The “Where’s My Bag?” series highlights Clark & Mayfield bags in interesting locations around the world. For this post, we’re exploring the north Portland neighborhood of Kenton while showcasing the one and only Irvington Crossbody.

Just south of the Portland International Raceway is the quaint neighborhood of Kenton. The area includes a beautiful park where you’ll find kickball and softball games happening on the weekends, an old firehouse that’s now used for community meetings, a post office and a popular downtown strip (on Denver Ave) with shops, a newly built public library, a wellness center and more. Among our favorite stores is Posies Bakery & Cafe, where you can work remotely while drinking excellent coffee and enjoying a delicious breakfast or lunch. The decor consists of charming antique furniture, and there’s even a dedicated play area for kids. We highly recommend stopping in for a visit if you’re nearby.

Other destination stops in Kenton that are a little tucked away but seriously fantastic include:

Disjecta: A contemporary arts center dedicated to showcasing work from visual and performing artists. As described by the organization, “Now housed in a former bowling alley, Disjecta’s 12,000-square-foot space provides ample room for the realization of large-scale installations, with additional space for smaller projects and performances. The site also houses artist studios and the new FLOCK Dance Center. In the courtyard, Disjecta's "Open Space" emerged from a depaved parking lot and is used for outdoor performances, community events and gatherings.”

The North Portland Tool Library: We’d never heard of a tool library before coming across this resource, but now we can’t understand why the idea isn’t more common in other areas! As explained on their site, “The North Portland Tool Library (NPTL) is a community resource dedicated to building community and fostering sustainability by providing residents with tools and the power to use them.” They loan a wide variety of tools to community members free of charge, which we think is really wonderful.

Fang & Feather: When you walk into this unique pet store, you’ll be greeted by Parker, the three-legged dog (aka store mascot) who brings a smile to every shopper’s face.

Little Red Press: Run by two sisters, this screenprinting shop is also a boutique full of stuff from local artists and craftspeople.

Ready to take an Irvington Crossbody on an adventure of your own? Order one online now and choose from three color options. 

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  • Lauri DeLaczay