Claire Wolfson is proud dog mom to her beloved dachshund’s Bean and Van. Claire and her boyfriend Chris Prouty’s company Bean Goods was inspired by Bean recovering from a back reconstruction surgery. Bean Goods is a playful line of dachshund inspired goods, from their popular wayfarer sunglasses and amazing graphic t’s, our personal favorite being the “long hair don’t care” t-shirt featuring a longhaired dachshund. Our visit with Claire was equal parts studio and closet visit--she wore both the doxie luxe tee and the sex drugs and wiener dogs tee during the visit. Claire has created the perfect home office environment for her to be able to run Bean Goods from home and to spend more time with her dogs. Wolfson is a long time blogger who has rebranded herself now for the third time, her newest blog is called WLFHND that features Claire and Bean’s adventures, style and inspiration. Claire is as adorable as her dogs and just as playful we loved her obsession with smiley faces, her fun wardrobe choices and her subtly dog themed home!
1. Who is your style influenced by?
My past & present. I grew up in a small coastal town located near the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Growing up our home was filled with an eclectic mix of antique furniture & artwork representative of my family's New England roots. I developed an appreciation for the past that has influenced my personal style and expressed in my love for thrifting, antique furniture & vintage collecting. My style is also shaped by my present surroundings -- Portland in general, my friends, my boyfriend, & wiener dogs.
2. 3 favorite items in your closet?
This changes all the time but currently : My cheetah print vans, my smiley face purse from Nasty Gal, & my new leather & suede blocked jacket; an early birthday present from a bestie.
3. What is your winter must have?
My wiener dogs beanie & my black faux fur bb dakota vest.
4. Favorite places to shop in Portland?
The only places I ever actually end up shopping at are all either vintage or consignment; House of Vintage, Buffalo Exchange, Palace, Maven Collective, Portland Flea - Those are some current favorites & reoccurring go-tos.
5. 5 things you can’t live without?
A good denim jacket, hats in general, dogs, the sun & the ocean.
6. What is the best thing about your job?
I'm my own boss, FREEDOM!
7. Why Portland? What was it that drew you to Portland or has kept you here?
I moved to the west coast when I was 18. Starting in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, then Park City, Utah & finally landing in Portland in 2007. I moved to Portland to go back to school for Apparel Design. I visited & considered many schools & cities on both the east & west coasts in search of the right fit for me including Parsons in New York, The Academy of Art in San Francisco, & even some schools in Vancouver, British Columbia. After visiting The Art Institute in Portland I was almost certain this city was for me. I was familiar with Mt. Hood from being a camper at Windells as a kid & I loved the fact that I would be living & going to school in the city, but still having the opportunity to snowboard with Mt. Hood an hour away. That’s what initially sold me to this amazing place. There is so much more to what has kept me here. The main factors are the city's progressiveness, the beauty of the northwest, the food, the cost of living, the style, my friends, & most importantly the community of like-minded creative people & the support system the city provides that keeps small businesses alive & thriving.
8. What are your favorite things happening in Portland (design or otherwise)?
I love all the up & comers in the design & creative community. Particularly the women. For instance, you girls! I loved hearing the background story of Portland Supply Co & the fact that you girls have been formulating this idea for some time & are going for it! That’s the stuff that gets me fired up & keeps me going. This city is full of ballsy babes & it’s so inspiring & exciting!
9. How did your brand start?
Bean Goods started about 3 years ago. Our dachshund, Bean, suffered from a serious back injury that caused him to lose control of his hind legs. We were devastated and didn’t know what our little guy’s outcome would be. He underwent major reconstructive back surgery and miraculously made a full recovery. His strength & spirit inspired our brand. It started with just beanies and actually was originally called Bean Beanies. From there it’s grown with a collection of graphic tees, tote bags, sunglasses & more.
W L F H N D is my latest endeavor and is just getting started. It is inspired by my relationship with Bean & my love for dogs in general. W L F H N D will be showcasing bean & my style adventures, streethound style encounters, other hound & human close-ups, & general hound-centric inspiration. I am currently building W L F H N D’s e-shop that will open later this year and will be carrying a variety of hound themed accessories, apparel, & vintage items.
10. Tell us two truths and a lie!
I listen to Miley Cyrus on the regular, My boyfriend loves death metal, I'm pregnant.