About Studio SKB
Studio SKB. American Made. Vintage Inspired.
Fashion entrepreneur, designer and writer Sharon Blair studied couture sewing in Paris at the Paris American Academy. Sharon also has a bachelors and a masters and advanced studies in apparel.
She is on the board and a judge for the Portland Fashion and Style Awards, Modified Style and several local charities. She teaches apparel construction for Columbia Sportswear and patternmaking at Nike.
She began her clothing line more than 20 years ago as Blairwear, a custom clothing business. Five years ago, it rebranded to two lines of clothing: StudioSKB (Vintage Inspired. American Made.) and SKPDX (Easy wear. Easy care. Beautiful knits made in the USA). Part of profits purchase and protect wildlife habitat through The Nature Conservancy. The company’s logo — a leaf on a hanger — shows this connection.
Sharon also owns and directs Portland Sewing (www.portlandsewing.com). PS started business in 2002 with a beginning sewing class for four students. The business has grown to add classes in intermediate and advanced sewing. In 2010, Portland Sewing added classes on the business of apparel. In 2016, it added Portland Fashion Institute, a licensed career school that offers three certificates and jobs in the apparel industry. A recognized venue for quality apparel education, all classes are taught by apparel industry professionals.
Sharon’s work has been featured on runways in national and local publications: Threads, SewStylish, The Oregonian, Portland Business Journal, The Mercury and Portland Monthly.
P.O. Box 18147
Portland OR 97218