Brand Profile | Raleigh Denim + Workshop October 15 2014Hailing from the birthplace of American denim, North Carolina, Raleigh denim was founded and designed by husband and wife, Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko, in 2007.
Determined to create the perfect jean, the duo worked with residents who had worked in the last Levi Strauss factory to learn older craftsmanship techniques while incorporating modern detailing. They remade machines from the 1920's for authenticity, making each pair by hand using White Oak Cone denim in Raleigh, North Carolina. Their first line debuted in 2008 and were selected to join the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Although they have had great success, their manufacturing team remains small. Each piece is numbered and signed by the "jeansmith" that made them, which makes them truly one of a kind.
Back to school! September 16 2014
Let 'er Buck! September 10 2014This weekend marks the 104th year of the famous Pendleton Roundup. Back in 1910, the rodeo shut down the town drawing over 7,000 spectators. Flash forward to now and it's one of the largest rodeos in the world with 50,000+ people riding in.
Currently Channeling | The Sandlot August 15 2014
Shwood's Canby Slugger Select set
"You're killing me smalls!"
"Heroes get remembered but legends never die, follow your heart kid, and you'll never go wrong."
Meet the Makers | Father's Day June 14 2014
Meet The Makers | Primecut & Upper Metal Class March 13 2014
Brand Profile: The West Is Dead February 22 2014
Each piece is hand made in LA using high quality, raw materials with an emphasis on structure, function, style, and quality.
American Psycho x Denham February 03 2014
Bravo guys, bravo.
Artist of the Month: Arielle Adkin's January 11 2014With a New Year brings new art and this month we are featuring Portland artist Arielle Adkin's Blue Print series.
For more information on Adkin's, visit distillart.com
Staff Picks : Brittany October 05 2013
Meet Brittany, our badass sales associate hailing from Southern California. This babe has style so effortlessly cool you could almost hate her if you didn't love her so much. She skates, she surfs, she sails and never takes herself too seriously. Did we mention she has an adorable pup named Bernard? Get to know Miss Britt a little better and see what she's into this season.
When you aren't working at Lizard Lounge, what do you do?
I study Film at PSU.
What is your favorite movie?
The Wedding Singer.
What is your favorite book?
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.
What is the last album you listened to?
Queen - Sheer Heart Attack.
In Portland, what is your favorite restaurant?
Hang out spot?
Anything mustard color and a waxed jacket.
What are your current Lizard Lounge obsessions?
Railcar Fine Goods X Lizard Lounge October 03 2013
Naked and Famous September 08 2013
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Our BIGGEST sale yet is going on NOW! August 31 2013
Style in the Pearl August 11 2013Last month, we were asked to participate in Style in the Pearl, a fashion show curated by different boutiques in the Pearl District here in Portland, OR. Unable to make it? Check out the video below!
Behind-the-Scenes with Shwood July 29 2013
The Maak Soap Tour July 03 2013One of the perks of working for Lizard Lounge and the Horny Toad company are the unique opportunities presented to the employees. In this case, sales associates Megan and Brooke were rewarded the experience to tour the Maak Soap Lab and even make their personalized fragrance
Here is their story told by Megan with photographs by Brooke:
"At Por que no, I drank a horchata with rum, Kelsie had a classic margarita, and Brooke had a jamaica margarita. Brooke said "Food is one of my favorite things to photograph!" We ate too much... a mess of tacos, salads with pumpkin seeds and beans, while old doo wop tunes were playing and a little black and white dog whined outside. It was perfect summer weather, breezy and in the 80s.
Maak is pronounced 'make,' and means 'create' in Dutch. We spent the afternoon making a bar of soap with Anoria Gilbert, who moved to Portland in 2009 with Taylor Ahlmark from Arizona and started Maak Soap. The couple learned to make soap through a lot of experimentation. "We had a lot of dirty friends that let us test on them!" says Anoria. Their soaps are now carried in many stores throughout the west coast as well as England, and will soon be found in New York and Japan too! Anoria says they market particularly toward men and the essential oils they use are less floral than a lot of soaps.
Our first step is making cold-processed soap was to choose our fragrances. After sniffing various bottles from a shelf, we decided on lavender, fir needle, and peppermint for our bar of soap. Next we looked on as Anoria heated up water and lye, a natural powder made from wood ash necessary for the chemical reaction resulting in soap. In another container, she combined and heated a mixture of coconut and olive oils, necessary to keep the lye from burning the skin. When the two mixtures reached the same temperature, 110 degrees, we mixed them together until they reached trace, or the consistency of cake batter. Then we added the fragrant essential oils and botanicals and poured the batter into a rectangular mold.
Then the curing process began, which takes about a month. The waiting period is essential so the soap can harden, and so the chemical processes can finish and prevent the user from being burned by lye!
Anoria was kind enough to give us some funky soap end cuts to tide us over until our bar is finished.
Thanks to Anoria, Maak Soap, and everyone at Beam & Anchor!"
It's that time again... June 05 2013
First Thursday | May June 04 2013
Big thanks to Denver for providing the soundtrack for the evening and Windmer Bro's for the complimentary beer.
Artist Profile: Ali Gradischer April 03 2013
We are excited to announce our 1st First Thursday artist of 2013, Ali Gradischer. Her collection ARTEMIS will be displayed for the month of April at Lizard Lounge with the opening reception on April 4th from 7-10pm. Ali is a designer, maker, and a conscientious ojecteur based in Portland, Oregon. Her current work explores space, place, and psychogeography through alternative photographic techniques, object-making, and repair. She graduated in 2011 with an MFA in Applied Craft and Design from the Pacific Northwest College of Art + Oregon College of Art and Craft.
Statement from the artist:
ARTEMIS is a collection of cyanotypes created during the months of January and February 2013 when I was an artist resident at the Nes Artist Residency in Skagastrond, Iceland. Through experimentation and deep observation, this new body of work explores how darkness, wild grit, and remoteness can be catalysts for creating meaningful work. The end product commemorates a season of process, story telling, and spirituality in the steady journey of finding one's soul voice.
ARTEMIS is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Cultural Council through a Professional Development Grant.
Woolrich Event March 15 2013
Celebrate the release of Woolrich's Made in USA blankets at Lizard Lounge
Complimentary cocktails from House Spirits
Complimentary beer from Hopworks
Food from Koi Fusion
Live music from Fair Weather Watchers
RSVP to the event on Facebook
Since 1830, Woolrich has made clothing for Americans to do their jobs and follow their passions outdoors. Founded by John Rich on the simple idea of making the best quality woolens for area woodsmen and settlers, Woolrich is now recognized around the world as The Original Outdoor Clothing Company. Woolrich carries on the tradition of its founder by making purposeful products for people to enjoy and explore the outdoors. The Woolrich Woolen Mill, located at the company's headquarters in Woolrich, Pennsylvania, is the oldest vertically integrated woolen mill operating in the United States, producing renown made in USA woolen fabrics sold to discerning brands worldwide. Learn more about Woolrich, its apparel, fabrics, accessories, home and outdoor products at www.woolrich.com
For updates follow Woolrich's Twitter and Instagram @WoolrichINC
Art Contest March 12 2013
Twenty very talented students from Christopher Shotola-Hardt's art class at Wilsonville High School are showing their artwork for the month of March at Lizard Lounge. Come in and vote for your top three favorites. The prizes for the winning students include $50, $100, and $200 gift cards to the store. The winners will be announced at the end of the month. All artwork is inspired by Lizard Lounge. There will be a reception on Sunday, March 17th from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. We will be posting images of each piece of artwork on our Facebook page throughout the month of March.
Valentine's Day Look for Her
Portland's International Film Festival only comes once a year, so it's the perfect opportunity to dress up for the movies. Layer a floral silk dress with a military inspired wool sweater for the perfect mix of sweet and bold. Add a pair of nude heels and matching shaped jewelry for the finishing touches.
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