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Alley 33 Recap!

Posted on 21 July 2016

This last weekend, Mink was lucky enough to participate in something truly PORTLAND. The Alley 33 fashion show is a remarkable event that emulates all that we value in the local clothing industry. Every July, a 90-foot runway is installed in the alleyway that meets Hawthorne between SE 33rd and SE 32nd Pl. This year, 18 local designers' work was showcased to hundreds of fashion lovers right in our lovely neighborhood. Its sixth year running, Alley 33 Productions featured Sarah Bibb of Folly as their headliner this year, who we sell in the shop and who happens to be a very close friend of our very own Carla Mink. 

With all the excitement surrounding Carla's summer line, the Wanderings Collection, we simply had to have a little pre-show party at the shop with some of Mink's favorite friends! Below are a few snapshots of the shindig, complete with punch and hors d'oeuvres.

Carla between two long-time customers, both sporting the famous Carla Mink Maddie Dress, in Multi (Left, $158) and Colorstory (Right, Sold Out).
Rachel (Left) rocking the Carla Mink Mary Dress in Natural Stripe ($198)
Friends of Mink, showing off the Mary Dress (Left) in Seashell ($198), and the Mona Sweater Dress (Available in different colors)
Carla & Stephanie enjoying our punch!
Rachel & Nancy
Leela preparing hors d'oeuvres for our guests.

After some lighthearted socializing and fun, we all headed up the block to the event, where the city's fashion community gathered in excitement. As soon as the models hit the catwalk, we were captivated by the modern, cutting-edge, and diverse looks of our fellow designers. From flirty and classic, to contemporary and provocative, everything you hope to see in such a style showcase was represented. We couldn't help but be most excited about our house line, The Wanderings Collection, by Carla Mink. Here are some of our favorite looks.

The Macie Top in Black ($138) and one-of a kind Crochet Lace Pencil Skirt (XS, $99)

The Maria Tunic ($148) and Two-Ton Bar Necklace ($38)

The Maddie Dress in Tall Grass ($158)

The Mari Dress ($228)

The Sansa Cardi in one-of-a-kind Crochet Lace (Small, $118), and the Minnie Mini Skirt in Navy Ponti (can be made to order, this one is XS, $78)

The Mary Dress in Natural Stripe ($198)

The Mindy Dress in Stained Glass ($148)

Concluding the event with thundering applause, I think we all took a moment to recognize the outstanding creativity and innovation taking place in our city. Alley 33 proceeds benefit local Planned Parenthood locations. Until next year! 

Leela and the Mink Team



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