Cora Schleicher and Cristin Morgan’s adorable line of childrens accessories and clothing Camp Wolf - is one big cute overload! Two stay at home moms sought out to make some cute kids clothing that has now evolved into a line for both the wee ones and adults. While Cora is situated in the heart of Portland, Oregon, Cristin is all the way in Richmond, Virginia, where she specializes in her darling moccasins and bowties. We spent an afternoon with Cora and her way adorable two year old son Miles at her home studio. Camp Wolf started with Cora’s repurposed childrens denim jacket that she adorns with vibrant Pendleton fabrics. The lookbook was shot by a good friend of P.S. Co’s Margaret Jacobsen - and it’s amazing, think quintessentially adorable hip Northwestern kiddos on an adventure! It’s playful and fun and thats exactly what the mother son duo Cora and Miles’ studio visit was! So if there is a kid in your life or in your near future make sure to check out Camp Wolfs online store!
1. Why Portland? What was it that drew you to Portland or has kept you here?
I moved here from Southern California 5 years ago to figure out who the hell I was. I wanted to leave my hometown to start my adult life on my own, away from all of my comforts, and settle down. That may sound crazy when you're 21 but I really just wanted to make creative things, find a steady fella and become a homebody. Check, check, and check! Portland is my home and I am so thankful that I was able to become a wife, mother and business owner here. There is so much powerful creativity in this place that it was impossible not to be inspired to start Camp Wolf.
2. What are your favorite things happening in Portland (design or otherwise)?
Oh man, I am so not cool enough to know what's happening here in design! I know that Pendleton is my jam and I love spending time at the local Mill. I love Honeyfox and Cobracult. They're both jewelry designers, and I think they make really special pieces. We even just collaborated with Cobracult on a Camp Wolf teepee necklace.
3. How did your brand start?
I wanted to make cool clothes for cool kids, really. I know that kids can be rough and tough and I wanted to produce garments that were strong enough to withstand their active lives yet would still make them feel special. Using Pendleton fabrics to fulfill both of those needs was a no brainer to me. I had all of these ideas for the line, and I realized that I needed a strong, creative partner to help me execute them. I met my dear friend and business partner Cristin Morgan through Instagram and I knew immediately she was the perfect fit for Camp Wolf. We have an unbelievably talented graphic designer, Yelley, on our team and with the three of us working our asses off, we made our dream a reality almost 6 months ago.
4. What has been your biggest obstacle?
I would definitely say that living so far away from Cristin, who lives in Richmond Virginia, has been the biggest obstacle of running a line together. We wish more then anything that we could drink beer and sew together, hah!
5. Who is your style icon(s)?
My mama, hands down. This woman has always had such a killer style: kimonos, beautiful textiles and turquoise. The photographer Hilary Walsh and designer Gretchen Jones are my favorites as well.
6. What are your favorite things about Portland?
Above all, raising a child in Portland has been absolutely magical. I love that I live in a city surrounded by trees, where I can drive 15 minutes to pick up my fabric that was made locally, hop across the river to my leather supplier, drive up to Tabor to let Miles run around and hit the 5 freeway to all my favorite thrift stores all in one day. Portland is pretty amazing that way!
7. What neighborhood describes your style the best?
Definitely South East. We've lived on this side of town for the past three years and I love how mellow our neighborhood is. Tons of great (kid friendly) restaurants and parks all walking distance from my home, can't complain!
8. Your favorite thing about your workspace?
My favorite part of my workspace is having my little pal hang out while I work. He really digs the sewing machine and I can't wait to teach him how to use it in a few years.
9. Tell us two truths and a lie!
Camp Wolf is named after my son Miles Waylon Wolf.
I have two Rolling Stones tattoos.
I graduated high school at 16.
10. 5 things you can't live without?
OLO fragrance oil