April Is Almost Over: Top Style & Design Things to Do

From fashion shows to warehouse sales to basket weaving, there are lots of ways to finish April strong.

By Claire Colby April 18, 2016

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Portland Sewing and the Portland Fashion Institute's Fashion Forward event

An Inside Look at Tanner Goods
Tuesday, April 19, 2–5 p.m., Tanner Goods Workshop 
If you love leather goods and small Portland-based artisan workshops, you should swing by Tanner Goods Workshop to catch one of its free, guided tours. Explore where the magic happens while getting the chance to sit in the workshop's vintage A-100 Tradesman Van.

For Birds and People Open House
Tuesday, April 19, 4–9:30 p.m., Tillamook Station
Support local arts education programs by drinking, listening to music, watching live silk-screening, and checking out 41 wacky custom birdhouses created by local artisans. If you find a birdhouse that’s calling your name, nab it at the auction to decorate your yard. All proceeds go to the Right Brain Initiative, a Portland-based arts education advocacy program that supports students in grades K–8.

Portland Monthly's Open House!
April 22, 4–7 p.m., Portland Monthly offices
As part of the Design Week festivities, visit our offices in the heart of downtown, meet our staff, and witness the magic of making a magazine. (It's more than just staring at Microsoft Word docs, we promise.) We'll have cocktails from RAFT, the Bitter Housewife, and Americano, and beer from Blue Moon Brewing. Proletariat Butchery will serve up an assortment of cuts, Vtopia Cheese Shop & Deli will supply a vegan cheese platter and Olympia Oyster Bar will shuck 30 dozen fresh oysters on the half shell with house accoutrements of pickled serranos, key limes, and tapatio. Plus, we've got a photo booth with a Portland Monthly cover backdrop for “Designer of the Year.”

The Process is the Inspiration: Swift + Tanner Goods
Friday, April 22, 5:30–8 p.m., lecture at 6 p.m.
House Industries’ Andy Cruz will speak in Swift’s new Slabtown office space about how he's turned personal interests in everything from fonts to space travel into commercial success. 

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Learn to make a Sally Bag on Saturday, April 23.

Wasco Weaving: Sally Bags 
Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Wildcraft Studio School
Wildcraft Studio School—a contemporary craft, textiles arts, and design studio—offers a workshop led by master weaver and Wasco native Pat Courtney Gold, focusing on the history and tradition of Wasco weaving from the Columbia River area. Learn to make a Sally Bag the traditional way and get a brand new tote at the same time. It’s a win-win. 

Warehouse Sale
Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., 1420 SE Water Ave
For one day only, get up to 90 percent off merchandise from Altar PDX, Make It Good, Nelly & Mary, North of West, and Pigeon Toe. Don’t miss out on this huge warehouse sale. Everything must go! 

Fashion Forward 
Saturday, April 23, 6–9 p.m., Location TBA
Portland Sewing and the Portland Fashion Institute team up yet again to bring the Fashion Forward event to Design Week. Composed of Portland’s best up-and-coming independent designers, past shows have wowed attendants with aerial displays, showrooms, and a runway show. All proceeds support the PFI Fashion Design Scholarship for Teens.

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Vintalier is one featured vendor at Flea + Food.

Flea + Food
Sunday, April 24, 11–4 p.m., SE 6th Ave and Salmon
The brainchild of Portland native and founder of Portland Flea, Kate Sullivan, Flea + Food is a new monthly market featuring vintage, artisan goods, and delicious eats. Jacobsen Salt Co. and Rejuvenation will be co-producers of the project. Held on the last Sunday of each month (except December), it's best described as a vintage and craft market with a food pod. Featuring décor and furniture, accessories and apparel, makers’ showcases and collaborations inside of Rejuvenation, a combination of vintage and new artisan goods in a tented outdoor space. See our full write-up here. 

Grayling Jewelry Couture Event 
Thursday, April 28, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Grayling
Ever wanted a piece of jewelry that was handcrafted to specifically suit your style? Now’s your chance. Get a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry, created for you, at Grayling Jewelry’s first couture event. Browse the shop’s reserved collection of stones and have a private consultation to bring your vision to life. By appointment only.

Cupcakes and Cashmere Launch Party 
Saturday April 30, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Mabel and Zora 
Come enjoy mimosas and cupcakes from Cupcake Jones while perusing the new brand line from blogger and designer Emily Schuman, Cupcakes and Cashmere. Enter the raffle for a chance to win Schuman’s new book and a dress from the new line.

GCB Spring Blowout Sale!
Wednesday-Wednesday, April 20-27, Gypsy Chic
Take advantage of this week-long shopping extravaganza! In store, get 20 percent off Gypsy Chic Line, 10 percent off Nomads new arrivals, 30 percent off Effie's Heart, 20-30 percent off CMC Trench Hoodies and 30-70 percent off all fall clearance clothing. Want to shop from a distance? Get 10 percent off the entire online store using the code: gcspring16.

REIFhaus Sample Sale
Saturday, April 23, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., 729 SE Morrison St.
Get samples from the labels Object, Notary Ceramics, Sara Barner, Brookes Boswell, Ara Handbags, and Better Late Than Never at REIFhaus at its new studio space.

Wild Fang Presents… Free Speech
Wednesday, April 27, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Wild Fang
Want to eat Sizzle Pie, drink Union Wine, and listen to some of Portland’s “most badass women” share their most intimate and inspiring stories? If yes, come check out Free Speech. The event is $10 at the door or free to purchasing customers in the past 30 days. 10 percent of proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood.

Speakers include: Ship's Captain & Global Adventurer Randi Whipple, Actress and comedian Wendy Westerwelle, Chief Sustainability Officer at Nike Hannah Jones, W+K’s Sheida Karami,  Co-Founder & CEO at Swift Liz Valentine, and VP of Merchandising at Nike Global Running May Shelstadt.

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