Prosper Portland

Portland,  OR 
United States
http://aoportland.com
  • Booth: 1144

A collection of Portland, Oregon makers, designers, and artisans: House Dogge, Frankie & Coco, Maple XO, Minoux Jewelry, Seek & Swoon, and Wood & Faulk.

Prosper Portland is the city's economic and urban development agency, focused on creating an equitable economy for all Portlanders. 


 Press Releases

  • Prosper Portland, the city of Portland’s economic development agency, is sponsoring six emerging Portland brands to attend the NY NOW Trade Show in New York City August 12-15. All six are new to the NY NOW event and for several, this is their first time exhibiting at a trade show.

    The companies are hoping to secure new retail orders, receive market feedback, and gain experience with trade show preparation and participation. The six participants worked together to design a booth space that reflects their collective aesthetic.

    The consumer goods sector of the Portland economy includes apparel, footwear, gear, handmade goods and accessories and is a primary driver of entrepreneurship and economic growth. The Portland maker economy has grown in reputation in recent years, drawing interest from Asian markets in particular.

    Prosper Portland supports small businesses in this sector through export assistance, peer-to-peer learning, events, and programming.

    Showcased at booth #1144 at the show, the collection of Pacific Northwest designers includes:

    Frankie & Coco, a design studio owned by Maya Mori, specializes in handcrafted modern bags, accessories and housewares.

    House Dogge, owned by Angela Medlin, creates non-toxic dog- and people-friendly toys and accessories, raw denim dog beds, and hand thrown dog bowls. Medlin says, “It’s great to be sharing the booth with like-minded designers who are creating beautiful and purposeful product to place into the world. It’s also nice that we are supporting each other on this adventure. That’s how Portland creativepreneurs roll!”

    Maple XO, owned by skateboarder Lindsay Holmes, turns recycled skateboards into attractive, useful, and sentimental goods and accessories. Holmes says, “Often times when people see our recycled skateboard products, their first reaction is ‘That’s so Portland.’ Not only is that a compliment, but it’s a testament to the way this city has influenced what we do.”

    Seek & Swoon’s collection of knit throw blankets was inspired by places, a love of design, home goods, and a two-month European sabbatical owner Jala Smith-Huys took with her husband and two young sons during the summer of 2015.

    Minoux Jewelry, founded by Kristin Robison, presents jewelry crafted in 14k gold, sterling silver and bronze. Robison says, “This is a huge opportunity to share my growing Portland-based brand with buyers from across the country and gain exposure to new markets.  You know that moment when you meet someone new and you see the spark of recognition in their eye when they realize you’re from Portland? I can’t wait to share that moment with buyers and show them six more reasons to love Portland, the six great brands in our shared booth!”

    Wood & Faulk, owned by Matt Pierce, designs and manufactures waxed canvas travel bags, handmade leather accessories and lifestyle items.

    For more information, visit aoportland.com/nynow or contact Sue Bal- bals@prosperportland.us

  • AUGUST 3, 2018 — PORTLAND, OR — When a love for design, sustainability and travel collide, the perfect throw is born. Portland, Oregon based designer and entrepreneur Jala Smith-Huys will bring her American made throws to NY NOW in hopes of attracting interest from national and international buyers.

    Seek & Swoon offers over twenty throw designs, in both full and baby sized. The throws are machine washable and made at an American family owned and operated mill from approximately 75% recycled cotton and 25% recycled polyester. The majority of Jala’s designs are inspired by travel and beautiful places around the world.

    Jala is excited to participate in her first NY NOW event this year and alongside five other Portland-based vendors in conjunction with Prosper Portland. “As a small business, it’s difficult to reach all of the potential buyers and stores you want to reach. NY NOW is giving me the opportunity to share my products and passion with retailers, interior designers and hotels who are looking for textiles that are sustainably made, beautiful and have a story to tell."

    Seek & Swoon will be exhibiting at NY NOW at the Javitz Center, booth 1144 on the 3rd floor in the Handmade Designer Maker Section from August 12-15. You can also catch a glimpse of a Seek & Swoon throw in the Handmade Product Display outside of the River Pavilion (Handmade Global Design entrance).

    “I would love to connect to buyers and interior designers (both residential and commercial) who share a love for design like I do and are looking for products for their brick-and-mortar or online stores that are quality made and memorable,” says Smith-Huys.

    To make an appointment with Jala during NY NOW, email jala@seekandswoon.com or request an appointment through NY NOW Connect.

    Contact:

    Jala Smith-Huys, Owner/Designer

    jala@seekandswoon.com

    (503) 799-9344

  • As a lifelong creative, Medlin yearned to launch a project that she found personally meaningful. With a discerning eye, Medlin searched around the world for products suitable for her beloved pup, Wubbi, an Olde English Bulldog- ge (hence, the D-O-G-G-E spelling) who inspired the personality and the creation of the product. On her search, she found pet products that were cheaply constructed and often made with uninspiring materials. There was, also, another important element missing: the people factor. As a natural problem solver who thinks unconventionally, Medlin knew this was an area of creative opportunity.

    “When a family prepares their home to accommodate their new four legged family member, the dog product introduced into the space doesn’t have to compromise the aesthetic of the home. If anything, it should be inviting and beautiful. Why not create thoughtfully designed prod- ucts that can be enjoyed by the pup and appreciated by their people?”

    House Dogge’s initial handcrafted collection consist of customizable vegetable-tanned leather toys, lambs wool-lined leashes, raw denim beds, and other nontoxic, sustainable accessories. The brand’s design ethos is inspired by the philosophy of “wabi-sabi.” Medlin’s simplified explanation of what this means to her is shown in her practice of appreciating the textures of aging elements and finding beauty in imperfection. With this perspective, House Dogge emphasizes minimalism, comfort, and handcrafted, natural beauty in its products. House Dogge further supports the well being of pups and their amazing humans by donating a percentage of earnings to The Pongo Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides quality food and vital veterinary care for the family pets of anyone in honest need, keeping them safe, healthy and out of the shelters.

    Although Medlin came up with the idea for House Dogge a decade ago while exploring Tokyo, Japan, she waited to launch her new line in Portland in July 2017, when she felt the timing was right. Following a year long sabbatical, Medlin focused her sights on building her passion project into the artisan brand that was authentic to her vision.

    The support from local Portland makers, retailers, publications, and national buyers for her new House Dogge line has been phenomenal. There’s a unique tribe of independent designers and makers in Portland that Medlin refers to as creative-preneurs. As someone representing less than 5% of Portland’s population, Medlin is a unicorn of sorts in Portland and in the design industry. Her industry experience makes for an uncommon journey and a specialized eye for design. Medlin gathers inspiration through world travel and her personal experience with house dogs since childhood.  

    “House Dogge's guarantee is provide quality designer dog product made with 100% love & happiness." 

    NY NOW Summer 2018 will be House Dogge's first tradeshow exhibition! Visit Booth #1144 on the third floor of the Javits Center for this exciting moment!

    PRESS & LINKS

    “House Dogge Brand” Featured in Schoolhouse Electric Spring 2018 Catalog https://www.schoolhouse.com/blogs/journal/inside-the-home-of-our-spring-catalog

    “House Dogge Collection” Featured by Design Milk https://dog-milk.com/house-dogge-collection-by-designd/

    “House Dogge and Home Interior” Featured by Design Sponge https://www.designsponge.com/2018/08/celebrating-the-states-the-pacific-northwest.html


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