Our Story


APORTA Shop began as a designer textile, knitwear and accessories company called APORTA Textiles in 2012 in Chicago, IL. Founded by artist|designer, Noelle Sharp, APORTA has been fueled by excellence in craftsmanship and quality of living.

Through Sharp's travels and her collaborative design work she has connected with incredible artists and designers.

APORTA fibers are handpicked to ensure all products are of the highest caliber. APORTA honors the tradition of honest, hard work.

Local resources and artisans. APORTA believes you deserve to use surround yourselves with exceptionally fine crafted products.



Owner Noelle Sharp comes from a long line of store owners and small businesses on both sides of her parents. Her great, great, great grandfather Stephen a’Porta opened Cafe a’Porta in 1788 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The cafe continued throughout 100's of years and the building still says a’Porta on the outside. The oil painter Vilhelm Rosenstand created a painting called “Outside the Café A Porta, Copenhagen” by 1882.

Her grandmother Florence a’Porta left Denmark after living through the Nazi occupation of Denmark, World War 2 and came to America for a better life. She spoke no English, took the boat from Denmark to New York then a train from New York to California, by herself. When Sharp started her textile company in Chicago in 2011 she changed the spelling of their Danish family name for her business to APORTA as Americans have an easier time pronouncing it that way.


Noelle Sharp

When not traveling owner Noelle Sharp lives and work in Missoula, Montana. She freelances as a Creative Consultant and runs a studio art practice