#1: Portland Gear
Portland, Oregon, Rose City, Bridgetown, Rip City, Stumptown, home. Whatever you call it, whether you grew up in Portland, live in or just visited, you know that feeling that you get when you think about it. This big-little city sits at the junction of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers and is full of excitement. It has an eclectic collection of people that look at the world with a unique perspective. People who are inspired, creative, passionate, believe in their community and will wait for brunch any day of the week.
“Everything that we have done has been natural and authentic to not only who we are as a brand, but who Portland is.”
-Marcus Harvey – Founder – Portland Gear
#2: Truant Leather Company – Craft through discovery
On the northern banks of the lower Columbia River sits Wahkiakum County, one of Washington states’ smallest counties and home to just around 3,000 residents. The people of Wahkiakum County love where they live. They love the way they’re not only connected to the rumbling river and rolling hills graced with towering evergreens but also so closely with one another. Living in this remote section of the Pacific Northwest can be trying on one’s spirit. A life is made out there, nothing is given–except for unwavering camaraderie and love from your community… more…
“What is a failure? It’s just a change in course. What is there to be scared of?! ”
-Kylie Thacker – Founder, Designer, Maker – Truant Leather Co.
#3: Rogue Ales & Spirits – Dare – Risk – Dream
The Pacific Northwest is synonymous with a few things: old-growth evergreens, plenty of liquid sunshine, and microbrews. For the past 30 years, there has been one brewery holding a hard-charging line of innovation, creativity, and stewardship of this amazing place that we call home. Rogue Ales and Spirits has created a culture of free-thinkers and difference-makers who have one intangible in common: their spirit—their desire to dance to a different beat and ultimately their desire for craftsmanship.
“It’s been so long that we, as a company, have been helping to push that envelope of keeping everything Oregon.”
-Nate Linquist – Barrel Troll – Rogue Ales and Spirits