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Events

Knock Out:

Knock Out is a fashion and shopping event created by one of our favorite local clothing lines Copper Union for all all the curvy, body positive, feminine warriors in Portland and beyond.

Sept 25, 2016
12PM - 4PM
HOLOCENE

Come see some of the latest fashions from your favorite plus size designers: Copper UnionChubby CartwheelsAmelia (that's us!), Hubris ApparelRe/DressALLIHALLABombshellerProud Mary Fashion


Jes Baker, author of The Militant Baker is the much anticipated special guest speaker. She will be also be signing copies of her epic book "Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls". 

Learn more here: http://www.knockoutpdx.com/

Events

Collection: Local Designers x NW Dance Project

Join NW Dance Project and nine of Portland’s hottest fashion designers (including Amelia!) as we transform a summer evening into one spectacular party.

Sept 10, 2016
5:30 PM
Hotel Modera 

Each designer will create two looks for the NW Dance Project dancers who will perform against the elegant and exquisite backdrop of the Hotel Modera Living Wall.  I'm so happy to be part of this project and to be showing alongside such talented artists! Come see a truly unique collaboration of fashion and dance!

Featured Designers
Michelle Lesniak
Altar Housline
Amelia
Sonia Kasparian
Hovden Formal Farm Ware
Tellurian Fieldwear
MOORE
Piper Dalton
Rogue Minx
Sarah Bibb for Folly
West Daily

Music by DJ Gregarious

Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1798520060359836/

Tickets:
https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=67780


 

Events

Alley 33 Fashion Show - Don't Miss It!

It's summer in Portland and that means its almost time for the annual outdoor fashion event Alley 33! With nearly 20 local designers you don't want to miss this! 

One of our favorite designers, Sarah Bibb, is headlining this year. Sarah makes the slips and obi belts we carry in the shop, but she is also a prolific designer of so much more. 

Sarah Bibb

Sarah Bibb

Here's just a handful of designers you can see this year: Sarah Bibb, Copper Union, Amelia, Altar, Lizz Basinger, Chubby Cartwheels, Amelia, Carolyn Hart 

 

Alley 33 Fashion Event:

Sunday, July 17

5 PM - 8 PM

SE 33rd and Hawthorne

$10 at the door

 

Designer Spotlight

Designer Spotlight: Amelia

While most of you probably have something of an idea about our house line Amelia and the namesake shop owner, we decided to go ahead and interview our own in-house designer Amelia Blakeman. 

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How did you come to be a designer/maker? 

I've always made things, even as a kid I was making tiny creatures out of oven bake clay, trying to weave together pine needles to make the best roof for my miniature lean-to, and sewing rudimentary people shaped stuffed animals with my Grandma.

My first consistent foray into apparel started when I was 17. I learned to screen print at a workshop during this feminist festival in Denver, where I grew up, and then I wanted to print on everything. The number of shirts and bags and dresses I put anatomical hearts and obscure sea life on is kind of mind boggling. I kept on with the printing for a handful of years and eventually started selling my work at craft shows like the original Crafty Wonderland back at the Doug Fir. 

As you do, I got older and my style changed and suddenly I didn't really wear t-shirts anymore and I wanted to make clothing I would actually wear. Thus began the era of dress making. 

Where do you find inspiration? Do you have a method or process of finding inspiration?

I find inspiration in all kinds of random places: movie wardrobes, an intriguing part of some thrifted clothing, or even just a need I see in my own wardrobe. Often times I'll end up just sketching a thousand different ideas and seeing how they evolve.  

Sometimes I like to design without the shop in mind. Its wonderful to refresh my creativity by creating something based on non-clothing subjects like a good mineral specimen, a perfume I'm really attracted to, or an interesting animal. 

What's your favorite thing you've created so far? 

This is a hard question! I'm currently really into the dramatic caftans I've been making and am just finishing up a new type of wrap dress that I think is going to be awesome. The Starlet dress was one of my first dresses and it's remained a classic that I turn to again and again. 

Coco Madrid in the Some Velvet Morning Caftan - coming soon in 2016

Hailey in the original Starlet Sparkler dress. 

Hailey in the original Starlet Sparkler dress. 

Do you have any plans for where your line is going in the future? Any special projects in the works?

In the future I hope my line continues to grow and develop organically the way it has been. I'd love to get my work out into other stores in the world again, but for now I'm more than content with my own little corner of the empire over here on Alberta. 

What are your other passions or projects in life?

I'm really into my pets (as anybody who has Instagram or has met me will know). I get so much joy from hanging out with them. I enjoy reading a lot, doing creative projects with friends (oh, you're turning your house into a swamp for Halloween? I'll make some paper mache monsters,) and trying out new projects. My most recent experiments have been small clay sculptures, biscuit quilting, and aquarium gardening. 

 Is there anything you'd like to add? 

I am so grateful that I'm able to be doing this. It's thanks to all of our wonderful customers, supportive friends, family, and my great team! I hope to be able to keep making dresses and getting them onto people's bodies for years and years to come. 

Amelia and Bambi headed to work.

Amelia and Bambi headed to work.