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Highlighting the region’s most interesting people, places, and projects, and the inspiring stories that shape our unique design landscape.
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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.

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IDL Gameday

IDL Worldwide teamed up with the Portland Trail Blazers to showcase their 2018 season Gameday Posters for Design Week Portland.

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Comfortable?

In this case: a one-of-a-kind physical structure that questions our conventional ideas of comfort.

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Evan James Benally Atwood

Allyson Marrs

The greatest influences on my work are] queer Indigenous critiques on our modern society, the recovering of an Indian perspective on history, and the need to document some of our most marginalized community members fighting for what most of us take for granted. Read about Evan's incredible photographic and artistic endeavors, aimed at elevating those very communities.