Whether vintage, consignment or new, I try to support a small business with each fashion related purchase I make. The impact my choice makes on our economy matters to me, however big or small it might be. The pieces of clothing and jewelry I cherish most were found at small businesses in Portland. They are pieces I love in part because of the people who discovered or created them. Some of you share in this sentiment.
Nancy Hales, our First Lady, believes in the very same thing. When we bumped in to each other at a party after she returned from a recent trip to Rome, she told me how proud she was to stand stylishly side by side very fashionable Italians in her Portland pieces. We’ve chatted over the years about local fashion and I’ve witnessed her seemingly innate sensibility to mix contemporary with vintage elegantly. This time she was rocking a jumpsuit by Portland Garment Factory and was able to mesmerize the gals around us with Britt & Rosemary’s story. You know how near and dear they are to my heart, so I was particularly inspired!
There is some serious talent here in our Rose City. We thought, why not show it off?! Fashion photographer Gia Goodrich of Vev Studios and I love to collaborate. We invited Mrs. Hales to Gia’s studio with the mission of creating gorgeous imagery of her in her favorite local designers who she wears on the regular… and internationally! I brought a few extra pieces to add in to the mix. Take a look at the results.
Portland Garment Factory Houseline Jumpsuit, ABCoLab Necklace, Vintage Burgundy Heels as seen in the Oregonian.