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Staff Picks: Men’s Fall ’14

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

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Kyle Duford – Ecommerce Director

Favorite piece from the Fall 2014 collection?  Tripoly Jacket

Why is it your favorite? I love the hardshell feel and performance of this jacket without looking like I just got off K2.

Where would you wear this piece, and what would you be doing? Because it’s completely waterproof, I’ve worn it in a downpour, and I’ve worn it over a dress shirt and jeans – it works perfect in both circumstances. When I’m wearing this, it’s probably walking to Stumptown Coffee during a typical fall Portland morning rainstorm. Hood up (and an extra espresso shot) on extra soggy days.

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Nick Lawrence – Marketing Manager

Favorite piece from the Fall 2014 collection?  Treble Jacket

Why is it your favorite? I’m a sucker for wool outerwear. There’s just a classic look and feel of the material that I love, plus the wool just feels substantial. It’s like a great pair of raw selvedge denim. This jacket in particular is great because it uses the performance benefits of recycled polyester as an internal layer, so that the wool outer layer can be thinner and more comfortable without loosing the weather resistance. I love that I can shove this jacket into my bag when riding to work, which you can’t do with most wool coats.

Where would you wear this piece and what would you be doing? Walking the waterfront on a foggy/misty morning. Maybe we’re walking to grab some breakfast, or just out for a walk before heading into work. Wearing this jacket makes me feel like I need to be near the water on a chilly day, collar up against a light biting breeze.

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Tyson Wipper – Art Director

Favorite piece from the Fall 2014 collection?  Utility Bomber Hoody

Why is it your favorite?  The Utility Bomber is the perfect weight for fall/spring, and it offers enough rain protection for most misty Portland days.

Where would you wear this piece, and what would you be doing? This has been my go-to piece this fall. I love it for it’s comfort and for it’s styling, which hits a sweet spot that works equally as well for dining out as it does for trips to the hardware store.

Fall Mini Mix

Posted by Alison Wu | September 30th, 2014 | Filed under Music, Who We Are

Fall is under way, and we’re moving forward with the inspiration and energy of summer under our feet. Fall is a time to focus on setting intentions for the coming seasons. Often, our energies are lower, and we spend more time at home. We created this mini mix to keep you energized through the coming season. We hope this playlist keeps you on your toes and inspires you to think outside the box. Enjoy!

You can listen to the whole mix on Spotify, here, or click the individual YouTube links below.

Odesza – Say My Name

Little Dragon – Cat Rider (Poolside Remix)

London Grammar – Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me

Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again

FKA Twigs – Two Weeks

TOKiMONSTA – Steal My Attention

alt-J – Hunger of the Pine

SOHN – Artifice

Grimes – Go

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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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

Susan – Tech Designer

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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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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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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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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