If you love Portland’s indie craft fair Picnic, you’ll probably love Pinecone + Chickadee, too. They’re both co-founded by silkscreen artist Amy Teh. Photo: Pinecone + Chicadee is an eclectic gift shop focused on screen-printed gifts, like this Iconic Maine Tee, $28, designed by Amy Teh. Image by Nathan Eldridge.
6 Free Street, Portland | www.pineconeandchicadee.com
Based out of Dana Warp Mill in Westbrook, CFC Wear prints fitness lifestyle clothing to support causes, including a suicide awareness campaign. Shirt designer Kyle Poissonier got such a kick out of what he—just a kid from Maine—has been able to accomplish, that he printed shirts with that message. Shirts, $25; Hoodies, $40. www.cfcwear.com
As an homage to Maine, Might & Main created the 1820 collection of usable goods marked with the word that has proclaimed our state’s mission since declaring independence in 1820: “Dirigo,” Latin for “I Lead.” Photo: Get cozy in a red “Dirigo” hoodie, $54, screen-printed in Portland. Image by Cait Bourgault. www.might-main.com/shop
Portland-based metalsmith Jennifer Nielsen has a special kinship with “rock picker-up- pers.” At low tide, Jennifer selects each stone for its unique color, texture and shape. Back in the studio, she lets the stones dictate their arrangement: alone or clustered, sterling silver or 18K gold, ring or brooch. Photo: Heidi bracelet by Jennifer Nielsen Handcrafted Jewelry. Image by Carolyn Nishon. www.jnielsenjewelry.com
Jewelry maker Lisa Gent of Cape Elizabeth creates pieces that are simple yet intriguing and will stand the test of time. Her work can be found at the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner, Handworks Gallery in Blue Hill and Island Artisans in Bar Harbor.
Photo: North Star: Hand-forged sterling silver, matte finish, 2 mm diamond in a 14k gold bezel setting, $220. Image by Robert Diamante. www.lisagent.com
Janell’s Bags, a family business based in a big old farmhouse in Newport, creates beautiful, colorful, quality handbags designed by Janell Fox. By the time Janell has dreamed up a particular bag, designed the pattern, cut the leather and so forth, a name has come to her. One might be a Chloe, another an Olivia or Ana or Lily. Photo: Janell’s Bags, Callie in salmon, $255, Olivia in teal, $190, and Ellie in navy, $180. www.janellsbags.com
Jewelry designer Heather Perry, of Brunswick, focuses on redesigning heirlooms, turning “Aunt Martha’s old garnet that you’re never going to wear because it was designed in 1963” into something with a fresh look. Heather also has a line of already-designed pieces. Photo: Maine Tourmaline ring, an heirloom redesign in 18k gold using the client’s heirloom Maine tourmaline. www.heatherperryjewelry.com
Each ring in Nell Ballard’s studio in Scarborough is hand-formed and hammered to perfection. Photo: Vintage Floral Button Ring, button set in hand-formed sterling silver with hammered gold band, $120. Image by Annabel Powers.
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Working out of the artist collective Running With Scissors in Portland, metalsmith Amalia Moon handcrafts modern jewelry that is ethically elegant. Her jewelry is made as eco-consciously as possible using recycled metals and ethically sourced diamonds or di- amond alternatives. Photo: Amalia Moon Large Moon Cup Studs (oxidized silver), $50. www.amaliamoon.com
Holly Acampara is the design mastermind behind Creation Studios, while her husband Tim handles production. Shirts are printed in their Portland studio with high quality, eco-friendly, water-based inks that are heat-set for a soft, vintage feel. The products are available through CreationLabShop on Etsy. Photo: Whale Tee, $25; Moon Man Slouchy, $32; Mandala Sweatshirt, $32; Adventure Awaits tee, $25.
Portland-based screen-printer Kris Johnsen goes for a darker and more mysterious look with his tees, like this cool Whiskey & Snakes design, $25. Men’s and unisex sizes are available now, and he’ll be adding women’s sizes this year. Fun fact: Kris is also the creator of the Portland Patch Project where he curates a monthly embroidered patch designed by a rotation of artists. Photo: A Kris Johnsen tee with sage advice for whiskey lovers, $25. www.krisjohnsen.com
Natasha Durham, founder of Rough & Tumble, values rugged and understated luxury based on the concept that “Good form does not require decoration.” Photo: Rough & Tumble’s Large Seven-Pocket Tote in Premium Chestnut, $358.
Obsessed with bags, Tori T. Yattow of Warren started her own line of original designs with coastal vibes. Rich leather bags are ideal this time of year, but also check out Tori’s popular summery totes with silkscreen mermaid designs and water-resistant bottoms. Photo: Medium Gray Martexin Wax and Rich Brown Leather Bag, $134. www.mainebagsandgoods.com
Metalsmith Anita Roelz has a raw organic style to her jewelry that is authentic to women—and men—of the rugged Maine coast. From her studio in Woolwich, she hand-forges elemental shapes and textures, often integrating local beach stones. Photo: Circle Stone Design’s rugged simplicity is dressed up by hand-forged textures. www.circlestonedesigns.com
Loyal Citizen hand-prints pride-of-place T-shirts that appeal to locals and are designed by locals. One of our favorites is the Mermaid of Portland tee designed by Shayna Blumert with a mermaid holding a donut in one hand and a bottle of beer in the other. Photo: The Mermaid of Portland Women’s Tee, $35. Image by Brock Foreman.
366 Fore St., Portland | www.loyalcitizenclothing.com
Tees by Milo in Maine have a retro, outdoorsy appeal inspired by Maine’s rugged beauty. Photo: Milo in Maine’s women’s long-sleeve raglan tees, including the Bear tee, are available at Bliss Boutique at 58 Exchange St., Portland.
Alaina Marie Harris had the revelation that super-utilitarian, lobstermen bait-bag materials would make stellar upscale fashion-forward clutches. Same marine-grade materials, definitely not the same look. Each bag is made by hand in the studio. The website lists retailers. Photo: Alaina Marie Harris holds a Teal & Navy Bait Bag Clutch, $65. Image by Courtney Elizabeth Media. 332 Fore St., Portland | www.alaina-marie.com
Metalsmith Coco Corral fabricates her own designs and makes each piece by hand using reclaimed/recycled metals in her 1880 farmhouse in Biddeford. Photo: Loving Anvil Birchline Stacked Cigar Bands, $60 each; Stacking Rings, $25 each; and Stacking Bangles, $48 each, feature “marks inspired by contemplation of birch bark.” www.lovinganvil.com
Theses nautically inspired totes are made out of used sails. The new Silver Anchor on Black Tote puts a more winter-appropriate spin on this usually summery line. Sea Bags are designed, sewn and sold at 25 Custom House Wharf, Portland. A second Maine retail location is at 6 Bow Street, Freeport. Photo: Sea Bags’ Silver Anchor on Black Tote, $175. Limited holiday product. www.seabags.com
If you’ve always wanted a red convertible, the Ellis by Kurier is the bag for you. Not only is it handmade from the finest Italian and American leathers, it can be worn three ways: over the shoulder, across the body or as a backpack. Everything at Kurier is made one at a time at the workshop. Photo: Kurier’s Ellis bag, $298. Image by Scott Mohler.
Graphic designer Kanya Zillmer brings love of the Maine outdoors to Hills & Trails, which prints shirts (and lots of other cool stuff ) with a rustic edge and modern minimalism. (Fun fact: Kanya and her husband James named their baby Summit and their beagle Scout.) Photo: Hills & Trails Moby Beard Women’s tank, Let’s Go Camping tank and Hills & Trails tank. Image by Cait Bourgault. www.hillsandtrails.com
When Sabrina Thiemke of Limerick married Mr. Greene in 2008, she became Mr.s Thiemke-Greene. Soon after that, the business Thiemke-Greene Designs was born, focused on organic fabrics, repurposed/recycled papers and compostable packaging. Over time, the name of the Limerick-based business evolved into Think Greene – organically, of course! Photo: Bee ME Women’s Hooded Shirt, $38 www.thinkgreene.net
Erda artisans design and craft tapestry, leather and waxed cotton bags in Dexter. American made, right down to the thread. (Fun fact: Erda is named after the Norse goddess who represents the creativity of women.) Photo: Erda’s Etna bag has a front slip pocket perfect for writers, artists and avid readers. This color-scheme option is called Urban Cowgirl. www.erdabags.com