Indigo by Tatcha

Inspired by the beauty rituals of geishas, the skincare line uses Japanese indigo for its soothing properties

When the word “indigo” is mentioned, many of us think of its vivid hue and common use as a dye (for that perfect shade of blue jeans) although, unfortunately, most indigo we see these days is synthetic and not the natural pigment extracted from the indigo plant. Victoria Tsai revives indigo’s lesser-known history as a healing, anti-inflammatory ingredient in her newest collection, Indigo. Three products …

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 …