Situated in the Old Town District of downtown Portland, Kat + Maouche is a stylish emporium featuring a dazzling array of vintage Berber rugs and textiles. Helmed by husband and wife team Katen Bush and Latif Bezzir, Latif travels to Morocco a few times a year to source the shop’s gorgeous and abundant wares. While Katen is a native Portlander, Latif is Berber-American, giving him easy access to remote rug markets since he speaks the local language.
Rich in color and texture, I was surprised to learn the rugs are vintage as they look so vibrant and plush, but after I admitted I find it difficult to walk on ‘new’ rugs, Katen informed me that they’re all used – which really speaks to the quality and durability of their stock. Even cooler, in most cases, Katen and Latif even know the detailed history of each rug, allowing customers to really connect with the history of their purchase. Most of the rugs and textiles are created by women living in rural areas and Kat + Maouche pride themselves on working to further the appreciation and understanding of their art and it’s history.
The shop itself is large and open but also homey with rugs on the floor, rugs on the walls, rugs on chairs, leather poufs, cool light fixtures, and plants. You’ll also find beautiful blankets and throws in the mix. The pops of color and pattern throughout meld to create surprisingly calming visual interest, which only serves to make you want ALL the rugs and throws to recreate the same feeling of beautiful, cozy chaos in your own home. I sure do!
Kat + Maouche is located at 33 NW 4th Ave. here in Portland. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11AM to 6PM and by appointment. Online, you can shop an abbreviated selection of rugs. Follow @katandmaouche on Instagram to see new rugs, Katen’s fun rug ‘walking tours’ and details for special events.
I stopped by Portland’s Ink & Peat on N. Williams the other day and, as always, they have so many perfect things for gifting. Pam has decked the shop out as a winter wonderland and it is overflowing with new goods. My favorites are her great selection of books, all the cute greeting cards, the candles that smell like fir trees, the fancy chocolate bars and cocoa, the air plants, the soaps, cocktail mixes, the cute stuff for kiddos, and the natural fiber tunics.
Portland friends! Stop by for the Shop Williams Late Event and 20% Off Sale on Friday, December 9 from 5PM to 9PM. Ink & Peat will be participating with 11 other N. Williams shops (from Beech to Skidmore): Lark Press, Somethings, Workshop Vintage, Spielwerk Toys, Myoptic, Queen Bee, Sugar Wheel Works, Treehouse Children, Breighela James, and Yoga Shala. There will be drinks and treats, too! Ink & Peat is located at 3808 N. Williams Ave. ♥
Stop by Ink & Peat at 3808 N. Williams Ave. from 11/28 thru 12/8 get 10% off when you mention: Honey Kennedy. (not valid with other promos or gift certificates)
This year’s PDX Pop-Up Shop to watch is Vía Raíz. Conceived by Jennifer Bolanos earlier this year, Vía Raíz brings modern Mexican craft to the Northwest and does so beautifully. The Portland Business Alliance started it’s PDX Pop-Up Shops program seven years ago to utilize and find a good purpose for vacant spaces in Old Town and other shopping areas around downtown Portland. It’s a great program that provides opportunities for fledgling retailers to set up shop over the holidays. It has been a very successful retail experiment and past pop-up alums include Bridge & Burn, Boys Fort, and Crafty Wonderland who all have permanent brick and mortar locations today.
Originally from the Bay Area, Jennifer moved to Portland a few years ago after meeting her now husband, a native Portlander. Proud of her Mexican heritage and a fan of design, Jennifer began following brands based in Mexico, like Mexichic and Onora Casa, who were updating traditional Mexican crafts by incorporating modern aesthetics to create pieces that are more minimal in design and color and meld seamlessly into today’s interiors.
Vía Raíz means ‘of roots’ and references the traditions represented in all the goods. Stand outs include Mexican enamelware spoons and mugs produced by a pair of Mexican graphic designers that play with traditional designs in a wholly modern way, Onoroa Casa’s Calavera Huichol (beaded skulls) featuring beautifully intricate geometric patterns, Mexichic’s cozy textiles in neutral color palettes with details like petite pom poms and embroidery, gourmet coffee from Dosis Cafe, handmade fiber statement necklaces from Caralarga, hand carved planters, Portland-made Cocanú chocolates, and the sweetest crocheted Frida Kahlo dolls. I’ve already taken care of a good chunk of my holiday shopping thanks to Vía Raíz and am telling everyone I know to pop in and take a look as there’s really something for everyone.
Vía Raíz is located at 606 SW 9th Avenue until December 24 and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11AM to 7PM and Sundays from 12PM to 5PM. Follow @shopviaraiz on Instagram and like @shopviaraiz on Facebook for upcoming coffee tastings and more!
I’ve been writing about the beautiful hats made by designer Brookes Boswell for years, so I was thrilled when I found out she was moving from Brooklyn to Portland a little over a year ago. Then, in May of this year, she opened the doors of her incredibly dreamy little shop on SE Morrison St. called Shop Boswell. I’m absolutely over the moon to have her gorgeous aesthetic and cohesive selection of makers represented in a stunning storefront space!
Get 25% off at Shop Boswell with code: FRIENDSANDFAMILY now thru 11/30/16. Shop Boswell will also be donating 10% of all hat sales to Planned Parenthood from 11/30-12/31.
I knew she was a genius at making timeless hats and creating beautiful lookbooks, so it is wonderful to see it all come together in her space that doubles as her hat making studio. The beautiful hues of felt and straw, the glow from the huge front windows, special little handmade objects, stunning clothing and bags, amazing shoes, dazzling jewels, and good tunes all make for such a cheerful shopping experience. Oh, and let’s not forget sweet Brookes and her BFF, Bao, the lovey-dovey blond shop dog (see pic below ♥).
Some of my current favorites are all the shoes from The Palatines (more coming soon!), all the lovely dresses, everything from Caron Callahan, the ceramics from Notary Ceramics and Eleonor Bostrom, all the great bags (including Sara Barner, Aand, Ara, and Welcome Companions), the fantastic selection of jewels (especially Uni, Young Frankk — pssst hand earrings!, BLTN, and Jujumade!) and all the Brookes Boswell hats, of course!
If you are in Portland, get over to her shop! And, if you are making travel plans to visit our fair city, definitely put Shop Boswell on you “must stop by” list of shops.
Visit Brookes and Bao at Shop Boswell at 729 SE Morrison Street here in beautiful Portland, Oregon. They are usually open Tuesday through Saturday from 11AM to 6PM, but don’t quite have set hours yet, so check the weekly Shop Boswell hours before you head over or email Brookes at B@brookesboswell.com to make sure when she’ll be open if you’re planning a trip to Portland. Make sure to follow Shop Boswell on Instagram for store info and updates AND follow Brookes Boswell on Instagram to see updates specifically for her beautiful hats!
A much anticipated addition to the historic Baker Ballroom building on North Killingsworth, Shipwreck is neighbor to lovely plant and floral shop Solabee. A former Oregonian, owner Marcy Bruce had a pop-up dress shop on SE Division before moving to Eureka, California and opening the first iteration of Shipwreck in 2007. We’re so happy that’s she has returned to our fair city!
Now back in Portland, Shipwreck’s new space is quite large and houses a bevy of new and vintage home goods, stationery, ephemera, apparel, and accessories. Shipwreck also carries — and serves as HQ — for local apothecary line Moon Nectar, whose studio happens to be nestled into the shop’s mezzanine level. So you know that dreamy items like their Vision Oil, Waves Sea Salt Hair Spray, serums, cleansers, masks, and everything else is always stocked.
While some shops specialize in certain decades of vintage, Shipwreck has them all covered. During my visit, Marcy cheerfully chatted with two customers visiting from Vancouver, BC by way of Australia as they delighted in Shipwreck’s extensive collection of vintage clothing. They tried on a 1940s sailor-style jump suit and 1950s cheerleaders outfits while oohing and ahhing over the shop’s large offering of MIA clogs. Items from the seventies and eighties also caught my eye among the day-glo floral patterns and slinky sequined numbers from the 1960s.
Other standouts at Shipwreck include piles of beautiful Turkish towels and throws, Punctuation Ceramics, jewelry from Portland’s Amaree & Reese, vintage housewares galore, rotating displays of art, and adorable shop dog, Coco. Shipwreck has definitely made my list of regular must-stop-into shops, especially since Marcy has divulged plans to begin production on her own clothing line soon. Whether you’re looking for something as specific as a 1950s cocktail dress, sweet new and vintage home goods, unique gifts, or are pining for a fun treasure — Shipwreck is a wonderful place to go.
Shipwreck is located in Portland at 805 N. Killingsworth St. and is open Sunday through Monday from 12PM to 5PM and Tuesday through Saturday from 11AM to 7PM. Follow @shipwreckportland on Instagram to keep up on new arrivals, art openings, and Coco’s antics.