On the Oregon coast we are not known for our sunny days. It rains the majority of the year. Oregonians are used to this. A tell tale sign of a tourist is someone with an umbrella. Rain gear most of the time consists of a hooded sweatshirt, which when going about one’s daily routine suffices just splendidly! Another staple of Oregon culture is our affection for outdoor activity. With beautiful natural playgrounds like The Gorge, Bend, Mt. Hood, and of course our Pacific Coast line it’s hard to let the constant threat of rain stop you from partaking in hiking, fishing, kayaking, and all the other things we Oregonians enjoy so much! I don’t know if you have ever gone hiking in a hooded sweatshirt, but I have and even I, a native Oregonian (webbed toes and all) have decided a rain coat is very much a necessity. When shopping for a rain coat I came across the Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket. It was suggested to me by many of my coworkers, and I see people wearing it everywhere. I was already interested because I know Patagonia is a very environmentally conscious company, so I went for it and bought a Torrentshell. I have never worn a jacket so much, I love it! It keeps me dry without being bulky and obtrusive, and it has a flattering cut. My favorite part is a built in pocket that you can shove the whole coat into and pack it easily (it’s the little things). So if you live in a rainy environment, and are too stubborn to let it keep you indoors I highly suggest you get a Torrentshell Jacket.
From the beginning Cleanline has had deep roots in Northwest culture and surf. We have been drinking micro brews and wearing flannel as long as anyone, and when designing our private label gear we try and get graphics Lewis and Clark would be stoked to rock. All this beer and rain creates a wonderful environment for the cultivation of art. We are truly lucky to have so many talented people walk through our lives who share our passion. Our latest Cleanline original pieces come from tattoo artist out of Astoria, Oregon. Aaron Toledo, owner and artist at Keepsake Tattoo has been tattooing in the northwest since 2002 and is an avid sailor and surfer. His passion for the sea and the northwest bleeds into his art with beauty and soul. Rocky coast lines and crashing waves surrounded by majestic fir trees are just a few things you can expect to see in the work Aaron has done for us. Get your piece of the Northwest today, with our Cleanline Owl Longboard or any of our Cleanline Eagle Apparel by Aaron.
Firewire Surfboards and FCS just committed to donating 100 boards to the Share the Stoke Foundation, an organization that gives boards to kids in coastal communities who don’t have the means to obtain a board themselves. If you have old boards that you aren’t using please take the time to consider their wonderful cause and donate.
The holiday season is upon us, which means cold weather and gift giving, and what better way to cover all your bases than a cozy pair of Ugg Boots? When you invest in something like a pair of Ugg boots, you want to get your money’s worth. Nothing is more frustrating than paying over a hundred dollars for something that is poor craftsmanship. I also know that people love a bargain and search tirelessly for the best deal on a product before purchasing, but when it comes to Ugg boots you want to make sure you are getting the real deal. There are millions of manufacturers flooding the market with inferior knock-offs and as a consumer you need to educate yourself. Ugg does take precautions to help their customers make sure they are getting the real deal.
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Toms Shoes have been a sensation in our shop, and why shouldn’t they? A cute inexpensive product that comes in a multitude of colors, that also helps children in foreign countries. They pioneered what I like to call the “consumerism with a conscience” fad we see in retail today, a product that gives back when you buy. That being said, many people want their Toms to last and not buy a new pair as soon as the old pair gets dirty and worn.
The most common question I get is “Can you wash TOMS Shoes?”
I asked our Toms dealer what the low down was and his response was, “Yes, BUT they will break down faster the more you wash them. Also, the leather insole will get a bit tattered.” I passed this information to a friend and she washed hers with great results, a pair of like new Toms. You may want to take into consideration the material your Toms are made of. My friend had a pair of classic canvas, but Toms uses such a wide variety of materials in their line I would look into care instructions for the specific material. For example I would not put the glitter Toms in the washer, because the glitter would most likely come off. If you ever have any Toms care questions we would be happy to look into it just send a message to us using out Contact Us form. Toms are a fantastic product and I want to continue to help our customers support their cause. Check out our Toms selection today on our website, and give the gift of shoes to a child in need.