Downtime with Britt Howard

Jason E. Kaplan
Britt Howard, right, thrift shopping with her daughter at Mix Tape on Southeast Belmont in Portland.

How the owner and founder of Portland Garment Factory unwinds

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What are you reading?

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., and Humankind by Rutger Bregman.

What are you watching?

The Watcher. I had read about this true story awhile back, and Netflix just came out with a much scarier, episodic version of the tale.

What are you listening to?

I just made an epic dance playlist for my 40th birthday! My favorite podcast is Ologies with Alie Ward.

What is your must-have gadget?

My iPad with the Concepts app.

What are your hobbies/interests?

Gardening and landscaping design, making sculptures and art in various mediums, seeing art, live music, cooking the most interesting meals with what I have on hand, thrifting, record shopping, interior design.

What was your childhood or earliest ambition?

I wanted to be a journalist like Jane Pauley.

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

Mexico City and the Wallowas — two ends of the spectrum.

Who is your professional role model?

Eileen Fisher.

What ambitions do you still have?

To build a creative company that outlives me, and to turn PGF’s material waste into something completely new and unique (like bowls and plates or wall tiles)!

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