Wildfang is a Portland favorite! As a Portlander, I have been following Wildfang since I heard of its inception. I was also deeply inspired by Founder Emma Mcilroy when I saw her Ted Talk here in Portland in 2017 which brought tears to my eyes. Her talk was a reminder that anything is possible- and to have the mindset of "Yeah Maybe" instead of Nah, that will never happen- and maybe we can change the world.
Over the past several years I have watched the brand evolve and even got to work with their design team several years ago. Creative Capital Design, our PDX-based design studio provided some development services which allowed us to learn even more about their mission and the brand values that make Wildfang, well Wildfang.
As I was thinking about what to feature for today's post, I was feeling the need for something really inspiring. Wildfang popped into my mind because I have been wanting to invest in a new blazer to add as a classic staple to my wardrobe for some upcoming dressy affairs. I remembered Wildfangs Empower Tux Blazer. It is a classic item that I have had my eye on and then remembered Emma's inspiring Ted Talk back in 2017
So today I am excited to share for our Friday Feature, more about this brand and the impact they are making through its apparel and its brand messaging. Check out our favorite inspirational Wildfang links:
Friday Feature: Do you want to Change the World? Yeah Maybe!! Wildfangs Founder Emma Mcilroy
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Also check out the Design Week Portland we hosted called "Disruptive Design Thinking", which ties in perfectly with the "Yeah Maybe" mindset. Moderated by Brian Libby, Freelance architecture & arts writer. Panelists include: Chris Linn, Principal at Bora Architects, Mark Lewman, Principle & Creative Director and Partner; Nemo Design, Sonia Kasperian Bespoke Designer, Trish Langman; textile artist, teacher, sustainable fashion advocate & Matt Rhoades; Former Design Direction Nike & Program Director, undergrad and graduate product design at the University of the Arts.
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