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Artist Profile: Ali Gradischer April 03 2013

We are excited to announce our 1st First Thursday artist of 2013, Ali Gradischer. Her collection ARTEMIS will be displayed for the month of April at Lizard Lounge with the opening reception on April 4th from 7-10pm. Ali is a designer, maker, and a conscientious ojecteur based in Portland, Oregon. Her current work explores space, place, and psychogeography through alternative photographic techniques, object-making, and repair. She graduated in 2011 with an MFA in Applied Craft and Design from the Pacific Northwest College of Art + Oregon College of Art and Craft.

You can view Gradischer's work on her website and on her bog

Statement from the artist:

ARTEMIS is a collection of cyanotypes created during the months of January and February 2013 when I was an artist resident at the Nes Artist Residency in Skagastrond, Iceland. Through experimentation and deep observation, this new body of work explores how darkness, wild grit, and remoteness can be catalysts for creating meaningful work. The end product commemorates a season of process, story telling, and spirituality in the steady journey of finding one's soul voice. 

ARTEMIS is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Cultural Council through a Professional Development Grant. 


Woolrich Event March 15 2013

Celebrate the release of Woolrich's Made in USA blankets at Lizard Lounge

Complimentary cocktails from House Spirits
Complimentary beer from Hopworks
Food from Koi Fusion 
Live music from Fair Weather Watchers

RSVP to the event on Facebook

About Woolrich

Since 1830, Woolrich has made clothing for Americans to do their jobs and follow their passions outdoors. Founded by John Rich on the simple idea of making the best quality woolens for area woodsmen and settlers, Woolrich is now recognized around the world as The Original Outdoor Clothing Company. Woolrich carries on the tradition of its founder by making purposeful products for people to enjoy and explore the outdoors. The Woolrich Woolen Mill, located at the company's headquarters in Woolrich, Pennsylvania, is the oldest vertically integrated woolen mill operating in the United States, producing renown made in USA woolen fabrics sold to discerning brands worldwide. Learn more about Woolrich, its apparel, fabrics, accessories, home and outdoor products at www.woolrich.com

For updates follow Woolrich's Twitter and Instagram @WoolrichINC


Art Contest March 12 2013

Twenty very talented students from Christopher Shotola-Hardt's art class at Wilsonville High School are showing their artwork for the month of March at Lizard Lounge. Come in and vote for your top three favorites. The prizes for the winning students include $50, $100, and $200 gift cards to the store. The winners will be announced at the end of the month. All artwork is inspired by Lizard Lounge. There will be a reception on Sunday, March 17th from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. We will be posting images of each piece of artwork on our Facebook page throughout the month of March.



Our Film Pick: Kon-Tiki

Kon-Tiki is the ultimate adventure flick on the high-seas without any eyeliner wearing pirates. The film follows ethnographer and rookie seamen, Thor Heyerdah, on his 4,000 mile journey across the Pacific on a wooden raft to prove his theory that the Polynesian Islands were settled by South Americans. Based on Heyerdahl’s own documentary and book about his real-life adventure, the movie’s cinematic grandeur and edge-of-your-seat suspense will keep you and your date’s hearts racing. Catch a screening of Kon-Tiki at Whitsell Auditorium on February 17th at 7:30pm or Regal Lloyd Center 4 on February 19th at 6:00pm.

Valentine's Day Look for Her

Portland's International Film Festival only comes once a year, so it's the perfect opportunity to dress up for the movies. Layer a floral silk dress with a military inspired wool sweater for the perfect mix of sweet and bold. Add a pair of nude heels and matching shaped jewelry for the finishing touches.
Valentine's Day Look for Women
QSW Blue Stone Floral Dress, Maison Scotch Boxy Sweater, Nau Shroud of Purrin Trench, Swedish Hasbeens Grandma Boots, Sahlia Michelle Earrings, Julie Nolan Bracelet, Melange Roll-On Perfume, Seaecho Clutch

Our Music Pick: ACS

The triple threat jazz group, ACS (Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding), combines three of the best female jazz musicians today, and is a must see at this year’s Portland Jazz Festival. Grammy Award winners and masters at their craft, ACS pushes the boundaries in the contemporary jazz realm. Catch their performance at Newmark Theater on February 24th at 7:00pm.

Valentine's Day Look for Him  

Dress to impress at the Portland Jazz Fest with a fitted button-down, wool vest, cable-knit sweater and slick black boots. Opt for colored jeans instead of regular blue, and don't forget the finishing touches with some pomade and a touch of cologne for a polished look.  

Valentine's Day Look for Men

LVC Shawl Collar Cardigan, What Goes Around Comes Around Jacoba Vest, Nau Interwoven Shirt, West Third Brand Marche De Tabac Cologne, Imperial Gel Pomade, Nixon Chronicle SS Watch, Wolverine Addison Boots, Baldwin Denim - The Reed Duck Canvas, Billykirk 12" Carry All

Railcar Denim January 18 2013

Hailing from Arcadia, California, Railcar Denim is the latest addition to our hand-picked premium denim collection at Lizard Lounge. Railcar Fine Goods uses originally designed patterns and crafts their denim using older, traditional, manual and rare vintage sewing equipment including black Union Special and Singer machines.

Railcar Fine Goods founder Steven Gang got his start at the Los Angeles Metro fixing and repairing passenger trains. His mechanical background is reflected in his work, “Every stitch has a function, every angle has a function and with function comes beauty.”

Look for the two styles of Railcar Denim at the Lounge:

The Spikes X001 made of 13.5oz American Cone denim with a red line selvedge edge
The Spikes X009 made of 16oz Japanese denim with a red line selvedge edge






Swedish Hasbeens September 04 2012

Once upon the seventies, in the south of Sweden, lived a woman named Anita.  She was a Camel smoking, curler-wearing mother who was, above all, fabulous.


Fast forward to the summer of 2006.   Not far from where Anita lived,  300+ pairs of red, white, and black of her clogs were discovered in a basement of an old clog factory.  This was the start of our new favorite shoe line, Swedish Hasbeens.


Last weekend, Lizard Lounge hosted a Swedish Hasbeens Trunk Show with 20% off all Hasbeens and gift with purchase plus Krogstad aquavit bloody marys from House Spirits DistilleryBowery Bagels,


The hardest part of the day was trying to pick a favorite....




 



Make an Impact | MVMT August 27 2012


Standing by their motto "look good, do good, feel good", the People's Movement is a shoe and accessory company on a mission to save the planet.


The Peoples Movement from The People's Movement on Vimeo.

Inspired by timeless design, travel, and the well being of the environment, co-founder and CEO, Kevin Flanagan, wanted to create product that reflects the change he wishes to see in the world.

 Each shoe is made of:
-Organic cotton canvas
-Water based glue
-Nickel free eyelets
-Natural dyes




Each year MVMT teams up with a new cause and this year they've partnered up with the Plastic Pollution Coalition. Taking washed up plastic bags found on the beaches of Bali, they transform them into material to use for packaging and design details.



On the Map August 10 2012



Inside the bathroom at Valentine's in SW Portland.



Set vintage maps (with box included, but not pictured) - $1,000
Available now at Lizard Lounge.

(Pictures courtesy of Google and Tumblr)

Starting tomorrow... July 19 2012



First Thursday | July 2012 July 12 2012

Oh, what a week! Between the 4th and First Thursday, July started off with more than a bang from the fire works.

Art by Jason Brown and Chris Haberman.

10% off all sales during the event went to our non-profit of the month, Right Brain Initiative.  They focus their efforts in bringing back the arts to Portland public schools.  We always loved doing creative projects growing up, so we were very excited to have them!  For more information on how to get involved click here!

This month we had Ninja Turtle Ninja Tiger performing and damn did they kill it!
Want even more?? 
You can find them on Facebook or check them out live again for their first all-ages show at Backspace on July 25.




Since July 5th always seems to mark the begining of Portland's summer, we were very excited to see what everyone was wearing...



We can't get enough of the vintage Hawaiian prints!


  
 Looks like we weren't the only paparazzi that night.




Meet the two newest members to our Lizard Lounge family:  Har Rai and Matt!

See you in August!
(Photos courtesy of Sterling Blake)

Make an Impact | Nudie Jeans June 28 2012

It's no secret denim used to be one of the least eco-friendly wardrobe necessities to produce. However, the key words here are used to be.

Levis has launched a waterless denim line and G-Star partnered up with MADE-BY to implement sustainable manufacturing, but the one brand we cannot stop talking about are Nudie Jeans.


Not only did this Swedish based company create jeans that make your glutes look like you spent the last week in the gym, but their global aware efforts easily make them one of the coolest denim brands on the market (and in our closet).
How They Help
Nudie Jeans are members of the Textile Exchange. Some of you may know them as the Organic Exchange, a non-profit that supports the growing and trade of organic cotton.

By fall of 2012, Nudie will reach it's goal of producing an entire denim collection made entirely of certified cotton by GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard).  This means their cotton fields have been pesticide free for three+ years and they've carried out organic procedures through production.

Of course, denim wouldn't be possible without the help from some talented farmers.  By using fairtrade, Nudie is able to ensure they are being compensated a fair price that will help the growth of their community.




Watch the short movie below to see how Nudie recycles their denim that has been loved to death!















(Photos: Nudie Jeans and Google Images)

Dear Seaecho, Portland Loves You Too June 01 2012

Seaecho is a fairly new brand to the Lizard Lounge family that is rapidly making it's way to the top of every lady's "need" list.

It was only a couple weeks after we received our first shipment when we noticed the portfolios and mini-portfolios on the streets downtown, at after work "happy hours", and even on fashion blogs.


So why do we love Seacho? Well, let us count the ways…

1. Portland based designer, Sarah Vale Rapp.

We support all things local, but when we met Sarah it went beyond that.  Yes, she is insanely creative, but she’s also one of the most gracious and genuine designers we’ve had the chance to work with. 

Not to mention she hand sews each bag...with love, of course.

2. It’s a refreshing change of pace to the Pendleton obsession.

We love Pendleton, a lot, but living in the NW we also see it, a lot.  Sarah’s fabric color choice, along with the simple structure of each piece, makes for a chic go-to accessory.  Whether you’re looking for a statement piece or are daring enough to pair with contrasting patterns. 

3. The “Three-in-One” Portfolio.

Versatility is key, especially on those days when you feel you might not even get a chance to breathe. 

Problem solved. You can use the portfolio in the morning, switch it to an iPad case in the after noon, and an oversized clutch by night.  



























Available now at Lizard Lounge:

Portfolio- $79
Mini portfolio- $39
Pencil pouch- $20
Laptop case- coming soon!

For more information visit her website!


First Thursday | May 2012 May 28 2012

Even though the Summer days last longer in Portland, time seems to go by faster. That proved true when we realized it was time for May's First Thursday (we swear we just finished April's!) But as the saying goes, "time flies when you're having fun"!

As always we'd like to thank our friends at Widmer Brewing. 



Personal confession: I volunteer to work First Thursdays specifically for the Koi Fusion cart connivence. 

Celilo did not disappoint with their self described "bootgazing Indiecana, psych-folk dream pop" sound.



For more info check about upcoming shows and performances, please visit their Facebook.

This month's we featured photography duo Jeremy Pelly and Randall Garcia's work. We love the juxtaposition of the photos with the simple, geometric shapes. 

| Street Style |
Rugged Tretorns against unexpected, polished layers makes for an effortlessly cool look.

By far the cutest duo of the night! 



Oh my, bow tie. How can you not smile with some patriotic flare?

10% of this month's event went to the non-profit p:ear.
p:ear helps the homeless ages 15-24 create healthier lives and self-worth through education, art, and recreation.
For more info please visit their Facebook.


(Photos courtesy of Boone Rodriguez)


April Showers Bring Kaliope Flowers May 07 2012

AVAILABLE NOW!

That's right, just in time for Mother's Day (May 13th) Lizard Lounge is now selling flowers.

Below: Florist, Kimberly Adcox 



Thank you again Kaliope Floral Design, they look great!





For more info visit www.KaliopeFloral.com
or "like" them on Facebook



Street Style | Ludvick May 03 2012

The other night our friend and G-Star rep, Ludvick, stopped by the store and we couldn't help but to notice how casually cool his shoelaces were!


Well, low and behold they were a pair of Danner's he picked up last time he was in our store.



$6.00
Available in navy, yellow, white, red, and grey