Programming Note! Big Changes for MOD

Hello MOD readers! Next week, the Mercury will be returning to a single-blog format ( That means that this will be the last post on MOD!

BUT DON'T PANIC! We'll still be covering all of the many events, sales, openings/closings, interviews, lookbooks, and industry news relevant to the city's thriving fashion, design, and retail scenes. Those types of posts will just live right around the corner on Blogtown, and there will even be a "fashion" option you can click at the top that will isolate those types of posts, so you won't have to sift through all the other content in between.

What about past MOD posts, you say? Excellent question! Everything published in MOD's rather long history will remain online and searchable via the Mercury archives.

Some people say change is scary but I think it's awesome, and I am very excited to continue covering the city's design and lifestyle industries in a more streamlined fashion. If you have any questions about the switch, please feel free to drop me a line.

Blast from the past: A pre-Project Runway Gretchen Jones photographed for MOD in mid-2008.
  • Blast from the past: A pre-Project Runway Gretchen Jones photographed for MOD in mid-2008.

Local Plus Size Holiday Shopping

House of Coco wearing Clair Vintage Inspired Holiday 2014
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  • House of Coco wearing Clair Vintage Inspired Holiday 2014

Just a few years ago shopping local for Plus Sizes was a laugh. There was absolutely no one catering to this untapped market in Portland. Then came the fabulous and fearless ladies of Fat Fancy who opened the gates to more local options for sizes beyond 10.

We still have a long way to go but I can now say that there are more than 1 or 2 local options for all you FATshionistas!

Below is a list of local shops and designers that cater directly to Plus Sizes:

Fat Fancy
(12+up , Vintage and Modern Masculine and Femme styles)

Savvy Plus
(12+up, Resale styles)

Mag Big
(1x-3x, On trend designs, Custom requests available)

Union Rose
(1x-3x, Various designers and in house designs)

(1x - 3x, Various designers and in house custom designs)

Size Queen
(L-8x, Quirky and Fun designs)

Chubby Cartwheels
(1x-8x, On Trend designs, Custom requests available)

Clair Vintage Inspired
(1x-3x, Vintage inspired designs, Custom requests available)

Copper Union
(1x-3x, Edgy designs)

(1x-3x, Easy wearable designs)

Karl vonBuck: The Q & A

  • Eric Wimberly

Karl vonBuck, the latest in Portland fashion collaborations, helmed by designers Barbara Seipp and Kate Troedsson, will be launching their debut collection tonight with a fashion presentation and party at Adorn's SE Division location. To give readers more insight into this new label, we asked the designers a few questions.

Portland Mercury: How did this collaboration come to be?

Barbara Seipp: We have known each other for several years as Kate modeled for me back in the Isaac Hers era. Over the past year, we have have become closer through mutual friends and realized how well we get along. There is a strong mutual respect. I saw Kate's work at PFW last year and was impressed with the level of detail on the pieces, especially for a recent design grad. It was late summer, and Kate expressed interest in "getting involved in something." Coincidentally, I was also thinking about getting started again. We talked and agreed that we both wanted to collaborate, without the pressure of commitment, just for our creative sanity. I was working at Adorn, so we thought it would be fun to do a capsule for Adorn. Nicole (Whitesell) was totally supportive and excited to be a part of it.

Kate Troedsson: I have always admired Barbara's design aesthetic with Isaac Hers, and the tenacity with which she ran her business. I firmly believe that you never stop learning and that those around you have so much to offer. When Barbara and I got to talking genuinely about the Portland apparel industry at her late-summer barbecue I expressed my interest in becoming involved in something new. As a recent design graduate, life can become discouraging when the economy is rough. Barbara and I bonded over the idea of how refreshing and vitalizing it would be to collaborate on something entirely on our terms; that breathing life into a new creative endeavor would in turn renew creative life to ourselves.

  • Eric Wimberly

Where does the name "Karl vonBuck" come from?

Seipp: Kate and I both liked the idea of boy names since the collection has a bit of menswear angle. So we each chose one, Kate picked Karl and I picked Buck. The "von" idea started as a joke retaliation to all the brands using an "&" to join two words. We liked how it sounded though, so we went with it.

Troedsson: Yes! We also liked that the name is like a combined pseudonym for ourselves, kind of like a pen name. There is also personal, lighthearted inspiration written into the name and the collection itself. Karl is my grandfathers name, Barbara named a dress for her father, and two garments are named after our dogs!

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Shop Under the Stars First Friday Event at 811

The shops at 811 East Burnside are having a First Friday Holiday Event on December 5th. For "Shop Under The Stars" Bombshell Vintage, Haunt, Seven Sisters, Redux and Six/Seven will all be open late that evening and hosting their own events to conjure up the Hoilday shopping spirit of the season. Haunt will host a pop-up for HeartCave who will be debuting their new "Age of Aquarius" collection of jewelry and roll-on essential oil perfumes. Also in the pop-up Anna Joyce's hand painted bags and textiles will be 20% off during the show, and the entire store will be discounted 10-20%.


Getting Legless with Yo Vintage!

The holidays are a gleefully boozy time of year, filled with office cocktail parties, spiked eggnog, and other glittery events to ring in the new year. To get yourself inspired to glam up this season, check out the latest Yo Vintage! lookbook, Getting Legless.

Slang, means intoxicated, drunk. When people get drunk they loose their sense of balance, i.e. legless. Chiefly british.
- Urban Dictionary

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Hoilday Pop-up At Venus Allure Salon and Spa

The Portland Fashion and Style Awards are teaming up with Venus Allure Salon & Spa to host a holiday shopping event called, "Baby It's Cold Outside." So far, the lineup includes Heather Daylene Ayers, Wendy Ohlendorf, and Anne Bocci will be bringing some of her goods from the shop, including her own line of handmade jewelry. They promise to have a selection of local stylists, designers and artists vending at the event to add variety to your Holiday Shopping.

Wednesday, December 10th 5:30-8:30pm
Venus Allure Salon & Spa
811 SE Belmont

Anne Bocci Jewelry Modeled By Morgan Love
  • Photo By Jeff Wong
  • Anne Bocci Jewelry Modeled By Morgan Love

Wildfang Makes Giftcards Personal

Wildfang is always full of surprises, and this newest creative gifting experience is so personal, everyone will be adding it to their list (including us!). WFGIFTPOP is so personal in fact that it includes delivery of any gift card of $50 and over by one of Wildfang's very own tomboy femmes to the recipient's place of work. The card will be inside one of five captioned balloons along with Wildfang confetti and (it's almost too bad) they'll have to be popped to find the card. This is epic shit right here. We will happily provide our addresses for anyone who wants to spread the love to us.

Purchase a gift card of $50 or more between 12-3 and 12-18. Ten delivery slots per day will be available for three days only, so act fast.


Spruce: A Month Long Pop-Up

Here's another stellar pop-up shop that will last throughout the month of December with an opening party this Friday: Spruce presented by EcoVibe will showcase stock from seven vendors; open everyday (with the exception of Christmas Day) from 11am-7pm. Most of the designers/artists will be at the party to talk about their goods and have drinks with guests. If you can't make the party, it's worth checking out at some point in its duration the rest of the month for sure.

The space is located at 904 NW 23rd (& Kearney)
Opening Party: Friday, December 5th 5-8:30pm.

Polaris Jewelry
Renee Staeck
Scout and Whistle
Elysium Jewelry


Yule + Gruel: A Holiday Pop-Up at Dig A Pony

The Pop Ups have officially begun, so here we give you another good one at Dig A Pony. Photo booth by Ashley Jennings, DJs spinning some funky sounds, and special warm drinks for the occasion are included as part of the event too.

Saturday, December 20th from 1-6pm.
Dig A Pony
736 SE Grand

The vendors are:
Reif Haus
Sticks and Stones
All Bad Days
Zero Wave
Cobra Cult
Kat Seale
Molly Muriel
Milk Money
3 Caves
Rill Rill
Harding and Wilson
Archie Press
Amber W. Smith
Allison Bartline

Honey Fox
  • Honey Fox

Reif Turban
  • Reif Turban

Vintage Holiday From Milk Money
  • Vintage Holiday From Milk Money

Cobra Cult
  • Cobra Cult


TNT Color Lab at West End Select Shop

This Thursday, our last First Thursday of 2014, West End Select is giving a sneak peek into what TNT color Lab has in store.
Be the first to see and purchase the product at 10% off during the event while indulging in macarons by Doe Pastry, and champagne and other treats from Jules.

Founder Tina Bue brings her Korean heritage and passion for color design to TNT Color Lab - an e-commerce site introducing Korean cosmetics to all faces. Launching in early 2015 the site will focus on the latest in Korean cosmetics and skincare with a playful and modern edge.

West End Select Shop, 927 SW Oak


Portland Bazaar This Weekend

It seems as though everything lately is in its third year, so here's one just a year wiser and more experienced at four years. This weekend the Portland Bazaar will set up shop at Splash Studios and will showcase over 50 vendors from all over Portland bringing in gifts and goods aplenty. For those who haven't started gift collecting quite yet, this might just be the one-stop shopping event with clothing, accessories, books, music, wine, spirits, fragrances and the list goes on and on. The event takes place on Saturday & Sunday from 9am-4pm, but for a mere $10, you can get your super planning self in the door Friday evening for a preview while you sip or pound a drink from House Spirits, which is included with the entry pass. Holiday Shopping, here we come.
For a full list of talented vendors visit the website.


NYE Governor's Ball

If you're still looking for something spectacular to do on New Years Eve, the Governer's Ball will be celebrating its third year on December 31st with a pretty good musical lineup to entertain. Headlining musician Patrick Lamb will be serenading the crowd with his old-school, funk inspired jazz, with special guests Jennifer Batten, (who might be best known from her days as guitarist for Michael Jackson) and the legendary Jeff Beck has just been added to the roster, which makes me wonder how I can get out of that party I committed to attending...

Jakes is catering, so you know the food will be better than okay. It sounds like an all around rad party that will sprawl three levels of the Sentinel Hotel (previously the Governor Hotel). 10% of all ticket sales, which range from $50-$150 go to the Children's Cancer Association. A midnight champagne toast is included in the ticket price, but expect to dish out cash for martinis and other drinks at the bar. Tickets can be purchased here. To stay in the know, RSVP on their Facebook event page.

Sentinel Hotel
614 SW 11th Avenue
Wednesday, December 31st
Dance into the night and 2015 starting at 7pm.


Xtabay Holiday Fashion Show

With the holiday shopping season officially underway, Xtabay just announced their upcoming holiday fashion show, taking place Saturday, Dec 6. They will be showing their exquisite vintage gowns on the runway at both 7 and 8 pm, in the Bridal Salon. Tickets are available for purchase in-store today, and are $12 with proceeds going to the Cascade AIDS Project.


This Week's Style Events

If you thought we were out of the woods now that Black Friday weekend is over, allow me to point out that you're not even close. Local retail and design events continue to abound, and that's a good thing. Here's your planner for the week!:

• This year, instead of just envying the crafty types who make their own holiday gifts, be one of them. Schoolhouse Electric is hosting a whole series of workshops, A Handmade Holiday, taught by the likes of WildCraft Studio School, Egg Press, and more that will guide you through everything from making shibori dyed table runners to getting through all your holiday card writing. Schoolhouse Electric, 2181 NW Nicolai, through Sat Dec 13, various times and prices, for details

• Right up until Christmas Eve, you can bring in a donation of new or gently used hats/gloves/mittens, linens, dishes/silverware/pots and new women’s personal care items to Una, and they’ll take 10 percent off the top of your purchase. All donations will go to the good folks at Bradley Angle House in the meantime. Una, 922 SE Ankeny, through Dec 24,

• Another shop tuning in to the season of generosity is Lizard Lounge, which is offering 20 percent off any one regular priced items with the donation of five non-perishable items, which they’ll be passing on to the Oregon Food Bank. Lizard Lounge, 1323 NW Irving, through Dec,

• Currently on deck for Mercantile’s frequent rotation of trunk sales is a preview of Lafayette 148 New York’s 2015 resort collection, including petites and plus sizes. Mercantile, 729 SW Alder, through Sat Dec 6

• Northwest salon Hair MW is getting in on the holiday action with a trunk show/party featuring locally produced fashion and accessories along with deals on services and their vast array of high-quality product lines. Look for Marion berry whiskey from Eastside Distilling, and goodies from Boulevard de Magenta, Stephanie D Couture, Anne Bocci, and Duchess Clothier, to name a few. Hair MW, 1015 NW Lovejoy, Thurs Dec 4, 5-9 pm

• The grand opening of Tender Loving Empire’s new SE Hawthorne location doubles as a release party for the PDXMAS local-music Christmas album, so you'll have people like Luz Elena Mendoza of Y La Bamba performing live renditions, plus a DJ set by Party Damage Records DJs. Fort George Brewery suds will flow, and a raffle drawing every half hour where you can win first-edition LPs, TLE gift certificates, and prize packs with everything from clothing to bath products to jewelry, and more. Tender Loving Empire, 3541 SE Hawthorne, Thurs Dec 4, 6:30-9:30 pm

• The brand-new North of West design-focused mercantile (opened by the makers of Nell & Mary, Make It Good, and Pigeon Toe) had its soft opening last week, but here’s the official kickoff! Enjoy cocktails, music, and getting to know one of your favorite new spots. North of West, 203 SW 9th, Thurs Dec 4, 6-9 pm

  • Make It Good via Instagram

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Kiriko + MoCC Trunk Show


Here's a fun trunk show to add to your hectic holiday shopping calendar: Join Portland-based accessories and apparel brand, Kiriko on December 13th at The Gallery Store at the Museum of Contemporary Craft for this special event. Kiriko uses vintage and antique fabrics to create unique pieces with a history and a story. In the tradition of "mottainai" or "waste nothing,” every piece of material from their production is saved and repurposed into other items in their collection. The trunk show will feature pieces from every line in their collection for this exclusive showing.

About Kiriko:
Textiles tell a story. Long ago, patterns had meanings. Cloth was hand-woven and dyes were seasonal. Each scrap of fabric brought back a time and place. We cycled through seasons, not trends. We made memories, not mass-produced goods. Then we began to lose touch with tradition. We stopped treasuring our clothes.
At Kiriko, we believe fabric is everything. We searched Japan for centuries-old denim, hand-dyed shibori, and vibrant kasuri. Our scarves and ties showcase traditional craftsmanship and care. Wear them, love them. Hand them down. Add another chapter to their story: Yours.

  • Kiriko

  • Kiriko

Where: The Gallery Store at the Museum of Contemporary Craft
724 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209
When: Saturday, December 13th, 12pm-4pm
Please RSVP: