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Gifts for Guys November 23 2018

Gifts for guys

 

1. Cross Lambswool Scarf $110   2. Fragrance Reed Oil Diffuser (teakwood + leather is our fav) $26   3. Concrete Table Tiles $36   4. Perf'd Half Wallet $75   5. Large Zig Zag Matchbox $48,   6. Alma Domino Set $69,   7. Topographical Map $25,   8. Campus Backpack $94


New Designers in the Shop! August 09 2017

Here at Red Sail, we're always on the hunt for new designers, and this month our hard work has paid off. Five new designers have recently made their debut in our shop and we couldn't be more excited about it. Read on below to learn a little about each new designer and the amazing pieces they create.

Totem’s ceramic stoneware pieces are inspired by natural forms, simplicity, and traditional craft. As each item is handmade in their Berkeley studio, no two pieces are alike. The dishes and mugs they crafted for us feature a velvet crackle finish, lending depth to the surface of simplistic shapes. Pick up a wide mug with a tea jar and stirring spoon, and give the set to your tea-loving friend along with their favorite tea for instant gift success. See all their beautifully crafted pieces here.

Totem Crackle Nesting Spice Bowls      Totem Crackle Tea Jar      Totem Crackle Small Mug

Natalie Joy Miller used her experience with small-scale sculpture and hand-made jewelry to create Natalie Joy Jewelry in 2010. Every piece from her architectural line is made by hand in her Portland studio, using both traditional and unique metal-working techniques. We especially love her ladder-like Aventine bracelet and her minimalist square hoop earrings. These striking pieces play equally nicely with jeans and a tee or a little black dress. Click here to shop her entire collection.

Natalie Joy Jewelry Aventine Bracelet Brass       Natalie Joy Jewelry Silver Linings Ring      Natalie Joy Jewelry Rectangle Joop Earrings Brass

Fionna Hanna is a Toronto based textile designer and maker. The materials for her linen and hemp scarves are sourced from small businesses in Canada and the US. She stamps block-prints of grid patterns of major cities on each scarf, creating an abstract, graphic design ideal for unisex styling. Layer your look with her New York, Toronto, or Paris infinity scarves.

Fionna Hanna Paris Infinity Scarf     Fionna Hanna New York NYC Infinity Scarf       Fionna Hanna Toronto Infinity Scarf

Woolly leather combines modern minimalism and old school craft to create beautiful wallets and leather accessories. Sourcing only US vegetable-tanned leather, each item they design is laser cut prior to hand stitching in their Portland studio, creating a perfectly finished, ruler-straight edge on every well-made wallet. We are particularly delighted with their ingenious stick-on phone wallet. 3M adhesive on the back means you can stick and re-stick it to your phone without leaving any residue behind. They also offer a fresh take on the classic money clip by placing it on a lightweight minimalist wallet. Check out all of their offerings right here.

Wooly Wrap Money Clip Wallet Red Sail Portland         Woolly Tassel Key Fob Red Sail Portland      Woolly Stick-on Phone Wallet Red Sail Portland

 

Ayu Carlton started making sophisticated goods for a modern organic lifestyle in LA in 2016. Vegan and organic, her gorgeously scented candles use a special coconut/soy wax blend and feature wooden wicks for an extra touch of goodness. Can't decide between Bohemian Forest, Cherry Blossom, Japanese Yuzu, or White Tea? Get a travel tin in each scent. (She also offers a large glossy jar candle.)

AYDRY & Co. Cherry Blossom Mini Tin Candle         AYDRY & Co. Bohemian Forest Wooden Wick Candle      AYDRY & Co. Japanese Yuzu Mini Tin Candle

If you're in town, we'd love it if you stopped by to see these pieces in person. For our out of town friends, we've gathered these beauties along with many more new pieces for your shopping pleasure in the new arrivals section of our website. Happy shopping!


Mother's Day Gift Guide April 25 2017

Mother's Day is nearly upon us (May 14th this year), and whether you're getting a gift for your mom, wife, or simply treating yourself, we've got you covered with our favorite gifts for Mom.

For the ultimate breakfast in bed, choose a stylish graphic print tray from Wolfum, and load it up with everything she'll need for her meal. A rounded cream-colored teapot, handmade tumblers, a cherry wood honey stick, and smooth ceramic honey jar make the perfect tea setup. Set a brass pie server atop a printed napkin to serve an easy yet tasty quiche, and for added beauty, fill a dotted vase with her favorite blossoms.

If the mom in your life juggles a career with her many other responsibilities, we suggest going for accessory combinations that can pull double duty. Pair a printed scarf with a petite bronze cuff for instant style. A soft grey wool felt and leather tote is a guaranteed success, plus it can hold all of her work files and iPad (this leather sleeve is our favorite). Finishing touches come in the form of a brushed brass hair tie and minimalist business card holder.

Of course nothing beats a beautiful letterpress card letting Mom know how much you love her... we have dozens to choose from in the shop right now!

 

 


Earth Day Everyday April 20 2017

Earth Day may only come once a year, but we want to celebrate the many designers we work with that encourage us to observe it all year long with their stylish environmentally sound products. Some of our favorites include:

Baggu’s portable grocery bags
Casey Sibley’s waxed canvas market totes
Fluf’s washable lunch bags 
Portland Growler Company’s beer and kombucha growlers 
Graf Lantz for creating totes and useful objects from sustainable wool felt
Matt & Nat for lining their vegan handbags and backpacks with recycled plastic bottles 
Keephouse for dyeing their household linens with organic ink
Deoria Made for crafting breathtaking serving boards out of reclaimed hardwoods

 

 


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!

 


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.

 muddler

 

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.

 


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

 


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!


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.

 


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.


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.

 


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.


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.


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.

 


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!


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.