• West Daily is one of the most promising up and coming apparel designers in Portland (I profiled him not so long ago on the occasion of a fall womenswear release), and designer Jason Calderon has unveiled plans for a Style + Performance Shirt that repels water and allows for stretch while retaining a crisp, professional look. He's running a campaign on Crowd Supply, offering pre-orders at half their eventual retail price. Check out the way the rain just bounces off of them:

• Excellent Portland bag company North St Bags is expanding beyond its bike-centric roots. Their new line of Scout duffle bags are geared to the traveler who wants to bring the same indestructible utility and understated design to their other transportation needs:

  • North St Bags

• Perhaps borrowing a page from the wildly popular new Finger Bang Salon (which is open noon-midnight), Wax On is trying their hand at late-night waxing. They've just introduced waxing till midnight at both the E Burnside and N Williams locations, every Thursday till 10 pm.

• Wildcraft Studio School is coming in from its home in the Gorge for the winter, offering a string of holiday-oriented workshops hosted by FieldWork Design. Learn how to print linens, hand-dip beeswax candles, and carve a Swedish Dala Horse, among other useful things.

• One week from today, the mayor will gather with sundry business leaders to kick off the annual Ugly Sweater downtown holiday shopping campaign at Pioneer Square. This includes another round of pop-up shops, once again taking up residence in Chinatown at 438 NW Broadway and 341 NW 5th, and featuring such vendors as Folk and Draplin Design Co.