Trophy Case: The Best Local Stuff of November 2015

This month’s hottest locally made goods, from a blanket homage to the Pacific Crest Trail to leather iPhone wallets.

By Marty Patail October 19, 2015 Published in the November 2015 issue of Portland Monthly

1115 blanket woopze

Image: Michael Novak



Pennsylvania-based clothing company Woolrich crosses the continent with this handsome lightweight blanket honoring the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Plus, it’s sewn and crocheted in the USA, and a portion of sales benefited the PCT Association. All the feels! $185


1115 orox fjza2i

Image: Orox


A portmanteau of Oregon and Oaxaca, the Portland leather company OROX’s name pays homage to the Martinez family’s sandal-making business started in Mexico 82 years ago. Part wallet, part iPhone 6 case, the Utilis Classic is a modern-rustic mash-up, with space for 20 business cards and cash. $70

1115 tool roll ryoaxs

Image: Mettle


Mettle Cycling produces “soft goods for hard people,” like neckerchiefs and cycling caps in preppy florals and seersucker. Mettle’s waxed canvas Tool Roll comes with a CO2 cartridge and inflator head by Portland Design Works, a tire lever, and a traditional tube and fits snugly under a bicycle seat. $68–115

1115 cornbread aqukwa

Image: Neologic Labs



The Cornbread app lets you leave a digital message in a bottle: words, image, or video, wherever you happen to be. When other users walk over that same spot, their phones notify them. Portland’s Neologic Labs hopes to inspire tour guides, teachers, travelers, and touring musicians. Free




1115 sill planters dldtbk

Image: Mingleware


Handmade in Portland by ceramics masters Mingleware, the glazed stoneware Sill Planters add a sparkle of bright spring sophistication to your windows in the dead of winter. The planters come in three sizes that fit snugly together like puzzle pieces, so you can mix and match a design that works for you. From $60

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