Saturday, June 27, 2015

Put a Belt On It

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The belt: an often forgotten accessory dangling in most closets that's kept many a mom-jeans from slipping down our ankles. But before you close the doors on the functional girdle as simply utilitarian, here are some fresh takes on the notorious hiphugger.

1. Waist-Cinching Superheroes


Billowy blouses are such a dilemma when all you'd like is some semblance of a waist. Have no fear, the waist-cincher's here! This adorable purple and white Obi belt made by Portland designer Sarah Bibb draws the eye to the waist for a crisis averted. (Obi belt $40)

2. An Outfit Game Changer


Take your finger, hold it up to the screen and cover that amazing orange belt--erase it from the photo. The result? A cute yet incomplete look begging for it's leather friend back. It's the perfect pop of color for the muted and simple color palette. (Ada leather belt $88)

3. Quality, Quality, Quality


I'll say it again, quality. All of our belts are made in the USA and the Sarah Bibb Obi belts are made right here in Portland! The Obi belt is interfaced with a stiff fabric to ensure stability and durability. The all-leather Ada belts are also pliable yet sturdy options. (pictured: Obi belt $40)

4. A Mink Dress Favorite


Pictured here is the beautiful, new Cari dress (with pockets) designed by Carla Mink! Her wearable and chic dresses pair so lovely with all of our belts. If you have a Carla Mink exclusive or are looking for the perfect dress, don't forget to pair it with an eye-popping Ada or Obi. 

Your belt should help, not hurt and they really are the fashion world's most underrated accessory. So stop on in the store and give one of these quality superhero Mink favorites a go!

xoxo, 
Mink 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

All That Glitters: Featured Jewelers at Mink

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It's amazing what one piece of jewelry can do for an outfit--the glittering bangles, jewels and chains can turn an ordinary day ensemble into a complete and elegant look. It's a great way to transform your outfit from day to night. Plus, jewelry is an entirely different form of expressing your personal sense of style.

At Mink, we offer jewelry for every type of person and from many different inspirations. We love to support local and independent designers, and how lucky are we that they happen to be inventive and personable with their jewelry designs! Take a look at some of our featured jewelry designers below :)

Favor



Designer: Monika Reed, started making jewelry over 10 years ago

Inspiration: movement of shadows
                     shapes of leaves
                     the elusive perfect curve

Process: uses recycled material whenever possible
               made in Portland, OR

Fun Fact: part of the proceeds goes to support Women for Women International, which supports                        marginalized women in countries facing violence and war

Zoe Comings


Designer: Zoe Comings, has a background in fashion, fine jewelry and ceramics

Inspiration: dance, travel, nature, passage of time and sense of place

Process: uses clay and gold

Fun Fact: hand-makes all of her jewelry at her studio in Austin, TX

Anna Sukardi

Designer: Swedish designer, Anna and Javanese master-artisan Sukardi, design and create their                            jewelry in their home studio on the island of Bali

Inspiration: Nordic cool simplicity with the rich colors of Bali

Process: uses traditional methods of metal-smithing and vegetable tanning of ox-hide leather and 925                  sterling silver and brass

Fun Fact: eco-friendly jewelry that is made to be one-of-a-kind

Shop all of these designs and more at Mink and make a glimmering statement this summer!





Thursday, May 28, 2015

We Welcome Rachel as a Co-Owner!

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It's official, our Store Manager, Rachel Petersen has signed on as a co-owner of Mink!

Carla Mink on the left, Rachel Petersen on the right
Over the last couple of years Mink has grown its brand to include an in-house clothing line (Carla Mink) which has taken off at sonic speed! It's been an amazing creative endeavor and a wonderful experience with a steep learning curve. With a lot of late nights, sketches on bar napkins, and a fair amount of traveling, it's found a solid niche within the store and community. With the success of the clothing line and the time and energy it demands of me, it was the absolute perfect time to bring on a business partner who could help manage the retail side of things!

Rachel and I have been in each other's lives since 2000, when we worked together at Buffalo Exchange. Rachel quickly became a support manager for the Hawthorne location. We worked together for four years, and I mentored her in both buying and management. And quite honestly Rachel has always had a natural instinct for these things, and she taught me a lot as well.  I moved on to open Mink, and Rachel was promoted to Store Manager of the New York City Buffalo Exchange. When she decided to wanted to move back to Portland a couple of years later, she accepted a job as the Store Manager of Diesel and managed the Portland location until Diesel shut its doors in Portland a couple of years ago.

Rachel and I came back together and she signed on as Store Manager of  Mink in August of 2014, always with the idea that if she liked it, she was gonna own it! Her dream has been to open her own small business, so working at Mink was the perfect opportunity to test out the waters. Lo and behold it's been such a success! We've grown so much in the short time she's been here, probably cause she's damn good at her job and she loves it. Loves it so much that she now co-owns it!

Don't worry. I'm still here all the time. I just now have a partner in crime! Xo

Carla


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Denim Days

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Use the code DENIM15 to receive 15% off all bottoms online. Shop now! 

Monday, May 18, 2015

How To: Casual Pencil Skirts

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The pencil skirt: they're sophisticated, chic and form-fitting. But the pencil skirt isn't limited to the office or a formal dinner—in fact, the pencil skirt is a more than acceptable option for everyday wear! At Mink, we've put together five ensembles, each featuring a different pencil skirt, that range from super casual and comfy to a bit more dressed up.

 

Hit the town from morning 'till night in this adorable number! With the 3 Dots button-down blouse ($128), you have the option to go sleeveless or have more coverage for the evening. Pictured: Obi belt ($40) UNA tank ($68) 3 Dot skirt ($110) Amy Olson necklace ($75)


Mixed-print is à la mode and at Mink, we have the perfect summer skirt ($98) made by designer and boutique owner, Carla Mink, herself! We love the bright pops of color and casual feel of this fun outfit. Pictured: Splendid tee ($49) purse ($70) necklace ($28)


You'll be the bee's knees in this vintage inspired look. Mix textures with the lightweight knit cardigan ($78) and eyelet Weston skirt ($108). Pictured: Yumi print blouse ($96) Forge & Fire earrings ($51)


 While this slick ensemble may look perfectly assembled, it's an easy three-piece outfit that we'll bet is more comfy than your pajamas! Pictured: Carla Mink's skirt ($88) 3 Dot black blouse ($128) UNA top ($68) Maple & Mauve necklace ($68)


If you're looking for an outfit that can work for both the office and happy hour with friends, slip into this cool number, featuring Carla Mink's block skirt ($98). Pictured: Velvet top ($99) white belt ($24) Ann DiNucci earrings ($42)

Let us know which is your favorite in the comments below and stop by the shop for one or all of these put-together, easy looks! 

xoxo, 
Mink



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

We are Hiring!

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As we move into our busy season...
We are looking for an upbeat and fashionable part-time associate to work in our busy women's clothing boutique. Are you someone who:

* Loves working for a small business and can fit in well with a small, tight-knit crew?
* Loves and has previously worked in retail apparel?
* Loves selling?
* Connects well with customers and doesn't feel shy about making relevant clothing and
accessory suggestions?
* Can work weekends?
* Loves to play dress-up?
* Can be self-directed and keep busy and productive?
* Is dependable?
* Is an absolute people person?

We offer:
* A wage of $10-$12 per hour depending on experience + bonus
* This position fluctuates between 20-35 hours per week depending on store needs and staff time off.

We think this job is so much fun and we're hoping to find someone who is passionate about clothing and customer service as well! If this sounds like the job for you, please send us a resume and a couple paragraphs about yourself and why you think you're a good fit for the job. We look forward to meeting you!

Email Minkmanager@gmail.com with your resume and paragraphs. Thanks so much! XO

Friday, May 1, 2015

Una Mother's Day Trunk Show!

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       These styles will be shipped in for the trunk show and many more...

 

   
  


  
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