DUNE DWELLING P. 29
CONTRIBUTORS HANNAH STEINKOPF-FRANK MIRANDA SARAH EINY
CO-HEAD DESIGNER, STRATEGIST
CO-HEAD DESIGNER, PHOTOGRAPHER
DESIGNER, PHOTOGRAPHER, WRITER
DESIGNER, WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER
DESIGNER, PHOTOGRAPHER, WRITER
DESIGNER, SOCIAL MEDIA
CONTENTS CONTRIBUTORS | 2 FROM THE EDITORS | 4 ANDROGYNY | 6 HOMETOWN LOVE | 10 NIGHTLIFE | 12 DIY | 14 SKATERS | 16 FEMINIST STYLE | 18 SPRING LOOKBOOK | 20 CINCO DE MAYO | 22 DRIPPED DESIGN | 24 ADVENTURE LOOKS | 26 DUNE DWELLING | 28 WATCH PARTY | 30
alking on campus with my camera, I was feeling the sort of confidence that only comes out during the first few days of spring, when I abandoned my winter layers for the warm weather clothes that had stayed dormant for months. I had just finished a photoshoot of Align editors. I wasn’t expecting an older man on his bike to stop and tell me, “You’re the picture” (referring to my camera). I experienced a rapid series of emotions: surprise, disgust and then anger. But by the time I had processed these thoughts and gathered the right words to yell at him, he was already back on his bike, out of hearing range. I felt gross, degraded, the earlier courage lost: Was my dress too short? My heels too high? My lipstick too bold? But then I realized why I was wearing that outfit. The dress was my mother’s, and it is one of my favorites. I only don it for special occasions. It was this memory of clothing, passed down through generations with love, which helped me cope. This isn’t the editor’s letter that I was planning to write. My original idea was to highlight how many incredibly fashionable people Align has photographed over the years, and the pride I feel finally having a stunning example of the hard work we do — in print! Instead, I believe the above story showcases why we do what we do. For many, clothes are a barrier, a protection against the outside forces that attempt to oppress us. One of my favorite quotes from the legendary, late fashion photographer Bill Cunningham is “‘Fashion is the armor to survive everyday life.” This is the driving force of Align: to show how the University of Oregon community uses clothing to bring art and beauty into the world. In this issue, long-time writer and photographer Taylor Griggs explores the fraught relationship between feminism and fashion and Brooke Harman talks to young skaters about the link between sports and clothing. We also highlight local creatives, from Alex Jacobsen’s profile on the fashion brand Dripped to Kelly Tanguay’s exploration of Eugene nightlife. I hope you pick up an issue, find some inspiration and most importantly, discover your own unique style. 4
-HANNAH STEINKOPF-FRANK, EDITOR
y own style speaks volumes for who I am underneath. Let my affinity for red, mock-neck tops symbolize my love for structure and my appreciation for vivifying passion. Let my dedication to detail highlight my vibrant socks, never solely white or black, and bring understanding to why I place certain rings on certain fingers. Let my eight piercings tell the story of how I wanted to break my own rules and my lack of tattoos explain how I want to maintain my own traditions. Alexander McQueen said it perfectly: “Style is not about the clothes, it’s about the individual.” Align is committed to highlighting just that — the personalities of the people we meet, photograph and converse with, expressed through their unconventional, impactful clothing. I hope you find delight in everyone’s fashionable humanity and that it inspires you to dress in any way that speaks to who you are. -MIRANDA SARAH EINY, PHOTO EDITOR
remember the small coffee shop gatherings we had when Align’s staff was much smaller than it is now. Joining the team was a relief, because I had finally found my people. I find that many people often don’t see the items hanging in their closets as more than compiled pieces fabric. In reality, our styles give us the ability to reinvent, to experiment and to show parts of ourselves that we can’t express in other ways. I hope this issue helps you find all the ways that your life, style and passions align through your use of fashion. -MELISSA EPIFANO, MANAGING EDITOR
Mirandaâ€™s mock turtleneck and array of accessories and Jeffâ€™s floral shirt and magenta jeans show some of their favorite trends and pieces that highlight their personal styles.
ANDROGYNY BY MELISSA EPIFANO
he fashion industry has made immense progress towards acceptance of all individuals’ clothing preferences. Whether it’s clashing, eccentric accessories or wild patterns, people are beginning to find appreciation in styles all across the board. One thing fashion has yet to fully embrace, though, is the blurring of gender lines. The term “borrowed from the boys” is strictly assigned to women’s tailored blazers, blouses and flannels. On the other hand, men rarely get the option to borrow essentials from women. Boyfriend jeans are simply a looser fit of denim, and skinny jeans for men are often frowned upon. Those who are simply looking for ungendered clothing have to search far and wide for these styles. While fashion has become more inclusive, a man wearing a dress or a woman in a suit still draws unnecessary attention because of the binaries that have held on tight to the clothes we wear.
“I think that it’s weird that it’s okay for women to wear men’s clothes in this way when you can still be feminine or have authority, but I feel the other way around is seen as odd,” Align editor Hannah SteinkopfFrank says. Multiple students at UO, such as Hannah, have experimented, strayed and revamped their styles.
tle girls, because I can’t fit into that,” says Maxine. “I’ll try things on regardless of how they’re labeled and if I think that they’ll fit, and I’ll like how they look.”
Hannah’s friend Maxine’s style is self-proclaimed “prep school dropout with some street wear,” and Hannah describes hers as “a teacher on sabbatical” (“probably middle school or high school”). Maxine appreciates how eclectic Hannah’s style is, and Hannah is confident she would know exactly what Maxine would and wouldn’t wear and finds her style to be strongly defined. The two both find the idea of gendered clothing contradictory and pointless.
“I always hate it, because I feel like male’s selection of clothes is always very limiting,” says Jeff. “It gets obnoxious when every cute thing in the store is for a girl.”
Align photo editor Miranda Sarah Einy describes her style as “tinges of masculinity and femininity combined into one.” Watches and accessories keep her detail-oriented Most retail stores seem to have an invisi- mind at ease. Her friend Jeff Knight, a juble wall that separates the men’s from the nior cinema studies major, can put his style women’s sections. There is somewhat of into three words: florals, reds and sweaters. an unspoken rule of staying where your as- But they too see complications in how style signed gender is labeled. is gendered.
Miranda, on the other hand, wishes men’s wear could be cut for women too. Her mom’s trend of shopping in both departments inspired Miranda to follow suit.
As for the future of the fashion, she is hoping to see wider variety in all styles. “I want But these societal boundaries rarely stop to see a massive revolution in representation them from expressing themselves. “I shop in the fashion industry. I think it’s time that in every section of the store except for lit- we represent the all, instead of the few.” 8
Maxine and Hannahâ€™s uniquely styled menswear outfits show how androgynous fashion isnâ€™t limited to boyfriend jeans and blazers.
HOMETOWN LOVE WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY MIRANDA SARAH EINY
If you ask someone where they’re from, you’ll receive a wide spectrum of answers. They might tell you their ethnic background and cultural heritage; they might list off family members who raised them or grew up with them; they might answer poetically with colorful, vivid strings of words; or they might tell you, simply, one city. Four University of Oregon students explore where they’re from and how their environmental and cultural upbringings inspire their senses of fashion and reflect their hometowns.
DANIELLE LEBLANC Major: Cinema Studies Year: Junior
DELAINEY GARLAND Major: Journalism Year: Junior
SRUSHTI KAMAT Major: Journalism Minor: History Year: Junior
RACHAEL WEIR Majors: Cinema Studies and History Year: Senior
What is your favorite part of Sherwood?
What kind of styles come out of Los Angeles?
What statements do being from Mumbai and Singapore make?
Would you recommend a visit to Atlanta?
I think one really cool part about LA is that there isn’t a genuine fashion sense. Of course there are guys and girls who are influenced by pop culture and all have a similar style, whether that be the typical Brandy Melville look or the older American Apparel vibe, but I think the cool part about LA is that most people are their own trendsetters. Entertainment is so influential in LA, and there’s so many different kinds of people.
I think that there is a third culture kid in the world. You grew up where your parents didn’t grow up, or you grew up in a place very different than what you know, and you kind of just create your own world. A third culture kid is going to be the future. The statement is that, “I’m a third culture kid, and I do what I want, when I want, and I adapt to whatever styles are me.”
Definitely. It’s growing so much right now… so maybe I shouldn’t tell people to come. Maybe I should keep it a secret. But no, it’s awesome. It’s really spread out, and because of that, there are different neighborhoods that have their own quirks, so you can find your place and kind of know everyone in that area, and it feels like a small town within a big city.
I like the festival we have every summer, the Robin Hood Festival. I like things that are themed, and I always imagined that if I ever was on “The Bachelor,” that’d be my hometown date. That’s the part that I’d show off. It’s not even that fun, but I think it’s cute because of all the archery-themed hats, and people have fake bows and arrows. It’s literally only two days long, and people just sell stuff. The food is really good, though.
Los Angeles, California
Born in: Mumbai, India Raised in: Singapore
AFTER DARK NICO BISIO (BIZIO)
BY KELLY TANGUAY
ne of the first things you notice when watching Bizio DJ is his tongue. It’s strange that the pink muscle found in his mouth acts as his conductor stick. With his mouth open and tongue out, Bizio puts on an unintentional show for his audience. Being distracted by a person’s tongue movements may not sound like the best form of entertainment,
but being distracted by Bizio’s tongue is. It’s like the muscle is a mini-person dancing along to the different beats being played. His tongue moves first, and then a change in sound follows. Aside from his tongue, the energy Bizio brings to the stage is one filled with love. His passion for the music he plays is obvious when he DJs. He’s constantly smiling and sometimes even singing along to the samples. His concentration is clear by the way he focuses on his monitors. Bizio has been a DJ since 2013, his freshman year of college at the University of Oregon. Initially, he was more interested in the psychedelic trance genre, but in his freshman year, he stumbled upon Kerri Chandler, a house music producer from New Jersey. Bizio worked his way up the ladder and eventually became known as a house DJ in Eugene. Some of his biggest influences are Chandler, Ooana Dahl, the Desert Hearts Crew, Raja Ram and D-Nox. While Bizio’s music and tongue are plenty enough to draw attention, his
fashion choices are also unique. Recently, he has been wearing a large, wire-wrapped pendant (as seen in the pictures). It’s actually his friend’s piece. He’s been doing it “so that his friend’s good energy can rub off on him” and so that his own “can rub off on the pendant,” which will eventually be returned to his friend. Bizio says, “doing this symbolizes our friendship and protection.” The pendant’s main stones
contain topaz, fire opal and garnet. Bizio typically represents two kinds of fashion –– heady, style that includes interesting patterns and symbology, or business casual –– depending on the venue he is booked with. “My father is deep in the fashion industry, so I try to blend his upscale fashion sense with my heady style,” says Bizio. “Most of all, I try to be unique: I guess you could call me ‘Un-Nico.’” The other article he wears most is his Luna Lobo sweatshirt. Luna Lobo Creations is a clothing company that produces one-of-a-kind items made from recycled clothing and upholstery that is sourced from all over the world. Bizio bought his first Luna Lobo sweatshirt at What The Festival?! in 2015.
He “fell in love” and went back to buy a vest. He had the design from one of his favorite hat pins — exhibiting the sacred geometry symbol of Metatron’s Cube — commissioned onto the vest, “which he always wears,” and sides of the hood. The tattoo on Bizio’s forearm is his only piece of body art. He got it in 2014 after “a lot of strange things happened” in his life, which then seemed to “come full circle.” He realized that “the entire planet is connected by energy, and the movement of that energy is in the pattern of a full circle. Anything you put out into the universe will eventually come back to you in some way.” That’s what the flower of life — his tattoo — means. Bizio has now found that
the flower of life also holds meaning with regards to his DJ career. As his DJing progressed, he found himself playing more “mainstream” music. This last summer, he “made the conscious decision to shift back toward playing the music he loved.” He began playing gigs that he enjoyed. He worked harder, and that work paid off. Bizio now p alongside some of his favorite producers and DJs and even got to meet Ooana Dahl, one of his biggest inspirations. Bizio stays humble by reflecting on his definition of what a DJ is: “A real DJ is just a person who has been blessed with a time slot to move the story of the night along,” says Bizio. “A real DJ is a storyteller.”
DOC MARTIN SHOW: FASHION AT THE W.O.W. HALL
Sparkles & Googley Eyes
WORDS AND PHOTOS BY RACHEL LAUREN Looking to restyle your space but lacking the funds or time? Hold off on buying art or a new couch and replace your pillows! Making your own no-sew pillows is a fun project that will help create a new mood in your room. Here is how I assembled my DIY pillow and three decorating ideas to try! You’ll need: Two yards of fabric One roll of 10-yard Heat n’ Bond Ultrahold Two yards of pom-pom trim (for one pillow) Fabric marker Scissors or rotary fabric cutter Ruler Iron Measure and cut your fabric to the desired lengths. I added an inch to my measurements because the Heat n’ Bond takes about a half-inch from the borders. For a 12 x 12 inch pillow, I cut 13 x 13 fabric squares. Remeasure the fabric squares and trim the edges for symmetry. Personalize your fabric! Not willing to shell out $40, I duped a pillow pattern that I saw at Urban Outfitters by using a decorative fabric marker. 14
I also tried a watercolor paint idea that I saw on Pinterest. I measured out 16 x 16 fabric squares for 15- inch sides. First, wet your fabric with water. This makes the colors blend better. Paint the fabric. I began with heavily concentrated watercolor paint and added more water as I worked my way down for an ombré effect. Once finished, seal the paint with a water and fabric medium mixture. This will blend the colors further. Let the fabric dry. You may want to wash your fabric to prevent it staining other surfaces. To assemble the pillow case, grab your Heat n’ Bond and line the decorated side of the fabric square, leaving a gap for stuffing. Iron the Heat n’ Bond to your fabric square according to the instructions. Once cooled, lift the tape to expose the clear adhesive. Place your other fabric square on top of the first. The prints should be facing each other because you will reverse the case to expose the decorated sides. Iron the pieces together, let them cool and trim the corners for sharper edges. Flip
the case inside-out and stuff it. I recycled the fluff from an old pillow to save money. Seal the pillow with more Heat n’ Bond, and you’re done! To add a pom-pom trim to your no-sew pillow, apply the iron-on adhesive tape to the trim. The dimensions for my pom-pom pillow are 16 x 16 inches, so I used 16 inches of trim on each side. Heat the Heat n’ Bond with your iron for a longer amount of time than previously to bond the materials well. Once cooled, repeat the same steps of using the Heat n’ Bond to glue the fabrics together. Try to be as precise as possible. Make sure that your trim is facing inward so the pom-poms show when you reverse the case. Trim the corners and stuff! Ironing the gap used for stuffing is a little tricky, so I used clothespins to press the squares together while the glue dried. Your pillows are finished and ready to accessorize your space!
STREET STYLE: SKATER EDITION BY BROOKE HARMAN Cars passing above create white noise as skateboarders shred on an unusually sunny day in Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood. Tucked under the 105 Interstate, the Washington Jefferson skatepark is the largest of its kind in the nation for skateboarders, BMXers and scooter riders to come together. It is not a shock that the park is filled with people spending their Sundays on the concrete. Among these skaters are Aidan and Ari, two boys still in the prime years of their childhood, and their older peers, Sam and Elias, who seem to serve as role models. WJ, as the locals call it, is proof that the relationship skateboarders have not only with each other but with their personal styles creates a dynamic lifestyle and an even more dynamic community.
Ari and Aidan (13 and 11)
Aidan and Ari are some of the youngest kids at the park but skate with the same finesse as their older peers and even surpass some of them. Not only are they both talented skaters, but despite being born in the new millennium, they have a ‘90s slacker look to them, which was what drew me to talk to ask them about their style. WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING THE YOUGEST PEOPLE HERE? Aidan: Well, it’s not really weird. Not to me, at least. Ari: Everybody here is a family, but this park can be scary sometimes. Some guy got stabbed here the other day, and it was really bad. I wasn’t here, but that’s what I heard on the news. DO YOUR PARENTS EVER WORRY ABOUT YOU SKATEBOARDING? Aidan: My parents don’t worry about me because they got me a phone, so if I get hurt, I can contact them right away. Ari: My mom kind of worries because I don’t ever 16
wear a helmet. She doesn’t really worry about the fact that I’m down here, though, because she knows I have a lot of people that have my back if I ever get into trouble. WHAT IS THE AVERAGE SKATEBOARDER UNIFORM? Ari: A lot people wear hats, but you’ve gotta get fat jeans, like big, old, baggy pants. I have a pair of 30x30 jeans, but I’m really a size 14. Also, a nice shirt is good. We don’t really care too much about matching here. We just care if it looks cool. I take an hour before school to get ready Ari (@rawshto) and Aidan (@aybruhyougotaboard) because I wanna look good. Aidan: Like he said, baggy pants. I wear a size 10, and these are 14s. Style, to me, is important. It takes me a while to figure out what I want to wear in the morning. Once I pick my shoes, shirt and pants and have everything on, I go outside as soon as I can. Ari: But it doesn’t matter what it looks like because you can wear anything and be the best skateboarder ever as long as you’re comfortable in it. You can skate in anything you want. It doesn’t really matter too much. It’s the skateboarding that matters.
DO YOU THINK THERE’S A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SKATEBOARDERS AND THEIR STYLES? Aidan: Oh yeah. Some people will be like, “oh that guy’s not trendy,” but he’ll be super nice. People here don’t really care. We’re all homies. FOR HOW LONG DO YOU THINK YOU’LL BE SKATEBOARDING? Aidan: I’ll be skateboarding until I die. Ari: I’m going to be skateboarding until my legs fall off.
Sam and Elias (18 and 16)
Sam and Elias are textbook examples of the modern skateboarding scene. Both clad in beanies, wide-legged pants and worn-in shirts, the boys perfectly encapsulate not only what it means to be a skateboarder in 2017, but how to have style while doing it. WHAT’S THE OVERALL SKATEBOARDING SCENE IN EUGENE LIKE? Elias: There are a lot of drama queens, but other than that, everyone’s pretty chill with one another. Sam: It’s getting a lot better actually. There used to not be many people who skated, and I think this park kind of got more people to come out. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY DRAMA QUEENS? Elias: There’s just a lot of drama that can go on between different skaters over stupid stuff. Smack talk. That sort of thing. It’s weird but definitely dying down. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON NON-SKATERS WEARING BRANDS LIKE THRASHER? Sam: It’s pretty messed up. Don’t wear Thrasher unless you can stick a skateboard up your butt. WHY DO YOU SKATEBOARD? WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT?
Sam (@slamdean) and Elias (@trifource)
Sam: Well, it’s fun, and I do it every day. I don’t know what I would be doing if I didn’t skate. Elias: Yeah, I mean it’s just something that we do. Simple as that. Learning new tricks is like a high almost. It just feels so good in your body. Rolling away from tricks, working on your style and cleaning up your technique are just great feelings. Skateboarding kind of is an art in and of itself. It’s not really a sport. It’s more about style and technique. WHAT DOES STYLE MEAN TO YOU? Elias: Well I mean style is pretty much everything. Especially in this day and age you can do some crazy stuff like waving your arms around your head and looking like an idiot, or you could just do basic stuff but do it really well. At the end of the day, the person who is a better skater will go farther. WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO SKATE IN EUGENE? Sam: Probably WJ (Washington Jefferson Plaza) or the streets. Elias: WJ.
FEMME FEMME FEMME WORDS AND PHOTOS BY TAYLOR GRIGGS
“Fashion and clothing and beauty are dumb and capitalistic and exclusionary, but dressing in a way that makes me feel cool and forces other people to take notice is good, and I enjoy it,” says Emma Rosen, posing in front of a tree covered in fragrant, white flowers, a wonderful sign of spring in Eugene. Emma and Bry Moore are two of my best friends and are, to me, feminist theory queens. I always seek their advice when I have a question or something I need to work out in my mind. And they are also fashion icons; every outfit they wear is incredible, and they have such a creative sense about how to dress well. And so I got to thinking, a la Carrie Bradshaw,
is intersectional and knowledgeable feminism a contradiction to supporting a historically exploitative and misogynistic industry? (I’m kidding. Carrie would never say something like that.) On one hand, fast fashion gives people the affordable opportunity to express themselves in a way that they might not otherwise be able to. On the other hand, these cheap clothes are destroying the environment and come at a huge cost for the people producing them. This industry thrives on making people, especially women, feel bad about themselves so they’ll spend money. It’s also exclusionary. “When you don’t look a certain way, not a lot is open to you,” Bry says, straightening out the flower I put behind her ear. “I have to be more creative sometimes.” That creativity (that, on Bry, looks incredible: Her pink hair looks so good, and it complements her bluish green eyes amazingly) could serve as an act of rebellion against traditional expectations for what girls and women should look like. It’s so easy to fall prey to the idea that buying a certain product or wearing some piece of clothing will make you happier. It won’t. But it’s also fun, and empowering, I think, to prance around a flower garden and get your picture taken while wearing a blue, button-up shirt with beautiful fairy-colored hair or a monochromatic, red outfit with Ariel-esque hair (Emma hates “The Little Mermaid” comparisons. She’s much cooler and wouldn’t trade being a mermaid with aquatic friends and gills for some dude named Eric, but the hair shade is similar and so cool.) Because sometimes, you just need to feel good about yourself. And I think that’s totally fine — and fundamentally feminist. LEFT: Bry and Emma pose cutely, exemplifying femme friendship.
TOP: Emma puts on bright red lipstick to create a totally monochromatic look. MIDDLE: Bry looks like a pastel floral sprite as she stands within lavender flowers. BELOW: Emma gets ready to flip her bright red hair, surrounded by a sea of contrasting flowers. 19
TRENDS & VINTAGE
BY KATY LARSON fter being friends with the fashionable Olivia Bowman for so long, I finally got to sit down with her and talk about nothing but clothes. Here, she tells me about her love of vintage, her favorite clothing trends, her advertising major and how they all intertwine.
Tell me about the outfit that you’re wearing. The skirt is a button-down, corduroy skirt that I got from Forever 21. I saw other people wearing it, and I decided that I wanted to try it. I’m really glad I did, because I wear it all the time now. The shirt is a tee from the band Wolf Alice. I saw them as an opener for one of my other favorite bands, The 1975, in Portland about a year ago. I picked the tee because it has the retro, ’70s vibe. It’s kind of creepy and kind of fun. The jacket is a hand-me-down from my mom. She stole it from her high school boyfriend and then handed it down to me. It’s a men’s Levi’s jacket, and it’s a little bit oversized on me, which I like because that gives it a vintage vibe. The back of the collar is frayed, and there are a couple of burn marks on there, too. It feels really cool to wear something that my mom wore 20
when she was young. Last, my shoes are black leather slip-on Vans, which I bought to be an everyday piece. I really like the look of slip-on Vans, how easy they are and how they go with everything. I have three different pairs of slip-ons, because I love them so much. Why did you decide to come to UO? I came to UO to study journalism. When I got to college, I realized that reporting was different in the big leagues than it was in high school. I wanted something that was a little bit more creative out of my career but that still combined strategy, the scientific approach to things and the arts and design aspect where I could really express my creativity. I thought that advertising was a better fit for me in that way, and it better matched what I wanted out of a career. I also really liked the atmosphere at UO. I’m from the Portland area, so it’s not too far away from home. I have loved living in Oregon, and I get to continue that here at UO. Tell me about your everyday style. I would describe my style as pretty casual. I definitely think I was influenced growing up in Oregon, because style in Oregon is overall pretty casual. I like
wearing a few simple pieces that speak for themselves. In big ways, I’m influenced by what’s new, what’s trending and also style from the past, particularly the ’70s through the ’90s. I gather a lot of inspiration from shows like “Friends.” That was influential for me, especially when I was still watching the show a couple of years ago. I’m really influenced by a combination of what’s new and what people are wearing and talking about but then also what people wore in the past, like vintage clothes and thrifting. A lot of my favorite pieces are also men’s clothing or inspired by menswear. I like playing with the balance between masculine and feminine in my outfits, such as wearing oversized shirts and women’s shoes or a pretty top. What are some of your favorite items of clothing in your collection? There is this pair of Tevas that my mom handed down to me that I love and that I wear all the time. Also, probably my Adidas. I just bought them over spring break, and I’m obsessed with them. For clothing: of course my ripped boyfriend jeans from Forever 21. I love the color and shape of them, how they look on me and how they give a roughed-up feel to whatever I wear them with.
CINCO DE MAYO WORDS AND PHOTOS BY KENDRA SIEBERT
he Tom McCall Waterfront Park, running parallel to the Willamette River, is usually vacant, except for a smattering of geese and Portlanders on their lunch breaks. This was not the case May 5th, 6th and 7th, when thousands gathered to celebrate the 33rd Cinco de Mayo Festival in Portland. Artisans, musicians and dancers flew from different states of Mexico, and other parts of the world, to bring their own traditions to the Pacific Northwest and to promote cross-cultural celebration.
ABOVE: Colorful, handcrafted calaveras (skulls) that are often associated with the tradition of Día de los Muertos — Day of the Dead — occupied multiple stands in the Cinco de Mayo artisan village. RIGHT: At the Coyote Cantina booth, vendors sold traditional cotton huipils and other Mexican garments of all shapes, sizes and colors.
ABOVE: Ballet Folklórico Mexico En La Piel, a Mexican folkloric dance troupe from Cornelius, OR, was the festival’s main dance group. Its dancers showcased their traditions through performance, fashion and expression every day of the festival.
LEFT: Gloria Marin has been making embroidered art pieces for over 25 years in Guadalajara, Mexico. RIGHT: Marin’s embroidery subjects are inspired by her lived experiences in different parts of Mexico.
DRIPPING IN SWAG
A YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR PURSUES SUSTAINABLE DESIGNS THAT SPARK CONVERSATIONS.
BY ALEX JACOBSEN During the summer of 2015, two college students and a chef from Bend had the idea to start their own business with clothes that “dripped swag.” By fall 2016, Uriah Doobie, his neighbor Kenny Bryan and chef Austin Mahar had released their debut clothing line under the brand name Dripped. The first products were understated designs mixed with eye-catching colors: light pink and baby blue embroidered hats with large droplets and white T-shirts stamped with the neon-colored “Dripped” logo on the chest. Uriah explains the idea behind the name Dripped comes from a term widely used by rappers: “I get the drip from
my walk,” as he describes it. Uriah says his company is a lifestyle brand designed for creative and colorful people. When Dripped started, the finances were handled by Kenny, who is an accounting major, while Uriah and Austin took the lead on clothing. “Austin helped me with design since he is a really great artist,” Uriah says. “I would come up with most of the ideas, voice them to him, and then we would get on the computer and throw ideas back and forth by adding stuff or building off of each other.” Uriah looked around for businesses that would best accommodate his printing budget and ideas. He found Eugene Silkscreen for embroidery work and Webfoot Printing for screen printing. Aside from social media, Uriah’s main sources of advertising come from word of mouth and everyday interactions. Promotional events at bars, such as the collection release party, also attract attention to Dripped. Webfoot Bar and Grill even has a “Dripped Drop Shot” that can be ordered on request. Although, most of the purchases are made by friends who either want to rep the gear or show support while the rest of the sales come from Uriah wearing Dripped clothing to festivals and other events. He says he typically tosses some product into his backpack before heading to class, so if anyone comes up to him asking about the clothes he’s wearing, he has the opportunity to make a sale. Alexandra Wood, a sophomore, has modeled a few pieces for Dripped. She was initially attracted to his work because of the bright colors and unique clothes. “It is cool wearing the designs and having people tell you how interesting they are,” Alexandra says. “When I wear my Dripped hat, people will come up to me and ask if I know Uriah. It’s nice supporting people you and your friends see around every day!” LEFT: Uriah connected with Pabst Blue Ribbon in Eugene, which sponsored him and inspired the logo on these shirts. RIGHT: One of the newest designs by Uriah, which he will release soon and has been screen printing on sweatshirts and windbreakers.
For now, Uriah is running the company on his own. As a busy college student who is juggling classes while growing Dripped, he handles the investments and business transactions and works out of his apartment. Design sketches are tacked above his desk and a rack of clothing — many of which have been thrifted and then personalized by Uriah — surround his desk. His biggest inspirations come from vintage clothing like rap and band T-shirts. He also gets design ideas from going through the archives of heritage companies like Supreme and talking with close friends about the types of clothing trends they are into. He is also interested in cities and the people who inhabit them. Even though Eugene has been home since he was 5 years old, Uriah doesn’t see himself living here longterm. He often finds himself drawn to urban areas, whether it is for shopping, visiting close friends or promoting shows. After he graduates with a degree in environmental science and a business minor from the University of Oregon, he plans on moving to Portland. “I want to be in Portland to find a good job since there is a lot more going on and a lot more opportunities,” he says. “I’m a city person.” For Uriah, the future of Dripped will involve thought-provoking and vibrant products that are all sustainable. Studying environmental science has made him passionate about the natural world and helping big corporations work towards sustainable energy and design. He has connections with local eco boutiques who buy their own fabrics, such as organic cotton, from overseas, something he hopes to transform his line with. At the moment, school is taking priority for Uriah because he wants to focus on his academics to get his degree and then bring Dripped back once he graduates. “I just haven’t had that much time to focus on it lately, so I’m super excited to graduate and be able to put a lot more time, effort and money into it,” he says. “I am working on a lot of designs and have a lot of new ideas for Dripped.” Facebook: www.facebook.com/drippedclothingco/?pnref=lhc Instagram: @dripped.us
STYLE + VENTURE Words and Photos by Hannah Neill
,700 years ago, a violent eruption collapsed a towering volcano. This catastrophe resulted in one of the most beautiful national parks and the deepest lake in the United States. Crater Lake sits just over two hours southeast of Eugene, Oregon in Klamath County. While the park is open year round, seeing this natural wonder in the winter is quite something to behold. Three of my friends and I loaded up my car up full of snowshoes and drove down to experience it for ourselves.
OPPOSING PAGE: Savannah Mendoza bundles up in an American Eagle coat, Columbia boots, Under Armour leggings, an Urban Outfitters white knit sweater, a Hollister flannel, a Carhart beanie and snowshoes rented from the Outdoor Program. Savannah is a journalism major at the University of Oregon. Her passion for the outdoors and adventure inspire her photography (@savannahkaree).
Arriving in the late evening, the sunset followed us as we geared up to snowshoe around the rim. Luckily, we were the only ones on the trail that evening. We continued to trek through the deep snow until we reached a clearing, where we decided to set up tripods for photos. Unfortunately, the stars did not come out and the temperature dropped quickly. We found ourselves with frozen fingers, glitching cameras due to the cold, and with no light to capture. We began our long walk back in complete and utter darkness. As soon as our body temperatures stabilized, we decided to have a moment of silence to take in our surroundings. Compared to the hustle of our everyday lives, it was so peaceful to enjoy a moment without cell phones, car horns, music or traffic. The only sounds were the rise and fall of our breaths and the wind faintly shaking the trees. After a couple minutes of peaceful nothingness, I broke the silence by telling my friends a scary story regarding a group of snow hikers that went missing. Needless to say, everyone wanted to continue walking after that. Once we made it back to the car, we took full advantage of the seat warmers and heat. I sat in the passenger seat on the way back, and it was one of the most relaxing drives I have ever been on. I was disappointed that we couldn’t see any stars that night, so I kept craning my neck out the window of the car to see if any clear patches in the clouds would come. I finally saw a couple of stars peep out, so I unbuckled my seatbelt and hung my entire body out the window. Gripping my Jeep’s roof rack with white knuckles, I felt so free just looking at the stars while careening down a mountain road at 70 miles per hour. We finished off the night at Denny’s diner for some average quality breakfast food and ended up back on campus at 4:00 26 a.m.
Photos above by Patrick Gaines (@gainestravels). Left photo by Hannah Neill (@hannah.neill).
ALIGN TAKES GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK, CO BY BROOKE HARMAN
uch like Oregon, my home state of The dunes span Colorado’s San Luis Valley, a Colorado seems to always charm me. plain between the San Juan Mountains and the Whether it’s a Ben Howard concert at Sangre de Cristos. The unique placement of the the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, skiing at Keystone dunes allows them to move in moderate increor spending the day in Aspen visments over time but never drastically. “I’M DRAWN TO WORKiting Maroon Bells, I am always Our idea to put the mirror in the ING CREATIVELY WITH MY reminded of how lucky I am to FRIENDS, PRIMARILY OUT OF sand was tongue-in-cheek and playful. have grown up in the Centennial A SENSE OF FAMILIARITY AND After all, glass mirrors are made from State. Wanting to do a little travel- DEPENDABILITY. IT IS AS RE- sand. By angling the mirror in differing while I was home for break, this WARDING AS IT IS INSPIRING.” ent ways, we were able to achieve re-BROOKE HARMAN UO Duck brought along a few CU flections that duplicated our subjects, Buffs to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in whether it be our model or the nature that we so the southwest corner of the state for a photoshoot. easily got lost in.
ABOVE LEFT: Kyle is a student at CU Boulder in the Technology, Arts and Media program and came up with the original concept for the shoot. We share many memories together ranging from Saturday nights spent in our high school parking lot listening to Troye Sivan because we had nothing else to do to not so legally stealing “speed hump” signs from his neighborhood. RIGHT: Veronica, our model, also studies at CU Boulder and is working toward a degree in business administration. We became friends in our 8th grade musical theatre class when we preformed “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” 29 together, but since then, our friendship has been much less dramatic.
WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY MIRANDA SARAH EINY
astened on our wrists are ticking pieces of history. In 2000 B.C., the first account of humans measuring the movement of the sun, the ocean and the land in our current-day, 60-second system led to the common understanding and acknowledgement of time. However, it wasn’t until the 16th century during the Tudor period in England when time became popular, wearable assets. Men owned pocket watches while women wore wristwatches, but at the end of World War I, wristwatches ultimately took the world by storm. By World War II, pocket watches became timepieces of the past. In our modern day, watches have earned the title of statement pieces representing advancements in fashion, technology and productivity. Every watch makes a personal statement, from analog to digital, tiny faces to bulky faces, roman numerals to numbers, leather straps to metal straps and versatility to loudness. Whether you wear a watch for its functionality, its celebration of personal style, its intricate craftsmanship or its ability to manage your timeliness, these accessories are classic additions to anyone’s wardrobe.
TOP LEFT: “I decided I wanted a watch in high school because I went to a public school where half of the classroom clocks didn’t work and cell phones weren’t permitted.” -Aviva-Kaye Diamond BOTTOM LEFT: “I think wearing a watch is a little old fashioned because we’re so used to being on our phones 24/7 and figuring out the time that way. I like wearing a watch regardless.” -Manju Bangalore RIGHT: “Someone who wears a watch is someone who cares about the time they’re using. I use my watch as a way to actively choose how I use my time.” -Vincent Hand
THE SOUNDTRACK THEY CHOSE FOR THEIR STYLE & DEMEANOR: “Glamorous” by Fergie chosen by Aviva “Young, Dumb and Broke” by Khalid chosen by Manju “Biking” by Frank Ocean chosen by Vincent