ONE OF PORTLAND'S oldest institutions showcasing locally made goods is about to celebrate a first: Portland Saturday Market is holding its first-ever fashion show, Hustle and Bustle, this week. "My goal is to change the perception of what is at the Market," says Marketing Director Reid Decker. "Most people think of [it] as an event. I want to help people see [it] as a destination. A place to shop for local handmade goods. Within that wide variety of goods is clothing or fashion."
To that end, he enlisted Portland Saturday Market members like Rythmatix, Bella Sisters, and Flood Clothing to "help concentrate that niche market." The show will be a mix of "blazers, skirts, dresses, handbags, jewelry, hats, and silks." And as per tradition, the show will close with a wedding gown finale designed by Flood Clothing. Yet somehow I doubt there will be an overwhelming amount of tradition on display. Hustle and Bustle, Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside, Thurs Sept 20, 8 pm, dance party to follow with DJs, $15-20.
Meanwhile, in the wonderfully quirky world of Portland retail, several shops, designers, and makers are banding together to beat the holiday crush of group sale events with Equinox, a joint effort between Palace, Wolf Honey (which literally makes honey), OLO Fragrance, Hazel Cox, Lowell, OKO, Worn Path, and Portland Apothecary. "The idea for an event on the fall equinox was inspired by the concept of harvest," says ringleader and Palace owner Charlotte Reich. "The dedication and thoughtful nurturing one gives to their 'field.' Each clearly demonstrates this approach—from OLO Fragrance's scent from memories ago, 'Tulare,' to the locally harvested and run Wolf Honey." Equinox, The Stables, 910 SE Taylor, Sat Sept 22, 2-7 pm.