Located within stretch of East Burnside known for great shopping and eateries, Haunt is one of my favorite shops in Portland. When you visit Haunt, you find yourself surrounded with jewelry, clothing, perfume and accessories from both well-known local designers and up-and-comers. Equal parts retail shop, gallery and design studio, Haunt serves as a showcase for all things unique and desirable. This includes owner and in-house designer Holly Stalder’s talents for of romantic custom bridal pieces and other beautiful garments.
Holly is an indie fashion veteran and helped put Portland on the map nearly fourteen years ago after founding the fondly remembered local Seaplane collective with Kate Towers — another amazing Portland-based fashion designer. Holly is also one of the sweetest and friendliest shopkeepers in town and always has great suggestions to aid in your quest to look fabulous. For the times when you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, her custom design services make it well worth a visit no matter what occasion you’re shopping for.
You’ll find Haunt at 811 E Burnside. Not in Portland? You can score some pieces in the Haunt online shop and you can find Holly’s hugely popular bridal designs in her Etsy shop. You can also follow Haunt on Facebook and @hollystalder on Instagram!
I love these dreamy ceramic jewels and wall hangings from Barrow by Portland duo Rachel Warkentin and Lindsay Jordan Kretchun. The delicate white porcelain and real gold overglaze are a beautiful combination. I definitely want to add a piece to my jewelry collection! My current Barrow faves are the Cyma Mini Pendant, Cyma Pendant and Matte White Signey Pendant necklaces. If you’re in Portland, Barrow has lots of local stockists — Noun, Haunt, Mag-Big, Backtalk, Amelia and Tender Loving Empire. Sample sale info below! More HERE.
BARROW PDX POP-UP + SAMPLE SALE!
Saturday, Aug 16. 10AM-3PM. Come to the Barrow PDX Sample Sale at Duplex Gallery. There will be pretty jewels, discounts galore (10–50% off!), free gifts with purchase, artwork by David Keller, treats and mimosas! Duplex Gallery is at 219 NW Couch St. MORE INFO.
“Barrow appreciates variation. We avoid methods of mass production to ensure subtle changes from piece to piece. We enjoy the process of making, so please check back here for an ever evolving selection of jewelry and homeware (and whatever else we come up with).”
Images courtesy of Barrow.
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 email@example.com. 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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