photography: Candace Molatore

photography: Candace Molatore

The fashion industry isn't exactly the easiest industry to break into. It takes a lot of hard-work and passion to be successful, especially in Portland's fashion industry where the lack of resources and infrastructure makes it that much harder to succeed as a designer or fashion brand.

If you follow L&S on Facebook or Instagram you may have already seen that we recently released the official date and location of our launch party and we couldn't be more excited! Join us Friday, July 29th from 6-8pm at the Society Hotel on the rooftop patio to celebrate the launch of Laptops & Smalltalk with drinks, delicious desserts, a gorgeous view of the city and a panel of celebrated fashion designers and industry experts who will share their insights, real-world experiences and expertise on what it takes to be successful in Portland's fashion industry. Our panel includes designer Tiffany Bean of Tiffany Bean Designs and owner of Mabel and Zora, Wookie Fields of Jaefields and By The Collective, German Madrigal, Marcela Dyer of Myriam Marcela and Portland Monthly Magazine Style Editor, Eden Dawn. 

We'll start the evening off with a brief introduction to Laptops & Smalltalk followed by the panel discussion beginning at 6:30pm. Following the panel, you'll have the opportunity to mingle and network with other fashion creatives and industry influencers while enjoying good music, desserts and of course great drinks! 

Laptops & Smalltalk was founded around the principal of community and was created in response to a need in the Portland fashion industry. Our city is full of talented designers and creators who have great ideas, awesome products and a lot of passion for what they do. The problem, however, is that many people struggle to turn their passion into a profitable business. We recognized this issue and created a platform where we could merge our love of business with our love of fashion.

No doubt, building a successful fashion business is hard and comes with many challenges. But obstacles are only placed in our way to see if what we want, is worth fighting for. We're fighting for the success of Portland's fashion industry and are looking forward to helping as many fashion brands as possible. See you on the rooftop!

We hope you'll join us in celebrating the launch of Laptops & Smalltalk but also in celebrating the Portland fashion industry and everyone who has played a part in its growth both past and present. We're looking forward to bringing something fresh and new to the Portland fashion community and can't wait to celebrate with you! See you there!