Truce Designs

A surfing sailor who sews bags from pre-consumer recycled materials and scraps from Coast Guard uniforms

Dry suit fabric and sailcloth are among mankind’s sturdiest manufactured materials, designed to hold up under some of the wildest conditions the ocean has to offer. So what happens to all the scraps that don’t end up in a Coast Guard airman’s kit, or stowed onboard a schooner? Luckily, some of it ends up in the hands of Portland-based designer Luke Mathers of Truce Designs. …

Danner Factory Tour

Behind the scenes at one of the world’s leading boot manufacturers

Like many heritage brands, the Portland, Oregon-based boot manufacturer Danner Boots has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity. Danner was founded in 1932 as a manufacturer of top-of-the-line work and logging boots, but when Japanese footwear retailer ABC Mart acquired Danner’s parent company LaCrosse Footwear in 2012, the purchase opened up new avenues of exploration. In addition to their partnerships with J. Crew and local …

Blissoma

Vegetarian skincare that's as effective as it is affordable

The Blissoma line of 100% vegetarian skincare products (most of which are also certified vegan) raises the bar for the term “natural skincare.” Herbal chemist Julie Longyear started Blissoma in 2005, but it’s been flying under the radar as an underground cult beauty brand, maintaining a loyal following for those looking for a healthier and more environmentally conscious lifestyle. It took two years for her …