Kimberlee Allan was born on June 9th, 1982 on a particularly gorgeous day in Yakima, Washington. Just kidding, I am not going to bore you with my life story told all in the third person. That is douchy. Here are the specs that I think you should know about me and what I do.
I have a Bachelors of Arts degree in Art. I moved to Portland in 2004 and have never looked back. I’ve been in the floral industry since 2007, striving to live a humane, socially and eco-conscience life, personally and professionally. My love of the Goodwill Bins is borderline obsessive and I cannot live without the blackest of coffee.
I love what I do. I could say that I create unique and gorgeous arrangements, but that descriptor is what every other florist claims. No florist sets out to make bland and ugly ones (on purpose). What sets me apart is my punk rock heart, don’t mess with the little guy mentality. I create flowers with an edge, a story, and a unique purpose. I’ve never actively followed lackluster industry trends nor have I subscribed to using their toxic products or tired techniques. I’m not programmed to try to fit in, nor do I want to fit in. I want to create what makes me happy and excited. And right now, I am both of those things.
Kimberlee Allan, the Hardcore Florist.
What makes this company “hardcore”?
- Belief in the reduce, reuse, recycle principle.
- Rejecting traditional flower shop nonsense such as using toxic chemicals to make things look pretty.
- I don’t soak stems in a nasty stem preservative nor use flower foam; the latter contains carcinogens such as formaldehyde, carbon black and non biodegradable plastics.
- Thrifting and repurpose as much as possible.
- Buying as locally as I can.
- I actually use my brain to think of new and exciting ideas instead of relying on the tired lackluster trends that the industry pushes out.
- I also don’t design with flowers that I don’t like.
- Lastly, I believe in kicking ass and doing what I love.