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.

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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.

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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

Summer Formalities

Summer Formalities

Being in the full swing of summer, it seems appropriate to discuss the inevitable formal events that pop up along the way. From your cousin’s wedding to a work conference or luxurious date night — we’ve got you covered for all your posh warm-weather needs.

RED VALENTINO DRESS & LIZABETH EARRINGS

RED VALENTINO DRESS & LIZABETH EARRINGS

For the inevitable summer wedding; a starry dress means you will sparkle all night without taking attention away from the happy couple. An added bonus: its short length and sheer sleeves mean you’ll stay cool while dancing the night away. Keep your accessories minimal, but don’t forget to don earrings that compliment your starry motif.

VERONICA BEARD SCHOOLBOY DICKEY JACKET, A.L.C. TRIXIE DRESS, KURTULAN NECKLACE & SHIRALEAH ZIP WALLET

VERONICA BEARD SCHOOLBOY DICKEY JACKET, A.L.C. TRIXIE DRESS, KURTULAN NECKLACE & SHIRALEAH ZIP WALLET

For the career woman in need of stylish professional wear; opt for a patterned day dress topped with a classic blazer. The versatility of this dress means you can easily transition your look from day to night. For day wear, pair with black booties and minimal jewelry. For after work drinks, shed the blazer and add a black clutch and red lipstick.

ANNABEL INGALL CAMILLE SADDLE BAG, RENE ESCOBAR SILVER BANGLES & MCQ COTTON DRESS WITH LACE

ANNABEL INGALL CAMILLE SADDLE BAG, RENE ESCOBAR SILVER BANGLES & MCQ COTTON DRESS WITH LACE

For the modest mouse who wants to beat the heat: try a sleeveless maxi with a lacy bottom. The full-length lace ensures that you won’t reveal too much while simultaneously keeping your look cool and breezy. Add a bag for a pop of color and layer on bangles for some subtle bling. Wear to dinner at an equally chic restaurant.

XO,

Mercantile

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Red, White, and Bling

Red, White, and Bling

The perfect outfit is perfectly proportioned. But what about the proportion of clothing to jewelry? This Independence Day, embrace your sparkly side and create an outfit that shines as bright as the fireworks by adding more than a few pieces of bling.

Start with a simple red, white and blue ensemble. A pair of blue jeans and a lightweight tee keep things classic and are easily punched up by a red jacket. The versatility of this outfit means that the footwear options are endless, although sandals or loafers are a good place to start.

FABIANA FILIPPI COTTON JACKET, THREE DOTS BRITISH COTTON TEE, AG JEANS THE PRIMA, KISMET HEROINE LONG STAR NECKLACE BLACK DIAMONDS, KISMET HEROINE LONG STAR EARRING BLACK DIAMONDS & SAMIRA 13 JEWELRY FRINGE BRACELET

FABIANA FILIPPI COTTON JACKET, THREE DOTS BRITISH COTTON TEE, AG JEANS THE PRIMA, KISMET HEROINE LONG STAR NECKLACE BLACK DIAMONDS, KISMET HEROINE LONG STAR EARRING BLACK DIAMONDS & SAMIRA 13 JEWELRY FRINGE BRACELET

Finally, layer on the bling. The star shape of these Kismet earrings and necklace pay homage to the Independence Day theme. Their dark color also ties in nicely with the dark wash of the denim. A fun Samira 13 fringe bracelet adds a final layer of playfulness to the look.

XO,

Mercantile