When Audrey Merwin and Michael Austin of Soluna Collective, a Portland-based clothing collaborative, were offered a massive building for pop-ups during the pandemic, they turned to their small business community to fill the space. What began as a temporary collective of Portland retailers became Origin Story, a new brick-and-mortar shop on the city’s northeast side.
Along with Soluna’s eco-conscious clothing, Origin Story features handmade planters and ceramics from Wildehaus, curated Moroccan textiles from Modern Myth, and a host of goods from local makers. While the wares may rotate, the focus on ethical products remains. “We consider the values behind each brand,” says Modern Myth’s MacKenzie Duffy. “We’re curating shoppable goods our community can trust.”