Interview: Orondava Mumford of Alternative Apparel

The Design Director on education, innovation and the evolution of the brand

Born in rural Kentucky and raised on a farm he describes as, “in the woods, down a dirt road,” fashion designer Orondava Mumford has worked with some of the world’s most iconic brands. After lending his keen eye to Converse and acting as Global Design Director at Levi’s—working on special projects and the global menswear line—Mumford recently moved to join the increasingly innovative and sustainable …

Kiriko

Dawn Yanagihara and Katsu Tanaka's handcrafted accessories, made with antique Japanese textiles

Since its inception in December 2012, Kiriko—a joint project between graphic designer Dawn Yanagihara and Compound Gallery owner Katsu Tanaka—has taken off. A mere four months after Yanagihara and Tanaka decided to start producing handmade scarves, pocket squares, ties and bags out of ancient Japanese textiles, the line is now carried in stores all over Portland—with imminent plans to expand further. The use of boro—an …

Indigo: The Color that Changed the World

Catherine Legrand's definitive guide to the blue dye

From the Golden Triangle to Central America, varieties of the indigofera plant have been cultivated and used in textile production for centuries. While synthetic dyes have largely replaced the lengthy and somewhat cumbersome method used to create indigo—it takes nearly a year to make, from planting to harvest, and then it must be fermented—a select few global communities continue with the old way. In “Indigo: …