COALESCE : : Brand Highlights

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We're just short of three weeks away from a super killer pop-up shop at Tillamook Station where 12 superb brands will be selling their goods for a mere 4 hours.

Hovden Formal Farmwear and This is Folklore are two of the super talented designers/creators that will be there.

                                                                         Hovden Shirt with This is Folklore hat

Hovden is a clothing company that focuses on highly functional Scandinavian work shirts that originated 150 years ago called the Busserull. Simple, ethically and sustainably made in both Europe and the states, this line of shirts is already coveted by a new generation of farmers across the globe as well as lovers of basic but stylish, timeless dressing. The shirts are made with all natural fabrics: linen, cotton and wool and because of the pattern design are practically wasteless. Their most recent production hails from Portland where owner and designer Ingvill Montgomery and her family call home. 

Hovden Owner and Mastermind, Ingvill

 Ingvill is a native Norwegian with a beautiful accent to prove it, and is proud to call Portland home along with her family (you'll see that it's growing when you meet her!).The Hovden shirt is a literal reproduction from the garment that was-until she and her previous business partner brought it back- long lost.

After her first daughter was born 2 years ago she had the inspiration and need to do a non-baby project...simultaneously she was back in Norway for Christmas and discovered that her Dad had recently acquired " one of these old farm-shirts custom-made for himself. You can't buy them...but they are so nice and there is so much history behind the shirts. I was intrigued... 6 months later, after a lot of work (during the kiddos nap-time) and a successful Kickstarter campaign, Hovden was a little business. And now Hovden is [1] year old!"

Me: What do you love most about living, designing, creating in Portland?
Ingvill: There is a culture here which gives people 'permission' to MAKE and start their own little business. So there is big community here of creators and makers. It's great to know that you are not alone..people out there are doing it too. And people seem happy to share experiences and give advice to the newcomers. The shirts are also sold in about 5 Scandinavian stores throughout the USA, in a couple of stores in Norway and locally, This is Folklore is carrying the shirts.

 

What's an exciting fact about you that people may not know? I have my Masters Degree in Wine Business, and worked in the wine industry before I changed tracks. I knew nothing about making clothing or the fashion industry when I started, so it has been a steep, but fun learning curve. 


 What do you listen to while working and/or creating?                                                                                                                                                                                    Ingvill: I have a 2 year old, so mostly, I like quiet when I work  ; ) 

What's next after Coalesce?

Ingvill: Hovden is going to have a booth at Norsk Hostfest in Minot, ND. Over a 4 day period 80,000 people with Scandinavian roots will come to this festival. These people are familiar with the old work shirts that Hovden is recreating, so it's a good fit. 

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John Fish is the adept designer behind This is Folklore. There exists a slight mystery behind the fruitage he presents. He opened his own shop in NE, November 2014 and the pieces he offers for sale certainly speak for themselves with solid craftsmanship and well thought out design, but here's what can be known of him thus far:

Me: How did you get in to what you're doing and how long have you been at it?   

John: Having expensive taste and no dough. Forever.

When did you open up shop?                                                                                                                                                                                                                            November, 2014.


What do you love most about living, designing, creating in Portland?  
Not having a boss.
Where else can we find your stuff?  
This is Folklore
2926 NE Killingsworth, Portland Or.
The Common Tempo, Tokyo Japan
What are your other interests/ passions?
Antiques, skateboarding.


What's an interesting fact about you that people may not know?
I'm not actually Amish.
What do you listen to while working and/or creating?  
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

What's next after Coalesce?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Japan     

 

John will be selling hats, leather goods and some antiques at our pop-up shop. Saturday September 19th 12-4pm at Tillamook station. Keep updated here.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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