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Mentorship in a Turbulent Time

Think back to your beginnings as a designer. Do you remember someone who took the time to review your work or offered a tip that helped you navigate your first steps into the field? You could be that person to someone else.

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2020 Festival Postponed

Based on our current research and understanding, we have made the hard decision to postpone Design Week Portland. The festival is now slated to run August 1-8, 2020.

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Fabi Reyna

Allyson Marrs

Mexican-born and Portland-based Fabi Reyna is a guitarist and the magazine’s founder and editor-in-chief—the result of being fed up with women’s roles in music magazines (you know the types: wearing clothes as thin as the guitar strings they’re not playing). She Shreds was started in 2012 as the world’s only print publication dedicated to women guitarists and bassists, a platform where “people can listen, see and experience what it means to be a woman who shreds.”

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Alejandra Oyervides

Allyson Marrs

Alejandra Oyervides launched her Ale O Moda label in fall 2018, debuting at Fade to Light, a Portland fashion show known for its unique experience. The introduction was fitting, as Alejandra has since won UpNXT’s Emerging Designer Award and its People’s Choice Award for a style that’s modern...almost futuristically so. During Design Week Portland 2020, Alejandra will present her first solo runway show, where her newest collection will be on display, with past collections set up as an exhibit.

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Breaking Borders: Just Beyond the Border

Lisa Dougherty

Industry, an independent global agency hosted an illuminating conversation during Design Week Portland with four boundary-breaking artists: Alan V. Favero, Mariana Garcia, Alonso Murillo, and Ricardo Gonzalez.

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A Nod to Mod Celebrates the Scooter Community and Mod-Inspired Fashion

Lisa Dougherty

Celebrating the scooter community and mod-inspired fashion, A Nod to Mod was a fast hit during Design Week Portland 2019.

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Melvin and Nick Lee

Allyson Marrs

Run by father-son team, Melvin and Nick, Studio Signs Co. is tethered to Portland’s history. Founded in 1963 by Dean G. Stanley and taken over by Melvin in 1984, the shop has experienced waves of the industry’s changes throughout the decades, yet has always managed to stick to its artistic promise: made by hand.

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Abibat Durosimi

Allyson Marrs

Abibat Durosimi is the President and Creative Director of Tabiba Styles, an agency in Portland specializing in makeup, hair extensions, and natural hairstyling. Her newest venture, BLOOM Beauty Collective, is lifting up fellow creatives while giving back to the community. We learn more about Abibat’s process and her plans for BLOOM’s big runway show at Design Week Portland this April.

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Placemaking for a Sustainable Future

Placemaking has the power to improve the quality of life for future generations. The team at EYELEVEL asked how can we use our businesses, brands, and institutions as catalysts for positive change? How do we design spaces that allow us to gain efficiencies, work on what we love, make purchasing decisions, and all of the in-between?

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Luise Gnizak

Allyson Marrs

Meet Luise Gnizak, our 2020 DWP Design Fellow. This German native and Portland transplant is a graphic designer and art director, whose studio, Studio Werken, has done work for art and cultural institutions worldwide. We asked about how her European roots influence her work and what she’s most looking forward to tackling for the festival.

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Marcela Dyer

Allyson Marrs

Known especially for custom orders, as well as revitalizing vintage clothing, Marcela Dyer is a fashion designer devoted to the feel of fabric. Her upcoming collection, Wild Woman, a collaboration with textile artist Laura Renée Maier, is focused on a message rather than solely the event that inspired it: the 2017 Women’s March.

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Adam Arnold

Allyson Marrs

Ready to wear. Made to measure. Adam Arnold is a local fashion designer who makes garments known for their impeccable fit. Part tailor, part designer, fully custom—Adam does everything analog, and for the past 20 years, he’s been in business for himself, dressing clients and guiding them through the intricacies of the made-by-hand process.