Trophy Case: Best Local Stuff of June 2015

This month's hottest locally made goods, from sunglasses made with compressed newsprint to designer bike commuter helmets

May 26, 2015 Published in the June 2015 issue of Portland Monthly

Shwood Canby sunglasses.

Inside its Portland workshop,Shwood is conducting what it calls “an experiment with nature,” producing frames from madrone wood, redwood burl, and compressed newsprint. These Canbysunglasses epitomize the company’s artsy-meets-Americana aesthetic. $219,

Pair of Thieves socks


Designer Alan Stuart describes his Pair of Thieves socks as “sneaky performance”—boutique meets athletic, with a hint of whimsy. The popular Kid and Dad matched sets add sophistication to your prodigy’s wardrobe and a “big kid” vibe to Dad’s (or Mom’s). $6,


Nutcase helmets




After making its name in “brain bucket” skate gear, Portland’s nine-year-old Nutcase Helmets is growing up. The company’s new minimalist Metroride line is designed for the everyday bike commuter. “It’s almost inevitable-looking,” says designer John Larkin, “like it wasn’t designed by anyone.” $80,

Saint Olio cleanning products




Saint Olio’s cleaning products pop with bright, nonchemical scents—like no. 3’s loamy blend of spruce, juniper, and citrus. “I want my products to evoke what was done in Old World apothecaries for hundreds of years,” says local creator Sherri Kaven. $18–20,

As single-cup brewers make their way to more home kitchens, the threat of a global K-cup trash avalanche is reaching crisis levels. The (Keurig-compatible) PürPod100 from Boyd’s Coffee is a compostable, sustainable alternative to the ubiquitous plastic containers.

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