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Sold Out is a weekly column in the Portland Mercury that I launched in 2006 to chronicle the city's design and retail industries. As creator and sole author through the end of 2015, I used the platform—and its accompanying blog and social media channels—to give voice to the brands and creatives that helped shape Portland's character. Through interviews and observation, my aim was to identify and verbalize compelling aspects of each brand's character and translate their appeal to a readership of potential clients and customers. I wrote hundreds of them, but some favorite muses include designers and brands like Adam Arnold, Liam Drain, Gretchen Jones, Daniel McCall, and Imperial Collection, retailers like Wildwood & Company, events like FashioNXT, and institutions like Textile Hive and the Museum of Contemporary Craft.
My interest in product, design, and brand identity has led to copywriting and editing contracts with businesses and non-profits like adidas, Providence Health & Services, Creative Circle, the Portland Art Museum and NW Film Center, Edgevale, Frances May, Bridge & Burn, Timber Press, Orden Beauty, and Fashion Collective Portland.
In addition to launching the city of Portland's longest-running source of design-related coverage, I've done countless film reviews, which regularly appear in publications like The Stranger, East Bay Express, and more, in addition to the Portland Mercury. My writing also appears in the adventure magazine Stay Wild (supported by North advertising agency), Urban Honking, The FADER, and the Portland Art Museum's PORTAL quarterly. As a staff writer, I learned how to run with any prompt: music, food, breaking news, visual art, non-profits, kiteboarding, juice cleanses—you name it. Deep divers can head to my vast archives for everything Mercury/The Stranger-wise since 2001.