Earlier today, I spent the late afternoon making my way up the Wildwood Trail in Portland’s Forrest Park. I must admit, going up this path was a good indication of how out of shape I am. Seriously, I think I broke a sweat 30 yards in. For you Nike heads out there, this is the very trail that gave name to the Nike Air Wildwood ACG.
Our hike destination was Pittock Mansion, about a 20 minute stroll each way. The first quarter of the hike is probably the only remotely difficult part of the trail. The rest of the path slowly winds its way up to the top along a narrow fern-lead trail. On a clear day like today, you can pretty much see all of Portland sprawled out in front Mt Hood. Horay for nature.
Since being split up onto two different briefs, it became harder and harder for us to find time to get together as a group for our monthly WK12 potlucks. Being that we had a little down time this week, we decided to take advantage of the warm weather that has finally sneaked its way to Portland. Potluck postponement was not an option.
When you’re in 12, you pretty much see each other for 90% of your waking hours. It was good to finally get out of the agency to just talk and relax over a few beers and burgers.
9-months in is a weird time for this program. It’s pretty much the final stretch here for year-7 and many of us are starting to move our pawns in place for life after WK12. For myself, it’s been a fun and humbling experience so far. There’s definitely times where you want to pull all of your hair out—but seeing work come together with these guys makes all the emailing, late hours and eternal meetings all worth it. It’s definitely gonna be hard to not see these guys every day when this is over. 3.5 months left! Soak it in, dudes.
Letterpressed ~ WK Studio
The workplace of Justin “Scrappers” Morrison ~ work.place pdx
J.Crew x Nike Vintage Capsule Collection ~ Hypebeast
Stumptown X Wes Lang Limited Edition Mugs ~ Dear Coffee I Love You
Misha Hollenbach and Shauna Toohey at home in Melbourne ~ The Selby
added | Nike “Swoosh” creator remembers its conception 40 years later ~ Oregon Live
Over the weekend, I finally got my copy of Ryohei Suita’s “Green Neighborhood”. I ordered this book last Sunday at the Kinokuniya Bookstore in Beaverton and it arrived just 4 days later. That’s 4 days door-to-door from Japan! Not bad.
Mainly focusing on Portland’s Pearl District, the book lends itself as a case study on how Portland’s residents, private companies and government all worked together to turn a neglected warehouse district into a livable, green-minded community.
Within the book, Suita spotlights some of the Pearl’s local businesses including Barista, the Ace Hotel and Wieden+Kennedy — all of which are housed within retrofitted buildings from the early 20th Century.
Last Friday, Andrew brought us all out to check out the Wallace Lewis car collection. With the success of his trailer parts distribution company, Lewis was able to build the 85-car collection that “meant the world” to him. The collection of classics was made up of Bel Airs, Mustangs, Impalas, Corvettes, and Early Ford V-8s from a variety of different years.
On Saturday, the collection was up for auction in Northeast Portland. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, his family decided that it was time to sell. Bummer to see the collection go. I just hope that the cars find owners that care for them as much as Wally did.
Yi-Fan Lu with the left hook but Benji Brucker karate blocks. Below, Emily Hemsen and Drew Downie keep their hands warm, between their elbows.
This Chevy Malibu was my favorite. Imagine. Windows down, Big Sur, “California” Burritos and a cooler full of Pliny the Elder.