Brand Profile | Raleigh Denim + Workshop October 15 2014Hailing from the birthplace of American denim, North Carolina, Raleigh denim was founded and designed by husband and wife, Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko, in 2007.
(photo courtesy of Raleigh Denim)
Determined to create the perfect jean, the duo worked with residents who had worked in the last Levi Strauss factory to learn older craftsmanship techniques while incorporating modern detailing. They remade machines from the 1920's for authenticity, making each pair by hand using White Oak Cone denim in Raleigh, North Carolina. Their first line debuted in 2008 and were selected to join the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
(photo courtesy of Raleigh Denim )
Although they have had great success, their manufacturing team remains small. Each piece is numbered and signed by the "jeansmith" that made them, which makes them truly one of a kind.
Meet The Makers | Primecut & Upper Metal Class March 13 2014
Staff Picks : Brittany October 05 2013
Meet Brittany, our badass sales associate hailing from Southern California. This babe has style so effortlessly cool you could almost hate her if you didn't love her so much. She skates, she surfs, she sails and never takes herself too seriously. Did we mention she has an adorable pup named Bernard? Get to know Miss Britt a little better and see what she's into this season.
When you aren't working at Lizard Lounge, what do you do?
I study Film at PSU.
What is your favorite movie?
The Wedding Singer.
What is your favorite book?
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.
What is the last album you listened to?
Queen - Sheer Heart Attack.
In Portland, what is your favorite restaurant?
Hang out spot?
*Landmark's Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Dip is a cheese lover's dream
What are some of your fall essentials?
Anything mustard color and a waxed jacket.
What are your current Lizard Lounge obsessions?
Horny Toad - Wellfleet Shirt ($72)
J Brand - Mid-Rise Skinny in Skylar ($210)
Revere jewelry (Price varies)
Richer and Poorer - Dreamer socks ($12)
Wolverine - Arc boot ($300)
Stop in the store to see all this great product in person and say hello to Brittany!
Railcar Fine Goods X Lizard Lounge October 03 2013
Manufactured in Arcadia, California, Railcar Fine Goods hand makes each garment using both American Cone Mills and Japanese denim. While they typically specialize in men's and women's jeans, they are expanding their creativity and craftsmanship into what is now officially called Deuce 600 Jacket.
Based off the traditional Type 2 jacket, the Deuce 006 is constructed using triple chain stitching for durability and Japanese over-dyed black and over indigo blue on slubby yarn. Over time, the over-dyed black will fade allowing the indigo to emerge creating a shadow effect. The result? A beautiful jacket that will last you for years.
(Photo courtesy of RailcarFineGoods.com)
On October 5th from 12-4pm, stop by Lizard Lounge for the official release party of the Deuce 006 Jacket. Not only will we have complimentary Roy Rogers, but the fellas have a chance to win a pair of jeans. The good news doesn't end there either! Ladies, we will also have women's styles for you to try on. The best part? Try them on, upload and take @lizardloungepdx and @railcarfinegoods to Instagram for a shot at winning an Lizard Lounge gift card.
So come hang out and meet the man behind it all, enjoy drinks, denim and have a good time!
Naked and Famous September 08 2013
We have some exciting news for our lady customers...
We are now carrying Naked and Famous denim!
The Canada based company is known for their innovative and sometimes unconventional approach towards denim (if you've ever heard of scratch and sniff denim, this is that brand). Using only rare Japanese fabric, they combine the methods of old techniques with modern fits.
One thing we love about the brand is their dedication to quality rather than celebrity endorsements and product placements. Because of this, their prices are affordable, not to mention they feel fantastic.
The following are available now:
The following are available now:
Our BIGGEST sale yet is going on NOW! August 31 2013
Behind-the-Scenes with Shwood July 29 2013
Ever wonder what it takes to make a pair Shwood sunglasses? Well thanks to Hypebeast, you are now able to get a special look at the craftsmanship that goes into each style everyone is STILL talking about.
The Maak Soap Tour July 03 2013One of the perks of working for Lizard Lounge and the Horny Toad company are the unique opportunities presented to the employees. In this case, sales associates Megan and Brooke were rewarded the experience to tour the Maak Soap Lab and even make their personalized fragrance
Here is their story told by Megan with photographs by Brooke:
"At Por que no, I drank a horchata with rum, Kelsie had a classic margarita, and Brooke had a jamaica margarita. Brooke said "Food is one of my favorite things to photograph!" We ate too much... a mess of tacos, salads with pumpkin seeds and beans, while old doo wop tunes were playing and a little black and white dog whined outside. It was perfect summer weather, breezy and in the 80s.
Lizard Lounge's women's buyer and merchandiser: Kelsie Morrow (a.k.a fish taco/vintage connoisseur)
Maak is pronounced 'make,' and means 'create' in Dutch. We spent the afternoon making a bar of soap with Anoria Gilbert, who moved to Portland in 2009 with Taylor Ahlmark from Arizona and started Maak Soap. The couple learned to make soap through a lot of experimentation. "We had a lot of dirty friends that let us test on them!" says Anoria. Their soaps are now carried in many stores throughout the west coast as well as England, and will soon be found in New York and Japan too! Anoria says they market particularly toward men and the essential oils they use are less floral than a lot of soaps.
Our first step is making cold-processed soap was to choose our fragrances. After sniffing various bottles from a shelf, we decided on lavender, fir needle, and peppermint for our bar of soap. Next we looked on as Anoria heated up water and lye, a natural powder made from wood ash necessary for the chemical reaction resulting in soap. In another container, she combined and heated a mixture of coconut and olive oils, necessary to keep the lye from burning the skin. When the two mixtures reached the same temperature, 110 degrees, we mixed them together until they reached trace, or the consistency of cake batter. Then we added the fragrant essential oils and botanicals and poured the batter into a rectangular mold.
Then the curing process began, which takes about a month. The waiting period is essential so the soap can harden, and so the chemical processes can finish and prevent the user from being burned by lye!
Anoria was kind enough to give us some funky soap end cuts to tide us over until our bar is finished.
Thanks to Anoria, Maak Soap, and everyone at Beam & Anchor!"