Winning Finds

Women’s Boxing Gloves to American West–Style Gin, November’s Best Local Goods

Oregon makers get it done.

By Eden Dawn October 10, 2016 Published in the November 2016 issue of Portland Monthly

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Society Nine founder Lynn Le, a mixed martial artist and Krav Maga brown belt, named her company after Title IX, the landmark 1972 federal law stating that no school program can discriminate on the basis of sex. Now Le’s team works with female athletes to test the company’s boxing gloves, wraps, and apparel to make sure they’re as much function as fashion. $8–120

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With a focus on fruit and botanicals as ingredients, products from vegan, cruelty-free local skin care line Fountain of Youth could nearly double as smoothies. Founder Julie Brackenbury claims the healthy ingredients can curb rosacea, acne, and even sagging skin. $14–65

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Designer WookieFields’s fall line of streetwear-ready menswear includes charcoal terry tees, modern mandarin collar button ups, and oversize hoodies. The three-year-old company, Jaefields, named after the designer’s Korean roots, opened a collaborative store downtown this summer with everything from apparel production to hair appointments on site. $36–350

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It’s inevitable: every mass shooting prompts an onslaught of tweets from politicians, with little real-world follow-up. That’s why a group of creatives at Wieden & Kennedy compiled #ThoughtsAndPrayers: Comforting Tweets from Powerful Hypocritesa book that collects the empty condolences of many pro-gun politicians. Proceeds from the book, which includes a foreword by comedian Sarah Silverman, have already raised more than $15,000 for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. $25

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Cascade Street Distillery, based in Sisters, unleashes a new booze into the world with a gin that smells just like the neighborhood. “We wanted to take the essence of Central Oregon and put it in a bottle,” says owner Nick Beasley of the spirit loaded with handpicked juniper berries, desert sage, and ponderosa pine pods. “And with Sisters being an old western outlaw town, we wanted to make this an American West–style gin.” $30

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