Rohloff to design for Susan Sokol Blosser

Don’t we just love to love hats? Almost as much as we adore bags and worship fabulous shoes.

But no, hats are in a category all of their own. Love them or hate them they are an essential accessory for some occasions. One such occasion being … baby it’s cold outside. That reason aside, I buy hats just because they’re beautiful. They don’t have to perform any duty, fulfill any purpose other than just that – a veritable breathtaking accessory.

Designed by Elizabeth Rohloff

Check out the hats on the right – they were one of several pages of hats listed as those fashionable in the 1920’s. It must have been some decade … there are about five pages of very, very different looking styles of hats. They say form follows function, or is it perception is everything. I never get those clichés right. Anyhoo … the reason I sat down to exercise my right to write is to tell you about what’s up with Elizabeth Rohloff, one of the few, the very, very brave and busiest, of Portland’s consummate designers.

Editor’s note: Rohloff and the Susan Sokol  Blosser connection=Power of the Purse check the last graph!Elizabeth and I shared a little bit of heaven (Happy Hour Heaven) the other night, at the Secret Society Lounge (116 NE Russell).

Secret Society Lounge NE Russell

Did you know there’s a Secret Society Ballroom and a Secret Society Recording Studio? Yes it has a rich history all right. Even mystical Masons you might say. There are all those tall, telltale ceilings, dark woodwork and rich red draperies. Ask one of the bartenders what transpir

By Elizabeth Rohloff

ed there around the turn of the century … that’s all I’m saying.

Now … on to Ms. Rohloff’s bizness which is design of course. Check out the latest from her web page:

Elizabeth Rohloff

Yes, Elizabeth Rohloff

So I have done my best my dears, to share with you what I know for sure on this Thursday evening. I know not much but what I do know is that are some terribly talented women out there and Elizabeth Rohloff is among them. So don’t you want to know what she’s going to be doing in the next few weeks? Of course you do.

Well let’s see… for starters:

T.Ruth Artspace for a pre-show sale on Thursday, April 22, 2010 5-9p.m.

Two events on Friday April 30 –

Dress For Success Oregon


Girls Inc. Power of the Purse

One of these premiere events is at the Convention Center and the other is at the Portland Art Museum. You will have to clone yourself like Elizabeth is doing, to get into both. But they will definitely both be a fun night out!

BTW Elizabeth is designing a purse for Susan Sokol Blosser, c0-founder of the Sokol Blosser Winery in the Willamette Valley Dundee Hills.

Oh the heavy sigh … food poisoning

Didn’t make it to the Power of the Purse last night … sooo sad I had food poisoning, was writhing on my bed about 2 p.m. yesterday … got worse after that. Very much bad.

Here’s a short list of some of the bids for the purses.

Elizabeth Rohloff’s purse went for $1,500. I bought one of hers last weekend at the Buckman Art Sale. Just saying… ahhh for $30!

Elizabeth Rohloff

Elizabeth Rohloff

Malloy Jewelers purse for Sandy Rowe (Oregonian Editor) sold for $3,750. Last year her purse went for $6,700!

Malloy Jewelers

Malloy Jewelers

The Maya Moon bag sold for $1,500.

I’ll update when I get the word from Girls Inc. office. So sad I couldn’t be there. I’ve attended since the beginning three years ago. Heavy sigh!

Shop on!

Girls Inc. is taking Power of the Purse to the Nines

Strong, smart and bold Girls Inc. girls will take center stage on Thursday, March 12, to model one-of-a-kind handbags for Portland’s must-attend event – The Power of the Purse – a live fashion show,  dinner and auction to benefit Girls Inc.

MiMo Handbags

MiMo Handbags

The fourth annual event of its kind, Portland community leaders, artists and entrepreneurs inspire local purse designers to develop a creative concept for the handbags – each a unique work of art. The sky is the limit on what the purses go for during the auction. Last year a bag designed by Kaaren Maloy topped the highest bid ever and sold for $6,700.

This year’s local purse-o-nalities include Oregon State Senator Betsy Johnson, Anna Song KATU Anchor, Elizabeth Leach of Elizabeth Leach Gallery and Monica Carlson American Gladiator Champion.

This year’s purse designers include Kaaren Maloy, Maloy’s Jewelry Workshop; Jayne Dearborn, Designs by Jayne; Mike Eggleston, Ellington Leather and Larry Olmstead, Entermodal. (See full list below).

Girls Inc. NW Executive Director Annette Klinefelter says they’re hoping to meet their goal of raising $150,000 this year to support the organization’s school-based programs. “Our advocates serve our girls comprehensively at school and at home with $140 per girl, per year,” Klinefelter says. “The economy continues to plummet, the numbers of girls (who need help) is going up yet the amount of money there to help them does not increase.”

Amanda Brotman, Designer

Amanda Brotman, Designer

Girls Inc. NW is supported through various grants, private donations and fundraisers like Power of the Purse.

Design Diva

New to the event this year is purse designer Jayne Dearborn who has been creating purses for her company Designs by Jayne for about eight years. Dearborn, who was matched with Zari Santner, Director of Portland Park and Recreation, says she met with Santner several times while she was designing the bag.

“It was great to work with Zari,” Dearborn says. “She had a definite idea of what she wanted and I put that (vision) into a handbag. It’s very different from what I usually do so that was fun. They get to choose the handbag of their dreams.”

Dearborn plans to attend the event on March 12, with her husband. “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a fashion glam evening – I never really get to go to these,” she says.

2009 Purse-o-nalities & Designers

* Anna Song, KATU Anchor, paired with Mike Eggleston, Ellington Leather

* Anne Nedrow, M.D. OHSU Center for Women’s Health, paired with Jennifer Sturmer, Jenesse

* April Sanderson, Regional Manager at Wells Fargo Private Banking, paired with ElizaBeth Rolhoff, ElizaBeth Rolhoff Designs

* Arielle Schnitzer, a Strong, smart, and bold girl, paired with Suzanne Sherman, Fat Cat Hats and Sacks

* Betsy Johnson, Oregon State Senator, paired with Lauri DeLaczay, Clark & Mayfield

* Elizabeth Leach, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, paired with Sha Montana

* Gretchen Keys, Proprietress at Hidden Creek Polo Club, paired with Maya Bauer, Maya Moon Designs

* Karol Niemi, Interior Designer, paired with Janny Downey, Minou-Minou

* Kristina, Z100 On-Air Personality, paired with Renee Christopher

* Monica Carlson, American Gladiator Champion, paired with Larry Olmstead, Entermodal

* Peggy Fowler, CEO Portland General Electric, paired with Meral Middleton, ZIBA Design

* Portland City Council, paired with Larry Olmstead Entermodal

* Sandy Rowe, Editor at The Oregonian, paired with Shan & Kaaren Maloy Maloy’s Jewelry Workshop

* Selby Keys, CEO Key Laser Institute, paired with Amanda Brotman, Amanda Pearl

* Shoshana Bean, Broadway Actress and Singer, paired with Jesse Champlin, Rush Accessories

* Vanessa Sturgeon, President TMT Development, paired with Mia Scofield, MiMo Handbags

* Zari Santner, Director of Portland Parks & Recreation, paired with Jayne Dearborn, Designs by Jayne

Jesse Champlin, Designer

Jesse Champlin, Designer

Girls Inc. of Northwest Oregon is a local nonprofit that works to inspire young girls to be strong, smart and bold. Girls from 8 to 20 participate in programs that help them create peer groups for support, enhance self-esteem and assertiveness and develop basic communications skills and sound decision-making. One of the programs developed by Girls Inc. of NW Oregon called Allies In Action, a set of tools created to combat aggressive, hurtful and violent behavior, or bullying between girls, has been used throughout the country because of its success.

The event will be held at the Nines Hotel next to Portland’s Pioneer Square atop the landmark Meier & Frank Building at 525 SW Morrison St.

A silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. as well as a purse boutique featuring the works of local designers. Dinner and the live auction will begin at 7 p.m.

To buy tickets: Register online or call 503-230-0054. Become a Power of the Purse Patron – purchase a Patron Table for $2,500 for you and nine other family members, friends, and colleges.

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