R.A.W. Textiles at Mag-Big

2 Jul
R.A.W. Textiles, photo by patternobserver.com

R.A.W. Textiles, photo by patternobserver.com

For years now, I have followed Rio Wrenn’s line, R.A.W. Textiles. Her company is a production dye studio that specializes in natural dyeing practices utilizing plant matter, rust, composting, silk-screening, and other natural dyes in shibori and katazome techniques.

R.A.W. Textiles, photo by patternobserver.com

R.A.W. Textiles, photo by patternobserver.com


  
Wrenn’s work spans from lingerie, corsets, and lounge wear to visual art and custom textile design for larger pieces (such as curtains, duvets, etc). The breath taking prints are beautifully balanced on light-weight, high grade silks.

“These processes are directly inspired by the tension between the soft and hard found within the sexuality of botany and spirit of nature. This tension gives way to serendipitous manipulation and a sweet surrender to the process.” -rawtextiles.com

R.A.W. Textiles, photo by patternobserver.com

R.A.W. Textiles, photo by patternobserver.com

While few emulate elements from Wrenn’s dye technique, it is inarguable that she is one of the most original, dynamic, and visionary designers in the Northwest. She is the first and only of her kind in our city. We are so honored to carry her hand dyed scarves in our shop. Each one is imbued with the careful poetry and delicate nature than can only be described as raw beauty.

Rio Wrenn in her dye studio; www.rawtextiles.com

Rio Wrenn in her dye studio; http://www.rawtextiles.com

Come see these for yourself. We believe these are the perfect weight for Summer evenings, and make an incredible, extremely classy accent to your Summer wardrobe. When not worn as a scarf, shawl, or head wrap: hang them up in your house as a work of art. They are truly a treasure.

Summer dresses are HERE!!

21 Jun

I woke up on the first day of June to a Summer beam pealing through my windows. “What’s this?” I thought, as I opened my curtains, revealing the gold-white aura in all it’s glory. “The SUN! Holy rock lobster! The Sun is here!”

For weeks, we had been preparing for the imminent warm rays: the freckly shoulders, the strappy sandals, the sneaking PBRs in the park. Becca, Rachel-Marie, and I had been sewing Summer dresses and stock piling them in anticipation for the best season yet. All these dresses, skirts, and tops sat dormant in our sew shop for weeks… just waiting for their moment.

Well, folks, that moment is here. We have THE BEST Summer dresses. One by one, I’d like to introduce you:

The Smooth Operator: woven shift dress; white and dark blue floral raw silk.

Woven Shift, available size Sm-Plus; $42

Woven Shift, available size Sm-Plus; $42

This dress is an ultra light-weight, raw silk blend. Everyone who tries it on says, “this dress feels creamy… like lotion.” We have these available in sizes Sm-Plus Size (and we’re able to custom fit this garment). $42

Woven Shift Dress, available size Sm-Plus, $42

Woven Shift Dress, available size Sm-Plus, $42

In a similar silhouette, we have the Impressionist Water Color dress in green; available size Sm-Plus Size; $42

Impressionist Water Color Shift dress

Impressionist Water Color Shift dress

This silky dress has the perfect drape, and flows like a delicate, dreamy frock.

Impressionist Watercolor Dress, available size Sm-Plus $42

Impressionist Watercolor Dress, available size Sm-Plus $42

We also do this woven dress in one more awesome print: the Rorschach

The Rorschach Dress

The Rorschach Dress

Cassie is crazy about this one…

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Our simple tank style dresses are available in Sizes Sm-Plus as well, and have the perfect, versatile silhouette for layering in the Winter, and keeping it light in the Summer. Printed ponte knit fabric has more weight to it than other jersey knits, so it looks a little more structured, while still keeping that desired easy-fit finesse.

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The Paprika Cosmic Print is super fun.

Paprika Cosmic Print, available size Sm-Plus, $55

Paprika Cosmic Print, available size Sm-Plus, $55

We also have the tank dress available in the Green Chain Print:

Green Chain Print Tank Dress, available size Sm-Plus, $55

Green Chain Print Tank Dress, available size Sm-Plus, $55

After The Portland Mercury OPEN SEASON Fashion show, everyone was asking about the bell-sleeve A-line floral dress that Cassie was wearing. We have these available in royal purple floral, and white stretch lace. They. Are. So. Cute.

Purple Floral Bell Sleeve Dress, $68

Purple Floral Bell Sleeve Dress, $68

The dress itself is a straight A-line, very bohemian inspired, almost like a kaftan

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And the white lace version will be an excellent layering piece over jeans, over a slip, or over leggings/tank:

White Lace Bell Sleeve, $68

White Lace Bell Sleeve, $68

This barely scrapes the surface of the dresses we have available in the shop right now. Our simple, easy-fit classics such as the Gibson are in stock for Size Sm-Plus in a wide array of prints and fabrics

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The faux wrap style of this dress makes it a deep V-neck; it is also available in bolder prints such as this Brown Chain Print:

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We pride ourselves on the awesome prints we use, and the incredible selection of high quality fabrics. We have heaps of crop tops, maxi skirts, mini skirts, blouses, and dresses hitting the floor every week. All made in house, all available in a broad range of sizes.

Mag-Big Fabrics

Mag-Big Fabrics

So come visit us!! We have so much to offer, and it won’t break the bank either! If you’re outside of the Portland area, ALL of these dresses are also available on our etsy store!!

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Team Mag-Big

Join Us: The Mercury’s “Open Season” Fashion Show @ Mississippi Studios!

26 Apr

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Have you heard the good news? Mag-Big is having a solo fashion show as a part of The Portland Mercury’s 10th annual Open Season fashion extravaganza!

We will be unveiling our magnificent new SS2014 House Line collection. With about 30 total looks, this show will be unlike anything we have ever produced before. We have put great care into designing new looks that are fashion forward while retaining our easy, flattering ready-to-wear silhouettes. Overall it marks a new era for Mag-Big, in which we offer more amazing in-house made designs than ever before. We hope you will join us to reign in this exciting new phase of our local Portland business!

When: Tuesday, May 13 at 6:00pm

Where: Mississippi Studios 3939 N. Mississippi Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97227

Tickets: $5 pre-sale here or $8 at the door

 

Note: There will be a few other fashion shows as a part of Open Season. A mere $15 will get you into each event if you buy in advance! See here for more details.

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!

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