WILD Outdoor Apparel Launches Crowd-funding Campaign

WILD Outdoor Apparel, a small design house in Portland, OR specializing in technical apparel has launched a new crowd funding campaign on Crowd Supply. The campaign is to manufacture a new Limited Edition, Made in Oregon jacket, the Burnside Alpha.

The Burnside Alpha is the perfect fusion of a lifestyle jacket with technical performance, boasting WILD's signature "Mountain to Bar" styling to create technical style with street personality.  True to the WILD brand, it uses unique, high quality fabrics (waterproof breathable fabric + Polartec Alpha) to ensure you stand out from the crowd. 

It comes in a brushed waterproof denim (Denim Blue) and rugged twill (Deep Space Green and Drifter Brown) with a brushed buffalo plaid flannel lining.

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The jacket will be a Limited Edition with only 120 numbered pieces made per color. 

Founded by 15 year performance apparel industry veteran Dan Tiegs, WILD aims to bring an entirely different type of garment, process and message to the Outdoor/Urban environment. By manufacturing in the USA, WILD can bring small batch, high quality, crafted performance apparel direct to consumers at a fair price.

Check out the campaign on Crowd Supply here.

Show Time 2014: Outdoor Retailer and PGA Merchandise Show

January is a huge month for trade shows. Two biggies coming up for the athletic and outdoor set are Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, Jan 22-25 and the PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 22-24. Being the athletic and outdoor hub that it is, Portland will be well represented at these events. Hopefully these events will inspire more outdoor sports and fun for all in 2014.

At OR Winter Market 2014 in Salt Lake City, UT expect to see all of the Portland big name outdoor brands such as Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, Keen, Nau, icebreaker and Hi-Tec amongst the 21, 000 + expected. Smaller niche brands such as NW Alpine and WILD Outdoor Apparel will also have a presence there to show off their newest products.

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NW Alpine is introducing a new version of the Eyebright Jacket, the lightest, breathable/waterproof shell on the market made with Dyneema fabric. They also have a new insulated pullover hoody which is sure to be a hit with climbers.

WILD Outdoor Apparel will be introducing its first Made in Oregon jacket. The limited edition Burnside Alpha jacket which will be begin funding on Crowd Supply the end of January.

WILD Outdoor Apparel Burnside Alpha jacket

WILD Outdoor Apparel Burnside Alpha jacket

Over in sunny Orlando, FL, the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show will be in full swing. Over 41,000 attendees from around the globe will be there to check out the latest apparel, equipment, accessories and services for the golf industry.

Portland area companies on site include Jones Sports Co and Seamus Golf. Jones will be showing off some new twists on their iconic single strap carry bags as well as some limited edition bags, while Seamus Golf is sure to have some surprises up their sleeve.

Send your pro to the Seamus Golf at #6083 and get a beautiful hand forged ball mark. Limited quantity!

Be sure to tune into the Golf Channel's Drive Time on Friday, Jan. 24 for their on-site coverage of the show and get a peak of the best golf products of 2014.

Good luck all!

2014 Trends for Home and Design

Happy 2014! A new year means new trends ahead. 

On the home front, home design trend predictions range from the continued popularity of brass finishes and accessories to use of more rustic and knotty woods according to this SF Chronicle article. Integrate the brass trend with sconce lighting to make a statement in the kitchen suggests Style at Home. 

When it comes to paint colors, forget radiant orchid, black is the new gray. Sheila Schmitz, Houzz.com editor tells Details magazine, 74 percent of homeowners admitted to being fans of black rooms in a recent poll. Upgrading the man cave is also a prediction for 2014.  

According to the WSJ article, Top Ten Interior Design Trends for 2014, ikat prints and all-white kitchens are out and corduroy and macrame are in. Hmm, I might stick to 2013 in this case minus the woodland creatures.

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Design Sponge Biz Ladies Profile

I was excited to have secured a feature on Jenelle Isaacson, founder of Living Room Realty on Design Sponge. It's her all-time favorite blog and one of the most popular and well known design blogs. It's the perfect venue to share a bit about what makes Jenelle tick and also connect her with an audience of shared interests. 

The site focuses on all things design and is updated daily with ideas, resources, projects, tips, recipes home tours and endless inspiration. The Biz Ladies feature showcases a creative businesswoman that inspires and shares a few of her tips and insight.

Portland Clothing and Accessory Brands

Thought I'd round up some of the other cool Portland brands that have come on the scene recently. Some are brand new and some have decades of history but have discovered a new found appreciation from consumers. You may also have heard of the new collective that launched earlier this year, Portland Made, a community of designers and manufacturers that supports its members with education, resources and a channel to promote their reach locally and globally. It's a great place to find lesser known up and coming brands, all with pretty cool stories behind them.

Here are a few Portland brands to check out. 

Tanner Goods: Creators of vintage inspired goods and accessories from premium materials sourced close to home as possible. They make belts, bags, wallets and  more. They recently opened a new store in the West End that is worth checking out.

Tanner Goods Classic Belt

Tanner Goods Classic Belt

Bluer Denim: These guys launched this summer thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. They make denim products that are 100% Made in the USA. The cotton is sourced from Georgia, fabric woven in North Carolina, designed in Portland and handmade in Los Angeles. The cool part is their model of at-home try on. Check em out.

Bluer Denim. Mens and Ladies 

Kiriko: Kiriko is an immersion of American and Japanese craftsmanship, a mix of traditional patterns and heritage fabrics, each with its own unique character. Every product is made, pressed, and packaged by hand in Portland, Oregon. Their Boro scarves are absolutely beautiful and unique with a history behind them.

Orox Leather is a 4th generation family-owned business that handcrafts leather sandals, bags and accessories. The opened their first storefront in NW Portland a few months ago but check out their online shop too.

Orox Leather drawstring rucksack. 

Orox Leather drawstring rucksack. 

ExIT Shoes is a one man custom handmade shoe shop run by Jeff Mandel. He specializes in French-inspired cycling shoes and custom shoes for men. Read a little about his shoemaking process here.

 

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ExIT Shoe

The Portland Collection is probably the most well known of the bunch. It launched in 2011 and is the contemporary apparel and accessories line from Pendleton Woolen Mills, the 150 year old Oregon company that specializing in luxurious woolen clothing and home accessories. The Pendleton Collection features womenswear, menswear and  a selection of shared pieces that work for both.

The Portland Collection, Fall 2013

The Portland Collection, Fall 2013

American Made

There has been a recent resurgence and interest in American made products. Whether it's apparel, furniture or toys, consumers are rediscovering a new appreciation for well crafted products made with quality materials. There are also the economic and sustainability factors as well as ethical labor standards to be considered. 

NW Alpine of Portland, OR is one company that was conceived on the notion of supporting U.S. manufacturing as well as a personal passion for climbing. All of their products are designed and manufactured in Oregon.

Gear Junkie recently profiled NW Alpine founder, Bill Amos. Click the image to read the article.

Source: http://gearjunkie.com/nw-alpine-mountainee...