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Trusting the Magic of New Beginnings

Dear friends,

I am pleased to share that I’m welcoming the spring season with some exciting news for Cloth & Goods, as well as for me personally. I have been packing up shop and getting ready to head to the sunnier climes of Maui, where both my adult children are currently living. I spent several years living on the island prior to relocating to the Pacific Northwest 8 years ago, and I’m very much looking forward to returning to live near by the ocean. Though I will doubtless miss Portland, the move will bring healthy change and growth to the shop, and will fulfill a desired chapter in my family life.

One of the main reasons I have decided to make this leap across the Pacific is to embark on a collaborative project of designing and building a family compound alongside my daughter. I imagine this endeavor will provide an endless amount of creative inspiration that will flow into new Cloth & Goods products, as I’ll be seeing with fresh eyes exactly the kinds of objects I want to be filling my eventual home with—which I am excited to then be able to make available to you. I’m looking forward to rediscovering how this vastly different landscape will invigorate and infuse the perspective with which I design products, and will affect how I choose collaborators to work with in the coming months. I will continue to travel and source items abroad, and am particularly happy that the flight time to Japan will be significantly reduced!

Another project on the horizon that I’m happy to announce is that we will be venturing into a line of wholesale products. Although still in the development stages, you can expect to hear additional news about plans and progress in the near future.

Even amidst the move, the store will be operational, though I expect there will a few weeks’ delay as we settle into our new home and get things slowly unpacked and sorted. I’m sending out my utmost thanks in advance for your patience! Following our move, I anticipate releasing a series of new products that you can also keep your eyes open for.

In short, I think this transition is a healthy development for Cloth & Goods, and I’m eager to continue sharing the upcoming changes as they take shape. As always, I’ll be open for studio visits and meetings by appointment, so once we’ve settled down a bit I will look forward to welcoming any island visitors. You can also follow us on various social media outlets for any updates, changes and new products. I continue to be grateful for your patronage, and appreciate your ongoing support during this new adventure.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Happy spring season ahead,

Melissa Newirth

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“IKI” a Way of Life

A note about our indigo dishtowels.

The cotton is woven and dyed in Japan from a well-known and traditional small manufacturer. We have made the stripes into napkins and the check print into dish towels.

The distinctive stripes were known in the Edo period of Japan for the woman to wear their kimonos in this print and was regarded as “IKI”- a way of life in which one acted and appeared sophisticated, educated, cool without looking gaudy or outlandish.

This is how we like to think about our products, and our design sense- not overly complicated, simplistic yet refined.

The change in color of this cloth only get better with washing and age adding a IKI value.

Where this cloth is manufacture is now regarded a national treasure.

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Dear Friends,

We wish you all a very Happy Holiday season and New Year. We feel grateful to have so many wonderful customers. Thank you for making 2014 such a great year and know that there are more wonderful things to come in 2015.

With that in mind I wanted to tell you about some small changes that will occur as of the New Year.

Cloth and Goods is moving from our studio in the Old Film Exchange building but we will be fully operable online. During the transition we ask for your patience if there are any delays.

We hope that you will continue to be our valued customers.

As always.

Melissa Newirth

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In the spirit of this holiday season we want to say “Thank you” for your valued patronage.

From Cyber Monday, December 1st through December 15th we are offering 15% off all items. Simply use code holiday15 at checkout.

We hope that you have a warm, loving and safe Thanksgiving filled with family, friends and good food.

Melissa Newirth

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We are honored to be part of this publication. FvF is an international interview magazine that portrays people of diverse creative and cultural backgrounds in their homes and within their daily working environments. Here is the link and below a sneak peek of some wonderful photos taken by the talented Carissa Gallo and text by Julie Pointer

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We got just received- just in time get cozy in blankets for the colder weather snowing in mid November!

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From master potter Mayumi Yamashita

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They went fast but we will be getting more in by end of October

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Welcome to Fall

We are so happy to be bring you a collection of Japanese ceramics , practical for the table and kitchen, cup and bowl collections, from three different ceramists. They are coming in now and within the next month, so keep checking our website. Just a few little teasers!

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