The Contemplative by Alexander Rokoff
Last year’s trip to the woods to shoot Eden’s very first Look Book was a really magical day for all involved – marked by kinship, collaboration, a truck full of easygoing ladies, wilderness exploration, fancy clothes and jewelry and lots of champagne. Naturally, we’re really keen to get most of that same team back together (along with a few new faces) to produce a second Fall Look Book!
The photographer from last year’s shoot, Annie Montgomery (who’s also the talent behind one of our favorite jewelry lines, Pure Jewelry) will be one of this year’s models, shot in turn by talented photo team Anya Verdugo and Carlie Armstrong (Anya took these lovely behind-the-scenes photos last year.) We’ve got a handful of people working behind the scenes, including several other Eden jewelry designers and shop girls, and the whole thing is being handily orchestrated by proprietress Cindy.
What about the location? We’re very excited to be packing up our gypsy wagon and heading east to the Falcon Art Community artist studios. Artist Alexander Rokoff has kindly agreed to allow us to use some of his beautiful large-scale oil paintings to add some incredible dimension to our wild-posh aesthetic. Care to see some of our inspiration? We’re thinking feathers, fur, soft velvets and shiny, shimmery fabrics plus heaps of flowers, fruit – a cornucopia for the senses, if you will.
Eden opened doors last May in Portland’s Pearl District, and we’re pleased to announce we’ve just had a first birthday! We’ll be throwing a party in celebration this week to coincide with First Thursday.
We’re also really excited that our next door neighbor Porch Light will be joining the fun and throwing their one-year anniversary party the same night! Two stores, two parties, plus drinks, music, sweets and plenty of shopping. We hope to see you there!
Several months ago, a troupe of ladies drove out to the woods between Washougal and Stevenson to stage, style and shoot the first Eden look book. Alongside Annie Montgomery, Genevieve Liberte took video all day to put together into a little film and Anja Verdugo took behind the scenes photos. We’re pleased to announce the film is now complete and thought we’d share it here, alongside some of Anja’s beautiful behind-the-scenes photos from that very magical day in the forest.
For a little pre-Valentine’s Day shopping inspiration, owner Cindy and a few of our staff each compiled selections of Eden merchandise that we imagine would make dazzling, singular gifts to a beloved. Two Eden jewelry designers, Jess of Jesseca Anne Jewelry and Brehan Todd of Brehan Todd Designs threw in their picks. Next, we requested a little more input from multi-talented blogger, stylist and yogi Allison Jones of Allison Jones Design, who obliged us and rounded out the list to an even six. Here they are:
Eden’s owner Cindy chose this vintage toy soldier marionette ($150,) who could be gifted as a lovely symbolic gesture for hard-earned love and affection. Jesseca Anne’s bangle bracelets ($45) feature delicate chain tassels which provide a feminine touch to a classic and versatile style. Maison Bouche is an Oakland based chocolatier and these cat’s tongue chocolates ($14.50) are a sweet and sentimental gift for the cat lady (or cat man) in your life. Brehan Todd’s Volcano cuff ($112) represents a bold new direction for the Portland designer, who used glass, crystal, coral and bullet-shells on a vintage metal bracelet in this piece.
Julie always curates beautiful vintage and vintage-inspired outfits, so it’s no surprise that her Valentine’s selections are also heavy on the vintage side! Jan Michaels lariat necklace ($85) features a beautiful brass rope chain, smooth tumbled onyx beads and little chain tassels – Michaels draws inspiration for her jewelry from Art Deco and Art Nouveau designs. Tocca’s Cleopatra perfume ($68 for 50ml) is a full, deep fragrance with notes of grapefruit, greens, cassis, white jasmine, peach nectar, tuberose, patchouli, amber and musk. A beautiful silk robe from the 1920s ($275) displays a floral arrangement embroidered at front and back panel, with long tassels which swing as you walk. A colorful vintage tray ($68) shows an elegant lady out on her veranda on a bright day and could serve a number of purposes around the house (vanity table, serving cocktails, etc.)
Butterflies, slightly out of season in February, seem all the more poignant and interesting for Valentine’s Day. I also love the idea of a Valentine (such as this framed pair, $165) that could double as art to hang on a wall. This vintage glass vanity set ($85) is so darling with it’s tiny pink flowers and heavy glass stoppers (bonus points if it’s gifted full of a favorite candy!) The butterfly trend isn’t over yet – check out these wonderful, heavy metal bookends ($85.) Colored glasses make beautiful gifts, and the lily of the valley print screened on these ($8 each) makes a sweet present (these flowers symbolize sweetness and the return of happiness.)
This brass mirror ($95) would add charm and elegance to a dresser or vanity-top. A vintage Indian quilt ($165) is a thoughtful gift in which to curl up with your sweetie, and the romantic color palette of this quilt, in shades of charcoal and coral, make it a Valentine in itself. Serge Lutens Ambre sultan ($120 for 50ml) perfume is an irresistible, woodsy, spicy amber scent. Voluspa’s Mandarino Cannela candle ($16.50) provides a spicy, citrusy fragrance that when lit, transforms a space to be instantly cozy and inviting.
For the Valentine who loves editorial artwork and the printed word, La Vie Pariesienne ($39.95) provides a memorable glimpse at life in Paris during the early 20th century. This vintage lamp ($78) featuring an Art Nouveau lady against a little moon is small enough to fit into most any decor scheme and would make an original and unforgettable present. La Maison de la Vanille’s Absolu de Vanille ($100 for 100ml) is an incredible scent that blends woodsy and spicy notes against a vanilla palette. Maison Bouche chocolates (featured above in Cindy’s picks) also makes chocolate bars ($6.50,) including a limited collection for Valentine’s Day. With a number of incredible flavors (ranging from Creme Brulee to Violette to Rose with Mint) and sweet illustrated wrapping paper.
Allison Jones impeccable personal style is showcased in these selections. Mon Bijou’s Cort bracelet ($98) is sleek and modern, so you might not imagine that this design is actually based on an antique Turkish one! If you’re planning a Valentine’s excursion, this snakeskin print train case ($68) would be much appreciated (and useful.) Maripol: Little Red Riding Hood ($60) is a wonderful resource for style and fashion-history buffs. Voluspa’s Warm Perique Tabac candle ($28) has garnered a lot of nostalgic reactions from people reminded by the scent of growing up in the south, or those who say the scent (with notes of leather, wood and tabac) is strongly reminiscent of a man in their lives.
Allison Jones keeps a terrific blog, which you can see here – it’s a great resource for dressing, decor and color design. Jewelry designers Jess and Brehan also keep blogs that track their inspirations, see Jess’s here and Brehan’s here.
Interested in something you see but no link to buy? Call the shop at (503) 222-2285 or email info[at!] edenportland.com with inquiries.
Carly works next door to Eden at Porch Light (as well as Porch Light Mississippi, right down the street from our sister store Flutter.) She’s also a close friend of ours. As C. was browsing Eden last week, she picked out a few absolute favorite items from the shop:
1. Five o’clock au gingembre: This Serge Lutens perfume reminds Carly of cozy afternoons, tea-drinking and her grandmother (in the most lovely way possible.) Dark, complex and elegant, this scent wears differently on everyone who tries it, reminding some of lemons, some of ginger and some of something else entirely. Order yourself a bottle here.
2. Vintage Japanese kimono: Soft white cranes printed across a bold red background make this the most elegant dressing gown or robe a lady could hope to own. These one-of-a-kind kimonos were handmade in the 1940s and are in the most remarkable condition – ready for another lifetime of wear. See more styles here.
3. Jan Michaels earrings: San Francisco designer Jan Michaels re-imagines Art Nouveau designs in her costume jewelry line. This particular pair are ladylike, demure and classic enough to wear for almost any occasion. More Art Nouveau interpretations here.
4. Vintage Bolivian blanket: These blankets are vintage deadstock from Bolivia. The thick weave and bright colors make these ideal for use as a rug, or a throw – particularly cozy during the many winter hours Carly plans to spend in front of her fireplace at home. More information about these blankets here.
5. Rizzo: Shop kitty Rizzo is not available to take home, but she is always delighted to receive visitors at Eden! (Even if she might happen to be snoozing when they stop by…) You can most frequently find her resting on one of the vintage casino chairs at the front desk, or on her current favorite rug or piece of furniture.