Winning Finds

Gorgeous Porcelain Smokeware to Classy Diaper Bags, April's Hottest Local Stuff

Take a peek at our favorite goods of the month, all made by women.

By Marty Patail March 20, 2017 Published in the April 2017 issue of Portland Monthly

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Do you own more bras than youever wear? Changewear‘s wire-free solution to drawer clutter is this convertible bra that gives you 12 different configurations of cups, strap lengths, and colors in a single piece. $150

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Gaudy, baby-themed prints are no more. Since 2013, Portland-born Leader Bag Co has reinvented the common diaper bag. “I was very pregnant. I was shopping around for a diaper bag, something that fits my husband’s style, and fits my style,” says Meghan Nesher, one of three sisters-in-law behind the company. “There was nothing fashionable or gender neutral.” After your toddler outgrows diapers, the bag’s built-in laptop sleeve extends its life indefinitely. $249

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A veteran of Mudshark and Relm Studios, master ceramics worker Ariel Zimman set out to make these gorgeous, stackable Geopipes to bring a touch of class to a slacker milieu. “I wanted to make smoking ware for people who don’t identify with the stoner culture,” says Zimman, whose Bernie Sanders 2016 pipe went viral last spring. “I’ve never been ashamed of smoking weed, but I have been ashamed of the rainbow hippie pipe on my coffee table.” Starting at $70

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Spring brings Berry Season, a refreshingly tart, addictively strawberry-heavy new flavor from Portland Juice Co. Made from raw berries and lemon mixed with honey and bee pollen, this antioxidant and anti-inflammatory also could help steel your system for allergy season. $7.25


In 2015, Alena Chun and Lisa Maurine took over the 18-year-old Icon Studio and transformed the tat shop into a convivial neighborhood spot. “Our artists are all female at the moment, but this is not by design. It’s just kind of how the cards fell,” says Chun. “One of our favorite things about tattooing is getting to know so many different types of people.”


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