Thrift Deluxe is a contemporary and non-commercial DIY online resource that provides simple directions for inexpensive projects to make your own lamps, vases, bowls, belts, and more. I wish they had more projects, but a few of the ones they do have are very good. They've got a little key ranking projects by cost, time, and difficulty.
by Tim Yu
Often considered a marketing invention to help boost sales in an otherwise slow economic period for retailers, Valentine's Day needn't be another excuse to express love through our capalitistic, consumeristic ways. There are plenty of options...
Readymech Series 002
Collecting toys, like those made by Japanese company Medicom, can be pricey, so during a lean January you can instead have fun for free with the Readymech series. Put together by the industrious Portland-based design studio Fwis, who are also responsible...
Fashion one-off outfits with this handy series of do-it-yourself guides
by Fiona Killackey
In the quest to sew a piece of well-fitting fashion for yourself, finding the right pattern can often be the most time-consuming part. To simplify this stress, sells internationally from their online shop for £9 each or £22 for three.
Rooms by You
by Evan Orensten
Customization and social shopping meet home interiors with Rooms by You, an exciting new online resource for soft goods. Baby rooms just launched first, but there are items that can suit most any room or office. Rooms are created in various styles...
Link About It: This Week's Picks
Luxury sleeping al fresco , Daft Punk DIY, Kenneth Anger does Missoni and more in our weekly look at the web
by CH Contributor
1. How To Make A Daft Punk Helmet A self-proclaimed dork, graphic designer Harrison Krix recently spent 17 months recreating the iconic gold helmet worn by Daft Punk's Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo. From molding the cast to soldering the electronic...
See how five of our favorite creatives celebrate the sappiest holiday of the year
by Karen Day
While some bitterly cast off the romantic holiday as nothing more than an excuse to consume, Valentine's Day is a great way to remind people how special they are. We tapped some of our favorite creatives to see how they make the holiday unique...
A Portland photographer's line of hand-printed silk scarves
by Adrienne So
After realizing scarves by covetable designers such as Alexander McQueen or Hermes were out of reach, Portland-based photographer Jason Kinney decided to apply his medium to silk. Pauper Voile is the upshot, with Kinney explaining that his interest...
Unholy Matrimony Shirt
by Josh Spear
Hint Fashion Magazine, has a pretty solid line up of designer and limited edition T's in their online shop. They have a neat 'King of Rock' T-shirt, by Ken Courtney from Ju$t Another Rich Kid, a Patrik Rzepski design, and more. The design that caught...
Great State Camerawear
The Portland-based operation continues to evolve with Gary Tyler McLeod at the helm
by Graham Hiemstra
In March of 2013, we discovered Great State Strap Company, makers of leather camera straps. Now, nearly a year later, Gary Tyler McLeod's modest operation has rebranded as Great State Camerawear, with new designs and updates on all originals. Still...
FDR Skatepark: A Visual History
Fifteen years of DIY evolution under an ordinary overpass outside Philadelphia
by Graham Hiemstra
In the early 1990's skateboarding had found a special place in Philadelphia, Love Park. Kids young and old traveled from around the world to skate its pristine ledges and infamous fountain gap. And while the struggling skateboard community embraced...
The Walkmen x Etsy
Indie rock meets indie design to celebrate a new album
by Julie Wolfson
For their new album Lisbon, Brooklyn band The Walkmen wrote several songs during their many visits to the Portuguese capital. But when it came time to think about merch, the group looked a little closer to home, tapping the DIY experts at Etsy...
Interview: Goods of Record's Trey Sisson
The online platform goes above and beyond in sharing the stories about the people behind their American-made products
by CH Contributor
by Emily Bihl The e-commerce industry is awash with the “storytelling as a sales pitch” concept. Brands offer a few hundred words to tug on customers’ emotions just long enough for shoppers to feel the urge to click “add to cart.” What sets newcomers...