EDEN DAWN is an award-winning writer, wardrobe stylist, and entrepreneur from Portland, Oregon. She’s a beloved local personality, often seen performing at storytelling events, sitting on nonprofit advisory boards, chatting through live television segments, emceeing galas, and hosting her own quarterly series “Fashion in Film” at the historic Hollywood Theater.
Known well in the style community for her 11-year tenure as Oregon’s sole fashion editor for Portland Monthly magazine where she covered all facets of the field from hanging out in the glitter-filled closet of Darcelle, the world’s oldest drag queen, to writing pieces on the mismanagement of pandemic unemployment funds for independent designers to styling hundreds of fancy looks in lauded photo editorials. She is the author of the best-selling Portland Book of Dates—a stylish, cheeky, curated guidebook of where the cool kids go, while educating readers on this treasured city.
On the entrepreneurial front, she is the founder and operator of the activism-based nail polish company Claws Outwhere each color donates to a different progressive charity prompting Congresswoman Katie Porter to declare, “Claws Out represents the best of American small business.” The brand was tapped to create the first NBA polish for the Trailblazers and fabricated a custom color for the Elizabeth Warren presidential campaign team.
When she’s not writing or running a growing business, she’s wardrobe styling projects like caftan fashion editorials for Elizabeth Dye or music videos for Portugal the Man and Laura Gibson.
She is married to her frequent collaborator, creative director and illustrator Ashod Simonian. They live in a slightly creaky 100-year-old house in Portland’s Alberta Arts District with their three fluffy cats: Ruby, Daphne, and Foxglove.
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