Next Level: Hexagons

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Hexagons are having a moment and not just ‘cause the World Cup is this summer (you know, soccer balls!). Here, the shape of things to come. —erica

LEVEL I: The cutest (and shiniest) little wallet we ever did see, from IMAGO-A.

LEVEL II: Daaaang, Jerome Dreyfuss really knows how to do graphic.

LEVEL III: The print—and the skinny little straps—on this Tibi tank kill.

LEVEL IV: Because, let’s be honest, your ears are tired of circles, and Eddie Borgo knows it.

What’s next? More “Next Level!”

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Of a Kind

Just one quick thing to say about this wide, cropped sweatshirt from First Rite: yes. —erica

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Primecut

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Though Lizzie Falkenstein launched her pared-down accessories line in December 2013, she’s hardly a newbie: She started her first line, dubbed Lizbags, in the summer of 2008, while still in college studying architecture at University of Oregon “At the time, I had just purchased a heavy-duty industrial sewing machine. I stumbled upon a beautiful scrap of cowhide on my first shopping trip for leather supplies and ending up making a bag for myself that I have used every day for the last two years,” says the Portland-based maker, who still puts her degree to use designing retail environments part-time.

Lizbags gave way to Primecuts when Lizzie herself felt that she had outgrown the line’s aesthetic and made a move toward something more minimalist. “My bags are purposefully simple to showcase the unique quality of the material,” she explains. And, boy, do those cowhides, sourced from the U.S., Brazil, and Europe, shine: Each clutch, wallet, cross-body bag, and pouch that Lizzie makes by-hand from her basement studio is different—and stand-out—thanks to the crazy-beautiful colors and textures of its main ingredient. “Living in Portland makes you appreciate natural forms and materials,” she notes. “So many things today are highly processed and disconnected from their origins. There’s a lot of natural beauty here that I try to translate in my designs.” —alisha prakash

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The Five Coolest Buildings in Portland, According to Lizzie Falkenstein

Let this be a solid reminder to look up.

For the accessories designer Lizzie Falkenstein, bags and buildings have a whole lot in common—and not just because she’s an architect who started a line of clutches and cross-bodies, Primecut. For her, they’re both all about “clean lines and beautiful materials”—something she’s always looking out for when making her way around her hometown. “I know if I wasn’t from Portland I would want to move here,” Lizzie says. “I’m drawn to black buildings. I love the way they act as a backdrop while amplifying the lush landscape of the Pacific Northwest.” Here, five that fit the bill. —alisha prakash

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“Tucked away in one of Portland’s many eclectic neighbors, this house, Skidmore Passivhaus, is composed of two simple massings cladded in swaths of blackened cedar siding. One side acts as the home to two local architects, and the other as their office. Not only is this home a beautiful piece of architecture, but it’s also net zero—meaning that it makes as much energy as it consumes.”

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“Located at the edge of Portland’s Southeast Industrial District and along the active and central Burnside Street, bSIDE6 is a commercial work studio with ground-floor retail. The structural system of this building allows for floor slabs and wall panels to push and pull, creating overhangs for pedestrians and balconies on upper floors. This concept is expressed through the ribbon of black panels that continuously weave up all seven stories.”

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Harpoon House is a modest, 704-square-foot house located in the Central Eastside and is a great example of how good architecture and design is achievable for a wide range of sizes and budgets. I particularly love the simple facade of this home that consists solely of weathered horizontal wood slats.”

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Canteen is one of the go-to vegan restaurants in Portland. Known for its fantastic bowls and fresh juices, this building is constantly full of hungry customers. Although many might argue the architectural significance of Canteen, I am drawn to its simple form, use of black paint and natural wood, and unique Portland character.”

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“The Taft Residence is one of the few modern prefabricated homes in Portland. It’s composed of 28 triangle modules made off-site and then delivered and installed in one day. I was fortunate enough to be working at the firm that designed this home at the time of its installation and watched the triangles stack like simple building blocks.”

Lizzie’s got a clutch coming tomorrow that is totally down to explore Portland—get our newsletter to see it first!

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6 Things Lizzie Falkenstein Always Carries in Her Bag

Black lip balm?! We’re intrigued.

image“If I’m not working, I’m out camping, hiking, or gardening,” says Oregon designer Lizzie Falkenstein. This means carrying around a bag from her Primecut line that, as she says, is “super-durable, and can be dressed up or down”—and making sure that everything she’s stuffing into said bag is hyper-practical. Here, a few of the things she’s packing. —alisha prakash

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Hungry Eyewear’s well-made sunglasses come in a lot of innovative profiles and awesome textures. They have many styles that come in matte black, which goes well with any wardrobe.”

imageMaak Lab is a Portland-based company that specializes in creating scents derived from the Pacific Northwest. The Juniper Black Salve is my go-to lip balm. I love being reminded of the scents of juniper and tea tree every time I put it on.”

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“This pouch is the perfect size for the essentials like cash, credit cards, and a phone. I carry one of these pouches in every bag that I own to stay organized.”

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“This Opinel folding knife is lightweight and great for everything from opening packages to prepping food while camping. I love the beech handle on this guy, and it fits perfectly in the Primecut leather pouch.”

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“A Primecut keychain—essential for not losing your keys! These come in different cowhide colorings and are perfect for clipping onto a belt loop or bag zipper-pull.”

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“I always carry a Moleskin sketchbook with me, with loose sketches and to-do lists. You can never have too many to-do lists!”

Lizzie’s got us thinkin’ about all the things we could fit in her rad edition—it’s coming up tomorrow. 

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Of a Kind

You know what, Morgan Peck? This vase is SICK. Thanks for that. —erica

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Eat This: 19 Food Websites We Cook from All the Dang Time

When Claire and I aren’t talking about Of a Kind, we’re probably yammering on about food (or Mindy Kaling or exfoliating products, but mostly food). And though we have a lot to say about snacks and restaurants, we both try to cook on the reg—to whip up (moderately healthy) dinners at home more nights than not and to bring our lunches to the office whenever we can get it together to do so…at which point we workshop what the other one’s eating. What do we make? Most of the time, things the internet tells us to. Below, the sites we troll for hanger-management. I’ll let the recipes and food pics speak for themselves. —erica

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Alexandra Cooks
Go-to Recipes: Frozen Yogurt, Crustless Kale Quiche, and Roasted Grapes with Thyme, Fresh Ricotta, and Grilled Bread

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Cookie + Kate
Go-to Recipe: Rhubarb-Chia Jam

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A Couple Cooks
Go-to Recipe: Vegetarian Chili

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The First Mess
Go-to Recipe: Bloody Mary Salad

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Food52
Go-to Recipes: Pasta with Yogurt and Caramelized Onions, Mushroom Bourguignon, Linguine with Lemon, Garlic, and Thyme Mushrooms, Radish Salad with Anchovy Sauce, Rogue Scrambled Eggs…we could go on and on, kids.

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A House in the Hills
Go-to Recipe: Kale Noodle Bowl with Avocado-Miso Dressing

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Joy the Baker
Go-to Recipe: Charred Mexican Zucchini

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Kitchen Confidante
Go-to Recipe: Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal

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Lottie + Doof
Go-to Recipe: Raspberries and Sour Cream

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Love & Lemons
Go-to Recipes: Chickpea Miso Noodle Soup and Creamy Tortilla Soup

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Milk & Mode
Go-to Recipe: Sauteed Greens with Onions and Soy Sauce

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My Name Is Yeh
Go-to Recipe: The Best and Easiest Hummus

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Running with Tweezers
Go-to Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower with Dates and Olives

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Seven Spoons
Go-to Recipe: Lentils Like Baked Beans

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Smitten Kitchen
Go-to Recipes: One-Pan Farro with Tomatoes, Cauliflower and Parmesan Cake, Carrot Soup with Miso and Sesame, and Strawberry Summer Cake

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Sprouted Kitchen
Go-to Recipes: Lentil Meatballs in Lemon Pesto and Orzo and Broccoli Pesto Salad

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TV Dinner
Go-to Recipes: Quinoa and Egg Enchilada Skillet and Paleo Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

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The Year in Food
Go-to Recipe: Cauliflower Mash

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The Yellow House
Go-to Recipes: Baked Delicata Squash with Cream and Parmigiano and Roasted Cabbage Wedge Salad

Oh, hey! We’ve posted some recipes on this site, even. See ‘em here.

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Stella Jean isn’t scared of prints. Not a single one. —erica

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This Just In: Get MAJOR Of a Kind Deals in NYC on July 31

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In Character: Van Wilder

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Ok, no, this is not a GOOD movie—and not just because Tara Reid is the most serious thing going here. But if you’re looking for a rainy-day excuse to spend a few hours with your couch and Ryan Reynolds? Well, it’s as good as anything going. Also: College-boy dressing in 2002—something to behold. —erica

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A Zanerobe shirt that eventually gets him lei’d.

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An Alexander McQueen chain wallet that makes the frat brothers of DIK especially nervous.

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A Saturdays hat, worn backwards to convince Taj to go for Naomi (“That’s ‘I moan’ backwards.”). 

More, more, more “In Character!”

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