What to pack for your weekend getaway...

As the Memorial Day weekend approaches the impending stress of packing everything you need into a weekend appropriate bag sets in. Here are our long weekend must-haves, no over-packing regret required:

1. The Easy T 

 SUNDRY- SATURDAY & SUNDAY BOY T-SHIRT

SUNDRY- SATURDAY & SUNDAY BOY T-SHIRT

A white t-shirt with weekend flair that goes with your favorite boyfriend jean, tucked into a flowy skirt, or worn as the perfect cover-up on the beach. 

2. The Perfect Printed Denim 

 CURRENT/ELLIOTT- THE STILETTO SKINNY JEAN

CURRENT/ELLIOTT- THE STILETTO SKINNY JEAN

It's time to turn your summer denim game up a notch. This palm-printed jean by Current/Elliott is the pair to wear when you want to show off a little. Wear with a simple t during the day and a silky button down at night. 

3. The Beachy Button-Down 

 RAILS- HUNTER BUTTON UP

RAILS- HUNTER BUTTON UP

The perfect hang-out shirt wherever your weekend takes you. We love how Rails does plaid with a slightly faded and worn feel, giving the traditional button-up a casual vibe. We would wear these with our favorite white denim or linen pant.

4. The Supersoft Lounge Set 

 PAM & GELA CROP HOODIE AND LOUNGE PANTS

PAM & GELA CROP HOODIE AND LOUNGE PANTS

We're loving this wide-sleeve cropped hoodie with embroidered stars from Pam & Gela for a little Americana flair. Need we say more?

XO, Mercantile 

 

Plaid, Please!

Plaid, Please!

It's time to "check" out the most valuable print of spring! Plaid reimagined for sunnier days
is perfectly paired with a flouncy feminine top or denim jacket. 

 VERONICA BEARD - SCOT JACKET 

VERONICA BEARD - SCOT JACKET 

Veronica Beard's new spring collection is where sporty meets feminine complete with bombers,
fitted and flirty dresses, and of course, plaid. We are loving the Honolulu plaid pant outfitted with a Frame denim jacket (below). 

 VERONICA BEARD - HONOLULU PANT

VERONICA BEARD - HONOLULU PANT

Sights of the Season

Sights of the Season

As you walk along the festive, lighted streets of Alder in December you might notice a shimmer through the windowpanes. Look closer and you’ll see painted clothespins, wooden spoons, or your rubber kitchen gloves taking the shape of reindeer, snowflakes, or a red Dachshund.

Mercantile Portland is honored to feature Julia Armstrong Peltz’s Christmas mosaic collection in our store for the second year.  

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Julia is a Midwest native, Portlander for 30 years, an oil painter and teacher by trade, and specializes in modern portraiture and still life.

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“The mosaics took on a life of their own as I was designing the pieces for Mercantile. I wanted the holiday shapes to be a bit more interesting than just painted images, so I started adding texture and the more I added, the more fun I started having!”

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Julia’s process: “Usually, I have an image in mind and paint that first on the canvas, though sometimes an object I find will get the creative juices flowing.  Then I start looking at my collected items, placing them on the shape, playing with patterns and shape..." 

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"I find this is a wonderful way of combining my love for antique shopping with art and using re-purposed objects is especially satisfying and fun!  I love making something beautiful out of the ordinary or discarded.”

Stop in during this final week before Christmas for complimentary gift wrapping, validated parking, curbside delivery, and to check out Julia's work. 

 Learn more about Julia’s work:  www.juliaarmstrongpeltz.com

XO, Mercantile

Our Holiday Luxe List, Unwrapped

Our Holiday Luxe List, Unwrapped

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Feeling uninspired by your holiday gift list? Maybe you need a couple last-minute stocking stuffers or the perfect sweater for Christmas dinner? We've handpicked go-to gifts so you can spend more time enjoying the the Christmas lights and sipping champagne than stressing over presents.

And don’t forget... we’ve got complimentary gift wrapping, validated parking, and did we mention curbside pickup so you can get on your way? 

#1: Luscious Leisurewear 

 Lorena Antoniazzi jogger pant, Mercantile Label Cashmere turtleneck pullover

Lorena Antoniazzi jogger pant, Mercantile Label Cashmere turtleneck pullover

The perfect pairing for cozying up with a book or running a few errands, it's all about comfort with a feminine edge.

Add an edge to your casual bottoms with a racing red stripe, lightning bolt pattern, or metallic detail. 

 Top Left: pam&Gela sport stripe basic sweatpant, monrow lightning bolt supersoft sweats, Bottom left: chinti+parker cashmere black star track pant, monrow metallic-stripe vintage sweats

Top Left: pam&Gela sport stripe basic sweatpant, monrow lightning bolt supersoft sweats, Bottom left: chinti+parker cashmere black star track pant, monrow metallic-stripe vintage sweats

#2 Dashing Denim

 Styles from current/elliott, citizens of humanity, ag,  rag & bone, frame, and j brand

Styles from current/elliott, citizens of humanity, ag, 
rag & bone, frame, and j brand

Can you really have too many pairs of jeans? The right pair of denim can help you conquer all. Whether transforming your look from day to night or complimenting your favorite pair of boots there's endless options with denim. The real question is: boyfriend, straight, crop, skinny, or distressed? 

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#3: Cozy Cashmere

 skull cashmere pullover and hat

skull cashmere pullover and hat

This isn't your grandma's cashmere collection. We are loving the rich colors and skull pattern sweaters from Skull Cashmere.  Pair these pullovers with a cashmere pom-pom hat or fingerless cashmere gloves for a complete look.

 SKull cashmere babe hoodie, fingerless metallic gloves

SKull cashmere babe hoodie, fingerless metallic gloves

#5: Wrap Yourself In Luxury - Coats

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Designer to Know: Leslie Paige Jewelry

Designer to Know: Leslie Paige Jewelry

Leslie Paige McElroy has always been a creative type. From working as a pastry chef to launching her own jewelry line — McElroy brings passion and craftsmanship to the table no matter the project. And with our Leslie Paige Jewelry trunk show coming up this weekend, we sat down to find out just what makes this up-and-coming designer tick.

Leslie Paige McElroy

1. How did you become involved in jewelry design?

I had been a pastry chef for the majority of my career and I wanted to make a change. I wanted to create something more permanent. It would take me three days to make a wedding cake that would be eaten in a matter of minutes. I also had this idea for what I call the perched setting. I wanted something like it for myself, so after searching for weeks, I decided to have it made. As I began to wear my design, others began wanting it for themselves. This prompted me to design new variations and other items.

2. Where do you find inspiration?

Most of my designs come from my own desire to have a piece. With the perched setting I was trying to find a way to showcase the back of the stone as well as the front. I have always liked the back of stones and wanted to show how the back can be just as beautiful as the front.

Perched Setting

3. Can you describe your design process?

I usually start by sitting down with my caster and working on how to best produce a design so that it is a strong, quality and comfortable piece. Next I choose the stones. I look for stones with color or shape that make them stand out.

4. What is your favorite part of the design process?

Seeing the finished piece. I love seeing how this idea in my head comes together and how people respond to it.

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6. What is your favorite material to work with?

When you work in the culinary industry you quickly learn that if you start with the best possible ingredients then you will get the best possible finished product. I find this to be true with jewelry. I use only solid gold, natural diamonds and natural gemstones. 

7. What was it like being featured in British Vogue

It’s great getting the international exposure and hearing from people around the world who love my designs!

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8. Goals for the future?

My goal is to grow the Leslie Paige Jewelry brand while continuing to expand on the unique statement designs. Coming soon: cuff bracelets and men’s puzzle rings.

Thank you Leslie! We can't wait to have you in store this Friday and Saturday. To check out more designs by Leslie Paige Jewelry, click here.

XO,

Mercantile