Peter Lee wearing the Lightbeam Jacket and Altiplano Shirt
Peter Lee is the Co-Founder of Harding & Wilson, a Portland-based brand that creates bow and neck ties from materials sourced in the Pacific Northwest. Whether it is the contrast stitching or the hand-stamped packaging, each tie is handcrafted with attention to detail. Peter and his business partner, Alex Nguyen, blend turn-of-the-century style with their Northwest influence to create a product that can be worn casually or dressed up and that ideally will outlive its original owner being passed along through the generations. P.S. Co. caught up with Peter at his favorite Portland deli, Otto’s, to find out the 5 things he can’t live without, why he believes style and function go hand-in-hand, and where he goes to get away from it all. Check out his answers, here. Purchase one of the Harding & Wilson ties, here.
Harding & Wilson’s Chinook bow tie and Nau’s Altiplano Shirt
Shop Peter’s favorite items from our Spring/Summer ’14 collection, here.
We’re teaming up with Portland Supply Co. to feature a local Portland creative each month this summer through the P.S. Co. x Nau Makers Series. This collaboration aims to highlight the work of a Portland maker while gaining insight into their inspirations and what they love. First up: Dawn Yanagihara of Kiriko.
The trials of working in any sales-based industry are the annual tradeshows. The largest trade show in the outdoor industry, Outdoor Retailer, happens twice a year nestled between the Wasatch front and the great Salt Lake. After a week under fluorescent lights of the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, we often need a few days of desert sun, spiritual searching, and a bit of team bonding.
This past August we snagged some of our favorite Spring 2014 looks, piled in Mark’s Defender and headed out for gear testing in the Capitol Reef National Park. We spent three days exploring through slot canyons, hiking up desert ridges and sleeping under the stars. The landscape in southern Utah is quite shocking compared to the Oregon wilderness we call home. Often times we felt like we ended up on the surface of a whole different planet. From the reddish hues of dirt to the almost pure desolation of life, we found ourselves ohhing and aahing around every turn of the landscape. Enjoy these images from our journey.
Summer is almost here. It’s so close that we can hardly stand it. This Saturday to be exact. With summer comes backyard BBQing, music festivals, bike rides to the farmer’s market, floating the river, cold beers and tacos, and everything we love about life. We put this playlist together to get the summer started off right – a compilation of everyone here at Nau’s favorite songs for summer.
Monochromatic in the women’s Inte-great Pant and Birkenstocks.
If you haven’t heard or seen by now, Birkenstock‘s are back. In a major way. Having been a Birkenstock wearer for most of my teenage years and upon heading west for college gifting my 4 pairs to my mother, I was reluctant to get back on board with this trend. But after seeing chic women all over the world adapting Birkenstocks into their everyday style and making it look good, I decided to stop wasting time and order myself a pair, actually two pairs, of Arizona sandals. Flash forward a few weeks, and not only are my feet happier than ever, my love for Birkenstocks has never been stronger.
The Portland Supply Co. stopped by our NE Portland headquarters a few weeks ago to check out our studio space, see some of our new designs and chat with our designers, Peter and Carma. P.S. Co. launched in November of 2013 with the aim of connecting the Portland creative community with the larger global community. The blog features Portland makers, designers and artists showcasing their studios and creative processes. Through careful curation, the blog intends to create an insider’s guide to the aesthetic and culture of Portland. The 2 women behind the blog interviewed Peter, our men’s designer, to gain some insight into the inspiration behind the brand as well as why Portland is the perfect place for Nau to call home. Check out the blog post, here.
In his 2008 Ted Talk, Hans Rosling argued that the washing machine was the single greatest invention of the industrial revolution. Instead of spending hours every day collecting water, hand washing along an antiquated washboard, and hanging each garment on a clothesline, we were now free to read more books, learn new languages, go to school, and—yes—contribute to greenhouse gases.
While the washing machine has freed us up to enjoy a few (hundred) extra cups of coffee in the morning, it has also contributed significantly to the environmental footprint of a garment. Some say that over the course of a garment’s lifetime, up to 82% of energy use, 66% of solid waste, and over 50% of air emissions come from washing and drying. Surprisingly, more water and energy are used during consumer care than in production. That’s why, at Nau, we design our clothes to thrive using low-impact cleaning methods.
To make sure your Nau clothing lives a long life, we’ve compiled a few ideas to lighten your load. By following such practices, you not only guarantee your garment’s long life, you also join us in minimizing their impact on the earth. Read More »
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been following Travel Oregon‘s guest Instagrammers on their adventures through the 7 Wonders of Oregon. Follow along as we recount the highlights from their travels and offer up some of our advice on where to go and what to do. Read More »
Last month, we asked for nominations for our next Uncommoner. Submissions poured in: tool makers, bike builders, community organizers, milliners, compost cultivators. The choice was difficult. But after careful consideration, we’d like to introduce you to our newest Uncommoner. She’s an entrepreneur, teacher, food advocate, and Board member of Slow Food USA working at the crossroads of policy, education, and food sovereignty to change the way we eat. And she makes one mean cabbage dish. Meet Katherine Deumling, the Ambassador of Food and brainchild behind Cook With What You Have. Read More »
There is no denying our love for Oregon. We agree with our friends over at Travel Oregon:whoever named the 7 Wonders of the World must not have stepped foot in our home state. From the top of Mt. Hood, along the Coast, down the Columbia River Gorge, through the Painted Hills, up Smith Rock, across the Wallowas and around Crater Lake, The 7 Wonders of Oregon capture the magnificent diversity of this state’s landscape.
The Thought Kitchen is our effort at collective inquiry and its power to effect change. Have you ever noticed how the party is always in the kitchen? There are more walls to lean on and people are energized by the proximity to food and drink. Well, welcome to our kitchen, where we hope to tap into everything we love about that feeling—community, vivacious exchange, food for thought.