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Early Fall ’14: Versatility Defined

Posted by Alison Wu | August 20th, 2014 | Filed under Design, Photography, Sustainability, Who We Are

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Introducing the first of our Fall 2014 collection. Versatility defined: Clean, intuitive silhouettes that easily navigate the elements, urban or otherwise, without compromising style and sophistication. A line of apparel designed to travel with you. Crafted from organic cotton, Merino wool, recycled polyester, TENCEL® and other premium sustainable fabrics, this collection features blazers, shirts, dresses, and pants that are built to thrive in whatever your environment. Check out the men’s collection, here, and the women’s collection, here. Over the next several weeks, we will be introducing more of the Fall ’14 collection, so be sure to keep checking back as we start to roll out our colder weather styles including down and Cocona insulated trenches and jackets.

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Sneak Peek: Fall 2014 Collection

Posted by Alison Wu | August 5th, 2014 | Filed under Design, Photography, Sustainability, Who We Are

Our Fall 2014 collection draws inspiration from our travels and experiences in our surroundings. A study of the comparisons and contradictions between the man-made and natural worlds influenced our designs. We looked at the weather conditions they each present, the body motions they both require and our need to be protected from some of their exposure. With all of this in mind, we designed a collection that continues to define modern urban and outdoor apparel. From weekdays at the office to happy hour with friends to weekends adventuring on the coast and in the desert, this collection offers the versatility and durability required for an active, mobile lifestyle without sacrificing sophistication and impeccable tailoring.

Take a peek at our Fall 2014 collection. Sign up for our newsletter to learn when these styles and more are available.

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Adventure Awaits: 40 Feet Off the Ground

Posted by Alison Wu | July 31st, 2014 | Filed under Outdoor Sport, Photography, Travel
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Photo taken by Ethan Furniss.

Every summer we pack our down jackets, cameras and mountain bikes and head off to stay for a long weekend at one of the many historic fire lookouts available for rent all across the US. These restored lookouts, with their 360-degree views of the surrounding area, rustic amenities and rather secluded environments provide an intimate and awe-inspiring alternative to other sheltered camping. A weekend at a lookout is a few days in which to seek adventure, reflection and the rewarding satisfaction of time spent with nature. Want to try it out? Read along for some tips.

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Photo taken by Ethan Furniss.

1. Plan ahead. There are a plethora of fire lookouts to choose from all over the US and Canada (some in Australia too!). Not all are available for overnight stay, and ones that are fill up quickly! Make your summer or fall reservations early, and keep in mind that the rental window depends on the location of each lookout. Learn more about rentals in the US, here. Information on visiting international lookouts can be be found, here.

2. Pack a puffy. Although summer days up in a sunny fire lookout can get pretty hot, the nights can get wonderfully chilly. You may decide to take a night hike or ride, watch for shooting stars or take some long exposure shots of the night sky, so remember to pack appropriately. You will be happy to have your Nau M2 Beanie and Down Stole or Sweater when the temperature drops.

3. Remember water. Most fire lookouts are rustic to say the least. Accommodations can include electricity, beds/cots, wood burning stoves or ovens, but amenities depend on each lookout. Most do not have water nearby, so remember to pack as much water as you will need for the entire trip, including drinking water for people and dogs, as well as water for doing dishes and bathing.

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Photo taken by Epiphany Couch.

4. Read up on fire lookout history. Most lookouts come with rich histories of their time as proud symbols of forest conservation. Spend some time looking at the log books, maps and reading materials in the lookout. Many lookouts still have Osborne Fire Finders that were used to estimate the location of a fire seen in the distance. Additionally, the Forest Fire Lookout Association has compiled a wonderful collection of books on the topic. 5. Enjoy! Fire lookouts are a unique way to enjoy the outdoors. The panoramic views from a lookout can be truly breathtaking. Depending on where you decide to visit, activities can include hiking, biking, berry picking, birding, star gazing and swimming. A visit to a lookout is unlike any other camping experience – unique in the fact that high above the ground, swaying ever so slightly, one can find a quiet solitude that is often missing in our daily lives.

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Photo taken by Ethan Furniss.

Words by Epiphany Couch.

Work Hard, Play Hard: Desert Quest

Posted by Bryanna | July 29th, 2014 | Filed under Outdoor Sport, Personal Reflection, Photography, Travel, Who We Are

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Early this July, we had planned meetings with a few of our vendors in Park City. I joked with friends that I would go on a southern Utah vision quest before heading into a few days of line showings. The plan got put in place: three days, two nights and see where I end up. I’d have to say, it wasn’t a drug induced spiritual revolution, but it sure was an awesome three days in the sun.

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I made my way south to Torrey, Utah just outside of Capitol Reef National. I’d been through here on a past road trip and knew that I had to stop at Cafe Diablo, a local restaurant with stiff margaritas and a menu that changes nightly. I found a nice campground across the highway and rented a little cabin for the night, splurged on dinner and watched the super moon rise.

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I awoke the next morning and planned to get myself to Bryce Canyon, not without a few roadblocks along the way.

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The colors in southern Utah are what strike me the most. Often times I felt like I was driving through a distant planet, and the sight of water was incredible in such a stark, dry landscape. I threw on my suit and hiked up to this small waterfall for a dip. I watched an afternoon thunderstorm roll in and as the time between the flash of light and sound of thunder diminished, I decided I should make my way down the trail and back to the safety of the car.

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I reached Bryce Canyon National Park and found a tipi to rent for the night. The town of Bryce Canyon is interesting. I learned that one family owns all of the lodging and most of the restaurants at the entrance to the park. It felt more like the wild west theme of an amusement park than being in a national park. All the hotels had been fabricated to look like an old saloon or a barn; however, none of it could have been more than 20 years old.  I decided to leave my stuff and drive down all the roads that looked like they led to nowhere. I came out here to escape, not be hocked geodes from a man dressed like a gold miner.

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The next morning I had about a 6-hour drive back to Salt Lake. I wandered through the outskirts of Bryce Canyon, through all the farming communities and finally back on to I-15 – set towards civilization. With the dust of red rock covering both me and the car, I knew that the next two days of work would be just fine.

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P.S. Co. x Nau Makers Series: Harding & Wilson

Posted by Alison Wu | July 22nd, 2014 | Filed under Design Eye, Partnerships, Photography
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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.

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Harding & Wilson’s Chinook bow tie and Nau’s Altiplano Shirt

Shop Peter’s favorite items from our Spring/Summer ’14 collection, here.

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P.S. Co. x Nau Makers Series: Kiriko

Posted by Alison Wu | June 26th, 2014 | Filed under Design, Partnerships, Photography
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Dawn Yanagihara in the Kiriko studio.

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.

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Summer in the Utah Desert

Posted by Bryanna | June 24th, 2014 | Filed under Nau Events, Outdoor Sport, Personal Reflection, Photography, Travel, Who We Are

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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.

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Start-Off-The-Summer-Right Playlist

Posted by Alison Wu | June 17th, 2014 | Filed under Music, Travel, Who We Are

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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.

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Back from the Past: Birkenstock’s Return

Posted by Alison Wu | June 11th, 2014 | Filed under Design Eye, Personal Reflection, Uncategorized
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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.

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Portland Supply Co. Studio Visit

Posted by Alison Wu | May 28th, 2014 | Filed under Art, Design, Photography, Uncategorized, Who We Are

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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.

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