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Britt Howard is the Owner & Founder of Portland Garment Factory (PGF), an award-winning, full-service soft goods manufacturing company bridging design and production with experiential marketing installations, soft sculpture, high-end custom garments and more. When Britt launched PGF in 2008 at age 25, she was looking for a way to make things for herself—mainly sculpture and clothing—while cultivating a creative artists’ hub. By 2020, with Britt’s leadership, PGF held numerous awards for their work, and a portfolio boasting clients including: Nike, Intel, Adidas, Portland Art Museum, Wieden+Kennedy, and Tillamook, among others.
Britt is passionate about sustainable business practices; PGF is a zero waste, B Corp and Climate Neutral Certified company. When the long-standing previous PGF location was burned down by an arsonist in Spring 2021, Britt embraced the challenge to rebuild and move forward with bigger projects in mind. Portland Garment Factory’s new 10,000 square foot location allows Britt and her team to create innovative sculptures, retail installation work, and custom high-end projects, utilizing all facets of soft sculpture technique. A lifelong entrepreneur and activist, Britt Howard brings an artist’s perspective and deep knowledge of manufacturing to an industry better known for production than creative problem solving and sustainable practices.
Britt is involved in social infrastructure and community aid, and sits on the board of Business for a Better Portland (BBPDX) and Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), where she directly engages with community issues. A lifelong supporter of people following their dreams, Britt lives by her own personal motto: Do whatever you want ™ and she thinks you should too.