What Is Hidden Opulence?
What We Do
Hidden Opulence is a Design House that’s focused in Apparel sustainability and upcycling. The business is divided into two factions, serving both existing apparel brands and the general public. We feel pride especially serving those who identify as Queer, Non-Binary and/or BIPOC.
Services such as small batch production, in-house production assistance is offered to designers and batch alterations for garments in boutiques are available for established apparel brands. The general public can submit projects to Hidden Opulence’ drop off location ( 1337 SE MLK Jr Blvd, Pdx) by filling out our survey first.
We love to build ideas to re-imagine, repair or alter garments or fabric wares from their own homes. While basic tailoring, mending and altering can be completed; projects based around refurbishing, repairing and re-configuring are greatly appreciated. We do not provide pattern rendering or concept development for garments at this time. Please contact us if you have questions about what else we do!
Hidden Opulence Design House was an idea in the making for Drea Johnson since 2014. Born from the raw passion of sewing through various apparel production gigs it was realized that many designers do need assistance, even if it's temporary. Coupled with the unfortunate truth that the fashion industry is one of the most non eco-friendly industries out there, was planted a seed help drive change. If there was a community more open to change the makeup of how garments are produced and why, for the sake of our planet, it was Portland.
In 2017, Drea was approached for in-house services by Artifact Creative Recycle . Thus was born our first location where the local community could easily access a comfortable, fun and inspirational alterations environment. The community (and you!) is also where the conversations about garment sustainability need to be. Three years later, we are building our team, in our own independent workspace and continuing to educate our clients about how to make their closets more eco-friendly, as well as, produce garments for local designers who strive to be sustainable.
The Hidden Opulence Team
Drea is the entrepreneur & head seamstress behind Hidden Opulence. She loves chatting up clients about ways they can be sustainable while staying unique and always includes a good laugh. Her style gravitates toward silhouettes that are classic, but fabrics are colorful, bright or have unique patterns.
Julia is our newest sewing intern. She primarily spends her time helping with our small batch productions and in-house items. She loves doing orders for vendors because it excites her to know that work she has contributed to is being put out to different places around the world. Julia would describe her style as glamorous and tough; she loves to use all old and used things.
Social Media & Marketing Assistant
Katie is the head Social Media and Marketer at Hidden Opulence. Through her position, she loves extending the businesses mantra of creative sustainability through photos and captions. Her style could be described as being comfortably loud; mixing soft silhouettes and clean lines with bold colors and unusual patterns that can be found through racks and piles of thrifted items.
Anne-Marie is our contract seamstress, helping along with any sewing project that comes in the door. She loves to foster and share the excitement that comes from breathing new life into old garments. Her closet is rife with jumpsuits, jewel tones, tight skirts and hoodies.
Bryan is another of our contract seamsters. Whether it's repairs, alterations or helping with the productions of many of our other products - he can sew it all. Bryan enjoys altering clothing because even if its a simple fix, he enjoys being apart of making a person look and feel well tailored. As for himself, Bryan would describe his style as a mixture of high quality materials with a grungy aesthetic, "muted earth tones with a little pop of bright color is my jam."