As Portland Supply Co. quickly approaches it’s first anniversary, founders Jacquelyn Caballero and Mikola Accuardi have become the go-to documentarians of the prolific maker scene here in Portland. In fact, I like to think of PS Co. as a sort of sister blog to VGS in that our goals are so similar – to provide exposure for all of the wonderful independent designers, artisans and creatives that make this city tick. Not only do Jacquelyn and Mikola cover that scene but they are part of it themselves with talents in photo styling & photography (the duo often works on look books for Portland designers) and their expert curation of the Portland Supply Co. shop, which includes items they’ve made themselves. I was curious about how these rad ladies got their start, what they’ve learned along the way and of course, their favorite burger spots -
VGS: How did you meet and how did Portland Supply Co. come to be?
J: We were always talking about things we loved in this city (cheesy, I know), but every time we were together, it was “check out this” or “have you been to…” and “don’t you just love so and so.” Slowly but surely the idea of talking about the people and places that make Portland, well, Portland, became Portland Supply Co.
M: We became friends through a mutual friend and always talked about doing something together. PS Co. started when were at brunch last November, and Jacque said, “What about Portland Supply Co?”, and I was like “That’s great, but I’m sure it’s taken!” I looked just in case, and it was available, so we bought the domain and started working on the website and refining our idea.
VGS: Which aspects of each of your backgrounds lend themselves to your work for PS Co.? What have you had to learn along the way?
J: I have a science background but had worked for a marketing company doing project management prior to starting P.S. Co. I used to love order, methods and rules – P.S. Co. has totally changed that for me
M: I got my BFA in photography, and it’s been really fun getting to photograph so many different people and their studios. I’ve definitely enjoyed learning how to photograph in so many lighting scenarios and spaces.
VGS: What has been your favorite PS Co. related experience so far?
J: Shit this is hard! There really are too many to mention, we have met so many amazing people, gotten to work with great friends and had the chance to see some pretty amazing things. But working with a great friend almost daily remains a consistent favorite!
M: There’s been so many! One of my recent favorites though was getting to photograph a spread about Portland for German magazine, Brigitte. It was fun to see the city through new eyes as we spent a day going around eating and playing at our favorite spots while photographing it.
VGS: Tell me more about the PS Co. shop …
J: The store and the blog launched at the same time. It was always a part of the P.S. Co. plan, we wanted to create a online market for people interested in the Portland makers we were featuring. We don’t carry the full lines of the makers, just pieces that really stand out to us, things that we would want in our home or to wear. We also have selected vintage home goods that we find at estate sales and thrifting. There are also a few things that we have made in the shop too. It’s a little bit of everything curated the way that we want it!
M: It was always part of the plan, we wanted to have a space that told the story of the products people could buy.
VGS: What do you feel is currently missing and needed to support Portland’s creative / maker community and/or make it even stronger?
J: Exposure! There are some insanely talented people in this town (refer to every single Studio Visit we have ever done), we want each of them to do well! There is something so special about small starting brands and the makers behind them, there is so much thought put into the design, construction and image of each brand.
M: Portland is an amazing place to be a maker in right now, I love how many collaborations happen, and how open people are about their process. I think making it stronger entails individuals going out of their comfort zones and meeting with other makers that inspire them, to continue the dialogue, and inspire each other.
VGS: What are your biggest inspirations currently?
J: I’m saying it first… (sorry Mikola), the makers we work with! Duh? I always leave a visit feeling inspired. From the work ethic and ambition that I see in the makers, shop owners and creatives we visit to the inspiration that’s palpable in their environments. It’s contagious!
M: Besides the makers, of course, I’ve been really into putting on a playlist (current favorite has Sylvan Esso, Wild Ones, Beyonce and Fleetwood Mac) and looking at my favorite blogs and magazines and Pinterest and just making lists of all of the things I want to do and make.
VGS: What is your biggest challenge in staying motivated and how do you overcome it?
J: When you are working on such a fun project with a friend, it’s not something that seems to be an issue. I think loving what I do helps the most. Work hardly feels like work most of the time!
M: I’m always tired because I have a baby, so I find that coffee really helps with motivation and thinking of the bigger picture rather than a small task. And taking breaks, and bribing yourself with treats!
VGS: What is your favorite spot to grab a burger (meat or veggie) in Portland?
J: I have to go with Bar Bar on this one. It’s a solid burger, not huge, simple, and in my case most of the time it comes with a margarita – a winning combination!
M: Mine is always changing! Right now it’s the chickpea burger at Lardo, with the sage and rosemary fries!
- Photos shot by Marissa Winder in 35mm -
Huge thanks to the very inspiring Jacquelyn & Mikola!
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