August 2014 Newsletter


Hello Friends!

Whew! What a great summer we've had here at TORRAIN. And it isn’t over yet! We have a few more fun things up our sleeves.

First we'd like to express appreciation for one of our artisan groups, Rehab Craft in Cambodia. Did you know that every day, about 70 people are killed or injured by land mines? That's one person every 15 minutes! Land mines do not only kill or injure but they create long-term employment and medical costs for communities, as well as loss of land. About 35% of the land in Cambodia is now unusable. Rehab Craft continues to do incredible work to improve the standard of living for Cambodians with disabilities from land mines. We are proud to have them as a partner and to contribute to a path of opportunity for Cambodians.   

In addition to working closely with Rehab Craft, we've had a busy summer working and playing here at home! We experienced vending at What The Festival, a music festival right in our backyard at Wolf Run Ranch, OR. We will never forget the people we met there or the lessons we learned. (Note to self – bring a cloth for dusting!)

We also just vended at the first Renegade Craft Fair in Portland. We're honored to have been amongst so many talented makers and to have the renowned Renegade Craft Fair grace our city.
Speaking of our city, these hot Portland days has suggested great adventures. After work of course ;) We've hiked, surfed, and floated rivers and still hope to get a few more days of camping in. On top of all the outdoor fun we've had, we saw free music in downtown Portland, tried out new restaurants in the city and picked wild berries on Sauvie's beautiful farms where, we also did our American Made fall photo shoot. 

There's so much going on in this lovely state of ours!  If you have not had a chance to visit Oregon in the summer months, we highly recommend it.
Our fall line is rolling out soon and it's looking pretty styley, if we do say so ourselves! We've spent time going through tons of local recycled materials to find the best and most unique prints. Beer hops bags anyone?!  We will be debuting our fall line including our American Made line at the POOLTRADESHOW in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center August 18-20. Booth 1015. Will we be seeing any of you fine folks down there?
Thanks again for your support, you keep us propelling forward. Now, get outside and Defend Your Turf!


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