EVERY NEW COLLECTION STARTS WITH NEW INSPIRATION
ABOUT THE COLLECTION
The inspiration for this season’s collection started with the beautiful canvas of Portland’s roses, but quickly grew a deeper meaning with a story of exploration, protection, growth. The beauty and regality of nature hedged with the thorniness of boundaries, and enrobed in the newness of discovery.
A rose garden requires significant attention and hard work. For it to thrive, it must be watered, pruned, cared for. There is much diversity in roses, from colors and their correlative meaning, to their scents, sizes and origins. But growing together, a rose garden symbolizes unity, hard work, and the undeniably beautiful output for the effort. Roses are sturdy; they can handle harsh winters, and variable climates. They are delicate, sharing their intoxicating scent and nourishing birds and bees with their nectar. But they are also fierce. Their stems, lined with sharp thorns, dual as a path of growth and a protective armor from predators.
Roses were first introduced in Portland, Oregon in the late 1800s. Imported from France, and cultivated by the community, the roses thrived. Within a few years, over 20 miles of city streets were lined with roses, as it was quickly determined that the cooler marine climate was the perfect environment for them to live. The Portland Rose Society cultivated rose culture in the city, celebrating with annual festivals, decorating the city, and welcoming new varieties of the bloom.
The city’s most notable gardens became a haven for hybrid roses that were unique to Europe during World War I. With the onset of war and destructive bombings throughout Europe, rose plants began to arrive from cities throughout the Western and Central Europe war zones in 1918. This peaceful presence, the safe harbor, and the preservation of nature during wartime is a symbol of community, loyalty, and compassion. Today, Portland, affectionately referred to as City of Roses, is home to over 600 types of roses. The world’s oldest roses garden, the International Rose Test Garden, grows over 10,000 flowers a year.
The connection between man, rose, and wolf, is clear. All three share inherent beauty and grace. They have the power and passion to thrive in the harshest of conditions. They play nicely with their species, and they support each other in the greater picture of existence. However, left alone, each one can stand tall, to search out the essentials for life, and fightfiercely to thrive no matter the scenario.
Step into the City of Roses this season. Be guided by strength and beauty, beware the thorns, and embrace the power and passion of the exploration of something new.