412 SW 10th Ave. Portland, OR 97205 – 503-243-5859 – Open 11-6 daily

Located in the heart of Portland, Oregon, the Tender Loving Empire shop houses handmade gifts from the city's thriving DIY scene. The shop also acts as record label headquarters, a screen printing studio and art gallery--fostering Tender Loving Empire's love of art and music through community exchange and creative outlets.

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We're located at 412 SW 10th Ave, Portland OR, 97205 and open 11-6 daily.
503.243.5859 - retail@tenderlovingempire.com

Artist Highlight: Barrow PDX

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Artist Highlight is a new regular blog series where we showcase some of our current favorite artists, from jewelers, painters, musicians, woodworkers and beyond, Artist Highlight gives you an intimate background on some of the people behind your favorite TLE stuff! For this edition we met up with Barrow, two Portland women who make ceramic jewelry.

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I met up with Lindsay and Rachel early in the morning at their pop-up shop at Duplex Gallery in Northwest Portland, iced coffee thoroughly melted already from the walk from TLE’s headquarters downtown. The two women behind Barrow, one of Portland’s newest and impressive jewelry manufacturers, were busy putting the final touches on their displays of porcelain goods.

We spoke about their friendship, which began nearly 10 years ago in their college dorm before they took a spontaneous trip to France together. “We went to France together and I barely knew you” Lindsay said with the sort of realization that comes from a decade of hindsight, “I had totally forgotten… we did do that,” Rachel said, laughing in disbelief. The two solidified their friendship via a love of painting, which they still continue to do today.

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Which makes their gorgeous ceramic and gold-glazed jewelry so impressive. I was shocked to hear the two had only been crafting their pieces for just over a year, though Lindsay is quick to say they “didn’t really kick into gear until this past winter or spring.” Rachel and Lindsay split their production between their two home studios, Rachel being sure to mention “mine is the dusty one.” But the two work in perfect harmony, often finishing each other’s sentences and thoughts. They talk at length about the relief of having a partner to help with roadblocks in the production or ideas process. You can see the passion on their faces when they talk about the things that make their rings, bracelets, and necklaces so unique: each one is individually handmade, each with it’s own variations and imperfections. Rachel explains the technical process of the gold accents that adorn most of their new art, and while a majority of the terms and processes she describes fly directly over my head, I’m enthralled by her passion and excitement for everything ceramic and handmade.

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Considering how new their brand is, I wonder if asking about future plans is too sudden. But they both express excitement at the idea of having a combination space that could serve as both an open studio and storefront — a place where customers could observe the creation process in person and browse a collection of handmade jewelry. I’m sure Portlanders will see many more pop-up shops and local events in the near future with the Barrow ladies and their handcrafted jewelry in attendance. So stop and say hello, you may learn a bit more about porcelain than you thought you’d ever know. And if they offer you mimosas, don’t hesitate to stay a bit longer. Next time I will.

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To order, visit us in store, call (503) 243-5859, 7 days a week, 11am-6pm (PST) or e-mail us at retail@tenderlovingempire.com and we'll take care of you.

New TLE Prints

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We at TLE have decided to come together as a family to create some fun and exciting prints. After much debate and labor, TLE gave birth to two prints that are simple, clean, and might we add witty? We hope these two will be well recieved and have a successful shelf life.

To order, visit us in store, call (503) 243-5859, 7 days a week, 11am-6pm (PST) or e-mail us at retail@tenderlovingempire.com and we'll take care of you.

Donny Kunzer

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Artist of the week Donny Kunzer handcrafts these beautiful Maple wood tobacco pipes. The picture does not do the pipes any justice, because there is so much intricate detail from the wood that really makes these pieces one of a kind.

To order, visit us in store, call (503) 243-5859, 7 days a week, 11am-6pm (PST) or e-mail us at retail@tenderlovingempire.com and we'll take care of you.

Pin Us To Your Heart

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We thought it was about time to make our own pins for all the TLE supporters out there.

To order, visit us in store, call (503) 243-5859, 7 days a week, 11am-6pm (PST) or e-mail us at retail@tenderlovingempire.com and we'll take care of you.

1920 Shoppe

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TLE would like to honor Frankie Welk, the lovely and local 1920 Shoppe owner. Growing up as a farmers daughter, her work carries a nostalgic piece of her past. The wood used for her work is actually from old family homes, barns, and even her grandmothers school! Thank you for sharing a piece of your heart with us.

To order, visit us in store, call (503) 243-5859, 7 days a week, 11am-6pm (PST) or e-mail us at retail@tenderlovingempire.com and we'll take care of you.

Roots Soap Co.

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TLE is proud to boast about Portland based Roots Soap Co., who are literally blooming up from the ground. Anna Cools is the owner, a proud mother and wife who hand-makes each soap on her downtime. Utilizing the Pacific N.W’s most renowned natural resource…rainwater! As well as other essential oils and local ingredients that all come together to form an ECO friendly soap.

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To order, visit us in store, call (503) 243-5859, 7 days a week, 11am-6pm (PST) or e-mail us at retail@tenderlovingempire.com and we'll take care of you.

Pop.by.TS is helping you get ready for Summer!

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Portland based artist Tith Sin, of Pop.by.TS has bright and quirky, nature inspired prints that will add a “POP” of color and joy to any home.

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To order, visit us in store, call (503) 243-5859, 7 days a week, 11am-6pm (PST) or e-mail us at retail@tenderlovingempire.com and we'll take care of you.

Portland Rain Women’s Tee – Now Available!

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By popular demand, we’ve come out with a line of our Portland Rain shirts in women’s sizes. Come into the store and get yours today! $28. Soon to be available online.

To order, visit us in store, call (503) 243-5859, 7 days a week, 11am-6pm (PST) or e-mail us at retail@tenderlovingempire.com and we'll take care of you.