Welcome to the latest installment of One Piece, Three Girls – where I feature a single article of clothing, jewelry, or an accessory from a local boutique, styled into 3 different looks for 3 different ladies. (See my feature with Portland’s Mabel & Zora boutique here!)
For this post, I had the opportunity to work with Flutter in the North Mississippi district of Portland. If you’ve never been to Flutter, you really must go next time you’re in town – because it is a treasure trove of amazing vintage, handmade pieces, eclectic ephemera, candles, papers, ribbons, books, masks, succulents, soaps, and home decor oh my! They operate their website on Flutterclutter.com and it is indeed a clutter….of spectacular finds! (more…)
Faded velvet ribbons, Edwardian lace, the beaded applique of a 1920’s dress, aurora borealis rhinestone buttons. Holly’s one-of-a-kind designs begin with her favored raw materials: salvaged antique fabrics and trims. With a career that began by reconstructing vintage garments into wearable pieces, Stalder (along with partner Kate Towers) opened a boutique called Seaplane in 2000, that became a Portland mainstay until it closed in 2008. Since then she moved on to focus on her own eponymous line, opening a new boutique called Haunt with fellow Portland designers Laura Irwin and Rachael Donaldson. The shop is both a retail store and a studio, offering the three designers’ collections and curated picks from other brands.
Elizabeth Dye, the owner of the Portland boutique The English Department, is known for her thoughtful details and delicate embellishments on her swoonworthy wedding dresses. Starting in the custom wedding gown business in 2000 after making wedding dresses for her friends, she created her first full-fledged Collection in 2010. The English Department and Elizabeth Dye dresses have been featured in numerous publications as the go-to bridal line in the Pacific Northwest. Her 2013 Collection is called “Two if By Sea” 2013 Collection, evoking 1930’s glamour in scalloped lace and frothy layers of tulle.
You can order one of her custom-made gowns at The English Department store, on her website, or through her Etsy shop.
If you were getting married, which would you choose? (Mine is the seafoam wrapped tulle gown – I always love a pretty blue!!)
Alicia and Ben Wood are the dynamic husband and wife duo behind Ms. Wood. After graduating from Seattle Central’s design program Alicia moved to New York to study at Parsons before moving back to Seattle to work as a designer at Tommy Bahama. Ben is a talented fine wood-worker specializing in furniture, shoes and accessories. Launching their line with wooden jewelry and gorgeous hand-carved wooden platform sandals (tied with buttery-soft leather straps), together they won the title of Best Emerging Designer of 2010 at Portland Fashion Week. Now having expanded the line to offer drapey kimono-style tops and dresses, as well as structured handbags, Ms. Wood is a permanent fixture in Portland, known for organic, easy-to-wear pieces.
You can shop the Ms. Wood collection in the official store online, or at select boutiques on the West Coast (see list here).