Mag-Big Apparel, by Cassie and Becca

8 Mar

We’ve been so busy in the sew shop this month designing and producing new pieces for our SS14 and FW14 collections. It is so exciting to see the direction our clothing company has been taking, and it’s definitely keeping us on the hustle.

Gibson Dress in Butterfly Wing, sizes Sm-XXL $52

Gibson Dress in Butterfly Wing, sizes Sm-XXL $52

Among the new pieces we’ll making for the Summer, we’ve created a Plus Collection which is available for pre-order through our shop or through our etsy!

Yellow Batwing Sweater in Plus Size

Yellow Batwing Sweater in Plus Size

Our designs have divided into three different categories:

The Heirloom Collection: our well-known pieces made from dead-stock vintage fabrics. Each piece is implicitly one-of-a-kind. Available in lots of styles, sizes, and textiles.

Heirloom Collection, simple tank dress, sizes S-XL, $40

Heirloom Collection, simple tank dress, sizes S-XL, $40

Mag-Big’s House Line: a beautiful collection for everyday elegance. Focused on ready-to-wear, flattering silhouettes in the trendiest of fabrics and prints. Affordably priced, made in house.

Pizza Print Crop Top, $24

Pizza Print Crop Top, $24

Mag-Big Plus Collection:  We’re taking our flattering silhouettes and giving them a curvier edge! We’re so pleased to announce that our plus collection is available through pre-order in store, on our etsy page, or at our partnering retailers: Union Rose and Savvy Plus!

Plus Size Cat Print Yoke Dress with Lace Sleeves, $62

Plus Size Cat Print Yoke Dress with Lace Sleeves, $62

Our design process involves opening a bottle of wine, putting on nineties screamo music, and pulling some late hours. Cassie is a big fan of Cursive and At the Drive In. Becca might be a little sick of them.

We design, pattern, cut, and sew all of our clothing (with the help of our friends, Rachel Marie and Alicia). We’re always coming up with new ideas for garments, and find ourselves constantly inspired by the fashionable (and not-so fashionable) characters on Hawthorne Boulevard.

Cassie doin what she does.

Cassie doin what she does.

The other half of Mag-Big’s design team is a newer personality you’ll be seeing a lot of from here on out! Meet Becca Price;

Becca Price, the other half of Mag-Big

Becca Price, the other half of Mag-Big

Becca has an extensive background in apparel design and textile dying. Her extreme talent for pattern making has been an asset to our growing operations here at Mag-Big. Working together, Becca and Cassie have been churning out dozens of garments per day, and focusing more and more on the bigger directions of Mag-Big as a clothing company. In the coming weeks, we’ll be interviewing Becca to hear all about her background, her goals, and some of the new projects she has been working on.

So in a nut shell, Mag-Big Apparel is on the rise. We’re keeping busy getting ready for the sunny weather with a beautiful assortment of handmade dresses. Check us out!!

SS14 LookBook: Mag-Big House Line and Foxtail Jewelry

21 Dec

Our SS14 Lookbook: Mag-Big House Line and Foxtail Jewelry is here. Working with incredible photographer, George Barberis, we caught the Pagan-inspired sea witch mood of the Oregon Coast.

“The Sea of Faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.”

                            –an excerpt from “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold

Our House Line collection is different from the “Heirloom Collection” we are known for (which uses deadstock, vintage bolts of fabrics to create one-of-a-kind dresses). The two collections exist simultaneously, but employ very different production and sourcing methods. House Line is made from select salvaged yardage. We make and manufacture this collection in store.

Please enjoy our SS14 lookbook. For any inquiries, please contact us via email: MagBig.Cassie@gmail.com

SS14 LookBook: Mag-Big House Line and Foxtail Jewelry

21 Dec

Our SS14 Lookbook: Mag-Big House Line and Foxtail Jewelry is here. Working with incredible photographer, George Barberis, we caught the Pagan-inspired sea witch mood of the Oregon Coast.

“The Sea of Faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.”

                            –an excerpt from “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold

Our House Line collection is different from the “Heirloom Collection” we are known for (which uses deadstock, vintage bolts of fabrics to create one-of-a-kind dresses). The two collections exist simultaneously, but employ very different production and sourcing methods. House Line is made from select salvaged yardage. We make and manufacture this collection in store.

Please enjoy our SS14 lookbook. For any inquiries, please contact us via email: MagBig.Cassie@gmail.com

We’ve Got A Fresh Stock Of Sweatshirts!

11 Dec

My apartment is freezing, the sidewalks are covered in frost, and schools closed today. Luckily, our shop has a fresh supply of rad sweatshirts to help keep you warm!

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Women’s Sweatshirt by Bark $38

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“Snake Rainbow” by Make It Good $63

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Unisex Sweatshirt by Bark $55

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Men’s “Solar” Sweatshirt by Make It Good $86

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Unisex “Mountains” Sweatshirt by Make It Good $75

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Women’s Sweatshirt by Bark $38

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Unisex Sweatshirt by Lift Label $58

They’re all so soft and dreamy. Come check them out!

Mag-Big Gift Guide #1: Cassie’s Picks

27 Nov

For the next few weeks, we’re going to high light some great gift items from our shop! As you may know, Mag-Big features products from nearly 700 Portland-based manufacturers. We are extremely proud of our carefully curated, wide array of jewelry, apparel, home goods, body care, and visual art.

Here are Cassie’s first picks in each category for great gift items!

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Clothing:

Unisex Make It Good Solar Sweatshirt:   

         These sweatshirts are great for men and women. They are printed AND sewn here in Portland, OR by one of our favorite companies: Make It Good. Using organic fibers and dyes, American-milled textiles, this company sets the bar higher for everyone, and creates clothing you can be proud to own. Oh, did we mention these glow in the dark?

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Unisex LifT Label Sweatshirt

We love LifT Label. Trendy, simple, understated, and extremely well-made. These sweatshirts are supremely popular gifts.

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Gifty-Gifts for family and friends: 

Little Canoe is a house favorite around here. No surprise, illustrator Brooke Weeber, has come come up with some stunning gift items for the ones you love. These seasonal produce calendars are stunningly beautiful:

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and another amazing Little Canoe gift is the “We Belong In Portland” Mug. So sweet!

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And for your pal at the office, we think the JPants Desktop Terrarium kits are too cute! Spruce up your workplace and better your feng shui!

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And another gift to spruce up the office or your workspace is this little moving sculpture by Make Waves.

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Body Care:

Imaginary Authors Perfume is becoming a very popular Portland-based company. Perfumer, Josh Meyers, focuses on the literary and story-telling attributes of each fragrance, and includes a short story based on the elements in his scents. We LOVE LOVE LOVE every single perfume we have by Imaginary Authors. My personal favorite, which I wear every day, is Cape Heartache. 

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But another great perfume we offer that can kick around in your purse is Aromi. These perfumes are small containers of solid perfumes. They’re only $13, and for real, they ALL smell absolutely amazing.

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Jewelry:

Those of you who know me know that this is my favorite thing to talk about. We have over 80 contributing jewelry designers in our shop. It’s no surprise we’re voted in the Portland Mercury’s Readers Choice for Best Jewelry Store in Portland. We have the most amazing selection of jewelry; great gifts for the ones you love (and maybe a piece or two for yourself)!

AmiRa Jewelry. What can I say about this jewelry? It is my favorite. It takes my breath away. Beautifully hand-hammered, hand carved metal components with a stunning macrame, woven component. These look like no other line of jewelry I have ever seen, and the quality, design, and innovative technique is un-matched. Go Amira!

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Then there’s Pigeon Heart. Pigeon Heart Jewelry is the other commander-in-chief among our silversmiths. Designed by Lisa Hirsch, each piece is unique and one-of-a-kind. Lisa likes to say, “if you can’t see it from across the street, it ain’t jewelry enough!” I challenge anyone not to fall in love with every.single.piece. in her collection. They are breath-taking.

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Some other jewelry designers that are NOT to be missed: SeaHag And Walrus

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Foxtail Jewelry:

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Thorn and Wynn:

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Keep and eye out for Rachel-Marie and Becca’s holiday gift guides!

~Cassie~

owner/designer, Mag-Big

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get 10% Off This Friday & Saturday!

24 Nov

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Hey, Ladies & Gents!

Just a quick reminder that MagBig will again be participating in Little Boxes. We are super excited about it!

Visit the shop this Friday and Saturday and you’ll receive 10% off your entire purchase. Woot!

What Is Little Boxes?

Shopping in Portland’s Little Boxes on Black Friday and Saturday (and throughout the holiday season) is an alternative to the hubbub of the big box stores. It’s a great way to find unique gifts for everyone on your list, enjoy the hospitality and warmth of Portland’s independently owned neighborhood shops, have fun with your family and friends, and–just maybe–win some pretty incredible prizes, just by taking a stroll in Portland’s best shopping districts.

Go to their official website to see a full list of participating shops.

MagBig Stocking Stuffers

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Here are a few of my favorite little gift ideas from the shop:

  • Sock Dreams Thigh High Socks and Tights are selling like crazy. They’re super affordable at $7-$10.
  • Amy Vance Mini Traveler Candles are just $5. If you fall in love with the scents (and you will!) we also have medium & large.
  • BONifHIDE leather wallets are great for the dude in your life. $28
  • Fingerless Gloves by KDDesigns are a unisex and come in lots of fun colors. $18
  • Hanging Succulents are easy to care for plants that add style to any room. $20
  • Portland, OR Coffee Mugs by Little Canoe, as seen in the Holiday Gift Guide! $22
  • And of course, we have holiday gift cards just waiting for you to scribble sweet nothings. Prices vary.

Enjoy your Thanksgivings, we can’t wait to see your smiling faces!

Rachel Marie’s First Day!

21 Nov

rachel marie's first day!

Hello, everyone! I’m Rachel Marie, the newest shop girl here at MagBig.

Actually, I worked here briefly as a sewing production intern over the summer. I’m really happy to be back on the scene! And what a great time to jump in, too. It’s the holiday season!

We have been getting new stock in like crazy. Today, Cassie and I added a new display of “Animal Battle” paintings by Maryanna Hoggatt.

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ANIMAL BATTLE is an on ongoing series of paintings that feature noble animals in a passionate fight for love, dreams, and ideas against our biggest enemies: fear and doubt. This richly symbolic world is brimming with charming costumed beasts, flowing banners, and a whole lot of heart. [Source]

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We also got 10 of these adorable necklaces by Studio Acorn. Each one is a little food item with a smiling face. These french fries are Cassie’s favorite.

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I definitely have to share the Pendleton wool and leather wallets and purses that just came in. Cassie spotted these Bevo Birdie Originals at the Siren Nation Arts & Craft sale and decided she had to have them in her shop. They’re gonna do great!

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And if you’re wondering about the awesome sweatshirt I’m wearing in my photo, it’s the latest from our friends at Make It Good:  Mountain Men’s Sweatshirt (size XS).

So, come into the shop for some holiday shopping, or to say hello! I’m happy to be here supporting local production and sharing awesome makes with you all.

~ Rachel Marie

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