Although Maryanne Mathias and Molly Keogh have been friends since high school, the duo’s collaborative magic first sparked on a trip to Ghana in 2009.  Mathias and Koegh were inspired by the vibrant Ghanian culture. Keogh states, “Ghanians will wear four prints at once; men will wear head-to-toe pink lace and women will wear floor-length gowns to the market. All of this self-confidence and creativity inspires me on a daily basis.”Thus was born Osei-Duro, an ethical fashion line that sources and creates all its garments from within Ghana. This not only taps into the creative, colorful Ghanian culture, it directly supports the communities from wherein the garments are produced. Case in point, the Bogalon Tote. The description states:"The Bogalon tote is made from hand woven and hand printed cotton mudcloth (locally called bogalon). Mudcloth is made by traditional west african methods using local minerals as pigments. Each bag is also lined in contrasting wax print cotton, every one different."These totes are hand-sewn by Ghanian craftswomen and their production ensures a fair wage for the women’s labor. Moreover, Osei-Duro supports the extraordinary artisan skill contained in each textile. And yes, the bags are beautiful.  Come find the Bogalon Tote at Sword + Fern starting this week.-Elissa Hall

10.08.12 @ 11:15

New in store now: PlainMADE waxed mini-mesh +maxi-mesh tote bags.
This hand-sewn tote is screenprinted with the pattern of mesh netting   on canvas. [Chelsea of PlainMADE] has created her own blend of  beeswax, pine tar and  linseed oil which seals the canvas with a clean  layer of water-proofing,  additionally lends an incredible, natural  smell. French seams  throughout for a classic and sturdy construction.  Leather handles.
Handmade, start to finish in the PlainMADE studio in Portland, OR.
Bag can be resealed yearly with commercial wax products.
Sizing: MIni-mesh-11”wide x14”deep. Leather handles 15”.
Maxi-mesh-23” wide. 16” deep. Leather handles, 22”.

09.13.11 @ 12:335

New in store now: PlainMADE waxed mini-mesh tote bag.
This hand-sewn tote is screenprinted with the pattern of mesh netting  on canvas. [Chelsea of PlainMADE] has created her own blend of beeswax, pine tar and  linseed oil which seals the canvas with a clean layer of water-proofing,  & additionally lends an incredible, natural smell. French seams  throughout for a classic and sturdy construction. Leather handles.
Handmade, start to finish in the PlainMADE studio in Portland, OR.
Bag can be resealed yearly with commercial wax products.
Sizing: 11”wide x14”deep. Leather handles 15”.

09.13.11 @ 12:301

cotton lichen print zipper tote in green by zanna printed textiles.made in portland.

08.30.11 @ 13:5011

cotton kelp print zipper tote in teal by zanna printed textiles.made in portland.

08.30.11 @ 13:487

hannah jickling’s ‘elln degeneris’ carry-all.

08.30.11 @ 13:302

hannah jickling's 'elln degeneris' carry-all.

08.30.11 @ 13:281

in store now: ‘elln degeneris’ cotton carry-alls by artist/genius/best friend hannah jickling. pink-dusty blue-green-unbleached. made in portland.

08.30.11 @ 13:275

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