Color Trend | aubergine, mint, grey October 09 2016

I do so love the changing of seasons. The weather allows me to unearth my favorite soft layering pieces and suddenly I feel a strong desire to sip a mug of cider while watching the rain, possibly while nestled under this luxurious throw from Twig. Now that we're officially into autumn, we're definitely on our way to cooler weather. To keep this admittedly dark season enjoyable for as long as possible, I like to brighten things up with splashes of fresh color in my home and personal style. Currently I'm obsessed with rich, saturated purples and light, cool greens. These tones, whether called aubergine and mint, plum and sea glass, or eggplant and mist, look fabulous in the fading light of fall and will remain beautiful all year round. 


Color Trend Mint Aubergine Grey Copper


Since statement colors can be powerful, they'll transition easier into an already existing wardrobe and house if paired with a neutral accent color, like saddle brown, to ground them. Pairing this Molly M aubergine pouch with copper, as seen in this modern butterfly hair tie from Caravan Pacific, leads to effortless chic. A plum dress gains a little gravity with a dove gray accent like this Circle Purse from Baggu. Baggu also offers their classic tote in sea glass, the perfect combination of professional and fresh in this hue, and pairing it with the warm grey of this iPad case will keep you looking like the cool professional you are during those important meetings.


Color Trend Mint Purple Grey Home


On the decor side, mint and aqua tones benefit from the addition of pale woods or cream porcelain. The fir in this boxcar planter provides the ideal base for the accents of color on the sides. Placed on your desk along with Pigeon Toe's abstract coasters featuring hints of greens and purple and their Tripod planter with a neutral exterior and glazed interior, you can transform your office into an oasis. A key piece for brightening up your home, the Sullivan lamp from Caravan Pacific with sleek lines and cool maple detailing, is available in both dove grey and mint, as is the porcelain splatter vase from Bean and Bailey. You can combine these pieces to make either grey or mint the focal point of your room. 

Whether choosing accessories or home goods, plums or mints, let's bring in autumn in a fresh and delightful fashion. Find all of these, and more of our favorite accessories and home decor, in this color trend here. Happy harvest, everyone!


Instagram Summer Giveaway July 26 2016


Instagram Summer Giveaway


Just like this week’s weather report we’ve got HOT news… it’s summer giveaway time! ☀️ One lucky winner will receive a $100 Red Sail gift certificate usable in-store or online! To enter, complete all 3 steps:

1. Follow us at @shopredsail on Instagram (if you don’t already).
2. "Like" this photo on Instagram
3. On Instagram, tag 3 friends in the comments section that might be interested in entering.

Our summer giveaway closes at 11AM PST on August 1st. One winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on Instagram on August 2nd. One entry per person and US contestants only please. Good luck and thanks to all of you for following our feed!



Secrets to Successful Trip Packing July 15 2016

We absolutely love vacations: whether they're 3 or 4 days to relax, or longer to reacquaint ourselves with our favorite people or cities. What we don't love is packing for a vacation. Thus we've spent many hours in life perfecting our packing Tetris skills. Along the way, we've picked up a few tricks and avoid the messy end of the business when we actually follow them. Our first packing tip is simple: bags inside your bag will make your life infinitely easier. Here at Red Sail, we love Owen & Fred's Stay Sharp Dopp Kit, as well as Tonic's Wash bags which are available in 2 sizes for when a trip demands even more toiletries. All of these styles are lined with washable interiors in case you arrive at your destination to find your favorite shampoo and moisturizer spent the trip getting better acquainted. To help with the organization of important documents Bellroy makes an efficient travel wallet that holds all the necessities plus your passport, tickets, and a tiny pen. For a pared-down option, the geometric design keeps this passport case from Molly M delightfully fresh.


Tonic Toiletry Wash Bags


Another secret to packing for any trip is versatile accessories. They help fill out a simple wardrobe. If chosen wisely, you can get by with one of each of the following: necklace, earrings, scarf, and hair accessory, and if you wear them on the plane, you won't even have to pack them! Abacus Row makes a multi-tasking necklace with delicate black, ivory, pink and gold beads that has an adjustable length and can also be worn as a wrap bracelet. It pairs well with the Tiny Barnacle earrings from Daphne Olive. These are lightweight and simple enough to dress up or down as needed. For accessories to keep your hair looking good, pick up Caravan Pacific's modern hair ties. In brass or copper, these elevate a quick ponytail to effortless style. Coupled with a print scarf from Kinross Cashmere, you'll easily transition from a day of seeing the sights to an evening with good food and friends. Made of cashmere and silk, it's an attractive option for layering and warmth, perfect for chilly airplanes and air-conditioned museums.

The next tip is to bring something that makes you feel special. We recommend packing a journal and a travel candle. Choose a small journal with a leather cover like this one from Rustico for jotting down directions, memories, recipes, or favorite pieces of art from your trip. A travel candle may sound like a luxury, but we find a comforting scent is just the thing to make an AirBNB or hotel feel like home. Capri Blue offers a portable tin in their famous "volcano" scent, and the smell of sweet, tropical citrus is a quick pick-me-up.

Most importantly, be sure to choose the right size of bag for your adventure. If you are a champion of packing light, Baggu's Canvas backpack will be plenty large enough for your weekend. Bonus: it will fit under the seat in an airplane, so you won't have to juggle with the overhead compartments. If you'd like a little more room for packing, Nell and Mary offers this gorgeous hand-printed weekender with a secure zip-top and comfortable shoulder straps for traveling in style. Now that you've gotten your packing conquered, it's time to get excited for your trip. We love Design Sponge's travel section with 24 hour city guides and the pictorial inspiration on National Geographic's Instagram account. Now go forth, your adventure is waiting.



Baby is on the way! July 06 2016

So you’ve got a little one on the way. Hooray! Before the sunny baby showers and endless preparations result in that tiny bundle you've been eagerly awaiting, take the time to do this one important thing for yourself... design a nursery to be your personal retreat, filled with soft fabrics and pleasing patterns. We all know how much time you’ll spend there!

With space at a premium these days, it’s possible this room will be pulling double duty, or is a temporary appropriation. Selecting a versatile color scheme will keep you from completely redecorating the room in the future while trying to manage the ever-present inquisitive nature of a toddler. Thankfully no longer limited to the classic blue/pink binary, we’ve hit upon the pleasing aqua/grey palette.



Starting with something appropriately adorable, pick up these organic cotton hat/gown sets and burp cloths by Milkbarn featuring a very happy whale. These use the sweet classic of animal in a pleasing neutral palette. Continuing on with the irresistibly cute, Manny and Simon make fantastic push toys. This aqua bunny will be sitting pretty on a shelf until your little one is on the move. The modern ink blot print on this fabric bin from Pehr hides a sturdy wire frame that can take anything you can throw in it during a lightning-speed cleaning session. For that little something for yourself, Brahms Mount makes the yummiest throws, like this soft all season cotton one, conveniently machine washable. Wrap up in its comfort during a 3am feeding and snuggle session. As your tiny one grows up, this throw can be a sweet reminder of those first steps in one of the most beautiful relationships possible.



Summer Happy Hour July 03 2016

Summer has arrived in Portland, pleasantly early this year, and we’ve found the best thing to beat the heat, an impromptu backyard cocktail hour with friends. Pro tip: make sure to choose the friend with the coolest backyard to host. They’ll be delighted to show off their hard work and everyone else can bring ingredients for the fabulous cocktails.



Along with all the fixings for a perfect mojito, you'll want to make sure you've got the proper tools, so bring this hand turned, corian-tipped muddler by AHeirloom. It’s great for crushing mint and macerating limes. For crushing ice, measuring shots, and popping open bottles, use the 4-in-1 Bar Tool. Depending on the size and thirst of your gathering, a large pitcher like the modern Morandi, or slim Beyaz, both from Roost, or a smaller carafe like this simple wonder from Kinto, will help maximize relax time with effortless refills.

To provide inspiration, we’re giving you our favorite mojito recipe from Food and Wine, based on the original 1929 drink, and because one drink does not fit all, we’ve found a variation that’s a bit sweeter for those who prefer a little bubbly, along with the recipe for the mojito’s long-lost cousin, a Hemingway Daiquiri. Rumor has it Mr. Hemingway drank these by the double in pint glasses, but we love the luxurious feel of these Gold Band Glasses. Now if only our lawn chairs would spontaneously transform into hammocks, we’d really be set.


We're Hiring Part-Time Sales Associates! April 26 2016

We truly value the relationship we have with our customers, and we are looking for a sales associate to give them top-notch service!

Responsibilities Include:

- Accurately processing sales/returns using a computer-based POS system (Quickbooks POS)

- Greeting customers

- Educating customers about our 60 plus product lines and designers

- Assisting with product receiving, restocking and merchandising

- Breaking down boxes and taking out garbage and recycling

- Keeping the boutique environment clean and tidy

- Answering phone calls, returning customer calls

- Processing and packing of online orders for shipment

- Assisting with day-to-day maintenance of company website (using Shopify)

- Proactively managing loss prevention efforts and awareness

- Polishing jewelry inventory

- General office duties

- Gift wrapping


We expect that you:

- are punctual, supremely reliable, honest and detail oriented.

- have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

- are positive and energetic, with loads of initiative.

- seek out opportunities to assist, engage, and learn.

- are comfortable and confident working with computers.

- are able talk about our merchandise with natural and appropriate enthusiasm.

- genuinely love to provide a top caliber buying experience to each and every customer.

- are able to follow directions precisely and work independently and proactively to achieve personally assigned responsibilities as well as general store operations and sales.

- be present, alert, and use your time at work effectively and wisely to aid our team.

- are accountable for your actions and are a proactive problem solver.

- are professional in approach and have a stylish business casual presentation.


We will be especially excited if you have experience with:

- product photography
- Photoshop
- Shopify
- social media



- At least 2 years of retail sales experience

- Outstanding work attendance history

- Ability to lift 30 lbs and be on your feet throughout the shift (up to 8 hours)

- Non smoker, no exceptions

- Must be available to work Saturday and Sunday. You may be scheduled to work both days of the same weekend at least once a month. In addition, you also may be scheduled to work another weekday shift for a total of 7-15 hours a week (with more hours during the holidays or busy season).

- You must be available to work from the weekend after Thanksgiving through the Christmas holiday season.

- Interest in long term employment


Compensation: DOE, monthly sales goal bonuses, generous employee discount


If you are interested and qualified, please email us or hand deliver, the following information:

Cover letter with 1) Why you are interested and feel you are qualified for this position,  2) What you would bring to the Red Sail team 3) Available hours each day of the week


Resume listing your work experience and education (please include dates), references and contact information

We look forward to hearing from you!


Red Sail is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, or any other status protected by Federal or State law or local ordinance.

Better Than Roses February 12 2016

With Valentine's Day this weekend we've put together some of our shop favorites in festive red and pinks... great gifts that will definitely last longer than a dozen roses!

From left to right on each row: Herringbone Cotton Throw, Sullivan Lamp, Warbler Hook, San Marzano Apron, Flatlas 2 Print, Cafe Style Coffee Press, Wire Gym Basket, Fan Coral Print Scarf, Northern Fruit Tea Towel.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide December 11 2015

The holiday gift giving season is upon us, and for many shopping for loved ones can be a daunting task. We help customers in the shop with this everyday, so the four of us at Red Sail have each picked our favorites in a variety of categories, so you can spend less time shopping and more time with the awesome people you’re buying these presents for! All items are available in our Portland store and online at


The Traveler

Pyramid Etched Passport CaseNew York City Map

Folding Travel ChopsticksCafe Wallet




Pyramid Etched Passport Case $56 multiple colors, Small Map Print $22-$26 multiple cities, Folding Travel Chopsticks $20, Cafe Wallet $188 multiple colors


The Couple


Rana Birch Backgammon Set

Herringbone Cotton ThrowBoxcar Electric Lamp with Bulb


Backgammon Set $126 two designs, Ribbed Sake Carafe and Cups $106, Herringbone Cotton Throw $220 multiple colors, Boxcar Electric Lamp $108 includes bulb


The Boyfriend / Brother / Father / Son

Tie ClipSprocket Handle 64oz Growler

Hide & Seek WalletConcrete Leather Valet Tray



Brass Tie Clip $18, 64oz Sprocket Handle Growler $70 multiple colors, Bellroy Wallet $55-$210 multiple styles and colors, Concrete Leather Valet Tray $52



Gift Exchange/ Secret Santa



Table TilesSalt BoxTimber Axe Bottle OpenerSmall Flat Pouch

Table Tiles, $18 multiple colors, Salt Box $18 (with Jacobsen’s Flake Salt Slide Tin $3.50), Timber Axe Bottle Opener $18, Small Flat Pouch $24 multiple colors



The Big Splurge 


Nylon Leather BackpackPierced Double-Wall Planter

Arrow Houndstooth WrapAurora Necklace


Nylon Leather Backpack $225 two colors, Pierced Double-Wall Planter $180, 

Arrow Houndstooth Wrap $240, Aurora Necklace $250 two colors



The New Homeowner

Herringbone Pattern Round BoardButterfly Print Tray


Porcelain HorseshoeMara Coaster Set

Herringbone Pattern Board $86 multiple options, Butterfly Print Tray $68 other patterns available, Porcelain Horseshoe $18, Mara Coaster Set $38


The Jewelry Lover



Shooting Multi-bar Arc NecklacePebble EarringsOrnament HoopsTilikum Crossing Cuff Bracelet

Shooting Multi-bar Arc Necklace, $158, Pebble Earrings $58-68 two colors, 

Ornament Hoops, $75 three colors, Tilikum Crossing Cuff $72

July 4th BBQ + Growler of Cold Beer... What's more American Than That?! June 29 2015

Headed to a 4th of July BBQ this weekend? Don't show up empty handed! Be the hero on what is supposed to an insanely hot day and roll up with a growler of cold beer! To aid in the effort to cool the masses, we are offering 20% off all Portland Growler Co. growlers through Friday July 3rd. At this moment we all all 16 combos in stock (4 colors, 2 sizes, and 2 handles), but don't drag your heels, they'll go quickly! Shop our growlers now > Stay cool!



Loop Handle 64oz Growler


Retail Happy Hour Comes to Alberta Street June 24 2015

We are so excited to kick off a new ongoing event with our Alberta Street neighbors, Retail Happy Hour! Starting today, nearly forty Alberta Street retail businesses will offer special deals EVERY Wednesday from 3-6 p.m.

The idea is simple. Each week participating businesses will offer their own unique deal, only available Wednesdays from 3-6pm. You shop amazing local stores, score a great deals, and then celebrate your shopping prowess with a drink or dinner at one of the super restaurants and bars on Alberta Street!

Here at Red Sail we will change things up every week, so be sure to visit our Facebook or Instagram feed every Wednesday morning to find out what our exclusive happy hour discount will be that afternoon. Use #retailhappyhour to find the deals and to post what you score that day!

There is truly something on the menus for everyone's tastes, so grab a friend and visit Alberta Street this evening! For more information, including the full "menu" of participating businesses and their addresses, visit Alberta Main Street.


Alberta Retail Happy Hour



Write On Challenge April 01 2015

"Real" mail is truly a gift these days so we are partnering with Egg Press and Hello Lucky for the #Write_On challenge! We have 10 free starter kits to give away, plus throughout April when you buy 5 cards at Red Sail get a sixth one free! We are fortunate to have a kick-ass collection in the shop so stop by this month and stock up on beautiful cards from Blackbird Press, Candyspotting, Dee & Lala, Foxy & Winston, Hello Lucky, Lark Press, Old School Stationers, Sapling Press, Smock Press, Snow & Graham, Sugarcube Press, The Social Type, and Waterknot!

Supportland Egg Hunt April 01 2015

The annual Supportland Egg Hunt begins today! From April 1-5, they hide digital Easter eggs at your favorite local businesses (including Red Sail). These magical eggs range in value from 5 to 100 Merits... now that's sweeter than a chocolate Easter Bunny! Not a Supportland member yet? Click here to find out how to get your free membership to this community rewards program.

Get to know Little Boxes November 27 2014

Little Boxes is back this Friday and Saturday, Nov 28th and 29th! Make sure you're up to speed so you can get in on the local shopping fun!

Little Boxes is a city-wide shopping event and prize raffle on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. For the two days after Thanksgiving, welcome in the holiday season by discovering the quality and variety of Portland’s indie and local retail shopping scene, unlock 10% off*, and enter to win a travel package, an iPad & wireless bookshelf speakers from The Mac Store, shopping sprees, hotel packages, restaurant gift certificates and TONS more goodies!


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.

How do I play? Participating in Little Boxes is easy. If you have an iPhone, download our iPhone appto play along digitally or pick up a Passport at any participating Little Box to play on paper. Enter the raffle simply by going to any Little Box on the days of the event and filling out a ticket or entering the Code into your iPhone. Everybody’s allowed one entry per Little Box they visit and there’s no limit to how many times you can enter. The more stores you visit, the greater your chances of winning.

Want even better odds? Simply make a purchase during the event and earn bonus raffle entries. With each purchase you’ll get a stamp on your passport or App. Collect four stamps and you get 15 extra entries in the raffle. Eight stamps and you get another 20 extra entries. 12 or more stamps and you get an additional 30 raffle entries!

What’s more, when you make a purchase at one Little Box, simply show your passport or iPhone to the next Little Box and you’ll unlock a 10% discount*.

Plan your route and discover all the Little Boxes here or download the iPhone App!

When: Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving (11/28 – 11/29) from 10am – 6pm

Where: The Little Boxes, Portland’s locally owned shops and boutiques

Alberta Street Fair - Saturday August 9th August 07 2014

Don't miss the best day of the year in our hood, Alberta Street Fair! We will have a HUGE sale section and will be handing out coupons for 15% off one full priced item to the first 50 people through the door. We open at 10am, the street fair starts at 11am. See you Saturday!

Can't Miss Portland from Popeye Magazine July 07 2014

Japanese magazine Popeye was kind enough to include Red Sail in their July 2014 guide to all things Portland. Amazing how many visitors walk into the shop carrying the issue! 

Luxe Love July 04 2014

Thanks for the kind words Luxe! See the nice little write up under "Accessory Harbor" below, which appeared in the Summer 2014 issue on page 174.


Material Good in Portland Bride & Groom June 26 2014

Portland Bride & Groom highlights some best-selling gifts for us... the Little Shirley, Pod and Pebble vases from Material Good... in the Summer/Fall 2014 issue. With a three sizes and a wide array of colors to choose from, these vases make excellent table centerpieces and thank you gifts for all those who helped bring your perfect wedding to life! To pick up these little beauties, and see the full range of colors currently available in the shop, click here.



Summer Favorite Sea Urchins in Better Homes and Gardens June 01 2014

Better Homes and Gardens shows us some love on page 10 of the June 2014 issue. Click here to purchase the featured Sea Urchin Votives for yourself.


Break It Down with Betsy & Iya May 01 2014

Our best selling collection (that's right, the top dog out of the 72 lines we carry at Red Sail), Betsy & Iya, is celebrating an exciting expansion of their jewelry making home base next week with a killer party. We'll be there and so should you! Here are the deets...

What: Customer appreciation and space expansion open house party

Who: betsy & iya fans, followers, customers and appreciators will enjoy sponsored refreshments from New Deal Distillery, Union Wine Co., Pacific Pie Co. and QUIN as well as the chance to win raffle prizes from Radish Underground, Cassidy Jewelry, Rock n’ Rose, Tender Loving Empire, Tilde, and Etcetera. 

Where: betsy & iya’s retail location, 2403 NW Thurman St., Portland, OR 97210

When: Friday, May 9 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Details: Guests will witness the unveiling of an original artwork by Emily Katz comprised of donated items from artists and makers citywide as an homage to the local maker network betsy & iya is proud to be a part of. Other activities include:

  • Sheet metal for guests to scratch, scuff, and make their marks on; singular cuff bracelets will be cut from the metal to commemorate the event. The “One-of-a-kind cuff” ($89) will be available for advance purchase at the party, and given away as a prize to the first ten customers who make a purchase at the party. 
  • A time capsule will be official sealed into the renovation, containing betsy & iya’s trademark “Mad Libs”-style notes from customers on their growth and goals at this moment 

Supportland Egg Hunt April 18 2014

Nap Time March 22 2014

Gus and I getting our first hammock nap session of 2014 in today. A much needed day in the sun for both of us! 

Small Wonders March 08 2014

Stocked up on little beauties from Upper Metal Class. And this is only half of what we have in the shop! Nearly everything in stock is available here.

Feeling Neutrals March 05 2014

It's a gloomy, grey day in Portland, but I still love all the beautiful neutrals we have in the shop. Those prints from Molly McGrath are a stunning pop if you like metallics too!

Layering with Yarnz Scarf March 04 2014

It may have taken a couple months, but I'm finally resurfacing after the holidays! And it's nearly Spring so that means it's time to talk new merchandise! 

Here in Oregon, as in much of the country, Spring means crazy manic weather. One day it's 65 and sunny, the next day it's just above freezing with bursts of sleet and rain. Mother Nature, why must you toy with us like this?! We can't do much about the weather, but we can be prepared for the elements by layering with a Yarnz scarf. This line is known for their amazing designs and the Spring/Summer collection of Cashmere/Silk and Linen/Rayon scarves does not disappoint! Shop all of our scarves here


Boxcars, as far as the eye can see. March 04 2014

Back on the shelves at Red Sail, the full assortment of Boxcars from Revolution Design House. Dylan and Joe, you guys are killing it! Check out the full assortment of styles and colors here.

Rainy Day February 27 2014

Rainy day here in Portland, perfect for the Large Waxed Canvas Reader from Peg and Awl, and the cozy cashmere/silk Umbrella Tree Scarves from Yarnz.
Yarnz scarf

Growler Army February 20 2014

An army of growlers arrived from Portland Growler Co. today! White, blue, grey, black, sprocket, loop, big and small... we've got them all! These Portland-made ceramic growlers are perfect gifts for beer-lovers. Shop all of our available growlers here.

Shop Small for a BIG Win! November 26 2013



The shop is packed with AMAZING merchandise, the new web site is up and running, and our Christmas window is in place.. we are officially ready for the holidays! This month, we’re also excited to be participating again in Little Boxes, a Portland-wide shopping event that takes place the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.

On a day traditionally dominated by big box retailers, it’s easy for independently owned small businesses to get lost in the shuffle. Three years ago, a few of the city’s boutique shop owners (including Red Sail) pooled resources to offer prizes and discounts to consumers who shopped a network of participating “Little Box” stores. This year, shoppers have the option to navigate participating shops using an iPhone app (yay, technology!), with chances to win raffle prizes including a travel package, an iPad, and a $600 shopping spree to the Little Boxes (and hey, if you miss that, there’s still a chance to win $400 or $200 sprees).  It’s free to enter; just head into any participating shop on 11/29 – 11/30 to claim a raffle ticket.  Make a purchase to earn bonus entries and unlock a 10% discount at the next Little Box on your list.  The more shops you visit, the more chances you have to win!

We believe that shopping Little Boxes is a great way to find unique gifts for everyone on your list, have fun with your family and friends, and–just maybe–win some pretty incredible prizes, all by taking a stroll in Portland’s best shopping districts.

If you’re local, we’d love to see you out and about!

Mark your calendars now! Friday, November 29th & Saturday November 30th, 10am-7pm. Plan your route and find more information at


Supportland Holiday Shopping Event November 14 2013

It's Supportland's biggest point giveaway of the year! A ridiculously huge 60 points per transaction at every business you've never been to & a cool 15 points at your usual haunts during Black Friday & Saturday. This is network-wide, all businesses participating. Search on the Supportland website or use their mobile app to start plotting your course.


Q+A: Archie Archambault of Archie's Press November 13 2013

We all remember our firsts. Red Sail had only been open for two weeks when I got my first artist sales pitch, which happened to be from this young guy who just walked in off the street with a few postcards and prints. I still remember it because it was truly the worst sales pitch EVER, but in an adorable "I'm REALLY new at this" kind of way. It was pretty quiet that day so I said I'd take a look at the work and, wow, I'm so glad I did, because that guy was Archie Archambault, the talented designer behind Archie's Press. In the past two years he has gone from someone making a few maps here and there, to a top-notch designer traveling the country creating maps for cities coast to coast. It's been so exciting and rewarding for me to be a part of his journey as a designer and fledgling business owner, and his visits to the shop are always welcomed. Fresh off his latest mapping tour of Washington DC, Atlanta, Austin and New Orleans (Red Sail will have these maps in the next week or so), Archie gives us a peek inside with some Q+A.










Portland Map, the best seller  |  Archie while on a mapping tour this fall  | New Solar System Map

Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

Whenever I make a city map, I find the most inspiration from the city itself. Stylistically, I draw inspiration from any form of experimental information systems. These are littering the internet, but a few names that come to mind are Nicholas Felton, Rem Koolhaas and Pinterist. 

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Traveling is the most exciting part of my job. Every new city provides a new set of challenges that I can't help decode with a long walk or a bike ride while I consume the fruits of every city's culture. 

What’s your greatest challenge as a designer right now?

I'm really afraid of falling into a formula. I'd hate to be pigeonholed as someone who doesn't provide a lot of thought into the work they produce.

What’s a little known fact about your collection that you wish more people realized?

My work is aimed at producing the clearest and most truthful representation of a city. I'm not just making something that looks cool. The goal is something truly useful, a map straight from the mind. 

What's in the pipeline right now? Any sneak peeks or upcoming projects you want to share?

Right now I've got 4 new maps to release and they're almost done. It's keeping me on my toes. Next year I hope to do a mapmaking tour of Hawaii, San Diego, LA, Vegas, Salt Lake, Denver, Aspen, Omaha, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Madison, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. We'll see how far I get! Also looking for an adventure-mobile for the voyage. Know anyone with a Vanagon for sale?! 

What are you listening to in the studio while you’re working?

It changes every week, but The Current from Minnesota Public Radio is the greatest radio station I know of. 

What is the #1 piece of advice you’d share with an aspiring designer?

Don't Despair! You're going to come up with hundreds of terrible ideas, but the gems make it worthwhile. Delegate responsibility. You can't do everything yourself. There aren't enough hours in the day. 

The work day is done! Where is your favorite place to unwind?

Anywhere with good food, so anywhere in Portland. 



New in the Shop November 07 2013

It's always exciting to bring a new collection into the shop, and this week it was the work of LA-based designer I. Ronni Kappos. This colorful deco-inspired jewelry line caught my eye when I visited New York in August, and it's now available in the shop and at our online store. Here are two of my favorites, but you can see all of the available pieces here.


3rd Annual Warm + Fuzzy Fundraiser November 05 2013

It's time for our favorite event here at Red Sail, our Warm + Fuzzy Fundraiser for the Oregon Humane Society. This year to support our favorite four-legged friends, Red Sail is donating 15% of sales of our holiday ornaments to Oregon Humane Society. Shop online or in the store between November 1st and December 24th, 2013 to make your purchase count! Last year Red Sail was able to donate $1036, and this year we hope to blow that number away, but we need you help! Shop our ornaments now!

Q + A: Christine Fail of Fail Jewelry November 04 2013

Every so often I get super lucky and come across a line that is truly a perfect fit for Red Sail, and that's exactly what happened when I discovered Fail jewelry while roaming the booths of Chicago's Renegade Craft Fair in September for 2012. I immediately fell in love with the line's simple mixed metal designs, and as soon as the first order arrived in the shop Red Sail customers fell in love too... the pieces are irresistible! Below, Austin-based designer Christine Fail gives us the scoop on her collection with some Q+A.


Bestseller - Crescent Hoops   |   Designer Christine Fail   |   personal fav - Deco Layering Necklace

Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

So many places!  Usually it is from my friends and the women in my life.  I am so fortunate to know so many creative and expressive women. They are the types setting trends instead of following them and I am naturally influenced by our conversations, our interests in art, architecture, music, and of course their personal style.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Getting to design, make jewelry, and be creative all day (or at least most of the day)! And honestly, being the boss and getting my way is pretty nice too.

What’s your greatest challenge as a designer right now?

Finding the right people to help me grow my business. As someone who runs a small business, you really are the one who does everything from design to marketing to accounting.  However, to really grow I have to start being able to find people who can act on my behalf, whom I can trust, and who know exactly what I want without me even telling them.

What’s a little known fact about your collection that you wish more people realized?

As a result of my background in metal-smithing, a hammer touches all of my pieces.  Because each piece starts out as wire or sheet, and the form is created by cutting and hammering, each piece is truly unique. Because of my past studio limitations, I chose not to solder or use cast pieces in my designs and relied solely on what are called, cold-connection.  Having to rely on cold connections only has really pushed me forward in the design process.  I have to be more innovative and creative with my technique and style, so that I can set myself apart from other designers.  It has also helped keep a diversity in price-points within the collection so that I can keep my collection affordable and attainable. 

What's in the pipeline right now? Any sneak peeks or upcoming projects you want to share?

I have a few projects in the works!  In May I closed the doors on my small retail shop here in Austin so that I could exclusively focus on fail.  Now that I have moved into my new dedicated studio behind my house, I am finally getting more time to devote to design. I am excited to launch both a home accessories collection as well as a contemporary bridal collection within the next year!

What are you listening to in the studio while you’re working?

Old country and blues. I like songs with a little grit, a good story, and that you can sing along to.

What is the #1 piece of advice you’d share with an aspiring designer?

Build a community of artists, makers, and designers around you that you admire and respect. Having advice, support, guidance and inspiration is so important as a small business owner. As a group, you can all build each other up so that you can all grow together.

The work day is done! Where is your favorite place to unwind?

In the kitchen, cooking dinner with my husband, enjoying a glass of wine.

What’s your favorite piece at Red Sail right now? 

The Nell & Mary tote bag! I can speak from experience that it is the perfect bag for running around the city, holding my water bottle, sketch book, and various other essentials while still looking stylish! Mine is going on 1 year of continuous use and is still looks great! Bonus- its handmade in Portland!

New in the Shop This Week October 24 2013

It's really starting to look and feel like fall here in Portland. The leaves have started to pile up on the sidewalk, and soon most of the trees will be bare for the winter. Fortunately, my house plants are still going strong, and thanks to a new line here at Red Sail, Light + Ladder, I can repot them in stylish new hanging planters! These simple and modern vessels look great grouped (see the picture from my NYC buying trip), or solo. The Large Flat Back Planter is my personal favorite, but honestly it's a tough call. Decide for yourself here.

Q+A: Nicole Cipriano of Cipriano Designs October 23 2013

One of the best selling lines at Red Sail is Cipriano Designs, the beautiful leather collection from Portland-based designer Nicole Cipriano. Her work is consistently showered with customer compliments... they love the feel, they love the prints, they love the construction. Given that Nicole is one of our most popular designers, and that she happens to be one of our favorite people to work with, we wanted to share a little bit more about this amazing lady through the first installment of our new reoccurring journal segment, Q+ A.

Nicole hard at work  |  Best-seller Web Print Anita Clutch |  Most lust-worthy Anna Bag

Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

Most of my inspiration comes from architecture. I’ve always been obsessed with structural forms. I like to examine how things are held together and what happens when metal, wood or concrete merge. Designing is a very tactile process for me. I need to have the leather in my hands. There are a lot of different types of leathers, and they all take on a unique personality with each design. Once I start playing around with the leather a new idea will just come to me.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

It’s very rewarding when I see someone out in the world with one of my designs. It’s also rewarding when someone contacts me to say they saw one of my designs and ‘needs’ something just like it. As a designer, you want the world to appreciate your creations, and when moments like these occur, it’s just a reminder that I’m doing everything right.

What’s your greatest challenge as a designer right now?

My biggest challenge is not having enough time! I have so many ideas just bursting at the seams, but I’m too busy with production to keep up with it all.

What’s a little known fact about your collection that you wish more people realized?

Most people don’t realize that I’m a one-woman show. I design, sew, screen print and market my own product. If someone sees a bag or wallet they’re interested in, it may not be in stock five months later. In a way, my leather goods are limited edition since it’s impossible for me to have all of my designs on hand all the time.

What's in the pipeline right now? Any sneak peeks or upcoming projects you want to share?

New leathers and new prints! The new print I’m refining is called ‘Texture.’ I’m bringing in a few new leather colors, and I’m working on a new bag design. I really can’t wait to complete the collection!

What are you listening to in the studio while you’re working?

I go through phases of listening to the same album over and over again, but I’m a huge fan of Audible. I love downloading audio books, but it’s all about what process I’m in in the shop. This week I’ve been listening to Lana Del Rey and James Blake.What is the #1 piece of advice you’d share with an aspiring designer?

There’s more to being a designer than just designing, so be mentally prepared to learn all the ropes of running a business. Make a list of your goals and ask a lot of questions. There are a lot of free resources out there and remember you are not alone! Most importantly, listen to your heart and don’t give up.

The work day is done! Where is your favorite place to unwind?

I always unwind by walking my dog, Chico, to the park.

What’s your favorite piece at Red Sail right now? 

I’m in love with Caravan Pacific’s Alberta Table Lamp. All of the elements are pieced together beautifully. I can appreciate the flow of wood and ceramic joining forces for this creation.

New in the Shop This Week October 15 2013

Yesterday I opened a shipment from a shop favorite, Molly M Designs, and oh boy... her new work is AMAZING! Stunning new metal jewelry, boldly colored felt trivets and coasters, shimmering wall art, and new leather accessories. I want it all! Below are my personal favorites, but be sure to check out our full selection of Molly's work here.


New in the Shop This Week September 25 2013

Autumn is in the air and great new items are arriving at the shop regularly. This week I'm excited to announce a new line for the shop, Revolution Design House. This Portland-based design house brings us several great pieces, ideal for showcasing succulents, air plants or tea lights. Below is my favorite, the Boxcar Triple, but be sure to check out our full selection here.

NYC August 21 2013

There are many, many things I love about having my own shop, but one of my favorites is that I get to go on buying trips. At least once a year I head to NYC to check out the new collections of thousands of designers showing their work at NY Now, a HUGE trade show for the accessory, home and gift industry. This year I picked up 8 new collections, here's a sneak peek of some pieces that will be available at Red Sail this fall.

Usually my stay in New York is under 48 hours (I know, 6000 miles in a weekend is a bear!), but this trip I actually gave myself half a day off to explore the city. I grew up outside of NYC so I've spent a decent amount of time there, but it's been years since I took the time to play tourist in the Big Apple, and a lot has changed. Here are a few sights that left an impression... and what make NYC such a great city.

How To... Make a Watercolor Window Display August 01 2013

Every few months I switch out the window display here at Red Sail. It’s a fun challenge to come up with new and eye catching designs that will stop folks in their tracks… to create something interesting and enticing that will pull them into the shop. Customers often ask how I come up with the displays, or how I made them, so I figured I’d start a running journal entry sharing just how they all come together.

Watercolor Window

I had a block of watercolor paper that I had been dragging around since college (I was a fine arts major more than a decade ago!), and I really wanted to use up supplies I already had so I decided that’s where I was going to start.

1. Leave the watercolor paper attached to the block (it helps keep the sheet flat as it dries).
2. Use artist tape to criss cross the paper (this will create the white lines on the final piece).
3. Brush a light coating of water over the whole paper.
4. Choose two colors to work with. Load your paint brushes and apply your watercolors in towards each other so that they blend together.
5. While the paper is still damp, wet your fingers and flick some water onto the paper to create the starburst pattern.

6. When the paper dries completely, gently peel off the tape, remove the paper from the block, then repeat, repeat, repeat! In my case, I repeated that process 54 times to come up with 27 double-sided paintings.
7. I did two colorways, pink/orange and navy/aqua, and they are glued back to back so that the display is reversed outside and in.
8. I then laid out the prints, and attached them using large paperclips, which is also how I hung them in our window.
9. It will take some tweaking, but you’ll get them aligned... eventually!

Verre Votives in Esquire May 31 2013

We hate the word "tchotchkes", but the shout out in Esquire's digital edition was much appreciated. To pick up a set of Verre Votives at Red Sail, click here.


Portland Made April 17 2013

Portland Made, an amazing local collective of makers, manufacturers, and retailers, recently stopped by for an interview. If you want to know more about how Red Sail got its start and what we're all about, check out the interview on the Portland Made site. 





Warm + Fuzzy Update January 10 2013

I'm so excited to announce that Red Sail's Warm + Fuzzy Fundraiser raised $1036 for the Oregon Humane Society. Thank you to all of our customers who purchased an ornament from us in November and December, YOU made this possible! Btw, the good folks at OHS even named a red tabby cat after our shop, and he's already been adopted!



Willamette Week Gift Guide December 12 2012

The Willamette Week showed Red Sail some love by featuring our indigo Night Carafe in their "Nice Things for Naughty People" Gift Guide. Thanks guys!

Gifts for Design Geeks November 17 2012

Two of the great Portland designers we carry in the shop, Nell & Mary and Archie's Press, are featured in the December issue of Portland Monthly magazine! We have the highlighted items in stock right now so you can get your own today!

Best of the City April 25 2012

We just opened our May issue of Portland Monthly Magazine and were very pleasantly surprised to find out they chose RED SAIL as "Best Gift Shop" in the Rose City!!! Check out the very nice write-up on page 60 of their "Best of the City" issue! A special thanks to all of our wonderful customers who have spread the word about the shop these past six months, and Portland Monthly for this tip of the hat!!


Oregon Humane Society Fundraiser January 06 2012

Just want to pass along a special thank you to all of our customers who supported the Oregon Humane Society by buying an animal themed Christmas ornament from RED SAIL between Thanksgiving and Christmas. We donated 15% of the sale of those items, raising over $250 (that doesn't even include the cash in our counter-top donation bin either!) for OHS. On behalf of all the puppies, kitties, bunnies, and other creatures cared for by the Oregon Humane Society, thank you! If you'd like more info about OHS visit their site,

Coasters and Cruets in Redbook October 01 2010

Redbook magazine featured our Salad Song Cruets and Pachira Coasters in their October 2010 issue. 

Warbler Hook in Real Simple June 30 2010

Real Simple highlighted one of our great organizers, the cheerful Warbler Hook, in their July 2010 issue. Get your hands on your own Warbler, or one of the other whimsical hooks from These Creatures, here.