Meet the Maker:
Studio Portmanteau was born out of Jessica's passion for the simple things in life - stargazing, beachcombing, gardening, cooking, the great outdoors - plus a fascination with tiny things and an obsession with all things golden.
Studio Portmanteau's Story:
Studio Portmanteau is happily based out of a small studio space in Oregon's gorgeous Rogue Valley. A passion for the simple things in life - stargazing, beachcombing, gardening, cooking, the great outdoors - plus a fascination with tiny things and an obsession with all things golden led to the idea behind this design studio specializing in matchboxes, and more recently delving into a broader range of thoughtful objects for the home and special occasions. We see the matchbox itself as a tiny little piece of a bygone era that still resonates with us today and reminds us to sit down, light a candle, and spend the evening catching up with friends or devouring a good book. I love bringing materials to life with my unique perspective as a trained designer, intrepid explorer, and avid maker. My art embraces rich topics like botany, astronomy, and cartography through my own contemporary aesthetic lens. In 2021 I welcomed two fellow designers and makers to our team to support our growth. Each product sold in the shop is a one-of-a-kind creation designed and made by our team in the Pacific Northwest. Most of our items are hand-pressed with metal dies on a vintage foil stamper that is the mainstay of the studio. Many of our items are stocked in a selection of boutiques, shops, and galleries. Studio Portmanteau has been featured on Architectural Digest, Design*Sponge, MyDomaine, Etsy Blog, Etsy Finds, The Faire Blog, BRIDES, and Rock My Wedding, among other websites & blogs.
We combine five years of foil stamping expertise with strong design insight to bring you high quality orders that fit your needs. All of our custom work is embossed / impressed into the paper, wood, or leather surface using our hand-operated presses, with a wide variety of foil colors to choose from, for a beautiful, classic, lasting result.
So where did the shop name come from? A portmanteau is an old French word for a box or suitcase that opens into two equal parts (much like a tiny matchbox). The shop logo is derived from an imagined antique lock on an old leather suitcase, something like one would carry on a long train journey. And just how do you pronounce portmanteau? It rhymes with studio (port-man-toe). :)
1% of all proceeds goes to support literacy and access to books for communities in need, and another 1% of all proceeds goes to support environmental stewardship for communities in need. Different organizations are chosen each month to receive the contributions.