Last week our Portland style contributor, Marjorie Skinner, attended the launch of Slow and Steady Wins the Race's collaborative effort, N°20 Rainwear, with Portland's Stand Up Comedy boutique. Fittingly, attendees braved the rain for designer Mary Ping's latest witty and reliable effort, pancho style. Check out the looks after the jump and see what Skinner had to say about one of our favorite indie designers.
With wacky April weather raging outside, fans of New York designer Mary Ping’s Slow and Steady Wins the Race– of conceptual, episodic clothing collection–gathered in Portland at Fourteen30 Contemporary gallery for the launch of N°20 Rainwear. A collaborative effort between Ping and the co-owners of Portland's Stand Up Comedy boutique, Rachel Silberstein and Diana Kim, the project was inspired by the rainy Pacific Northwest weather, and the lack of fashion-forward options with which to confront it.
Including looks for men and women, the collection of ponchos (each named for a waterfall in Oregon’s Columbia Gorge), water-resistant oxfords and pumps, polyurethane-coated linen dresses and tees all come in three colors: black, red, and khaki. Stand Up Comedy, which has carried Slow and Steady Wins the Race since it first opened its doors, will also stock limited editions of N°20 pieces, including those featuring chrocheted metal drawstrings from another store favorite, Arielle de Pinto. N°20 will also be available at both East and West coast locations of Opening Ceremony.