sample sale

Tanner Goods is having their annual sample sale this Friday and Saturday. Stop by Suite 012 at the Leftbank Project for previous season goods, factory seconds, and unreleased samples.

June 27th from 2PM-6PM and June 28th from 11AM-4PM.

Coffee and coldbrew provided by Stumptown.

Worth Holding Onto – Short No. 001

Our friends at Tanner Goods are having some fun and sharing their design and construction process with us in a new video series. The first, Short No. 001, begins with two interconnected processes: the design and construction of the Wildnerness Rucksack, and the origin of a simple adventure.

leftbank workshop

Filmed over two days, Tanner Goods cut together a handful of time-lapse shots featuring their crew working a typical eight hour workday at their Leftbank Workshop. For those who haven’t visited their space before, their production is broken into four categories and varies in size depending on how many styles fall within that category [as well as how many units they need to produce each season]. This is a quick glimpse into what a typical day looks like for them.

Welcome to our Workshop from Tanner Goods on Vimeo.

cool boots

Leftbank’s basement smells like leather. It has ever since Tanner Goods moved in. I love it. I look for reasons to go downstairs. Sometimes I invent reasons. But Tanner Goods doesn’t just lend their light industrial cool (and that leather smell) to the place – though they certainly do that. They also produce fine products. Another Leftbanker sent this my way recently.

In their second collaboration with Danner (another of my hometown favorite companies), Tanner introduces a rugged-cool boot with Vibram soles made right here in stumptown. Nice.

WeMake Creates at Leftbank!

Gathered in the cafe on the first Friday of each month is a small group of Portland creatives waiting patiently to ascend upstairs, pen and sketchbook in one hand and a #6 in the other. They are the lucky few who received an invite to attend a monthly sketchXchange happening here at the Leftbank Project. sketchXchange is just one part of  WeMake, a community design initiative that helps to organize inspiring events, workshops and discovery field trips around Portland. Founded by Yvonne Perez Emerson of Creativegirl WeMake was born from the idea of creating a platform that fosters art and design within our community through hands-on experiences, workshops and design in action.

What is sketchXchange?

sketchXchange is a chance to peep into the sketchbooks of some of our favorite local illustrators. Hear what inspires their work and learn about the process they use to create. You’ll bring your own sketchbook and mingle with other participants, have a beverage, and draw in a few sketchbooks. There are no rules, no themes (unless you have one for your book) just pens, pencils, sketchbooks, and friends. This isn’t a slide show event, guest illustrators will be sharing their actual sketchbooks and you’ll have an opportunity to purchase some of their work.

So far there have been two sketchXchange’s, the first one was held in the studio of Sockeye with the dynamic duo of Jolby and the second one in the conference room on the second floor with the talented Mary Kate McDevitt. Both events were a huge success and have the design and illustration community excited to attend the next one. Just a note though: Space is limited to 25 people!

WeMake organizes creative workshops +. Recently WeMake collaborated with Tanner Goods (Cascade Fabrication) to provide a night of discovery and craft. Participants had a chance to learn about the art of hand crafted leather goods and the opportunity to create their own leather Key Lanyard’s and custom sketchbooks. Check a few event photos here. More workshops with Tanner Goods are on the horizon, plus a few others like: visiting a vintage sign maker, learning to letterpress and participating in design in action opportunities.

Stay informed. To learn more about WeMake or to secure an invite to an event visit their website and sign up for the newsletter. They do most of their communicating via twitter , Facebook and their blog which happens to have a great video featuring the Leftbank and sketchXchange right now.

@wemakepdx #sketchxchange

Tanner Goods

Tanner Goods produces hand-crafted goods with time tested tools and heritage techniques. Our small team of craftsmen produce every piece by hand in our studios. We utilize the same tools that have been put to work for decades manufacturing heritage leather goods, and in many cases have sought out antique equipment that produce the best results. All of our sewing is done by a heritage saddle maker who started as an apprentice in the industry in 1964. For the past 45+ years he has been honing his craft, and has been generous enough to pass along his knowledge and skill to the rest of our team.