ElizaBeth Rohloff has been a Portland Maker for over thirty years. She started in clothing design and construction, but in the 1980s it was her time spent in the costume department of Portland Civic Theater that she discovered her love of vintage fashion, and especially hats. “Those were great years,” she says. The experience galvanized Rohloff’s direction in garment and hat making. “My work at Portland Civic Theater really influenced my hats and my apparel line.” It set her feet solidly on the path of her career as a custom clothier and millinery designer/maker.

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The next several years were full of experimentation and discovery: Rohloff continued to design and do custom sewing while she worked as a teacher at an arts magnet elementary school; all the while continuing to work on her hats. “I realized I had the ability to help people see what will look good on them,” she says. By 2006, Rohloff was able to quit public school teaching and put her energy full time into her growing business. But she never lost her love of teaching, and today she regularly teaches sewing workshops for both children and adults.

Rohloff finds that people are becoming more interested in quality craftsmanship and longevity in the things they buy. She likes to help people create a wardrobe from what they already have, adding a few key pieces and accessories for “some spark and punch.”

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“I believe my hat making represents the vintage appeal and it is what I am most known for, but the focus in the last couple years has been creating well-made garments and accessories to last a long time. Way before the ‘Green Revolution’ I was promoting the idea of buying less, of better quality, and making it last…People who sew know how much time goes into completing a garment; you want something unique, something that isn’t just trendy and hence out of date in a season. That equals sustainable!”

Portland Made Hats

After all these years Rohloff still loves what she does. She is familiar enough with her materials and process that she has earned that comfortable feeling of knowing what she’s doing. But she is still always curious and far from complacent: “It’s important to know your fabric, but when you know what it can do you can start to push it to its limits.” She is delighted that there is always something new to discover, something new to learn.

You can see for yourself here: www.elizabethrohloff.com

Portland Made Branding

More and more consumers are valuing independently made, locally sourced goods. Let customers know you are Portland Made by branding your website and product packaging.

 

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GROWTH MEMBERSHIP

Designed for more established businesses who want their products seen and their story told, our Growth Membership offers the greatest online exposure, including products, related content, and links directing consumers back to your website. Showcase your products in our online Shop, include your photo in our Featured Maker Gallery, and add your logo to our Brand Gallery. Your Featured Bio tells your story, has a slider of your brand images, and highlights any related blog posts and products you may have on PortlandMade.com. Share your news, events, and product releases in our blog, newsletter and social media channels.

STARTUP MEMBERSHIP

Our Startup Membership includes a one on one session to check in about your business and get some free feedback to remove obstacles and/or develop your business. It includes your logo in our Brand Gallery, as well as your brand’s Bio Page, where others can see a brief overview of your business, and a link to your website, Etsy shop or Instagram account. Looking to show off your products or for added services? See our Growth Membership, and/or optional add-on services.

IDEA MEMBERSHIP

It all starts with an idea. This stage of membership is designed for those who have an inkling for what they want to do, but may be hazy on the details. Maybe you want to connect with other makers, or you need product photos or a business consultation to help get you to the next level.

Brand Bio

When visitors click on your logo in the Brand Gallery they are taken to your Brand Bio page. This page includes your logo, a product photo, brand story, and link back to your website or shop page.

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Maker Meetup

This monthly, one-of-a kind networking event is FREE for members; $15 for non-members. Crafted to be the most useful hour and half a maker can spend on their business each month, this event aims to: expose makers to new workshops, connect makers with each other, and learn from experts.

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Access to Vetted Resources

Connect with talented professional service providers and subcontractors, offering the range of services small businesses need to thrive. Our online Resources page highlights those we recommend and trust.

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Inclusion in Brand Gallery

Add your logo to the collective’s Brand Gallery. Visitors can peruse brands by category, and click to see your Brand Bio page (for Startup tier), or Featured Bio page (Growth tier).

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Featured Brand Bio

For makers looking for greater exposure, your Featured Brand Bio includes your logo, a slider of images, your brand story, and link back to your website or online shop. As well, this featured page showcases products you have in Portland Made’s online Shop and any related Journal posts you may have on our site.

Visitors can navigate to your Featured Bio from the Brand Gallery and, for those with a professional photo included in Featured Makers, from this gallery as well.

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Your News & Events shared in our Blog,
Newsletter, and Social Media

Broadcast your news, product releases, upcoming events, job openings and more, across Portland Made’s website and social media outlets. Share news content with Portland Made’s consumer audience and maker communities.

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Your Products in our online Shop

Showcase your goods in Portland Made’s online Shop. Visitors can see your product/s and description on the Shop page, and are directed to your personal website. Your product detail page is great for added SEO and as well directs visitors to your personal site.

Inclusion in Featured Makers

Add your maker photo to our Featured Makers gallery. The most prominent page in the Discovery menu, this gallery highlights you as a Portland maker, shows your business name when hovering on your photo, and clicks through to your Featured Bio page where visitors can get an in depth look at your business and visit your personal website.

Portland Made membership perks

Complimentary Business Consultation

Meet for a one on one business consultation to assess the health of your business and identify areas for improvement. 

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Preferred Creator Market Vendor

We’ve teamed up with WeWork to produce Creator Market, a semi-annual event hosted in their beautiful westside location. All Growth members can apply first (no application fee), and if you get accepted you vend for free as well.

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Product Detail page

Show off your goods! This page is where consumers can see your goods in more detail. It includes a photo, description, and prominent link to your site where they can buy directly from you.

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