2017 Gift Guide: Andy's Picks

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I think it would be safe to say that I want everything in the store, and if you've been into the shop I'm sure you feel the same. So, when I sat down and had to choose my top 5 favorite items I knew it wouldn't be an easy task, but I was up for the challenge. Let's get started! 

Open Habit Knotted Portfolio Bag, Pine & Black: 

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I was obsessed with this bag the moment I saw it come in. Not only is it my favorite color, it's so obviously well-crafted. The rich pine color is a subtle stand-out to your typical black portfolio bag, but is still neutral enough to go with any outfit. Size-wise, the bag opening is 20" and there is space for your laptop, a few books, your current project, and whatever else you may need while out on the go. Plus, it's water resistant! Made in Portland, $220. 

Bobbie Specker Vessels, Blue:

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I've always been so intrigued by Bobbie's work. Each of her vessels are hand-crafted which gives them all their own unique characteristics, and the shapes are unlike any other vase I've seen. When we started to carry her vessels in this eye-catching matte blue I knew that I would eventually need to snag one of these for myself. Perfect on its own, with a flower, or even one of our air plants, this vessel will surely be a fun gift to be treasured. Made in Portland, $68-110.

Libertine Fragrance, Soft Woods:

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I've worked at Mantel for almost a year now, and every single day I'm in the shop I go around and smell everything again. If you've been into the store I'm sure you remember how good it always smells. This year when we started stocking Libertine I knew that I would be smelling these at least once a day. Each scent is unique, but it is the Soft Woods that really made my nose happy. With notes of black pepper, juniper berry, balsam fir, rose de mai, frankincense, and bourbon vanilla this is the quintessential PNW scent for both men and women. Made in Canada, $75. 

The Granite Seed Jar, Olive Striped:

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Here I go again obsessing with that pine color! I've always admired work by The Granite, a woman-owned workshop here in Portland, for their unique shapes and playful patterns. The Seed Jars are 4.5" tall and 3.5" in diameter, making them a great size for the bathroom or kitchen to hold all sorts of things. Or, since they are so beautiful on their own, they make a great statement on a bookcase or credenza. Take off the cork top and they would even make for an eye-popping vase. Made in Portland, $86. 

Pumice and Stone Bar Soap, Clary Sage & Fresh Avocado:

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I started using the Pumice and Stone soaps earlier this year and I've been hooked because of how soft they make my skin feel. I love that the packaging is minimal, which creates less waste, and all the ingredients are organic. They are packed with different oils (olive, coconut, castor, RSPO organic certified palm, avocado, etc.) and then lots of essential oils for scent. My two favorites: Clary Sage and Fresh Avocado. Made in Portland, $8 each.

 

Shop Mantel Online!

It's official... fall is here. The weather has turned and halloween candy is taking over the supermarkets. Whether you're ready or not, holiday shopping is just around the corner. Mantel has set out to make it as easy as possible for you this year.

We are happy to announce that Mantel has launched an online store!  You'll find a curated selection of what we sell here in the shop and we have plans to expand that selection over time. See something on Instagram that you can't find in the webstore? Feel free to email or call us directly and we will be happy to get you set up with whatever you have your heart set on. Local? Choose "in-store pickup" at check-out to avoid shipping! We hope that this holiday season you will consider supporting small businesses and amazing artists/makers! Thank you for all your support this last year. We can't wait to get festive with you!
Cheers!

Owner, Karen McClelland

1 Year and Growing

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The last year has been such an amazing journey. We’ve enjoyed connecting with the community of Portland so much, as well as people from all over the world through Instagram. Our recent one-year birthday party was a success and we want to thank everyone who came out, and a very big thanks to Aesthete Tea, Mimi Ceramics, and Nineteen27Smores for helping us throw such an amazing celebration. 

The next big thing coming from Mantel is the opening of our new online shop. This will be yet another way for us to connect with people from all over the world. For all of you who have been asking if we ship things, the answer will finally be YES! We’re so excited to share with you the amazing work of our makers, now available to those who don’t live in Portland. We'll be starting with limited international shipping but hope to expand soon. Stay tuned!

We’re also excited to announce the rebirth of our blog. Stay tuned for monthly features of all our talented makers. This will be your chance to get to know the people behind the art, many of whom are our neighbors here in the Northwest. 

And lastly, after so many of you have asked about our music in the shop, we have launched our own Spotify playlist so everyone can listen along. We worked hard to create a curated list of all of our favorite tunes. Just search “MANTEL” and look for our logo. 

Thanks so much to everyone following along. We couldn't do this without your support. 

Much love,

- The MANTEL team. 

Shelly Sazdanoff - Contemporary Fiber Artist

Shelly Sazdanoff, a fiber artist residing and working in Portland, Oregon, is passionate about exploring and balancing textural elements through various shapes and lines. Comprised of hundreds of tiny knots, each piece represents hours of meticulous work. Her clean, minimal aesthetic and neutral color scheme makes Shelly's work ideal for complementing a multitude of interior spaces. Mantel is honored to be featuring some of her newest pieces and largest work to date. Come take a look at Shelly's work while we have it up on our walls! Show lasts through holidays. 

FEATURE—Saint Helen

Saint Helen was born in 2012 in Portland, Oregon from a love of bright colors, bold patterns, and a love of sewing and textiles.

Saint Helen is a collaboration of Alice Mollo-Christensen and Drew Stefani who were taught to sew by their mothers. Alice began sewing as a very small child in her mother’s workroom in Massachusetts. Drew has a long-term love of design and art history, and was inspired by his mother to make quilts. Their partnership began because of this shared interest, and it extended into a desire to make functional homewares that bring joy and excitement to life. 

They are currently building a sewing studio and have a high-school volunteer who works with them to learn about their process. Quilts were the first projects they created together, and they expanded into making both quilted and screen-printed pillows. They are exploring knitted blankets and Furoshiki, and hope to experiment with textile design and printing more of their own fabric designs soon.

Check out their website, for more information.