THE MAJORITY of well-curated pop-up shops featuring local design and retail are clustered around the holidays. It's a lovely change of pace, then, to have one come along this week in the form of U/P Pop-Up, a Union/Pine-hosted evening of shopping with an all-star roster of participants: AK Vintage, Appetite, Atelier Ace, Backtalk, Beam & Anchor, BLTN Jewelry, Bridge & Burn, Mag-Big, Make It Good, Mazama, Poler, Portland Apothecary, Seaecho, Sword + Fern, Worn Path—the list goes on.
One of the later additions to the event is Ouur, the recently announced new line of apparel from the world of Kinfolk. The local magazine, with its theme of hosting "small gatherings," has quickly gained a foothold in the cultural consciousness, even garnering attention from a teasing New York Times article. The clothing, like the publication (which has also given birth to a cookbook), reflects a lifestyle in which stylized simplicity, global travel, and linen play a large part. Although Ouur will not be officially available in North America until later this year (you can buy it now in Japan), U/P will be the first, early opportunity for Portland dwellers to see and purchase items from the line. Go early, because the excitement and curiosity levels will be riding high! U/P Pop-Up, Union/Pine, 525 SE Pine, Fri June 6, 5-10 pm
The Prototyping Fashion's Futures symposium held on May 31 at the Museum of Contemporary Craft ran nearly an hour later than expected. This was in part due to a fascinating lecture given by Swedish designer/artist/activist Otto von Busch. Busch is hosting a four-day workshop this week at the museum called Fashion Safehouse, a project that addresses how the "operating system" of fashion can be "hacked." By the time this issue of the Mercury hits the streets, the workshop will be nearing completion, but it's a good excuse to (re-)visit the museum's evolving exhibition, within which Busch and workshop participants will be building a literal small house with complex ideas. Fashion Safehouse at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis, the ongoing workshop runs through Thurs June 5