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Brand Profile | Raleigh Denim + Workshop October 15 2014

Hailing from the birthplace of American denim, North Carolina, Raleigh denim was founded and designed by husband and wife, Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko, in 2007. 
(photo courtesy of Raleigh Denim)

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.
(photo courtesy of  Raleigh Denim )

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

Show us your student or teacher ID and receive 20% off all full priced items for the month of September!

Let 'er Buck! September 10 2014

This 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.

In honor of our men's buyer being born and raised in Pendleton, OR, the ladies of the lounge are packing their bags and heading West... errrr, technically East, to embark on the festivities.

See what has inspired them below and as the old saying goes LET'ER BUCK!

 For the dudes: LVC 1970's Western shirt, Pendleton Let'er Buck cologne, Stanley flask, LVC 1947 501 jeans, vintage blanket.
For the lasses: Primecut palomino cross body, Izola "Put hair on your chest" flask, Current/Elliot "Perfect Shirt", H by Hudson Riley boots, Made & Crafted empire high waist jeans. 







Follow the ladies on their rodeo adventure this weekend on Instagram at @lizardloungepdx!




Currently Channeling | The Sandlot August 15 2014

Baseball, denim, throwback tees, and sneakers, these are a few of our favorite things. So when we got the Shwood Canby Slugger set and PF Flyers in stock, we instantly were inspired to recreate the look seen in The Sandlot (not so coincidentally one of our favorite movies). 

Shwood's Canby Slugger Select set

In honor of 130 years of baseball, Shwood teamed up with Louisville Slugger to celebrate American craftsmanship's involvement in the sport. Only 200 sets were handmade, using USA grown ash wood that was harvested in New York. The glasses feature the iconic paint dipped detail Slugger uses for their bats on each of the legs. Each box contains a baseball card, glasses case, the Canby Sluggers, and half of a bat (the other half was used to make said sunnies).

PF Flyers

As you may remember, these All-American classics were the essential component for Benny "The Jet" when he saves the Babe Ruth ball from the notorious junk yard dog. Don't remember? Check out the scene below!





"You're killing me smalls!"


On Charlie: Shwood Canby Slugger Select set, LVC 1950's sports tee, Naked and Famous Dirty Fade jeans, PF Flyers The Sandlot shoes.

On Ashley: Fetch Eyewear Felix glasses, LVC 1950's sports tee, Naked and Famous The Straight jean, PF Flyers Center Hi shoes.

"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

Join us this TODAY from 12-4pm for our Father's Day trunk show featuring Portland based brands One Man Made, Otter Wax, and Harding & Wilson.

We will be serving complimentary old fashion's poured by special guest mixologist, Arsenio Torres.

One Man Made: A fairly new brand to the fine leather good's scene, OMM is a one man operation focusing on minimalistic design using high quality leather sourced from the US. 

Otter Wax: An all natural fabric care, leather care, and apothecary line produced by hand. Chris, the brains and hands behind the brand, will be on site today giving product demonstrations!

Harding & Wilson: Inspired by turn of the century style and NW influences, H&W has shown us that bow ties are not just for black tie affairs and quirky algebra teachers, but instead, are for everyone. acceptable for everyday wear.  From concept to production, each tie is handmade in Portland.

Don't forget! Tomorrow is Father's Day.

(photos courtesy of designers' websites)








LIZARD LOUNGE WAREHOUSE SALE March 26 2014

For directions, here's a link to Google Maps!


Meet The Makers | Primecut & Upper Metal Class March 13 2014



Brand Profile: The West Is Dead February 22 2014


Occasionally we come across a brand whose story is just as compelling as the clothing they produce. One of our newest brands, The West Is Dead, is the perfect example of that.


The Story

The company was started in Montana by two friends Kaelen McCrane and Will Cheng.  Both having an admiration for American heritage and a desire to revive the dwindling tradition of craftsmanship, they teamed up and started The West Is Dead.  Knowing they wanted to produce everything in the United States, they emptied their savings and headed west for Los Angeles. Since neither had experience in manufacturing or the fashion industry (with the exception of an outdoor retailer both used to work at), they relied solely on ambition and perseverance to get the line out there. After showing at their first trade show they received stellar feed back and moved forward with the line. Today, McCrane and Cheng have kept the company small in order to serve high-quality, hand made clothing to their customers making sure every detail is just right.  

The Clothing
Each piece is hand made in LA using high quality, raw materials with an emphasis on structure, function, style, and quality. 




Partnerships

Besides from making beautifully constructed garments in the US, another big goal of the brand is to collaborate with different foundations to help preserve and protect the American West.  For their first partnership, they teamed up with the Intertribal Buffalo Foundation.



The Intertribal Buffalo Council (ITBC) is a non-profit organization comprised of 57 American Indian nations and 15,000+ head of buffalo. The mission of ITBC is to coordinate and assist American Indian tribes in helping return the buffalo to their native land.


So as you can see, we are extremely excited The West Is Dead is now available at the lounge!

For more information follow the West Is Dead on: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

(Photos courtesy of thewestisdead.com)

American Psycho x Denham February 03 2014


It's no secret we kind of have a "thing" for denim. Some may call us "denim heads" (although we prefer connoisseurs), but just because we take our denim seriously doesn't mean we do the same for ourselves. So, when we saw the guys over at Denham filmed a parody on the movie American Psycho combining two of our favorite things, denim and coffee, we were instantly intrigued.

Bravo guys, bravo.

Now if you'll excuse us, we have to go return some videotapes.

Artist of the Month: Arielle Adkin's January 11 2014

With a New Year brings new art and this month we are featuring Portland artist Arielle Adkin's Blue Print series.

Inspired by "natures ability to thrive in a man made world", each series evolves around society's struggles to incorporate man, hand, and nature made made elements into our lives.

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?

Sapphire Hotel.

Venue?

Mississippi Studios.

Hang out spot?

Landmark Saloon!

*Landmark's Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Dip is a cheese lover's dream

What are some of your fall essentials?

Anything mustard color and a waxed jacket.

What are your current Lizard Lounge obsessions?


Horny Toad - Wellfleet Shirt ($72)


J Brand - Mid-Rise Skinny in Skylar ($210)


Revere jewelry (Price varies)



Richer and Poorer - Dreamer socks ($12)


Wolverine - Arc boot ($300)

Stop in the store to see all this great product in person and say hello to Brittany!





Railcar Fine Goods X Lizard Lounge October 03 2013

Manufactured in Arcadia, California, Railcar Fine Goods hand makes each garment using both American Cone Mills and Japanese denim. While they typically specialize in men's and women's jeans, they are expanding their creativity and craftsmanship into what is now officially called Deuce 600 Jacket.  

Based off the traditional Type 2 jacket, the Deuce 006 is constructed using triple chain stitching for durability and Japanese over-dyed black and over indigo blue on slubby yarn.  Over time, the over-dyed black will fade allowing the indigo to emerge creating a shadow effect. The result? A beautiful jacket that will last you for years.


(Photo courtesy of RailcarFineGoods.com)

On October 5th from 12-4pm, stop by Lizard Lounge for the official release party of the Deuce 006 Jacket.  Not only will we have complimentary Roy Rogers, but the fellas have a chance to win a pair of jeans. The good news doesn't end there either! Ladies, we will also have women's styles for you to try on.  The best part? Try them on, upload and take @lizardloungepdx and @railcarfinegoods to Instagram for a shot at winning an Lizard Lounge gift card.

So come hang out and meet the man behind it all, enjoy drinks, denim and have a good time!


Naked and Famous September 08 2013

We have some exciting news for our lady customers...
We are now carrying Naked and Famous denim!

The Canada based company is known for their innovative and sometimes unconventional approach towards denim (if you've ever heard of scratch and sniff denim, this is that brand).  Using only rare Japanese fabric, they combine the methods of old techniques with modern fits. 



One thing we love about the brand is their dedication to quality rather than celebrity endorsements and product placements. Because of this, their prices are affordable, not to mention they feel fantastic.

The following are available now:







Our BIGGEST sale yet is going on NOW! August 31 2013



Style in the Pearl August 11 2013

Last 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

Ever wonder what it takes to make a pair Shwood sunglasses? Well thanks to Hypebeast, you are now able to get a special look at the craftsmanship that goes into each style everyone is STILL talking about.




The Maak Soap Tour July 03 2013

One 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.


Lizard Lounge's women's buyer and merchandiser: Kelsie Morrow (a.k.a fish taco/vintage connoisseur)


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

We love First Thursdays for several reasons. Not only does it mean winter is officially over, but it allows us to relax and hang out with some of our favorite bands and customers.

Big thanks to Denver for providing the soundtrack for the evening and Windmer Bro's for the complimentary beer.  






Bad dreams were kept away with the dreamcatchers hand made by our friends and featured artists Carma and Scott. Truly breathtaking.






















We're doing it all over again this Thursday, June 6 from 7-9pm.

Music: Palace Fiction
Artist: Ryan McClure
Non-Profit: Dress for Success

See you all there!







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.

You can view Gradischer's work on her website and on her bog

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

About Woolrich

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.



Our Film Pick: Kon-Tiki

Kon-Tiki is the ultimate adventure flick on the high-seas without any eyeliner wearing pirates. The film follows ethnographer and rookie seamen, Thor Heyerdah, on his 4,000 mile journey across the Pacific on a wooden raft to prove his theory that the Polynesian Islands were settled by South Americans. Based on Heyerdahl’s own documentary and book about his real-life adventure, the movie’s cinematic grandeur and edge-of-your-seat suspense will keep you and your date’s hearts racing. Catch a screening of Kon-Tiki at Whitsell Auditorium on February 17th at 7:30pm or Regal Lloyd Center 4 on February 19th at 6:00pm.

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.
Valentine's Day Look for Women
QSW Blue Stone Floral Dress, Maison Scotch Boxy Sweater, Nau Shroud of Purrin Trench, Swedish Hasbeens Grandma Boots, Sahlia Michelle Earrings, Julie Nolan Bracelet, Melange Roll-On Perfume, Seaecho Clutch

Our Music Pick: ACS

The triple threat jazz group, ACS (Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding), combines three of the best female jazz musicians today, and is a must see at this year’s Portland Jazz Festival. Grammy Award winners and masters at their craft, ACS pushes the boundaries in the contemporary jazz realm. Catch their performance at Newmark Theater on February 24th at 7:00pm.

Valentine's Day Look for Him  

Dress to impress at the Portland Jazz Fest with a fitted button-down, wool vest, cable-knit sweater and slick black boots. Opt for colored jeans instead of regular blue, and don't forget the finishing touches with some pomade and a touch of cologne for a polished look.  

Valentine's Day Look for Men

LVC Shawl Collar Cardigan, What Goes Around Comes Around Jacoba Vest, Nau Interwoven Shirt, West Third Brand Marche De Tabac Cologne, Imperial Gel Pomade, Nixon Chronicle SS Watch, Wolverine Addison Boots, Baldwin Denim - The Reed Duck Canvas, Billykirk 12" Carry All