Alas, you can't win them, and when the Portland location of Seattle men's clothing stalwart Blackbird quietly closed its doors at the end of December, it chipped away at what has been a recent (and arguably overdue) surge in men's-focused boutiques. It also freed up a spot in the primo Black Box building, which perfectly straddles the downtown/West End and Pearl District shopping districts, so it's no surprise that there's already a new neighbor moving in: Reveille! I think this is a great move for the store, whose mix of serious vintage and chic lines like Opening Ceremony and Alice by Temperley was perhaps a little too cool for NW 23rd. (Plus if their customers follow them down the road, they might sprinkle a little more of that West Hills money on the rest of their Black Box brethren.) Many times I've been asked by visitors from out of town where else they should check out while standing in places like Frances May or Yo Vintage!, and Reveille is always the one I mention that isn't wildly convenient. Happily, that's about to change, with move-in slated for mid-February. Huzzah.
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