Anika Caldwell started Ankor in 2015 out of her house in NE Portland. While working full time, (for several years) she would spend her nights and weekends dedicated to growing her business into what it is today. Some call this a side hustle, to her it was following her dream of one day operating her own business in the community. This woman owned small business is dedicated to offering specialty sewing services, with a one-on-one design approach. Anika brings heart and soul into every project detail from the beginning. She focuses on helping others find the best materials and making each piece shine.
Aside from fabricating custom marine canvas and cushions, Ankor has been busy creating van interior cushions, helping outdoor patio space re-designs and works closely with architects and interior designers upholstery needs in commercial settings. Ankor's mission is to provide sewing services spanning from repairs to fully fabricate industrial strength covers for outdoor uses that require water resistance and uv protection. The company can source many suitable fabrics for any environment. Find inspiration in the world around you and bring that idea to life!
Owner/ Fabricator Anika Caldwell hails from Portland, OR. She loves being around the water, outdoors and is very active in the local sailboat racing. After obtaining her BA in Graphic Design, working in the marine trades industry, her interest in patternmaking and designing with fabric became her focus. Her past roles in production and manufacturing for local companies ended in 2017 as she transitioned into running her own sewing studio full time. Her detail oriented approach and natural ability to problem solve makes her a true collaborator and craftsperson at heart!
Having the privilege to work with a unique community of makers and artists over the years has strengthened the path for relationships with local businesses and collaborating opportunities all around the pacific northwest region! Boats have used her gear to travel the high sees to Alaska, Hawaii, California, Mexico and the Caribbean. Her involvement in the Portland and Seattle sailing community has strengthened long standing relationships in the boating industry and beyond. Producing gear and products people will enjoy and rely on daily is truly the most rewarding part of her job, as well as collaborating with so many wonderful and unique people!