I wanted there to be some compiled info about those Portland designers that stand out to me. There's Adam Arnold who is known for his wonderful attention to detail and his special ability to make men look sexy. On a side note his studio is less than two blocks from my job and he has been reusing the same window displays lately. tisk tisk.
My new favorite is a broken spoke. If you want attention to detail this is it. If this man does anything but lock himself in a room matching stripes and counting stitches I will eat my hat. It's beautiful and even at the price he sells it at he can't be making any money so buy up now before he learns better.
A Broken Spoke
Then there is of course Leanne Marshall who is going on to project runway fame but whose fairy inspired Leanimal collections were the worst of DIY designer style. Although I will say that I have seen some stuff that was nice and her excessive use of ruffles can be interesting but there is no gaurantee that her choice of fabrics and proportion will be flatering.