THERE ARE SO MANY people in Portland working with leather and canvas that it can be difficult to know where to start. Michelle Kline of xobruno has recently made herself more available than most, opening a studio/shop space in the hub of the 811 E Burnside building, just at the far end of the breezeway.
In Portland since 2003, Kline is originally from Buffalo, though she's lived in many places, and says that outside the Pacific Northwest she feels the greatest affinity with New Mexico and New Orleans, and some of her bag styles are named in reference to the Big Easy.
Xobruno is best known for its unisex satchels, but smaller pouches and beautifully simple totes are also worth seeking out. Now that Kline has a retail space, she plans to challenge herself to add a new collaborative item each month, which will become a permanent part of the collection. First up: belts. xobruno, 811 E Burnside, #119, xobruno.com
• If you're gearing up for an activity-heavy summer, take a gander at the dizzying array of price slashing happening during Evo's Fourth of July sale (happening now). Whether you're looking for a specific brand (select North Face is up to 35 percent off), sport (skate, swim, surf), or the giant shop's streetwear options, chances are high you'll find yourself a bargain. Evo, 200 SE MLK
• Mercantile is in the midst of their Red, White, and Denim event, in which you can take $25 off any full-priced denim purchase (limit one per customer). Not just jeans, either: Dresses, shirts, jackets, shorts, and skirts are all fair game. Mercantile, 729 SW Alder, through Fri July 3
• The summer sale is on over at Halo Shoes, with select summer merch marked down 20-30 percent. The shop that's home to brands like Moma, Chloé, Grenson, and Officine Creative is always worth a tour through their sale rack—all the more so when they're advertising it. Halo Shoes, 938 NW Everett
• Alder & Co. is probably best known for the housewares, accessories, and apothecary items they gather from all over the globe, but they've been stealthily becoming more and more of a powerhouse for clothing, too. Their summer markdowns are in effect, including items from Public School, Orslow, and Dosa, so now's a good time to get caught up. Alder & Co., 616 SW 12th
• And another summer sale is off and running, this time at Parallel, where you can find 30-50 percent off all spring items in the store. (Or use code "SUMMA15" at checkout online.) Plenty of summer left in which to wear them! Parallel, 1016 SW Washington
• New York City up-and-coming jewelry designer Eva Zuckerman of the line Eva Fehren (the recipient of the 2015 CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design) is doing an in-store appearance in honor of the new Eva Fehren White diamond collection. Ogle, shop, send photos to your betrothed. TWIST, 30 NW 23rd, Wed July 1, 11 am-5 pm
• Mabel & Zora is taking advantage of the foot traffic a sunny First Thursday brings to highlight the latest designs from Portland-made Bizu jewelry (formerly Matchbox Jewels), featuring woven details—because errybody likes a little fiber in their metal collection. Tip some champagne, and enter to win your own original piece, too. Mabel & Zora, 748 NW 11th, Thurs July 2, 5-7 pm
• Hand-Eye Supply is hosting an "in-store rummage sale," with 10 percent off everything in stock, 40 percent off spring clearance items, and "cool weird deals on the cool weird samples, floor models, and seconds we've been holding onto for too long." Sounds cool! Hand-Eye Supply, 427 NW Broadway, Thurs July 2, 5-8 pm
• If you've already been won over by heated yoga (even when it's hot out), I don't need to coax you into considering checking out the new heated studio at yogaRIOT, in which owner/instructor Annie Ory will be introducing the Baptiste Method, which employs moderate (95-100 degrees) temps and "helps people step up to the edge." The grand opening will feature a session of Black Light Happy Hour Yoga with DJ Drishti, followed by cocktails made with fresh-pressed juices. yogaRIOT, 7126 SE Milwaukie, 2nd floor, Fri July 3, 7 pm
• The wild-style experts at Stay Wild magazine (helmed by former Mercury Art Director Justin "Scrappers" Morrison) are celebrating the Fourth of July with a "Kook Out" surfing contest on the coast (no pros, only kooks, with awards including "best costume" and "kookiest tricks"). There will beer, live music, portable hot tubs from the Original Nomad, and no doubt some far-out adventurous folks, too. The beach in Pacific City, Sat July 4, noon-4 pm
• San Francisco-based Timbuk2 is opening a shop to bring its bike messenger-approved heavy-duty bags to the Portland market. They have a grand opening planned for Saturday, July 11, but slide on in early to get a sneak peek. Timbuk2, 1142 SW Stark, opens Mon July 6