I recently stumbled upon NE Alberta’s Cord while out looking for a birthday gift for a friend and was instantly in love with the high design space. Describing themselves as stocking ‘ranked and well stowed’ objects, I agree and would go even farther to say Cord is expertly bridging the gap between fun and function.
Owner Carey Schleicher-Haselhorst opened Cord three years ago when the space next door to her husband Myles Haselhorst’s art gallery, Ampersand, became available. Having wanted to expand for a while and inspired by her love of vintage ephemera and childhood camping trips, Cord was born. The name is referential to a cord of wood, which Carey fondly recalls chopping with her father each year as winter approached and is referenced in Cord’s cool and contemporary logo. You’ll find a thorough selection of thoughtfully designed camping gear including axes, knives, camp stoves and blankets, lanterns, utensils, and beautifully functional trip and trail packs from TOPO Designs and Red Clouds.
Not much of a camper? That’s OK, Cord also has a large selection of gadgets, home accessories, apothecary and shaving supplies, books, stationary, the aforementioned vintage ephemera, and art objects — including a dazzling selection of mobiles. I had no trouble finding a delightful gift for my friend and between their selection of art books, knives, colored pencils, Stanley flasks, and accessories like leather wallets and Zippo lighters, Cord is now my go-to whenever I need a gift for the many hard to shop for men in my life.
Cord is located in Portland at 2916 NE Alberta St. and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12PM to 7PM and on Sundays from 12PM to 5PM. If Carey is there, be sure to ask her for local camping recommendations! You can also shop Cord online and follow @cordpdx on Instagram.
I’m typically not much of a bridal girl, but creations by Elizabeth Dye always seem to sway the pendulum more in that direction for me. I love her references and nods to strong female characters, eras and independent personalities — it adds another layer of depth and magnetism to the moment for me. Elizabeth’s Painted Desert Collection is a stunner and it’s wonderful to see the designer creating without being encumbered by also running a popular retail bridal shop — she has more room to unfurl her magic. My current faves are the Silvermine Caftan, Dune Gown (that strappy back!), the Mojave Gown (those sleeves!), the blush Paloma Gown and, most emphatically, the Dunaway wedding gown. More HERE.
Images courtesy of Elizabeth Dye.
YAY! I’m having a sweet jewelry giveaway with REBECCA MIR GRADY today and one lucky winner will get a $150 shop credit to spend on whatever they’d like in Rebecca’s amazing shop! Rebecca’s designs are so special and I love that she uses recycled sterling silver and 14k gold and ethically-sourced stones. My current favorites from the Chicago-based designer are the 3mm Opal Ring, the Maestro Ring, the Small Em Ring, the Lightning Cuff, the Maestro Earrings, the Lightning Earrings and I still love the Ponente Necklace. Plus, the stacking possibilities with her rings are EPIC! More HERE. GOOD LUCK, FRIENDS! ♥
P.S. Get 20% off at Rebecca Mir Grady with code HK2015 now thru 8/26!
UPDATE: Congratulations to Elizabeth “Lizzie” M.! She won the sweet prize!
➔ TO ENTER:
1. Visit Rebecca Mir Grady and tell us your shop favorites in a comment below.
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SHIPPING, ETC: The winner’s shipping will be covered by Rebecca Mir Grady. International entries are welcome, but the winner is responsible for any international duties and taxes that might come up.
DRAWING: This giveaway ends Wednesday, August 19, at 11AM PST. The winner will be chosen at random and I’ll update this post with the name of the winner within a few days.
Images courtesy of Rebecca Mir Grady.
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.