INTERVIEW: BRITT HOWARD OF PORTLAND GARMENT FACTORY
Two years ago, we got together with our favorite Portland fashion designers to create a living installation in the guest rooms on the second floor at Ace Hotel Portland, dubbed CONTENT — each designer handcrafted, populated and brought to life an embodiment of their inspirations and identities, and this year an astoundingly talented crop of designers is resurrecting this new tradition. October 1, join Ace and NYC via PDX designer and Project Runway alumn Gretchen Jones on Stark Street for beer, spirits and fare by Olympic Provisions and Clyde Common, followed by an unguided adventure through the installations.
Portland Garment Factory is one of the designers creating an installation this year, and they’re also handcrafting tissue box covers for all the Aces out of salvaged WWII army ponchos, so we wanted to chat PGFer Britt Howard up up about the work they do and what they’ll be bringing to CONTENT.
What do you love about your job?
I love working with the various talented people of Portland — including the talented and hilarious PGF crew, whom I am lucky to be surrounded by on a daily basis! I love living through our clients’ design process……being so close to it makes us all feel like we have a line of baby clothes or backpacks or womenswear. And about the fashion community of Portland? The fashion community in Portland is so varied (i.e. folks from so many different backgrounds — self taught/DIY to classically trained), and a direct correlation to that are the unique perspectives we see in what the designers create. Since I grew up here, I have a fondness in my heart for wools, plaids, layers, hats, ect. The best designers in Portland play off of the weather here (be it a direct representation of a grey cloud to a bright color blocked dress to liven up the often dreary Portland backdrop). I love em all.
How are the tissue box covers coming along?
We will be cutting the tissue box covers LIVE in our Content room! We are excited to be working on this during the event because it’s a great way to merge what we are doing for Ace with the event — it was a brilliant idea that Rosemary (my partner) had which really helped us nail down what we are doing in our room! (The ideas were getting too grand anyway…) It will basically be a live workroom…..because work and creating are at the heart of what we are all inspired by every day.
Thank you, Britt — see you at work, then.