Friday, September 13, 2013

We make Portland awesome: Frankie & Coco PDX

"We make Portland awesome" is a bi-weekly series. I’m interested building our community of artists by helping us all find out more about each other.
This week: Maya and Sarah of Frankie & Coco PDX

Who are you?
We are Maya Mori and Sarah Stephens, the owners/designers/makers of Frankie & Coco PDX. We both live in Portland, Oregon. Maya lives in the Boise-Eliot neighborhood with her husband, four children and three chickens. Sarah lives in the Rose City neighborhood with her three children.

What do you make?
We make clutch purses, toiletry/cosmetic bags, zippered pouches, hand-pieced infinity scarves, hand-painted mustache mugs and infused finishing salts. The merging of our two distinct styles always adds something unexpected to our designs and creates an eclectic selection. All our designs are crafted by hand and one-of-a-kind; functional and beautiful.

Besides making things, what do you do?
We both play tennis, enjoy thrifting and absolutely LOVE eating! Maya is a baker/canner and Sarah is a chef/mixologist. In her spare time, Kitty (Maya’s alter ego) is a driver for the Portland Pedalounge. Sarah spends her free time as a smart mouthed poker shark.

What inspires you?
We are inspired by color, texture, vintage details and organic elements. We enjoy combining our modern style with unique vintage pieces found on our frequent scavenger hunts...zippers, buttons, fabric, etc. Being parents, we love functionality and want our products to reflect a simple, easy life.

Where can your work be found?
Currently all of our work can be found in our Etsy shop. 

What do you love about Portland?
As we mentioned earlier, we LOVE eating and Portland satisfies. Some of our favorite spots are Tasty n Sons, Biwa, Ned Ludd and Maya’s friendly neighborhood joint, Trigger. We don’t want to sound like everyone else, but Pok Pok is pretty rad too. We love to hike in Forest Park, run the stairs on Mt Tabor, browse for a new book at Powell’s or grab a quick bite at one of the many amazing food carts (again, eating!)

Portland has so many creative and interesting people! We feel lucky to live and work in such a beautiful and inspiring city.

Make sure you check out Frankie & Coco PDX's Etsy shop and website
Thanks for sharing, Maya and Sarah!  

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