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Snow Peak x Nau: Q&A with Peter and Carma

Posted by Alison Wu | September 16th, 2014 | Filed under Design, Partnerships, Photography, Travel, Who We Are

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This week, designers Peter Kallen and Carma Ferrier reveal their favorite pieces from the recent Snow Peak x Nau fall collaboration and give us some insight into the inspiration behind the capsule collection. Check out the entire Snow Peak x Nau collection, here.

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How did the collaboration with Snow Peak come about? 

We had been following their brand and the product that they had been making over the years. We are big fans of the brand and its aesthetic, sensibility and attention to detail. We’ve always been attracted to the way they reference classic camping and outdoor gear, but done with better materials and with a more refined and minimized approach. When they opened their North American headquarters here in Portland, a conversation started, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to share design sensibilities from different platforms. It just seemed like a natural collaboration.

How did you approach the blending of both brands into the collection?

It was actually pretty seamless because of our aesthetics and how refined both of the brands are, so bringing them together was just natural. It felt really effortless. In the early conversations when we were sharing concepts, everyone was on the same page right from the beginning. We saw it as a new opportunity to explore this blurry genre of fewer things doing more – breaking down the barriers of what is expected around a campsite. Asking the question, “What are the essentials?”

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What other things inspired the collection? 

The sense of interaction with the garment is one of the biggest cues that informs new design for us. Fabrics, always. Cuts, old references to Japanese heritage, but making them modern and applicable to life today. Versatility, always having the right piece for layering. A reductionist, minimalist approach, so you end up with an item that is just perfect for what you need.

What are your favorite pieces in the collection?

Carma: The Felt Up Jacket. It’s like wearing an old leather jacket. It will shape to your body and your elbows. It’s the most high quality wool. You can have this piece for the rest of your life.

Peter: The Hokkaido Blazer. It is 3-layer technology done in a more familiar, blazer silhouette. It has waterproof zippers, access zip portals that get into inside pockets whether it be on the Checkmate Shirt or the Felt Over Sweater. I love how the pieces interact together.

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What are the most interesting design features?

We love how the pieces layer together, how the dimensions work with each other. The portal pockets on the men’s pieces. With the women’s pieces, there are some really cool forms, dimensions and scale that you can play around with. The hood on the Kimono Trench and the collar on the Butterfly Dress. The mix of fabrics, too. We love how everything can work in the outdoors as well as an urban setting.

Why did you choose the three hardgoods (spork, chopsticks and wine tumbler) to be the essentials?

These pieces really represent the mobile, minimalist approach to what you might have at a campsite, or if you go for a picnic at the bluffs. You could take them anywhere – surfing, hiking, friend’s house, your own backyard.

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If the collection had a motto, what would it be?

Less is more.

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Snow Peak x Nau – Fall ’14 Collaboration

Posted by Alison Wu | September 10th, 2014 | Filed under Design, Partnerships, Photography, Travel

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Introducing our exclusive fall collaboration with Snow Peak – Japanese maker of fine outdoor goods. This capsule collection blends the best of two distinct cultures – Japanese time-honored craftsmanship and American invocation. Together, we bring you a line of urban performance apparel and lifestyle essentials designed to travel with you. Modern, refined and focused on versatility. Shop the men’s collection, here, and the women’s collection, here.

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

Posted by Alison Wu | September 8th, 2014 | Filed under Design, Partnerships, Photography

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Lindsey Alonzo, the Portland-based jewelry designer behind LunaSol, sat down with the ladies of the Portland Supply Co. for the third installment of our Makers Series. Inspired by the textures and colors of jewelry from around the world, Lindsey incorporates detailed metal work with a handcrafted aesthetic. Lindsey’s adventurous spirit and passion for global culture are evident in her line of jewelry. P.S. Co. caught up with Lindsey at her favorite Portland institutions, including one of our favorites -¿Por Que No?, to find out the 5 things she can’t live without, why she believes style and function go hand-in-hand and where she goes to get away from it all. Check out her answers, here, shop LunaSol, here and check out Lindsey’s favorite Nau pieces, here.

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Staff Picks: Women’s Fall ’14

Posted by Alison Wu | September 4th, 2014 | Filed under Design, Photography, Who We Are
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Epiphany wearing the Twisted Short Sleeve Shirt and Lapiz Skirt.

Epiphany – Customer Care

Favorite piece from the Fall 2014 collection?  Twisted Short Sleeve Shirt

Why is it your favorite?  The cut and draping of this shirt are amazing! The fabric feels luxurious and looks beautiful dressed up or down, and can be easily worn with skirts, shorts, or pants – even tucked into the high-waisted Lapiz Skirt.

Where would you wear this piece, and what would you be doing?  I would wear this piece pretty much anywhere! The loose fit would make it ideal for early fall bike rides to the river or warm evening concerts in the park.

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Model, Annie, wearing the Felt Up Jacket and Tech-Nique Dress

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Favorite piece from the Fall 2014 collection?  Felt Up Jacket

Why is it your favorite?  I love the versatility in styling – from casual to chic.

Where would you wear this piece, and what would you be doing?  Worn with jeans and a long tee for happy hour with the girls, or pair it with the Repose Slitdress for an evening date.

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Bry wearing the Randygoat Hoody.

Bry - Wholesale Sales and Marketing

Favorite piece from the Fall 2014 collection?  Randygoat Hoody

Why is it your favorite?  I love the extra length on this hoody combined with the super soft micro fleece on the inside. 

Where would you wear this piece, and what would you be doing?  It’s such a versatile piece that I see pairing with leggings on a cold night around the house, or using it as the perfect base layer for a day on the mountain. All three colors in my closet now, please!

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Model wearing the Twisted Shirt Dress.

Allison – Creative Director

Favorite piece from the Fall 2014 collection?  Twisted Shirt Dress

Why is it your favorite?  Modern minimalism with pockets.

Where would you wear this piece, and what would you be doing?  Definitely riding my bike, and probably screen printing, too (not while on bike).

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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Peter’s daily essentials

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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