We Portlanders take great pride in making things, whether they be craft brews, hand-stitched aprons, or cast iron pans. But as you grow your business, can you realistically keep production here in Portland? At our September PubTalk, we’ll examine Portland’s growing apparel industry, focusing on key questions that every apparel maker must grapple with as they look to scale. Where should you manufacture, and how does this decision affect your brand, your product, and your bottom line?
The OEN PubTalk™ is our flagship monthly happy hour — a perfect starting point for new community members and a great place for established members to make new connections. As always, the program will be preceded by time for networking and will include free appetizers and pizza. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m.
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Cost: $10 for OEN members; $20 for non-members. *Sorry, no refunds.*
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Moderator: Mihal Freinquel, Roberts—Mihal is co-founder of Roberts, which makes tailored clothing for men. For eight years she covered fashion – writing for magazines, blogs, and newspapers – and eventually turned her attention to content strategy and copywriting/editing for brands and creative agencies.
Dawn Moothart, Portland Apparel Lab (PAL)—For four years, Dawn has run her own company, True, specializing in sewn-goods product development. She co-founded the Portland Apparel Lab in 2014, recognizing that despite a talent-rich and diverse apparel design community, the city remains resource-poor, lacking the services and industry relationships necessary to grow successful brands.
Lynn Le, Society Nine—Lynn is the founder and CEO of Society Nine, which makes gear for female fighters. She is multi-lingual, has lived in France and ran the Amsterdam Marathon before she realized that running was not for her. She decided to try her hand at Krav Maga after a trip to Israel, where someone recommended it to her. After realizing how much it empowered her, she never turned back.
Joe Mueller, Wildwood & Company—After a career as a commercial litigation attorney, Joe met a talented tailor and formed Wildwood Bespoke, designing and making high-quality suits and shirts. Shortly after, the idea for Wildwood & Company – a retail space and website – was born. Wildwood has now grown to a team of five, while representing more than 25 other skilled artists and craftspeople.
Jim Artaiz, Dehen—Jim Artaiz is a graduate of Boston College and a Partner at Dehen Knitting Company. Founded by William Peter Dehen in 1920, Dehen produces classic and traditional U.S. heavyweight apparel. Well into its tenth decade, Dehen continues a tradition of heavy duty, quality manufacturing while actually producing goods in Portland.
Our September PubTalk is sponsored by: Ater Wynne.