Beckel Canvas Outdoor Products

The longtime family-owned company makes tents and perfect summer gear by hand in Portland

by Adrienne So On a bright, sunny day in May, we traveled to bustling SE Clinton Street in Portland, Oregon to visit Beckel Canvas Products. Today, this stretch of road is thickly populated with buzzy restaurants, high-end vintage shops and cafes. But when Bob Beckel first moved into the space thirty years ago, “there was stuff up on 26th [Street],” said Kathy Darnielle, his daughter. …

Treehouse Chocolate’s Four Drinking Chocolates

Organic, fair-trade cacao turned into rich flavors for sipping on

Winter may be officially over in the Northern Hemisphere, but that doesn’t mean hot chocolate has to disappear from people’s radar until temperatures cool again. For some of us, it makes for a viable alternative to coffee in the morning—with some serious sugar and cocoa kick. Treehouse Chocolate Drinking Chocolate reflects a lot of things we love about the changing cacao bean industry: it’s made …

Golden Hour: Goth Easter

Portland, Oregon DIY rock trio Golden Hour are celebrating the holiday weekend a little differently than most. In the music video for “Goth Easter” (off of their EP Don’t Be Cute), they host a fun-filled day for those clad head-to-toe in black; activities include the long-distance PBR toss and a good ol’ plastic egg hunt. It’s an awesome track as well—there are echoes of Karen …

Artist Cole Sternberg’s Boat Voyage from Japan to Portland

A new exhibition, "The Nature of Breathing in Salt," highlights an adventure-inspired process

Late last year, bicoastal American painter Cole Sternberg stepped aboard a bulk shipping vessel at the Shin Kasado port in Western Japan. It was the Ultra Letizia ship’s maiden voyage, headed toward Portland, Oregon. And, while the boat carried no cargo (as it was on a test run) it would provide a home and studio space for Sternberg and his linen, graphite and watercolors. On …

Olderbrother’s AW15 Collection: “Enthusiasm and Naps”

Made in USA, gender fluid apparel in organic fabrics and rich natural dyes

by Adrienne So Olderbrother, the new clothing line started by Portland, Oregon-based designer Bobby Bonaparte and LA-based Max Kingery, has a whimsical, minimalist aesthetic that is partly influenced by the duo’s fascination with Japanese design and partly by their sly, irreverent attitude towards fashion and clothing. The brand’s 2015 autumn/winter collection, called “Enthusiasm and Naps,” is comprised of boxy, unisex and deceptively casual garments like …