grandfather x 4, Johan August Magnusson, a creative and resourceful character by all accounts.
Once carrying exclusively Swedish goods, Laura has since expanded to include locally made items, such as Ara Handbags, ceramics from Ashley Hardy and Alexandria Cummings, Sea + Pattern jewelry and apothecary from Midnight Collective. Other items on hand include graphic and inspirational stationery, vintage design books and magazines, sunglasses from Swedish brand E&E Eyewear, beautiful raincoats from Stutterheim Stockholm and lots more. Painstakingly considered and artfully displayed, Johan is a real treat for design lovers.
Given Johan’s unorthodox location, hours are currently limited to weekends. An adorable neon sign (made by popular Portland neon studio, The Tiny Spoon) proclaiming ‘yes’ in the front window signals shoppers in the manner of a secret speakeasy, making the experience that much more exciting. While there, do ask Laura about that great-great-great-great-grandfather of hers and be sure to tag your photos of the bright and inspiring space #shhhop.
Johan is located in Portland, Oregon at 1907 SE 12th Avenue and is open Saturday and Sunday, usually from 12PM to 6PM or shop Johan online anytime. For more info about occasional extended hours and special guests (sometimes including giveaways and cocktails!) you can like Johan on Facebook and follow @shopjohan on Instagram.
A newcomer to Portland’s SE Division Street, Field Trip opened in July and has already settled in perfectly amongst their well-loved neighbors. True to its name, visiting Field Trip feels a bit like a fun and relaxing mini-getaway, one that just happens to be a rad shop. The expansive space features lovely wood floors, a dedicated area for weekly workshops, and even an outdoor patio. I was surprised to hear that Field Trip’s owner, Kara Green, had recently moved back to Portland from New York because this space has a perfectly relaxed vibe that brings to mind surf culture. It works and I found myself wanting to spend the rest of my day just hanging out with their awesome inventory.
Everywhere you look there is something that inspires major want. Clothing, accessories, apothecary and housewares are abundant and cohesively curated. Among the standouts are apparel from minimalist master Ilana Kohn, Moon Juice holistic supplement powders (like the romantic sounding Love Dust!), lots of cool wall hangings and custom-made Field Trip skateboard decks. You’ll also find lots of gorgeous ceramics, textiles, tableware, blankets, great magazines, modern minimal jewelry and natural skincare lines.
As mentioned, Field Trip hosts creative workshops on a weekly basis. Workshoppers can choose from regular Monday night Drink & Draw sessions, Tuesday Kids Crafts, and specialty classes like DIY beauty treatments and block printing. I made my visit on a Tuesday and can vouch for the kids crafting — I spied some major cuties having fun and working hard on their own wall hangings.
Field Trip is located in Portland at 3725 SE Division. Stop by Tuesday through Saturday from 11AM to 7PM and Sundays from 10AM to 5PM. You can also shop select items at Field Trip online. Follow @shopfieldtrip on Instagram to keep current on new arrivals, workshops and more.
Happy Friday! I hope you have fun out there. We’re going to have a high of 70 today in Portland which feels like a miracle after so many 100+ degree days. It’s overcast, it’s beautiful. I’m trying to stay positive and distracted because I found out yesterday that I am having surgery Saturday morning. Unexpectedly soon, but for the best. It doesn’t give me any time to really prepare so *fingers crossed* to my posting while doped in bed by Monday. I’m lucky to be in good hands before, during and after. Anyways, enjoy your weekend and see you next week! Any suggestions for TV shows or movies to watch while recovering are much appreciated! xo Jen
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I’ve had my eye on these concrete designs from Frauklarer, by Klara Schuster from Linz, Austria. I love that her home goods and jewelry all layer in a lovely way with modern minimal design sensibilities as well as settling in beautifully with a melange of vintage pieces from many eras. My favorites are the Geometric Minimalist Vase and Candleholder, the Black Mini Concrete Diamonds, the Geometric Marbled Vase, the Hexahedron Modern Cube Pot, Diamond Paperweight and Bracelet Holder and the Geometric Tea Candleholder. OK, I’m not going to lie — the Boston Terrier modeling the jewels really puts this line over the moon for me. I especially love the Dodecahedron Necklace and the Granite Nuggets Necklace. There’s a lot to love — these are classics. More in Frauklarer’s shop or Frauklarer on Etsy.
Images courtesy of Frauklarer.