The genius design duo over at Church & State are throwing down this Friday, with a sample sale of epic proportions. All dresses will be $99 and you know they will be going like hotcakes! Pop by for First Friday fun at 727 SE Morrison St. A mini photography show by everyone’s favorite lady in pink, Ashley Sophia Clark will also be on exhibit. Don’t worry champagne, and the champagne of beers will be provided to round out the evening. See ya there!
My my, that was fast. Wildfang—the clothing store that launched to cater specifically to tomboys*—opened as an online shop back in March. It was clear from the start that there were some big guns backing them up before they launched out the gates. They had a huge following on social networks, a beautifully produced, celeb-studded promo video, and an office full of employees (ask anyone who's ever started a small, independent boutique what their early days looked like, and they'll describe the same thing—wink).
Just five months later—well ahead of schedule—they've opened up their brick 'n' mortar shop location at 1230 SE Grand, and yesterday they hosted the official grand opening of the new space, replete with cascades of paper cranes, a carving wall, and an A-frame, fort-like dressing room.
*Back when I was covering the opening, some commenter or another made a crack about "why don't they just say they're marketing to lesbians?" I think their appeal is clearly broader than that (isn't "tomboy" specific enough?), but they're not not marketing to lesbians either, which is kind of a great move considering that hardly anybody else is.
Downtown's new food/retail indoor/outdoor mini mall (can I call it that?), Union Way, is rapidly announcing the operational status of a stream of new arrivals: Steven Alan led the way on the retail front, joining fancy candy store Quin, and quickly followed by San Francisco-based denim specialists Self Edge, Spruce Apothecary (from the curatorial forces who brought you Canoe!), and a downtown outpost for Danner.
They also just announced on Friday that Little T is opening a bakery in the complex, Boxer Ramen appears well on its way to completion, and it appears that Eugene-based Will Leather Goods might not be too far behind. I do believe this qualifies as an "explosion."
A longtime champion of the RillRill’s now infamous leg chain, I’m always on the lookout for what’s next from designer Katie Freedle—and her fall lookbook does not disappoint. Freedle gave me the scoop saying: “My fall collection consists of even more brass with more angles and a hint of sass. Big hoops, angularly dangerous rings, and fire patinas.” I don’t know about you guys, but a hint of sass is always welcome in my book. The lookbook also features loads of local talent; lovely lingerie from designer Rachel Rector, photographs by Mikola Accuardi, and hair/make-up from Meachell Horton at Red Magnolia Salon. Pick up the latest from RillRill, and the clothing featured throughout at yep, you guessed it Backtalk! Scope the entire lookbook and more from RillRill here.
All summer, the Red Light Clothing Exchange is running a series of $1 sidewalk sales, each benefiting a different local charity. This Sunday is next up, and all the money earned will be going to the Portland Rescue Mission, which has been providing services to the homeless and those suffering from addiction and abuse. (Their web site appears to be down at the moment.) If shopping is on the agenda this weekend (especially if you're going for volume) go nuts on these one-buck bargains and throw a little love at an important local institution.
Drop everything right now! Table of Contents' Spring/Summer 2013 collection is now up to 50% off. You can also take an extra 20% off all sale items in-store and online now through midnight on Wednesday, July 31st. Use code: 20offTOC.
Union Rose, the local retail darling of the Montavilla District, is turning six years old today. To celebrate they will be marking down the entire shop by 25% percent on Saturday only. That is one hell of a deal. Make sure to stop in and wish them a happy birthday while snagging adorable dresses for a steal.
Bring your favorite little rugrats, or pop by for the perfect opportunity to find a little gift for your next baby shower during Black Wagon’s 7th anniversary sale taking place August 8 from 6-9 pm. Featuring an art show by 8-year-old Lev Montague, who has been creating art for as long as he can recall, inspired by his artist father (collective awwww!); a booth art installation where parents and children can snap photos of themselves; and music stylings by Sknny Mrcls. Black Wagon will be showcasing the latest collections from Appaman, Bit’z Kids, and Mini Rodini, and just in time for the upcoming school year, Black Wagon is stocking healthy lunch bags, cutie backpacks, and a wide array of kids' shoes.
And what’s a party without some food, beverages and free swag? Beer for the parents by Humble Brewery, kid friendly snacks from Grand Central Bakery Co., and loads of freebies including Ruby Jewel ice cream, tee shirts, gift certificates, and more! Black Wagon is located in the historic Mississippi District at 3964 N. Mississippi.
Demimonde kicks off their July events today as part of the greater NE Broadway Summer Sale in which the whole Broadway business district will be offering special sales throughout the weekend. The entire store is 10% off, Voluspa 4 oz. candles are buy two get one free, and their imported silk scarves are marked down to $20 each. Next up is a trunk show on July 25th from 6-9PM featuring Katie J. Evans of Hart Variations. Refreshments of course will be served to aid in your shopping enjoyment.
Steven Alan has officially announced their Portland store, in the new Union Way development on SW 11th and Stark. If you've been to New York, you've probably crossed paths with this place: they have 10 locations across Manhattan and Brooklyn, plus a few in LA, San Francisco, and Connecticut, and single standing shops in Atlanta and Boston. As much as chain stores tend to give me the yips, I'm into this. Steven Alan's in-house designs for men, women, and kids are solid and wearable, and almost entirely made in the US.
Outside of their own lines, which are extensive, the Portland location will also carry things from lines like Acne, Band of Outsiders, and Filson, which are all currently available (um like at the Filson store) within a few short blocks—I'd expect to see a bit of brand re-shuffling at your favorite downtown boutiques this fall as a result. They'll also have some local names in there, like Portland Apothecary, Pok Pok (maybe the drinking vinegars?), OLO Fragrances and Takara jewelry. It's projected to be open by this Friday, so have a looky-loo if you're in the neighborhood.
The tiny Demimonde shop (home of the Demimonde line of jewelry, among others, plus tons of curious, often vintage treasures), located around the dangerous corner where Weidler whips into Broadway at 24th avenue, must not be forgotten, however tiny it is. It's too good to lose. Which brings us to this month, when the shop is planning a couple of excuse-making events so you can put something on your calendar to check out the current trove.
For starters, they have a new website, where you can visit them anytime you like, and they're also participating this week in the NE Broadway Summer Sale this Friday-Sunday, when you can promenade the entire business district for a variety of deals. Demimonde specifically is offering 10% off the entire store, a two-for-one deal on Voluspa candles, and imported silk scarves marked down to $20.
Additionally, they are hosting a trunk show on Thursday, July 25 (6-9 pm) for Hart Variations jewelry designer Katie J. Evans:
So there you have it. Consider your excuses given.
We are in the made-up, and kind of threatening sounding "pre-fall" season right now, as you know if retail plays any kind of intimate role in your life (if not, don't worry about it). Shop Adorn has just come out with their pre-fall lookbook to match, called "Darlings" and shot by Lavenda Memory, and until midnight tonight they're offering a chance to win $100 worth of new clothes via a super-easy contest on Instagram. They have clothes for both men and women, and carry popular brands like Prairie Underground and Pendleton's the Portland Collection. Protip: If you're not too concerned about fall yet, there is still plenty of summer gear in shops, and it's all starting to go on sale.
Lingerie news flash! After an impressive 23 years, longtime downtown lingerie shop Jane's Vanity is shutting its physical retail location at 521 SW Broadway in order to concentrate on their online presence, with "capsule collections hand-selected and placed in a variety of different retail locations," plus the promise of increased activity on the trunk/fashion show events front. Citing a tough retail economy and an increase in big box stores downtown, the move is stated as a way to preserve the integrity of the mostly European, mostly really expensive merchandise they specialize in, and while the in-store shopping experience for anything wearable is, as far as I'm concerned, always superior, it's good to know that local shoppers on the site will be able to have their orders come shipping-free. Because it's important to maintain access to stuff like this:
BarFly's annual BBQ anniversary party is many, many things: cheap-o drink specials, free BBQ'd noshings, at least 11 live music performances (including Downtown Elvis), um sno-cones, booze tastings, airbrush art, and a "stripper petting zoo" (I'm pretty sure they pet you, not the other way around), and… a vintage sale! Poppy Fields Vintage will be setting up shop among the sundry hoopla for a po-up shop, so that when you wind up tipsy and sullied with foodstuffs, you will, at least, be fashionably dressed. It goes down this Sunday at the Tonic Lounge from 4 pm-midnight. Rest up!
Imelda's and Louie's: Save 20-70% off including in-season sandals, woman’s and men’s shoes, bags and accessories. Being a new commuter via public transit, long gone are the days of sky high YSLs and mega flatforms—it’s all about the chic yet modest heel height for me. Scope my sale picks below. Oh, and tell your man and man friends to check out the vast selection of cool oxfords and summer trainers on the cheap. Check it out here, sale runs till July 7th.
Solestruck: Ahh Solestruck, I along with many other shoe addicts could just hug you! Take 40% off ALL sale shoes. Hurry, this special offer doesn’t last long (ends today!). As a wise philosopher once said, “Life is short, buy the damn shoes!”
Butterscotch: Head over to East Burnside for a delightful array of candles, paper goods, woman’s clothing, and bits and bobs! Celebrating their 8th anniversary, take 20% off anything over $5. Sale runs till Sunday!
Palace was once just a simple vintage shop, but over the years they have evolved into much more than that, and now offer new clothing and shoes as well as beauty, apothecary, and home items. They are very excited about their evolution and will be celebrating this with a party on Sunday, June 30th from 11 am-7 pm. Highlights include 25% off all of their new inventory, a Made on the Moon sample sale, free bang trims from Windowwall Salon from 3-5 pm, free make-up demos from Alima Pure, a product debut from Portland Apothecary, and a raffle that includes giveaways from Loyly, Olo Fragrance, Canteen, Portland Apothecary, and Windowwall Salon. Refreshments will be provided by Sweedeedee and DJ MSG will be playing calypso and reggae music. It's safe to say that your Sunday plans are pretty much locked in with this event.
Say Say Boutique will be celebrating it's ninth year in business in a big way with a party today. The whole store will be on sale from 11 am-7 pm, and at 3 pm they will be breaking out the bubbly and cupcakes from their neighbor, Saint Cupcake. It's the perfect excuse to check out the shop's latest offerings of independent designers at affordable prices.
There are a bevy of sales happening this weekend as shops mark down their Spring and Summer merchandise. Here are three of them:
On Saturday at Frances May receive 25-40% off.
All weekend at Mink receive 15% off denim and dresses.
Lille's sale is happening now online and at both locations, with up to 40% off Spring stock and up to 80% off older merchandise.
I was bummed to see in the FB news feed that Reunion, one of my favorite adorable little vintage shops over on East Burnside, will be shuttering their doors next month. With their trademark mix of quirky, unusual finds and wardrobe staples at great prices, I thought there would always be a place for Reunion in vintage obsessed Portland, but fuck—what do I know? Of course there's always a silver lining with store closings: the preceding clearance sale. On July 13 at 11 am, all remaining merchandise will be marked down 50%, and all store furniture and appliances will be up for sale, too. There will be live music starting at 7 that evening, and since owners Will Bennet and Tara Swanson live right above the store, they will simultaneously be throwing a garage sale with their roommates. As far as sales go, I think this should deliver lots of good shit.
Shop Adorn is expressing its gratitude to its customers by way of a Customer Appreciation Night tonight from 4-8 pm. Highlights include a gift with purchase and swag bags for the first 15 customers, a free gift with a $50 purchase (draw to win a Butter Nail Polish, Niki Biki Cami, Free People Tights, or $20/$50/$100 gift cards), complimentary cocktails by NW Distillery, and 30% off all Free People items (through SUNDAY)!
Agave, the line of denim and sportswear for men and women that is designed in Portland and manufactured in California, is having a MASSIVE sale today and tomorrow, 9 am-5 pm. Snag items at 40-80% off, and then pat yourself on the back for driving the distance to save all that dough. (The distance being that the sale is in their distribution warehouse in Ridgefield, WA.) If you want to add on to that amazing feeling, bring your gently used jeans to donate to "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" and "The Arc of Clark County" and receive an additional 10% off your purchase. Win fucking win.
This evening from 6-9 pm, Machus will be celebrating the launch of new collections from two Portland jewelry designers: Revere and The Sum. From what I gather, both designers have a strong aesthetic and I am sure we will seeing their wares on the taste-makers of Portland very soon. The launch promises cool displays, good music, and complimentary drinks, of course.
A new boutique has just landed in Portland, and it's one that focuses on organic, recycled, and ethical woman's clothing at affordable prices. Gaia Couture is an organic clothing shop for women who love feeling beautiful and are committed to safeguarding the Earth. They offer silhouettes and styles in organic cotton, bamboo, tencel, wool and other natural and recycled fabrics. In addition to clothing they carry recycled and sustainably made accessories including jewelry, shoes, hats, and bags.
To celebrate their opening Gaia Couture will be hosting a party on Saturday June 8th from 7-9PM, and guests can enjoy snacks and refreshments will browsing through the shop's unique offerings.
Warby Parker Class Trip lives in a school bus currently parked on the corner of NW Glisan and Park Ave. Inside you'll find a wide selection of stylish and affordable glasses that Warby Parker is known for.
If you haven't heard of them, Warby Parker is an online glasses store with an innovative business plan. You order five frames from the website to sample and they send you a package, free of charge, so you can try the frames in your home. Once you've made your selection, you send them back the frames, your prescription, and $95. The frames ship to your home in a couple of weeks! The home try-on program has allowed the customers to enjoy Warby Parker's products, even while they live thousands of miles away from the actual store front in New York.
Except for the last few weeks, when Warby Parker's pop up store has been living in the Pearl District, and where they'll be until Sunday. Hours are 11-7 every day until then. They have a great selection and cozy digs.
Retail anniversary season is in full swing, and this Friday the party is at Rhapsody as they celebrate one year in business with champagne and and lots of exclusive new goods. The event will also mark the the arrival of jewelry line Sahlia's new in store studio space and Ms. Wood's pseudo showroom (designer Alicia Wood is currently distributing exclusively to Rhapsody). Also! The same night the Ford Building, which is home to Rhapsody and lots of other creative businesses, is hosting their quarterly open house, so there's fun to be had all around. Party starts at 5, get deets and RSVP here.
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