Adam Arnold’s by-appointment-only Portland studio looks small from the outside, so visiting for the first time I was surprised when he opened the door and ushered me into what is actually a very large, inviting and light-filled space. Wearing covet-worthy clothing of his own design and working on an equally covet-worthy pair of custom jeans for a San Francisco-based ballerina, Adam is exactly how I imagine a high fashion designer — without any of the haughty attitude. He creates beautiful garments for both women and men.
Looking through the racks of clothing on display I was really struck by the diversity of his designs, all of which are impeccably crafted. It makes sense that his client base ranges from local fashion mavens to business professionals. We discussed his process for making custom pieces and I, for one, was sold. With enough textile choices on hand to rival some local fabric shops, that’s often where he and his clients start. He listens to their needs and wants, mocks up a muslin for fitting, makes adjustments to the fit and design based on his own trained eye and client feedback, creates a pattern, and after a final fitting, the garment is done. The whole process takes an average of 6-8 weeks.
Though custom clothing seems expensive at the outset we discussed the fact that in the long run, it’s so much more cost effective to buy something made just for you. Overall you’ll get more wear out of your garment and it will outlast most mass-produced items by years. And who wouldn’t want to work with Adam, who has such a kind and engaging spirit? I highly encourage you to make an appointment to visit his space and see how he can assist with your custom clothing needs. I’m hoping to make it back to his studio this fall for a custom blazer!
Adam Arnold is located in Portland at 338 SE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. For an appointment, call (503) 234-1376 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Adam’s mischievous studio creatures — the “Snooks” (seen below) are available at Museum of Contemporary Craft. You can also find Adam Arnold on Facebook + @adamarnoldstudio on Instagram.
Tucked behind Oko in the Thurman Street Studios building, you’ll find the showroom of Liza Rietz. Liza is a veteran of Portland’s fashion scene and has been producing clothing since 2001. I feel that her unique sculptural style and superb craftsmanship truly set her apart.
While enjoying the curatorial tour of the Fashioning Cascadia exhibit (currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Craft through October 11) local designer, Adam Arnold, remarked that Liza’s clothing “gives the illusion of defying gravity”. Liza explained that it’s no accident — highly inspired by architecture and art sculpture, she has experimented with a variety of fabrics, including upholstery fabrics, in order to achieve her signature style. Don’t let that intimidate you — Liza’s designs are also feminine and highly wearable. While she primarily works on custom projects, there are some wonderful ready-to-wear items available in her showroom so be sure to stop by and take a peek.
The Liza Rietz showroom is located at 2774 NW Thurman St in Portland, OR and is open 11AM-6PM Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment only on Sundays and Mondays. You can also find Liza on Facebook and @lizarietz on Instagram.
If you aren’t in Portland, you can shop some of Liza’s work HERE in her Etsy shop!
I always admire the simple and graphic jewelry designs from Favor Jewelry that lovely Monika Reed makes by hand in her studio here in Portland. Here are some of the pretty jewels from her summer collection below. My favorites from this season are the perfect Stripe Earrings and the dreamy Infinity Knot Ring in sterling silver. I also still love Monika’s sterling Scribble Earrings and rose gold Glint Ring. All the pretty things! I know I’ve said it before, but Favor’s price points are just totally AMAZING too. More HERE.
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I love the new Portal Moon jewelry collection from Odette New York by Jennifer Sarkilahti. I’ve been such a fan of her work for so long now and still wear a pair of Odette earrings, that I bought in 2009, twice or more each week (rose gold Relic earrings FOREVER, Jennifer!! Ha). I’d love to pick up a new piece! My favorites from Portal Moon are the sterling crescent spine ring and the crescent cuff in recycled brass. However, I also have my eye on the dreamy satellite ring, the opal eye ring, the canyon necklace and the hex hoops. More HERE.
I’ve been admiring all the cute summer dresses at Dalena Vintage lately. Leslie does such an amazing job of finding beautiful vintage garments for her shop. She also has a stunning new bridal shop officially opening on August 4 and it will feature vintage wedding dresses and accessories from the 1900s through the 1970s. You can see some of the gorgeous gowns at Beloved Vintage Bridal now and follow Leslie’s dreamy @DalenaVintage Instagram feed and blog for updates and pretty photographs. So much loveliness! More HERE.
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