The wearable (Henrik Vibskov shirtdresses), the readable (Japanese periodicals) and the wacky (extension cords that look like prayer beads) converge at this small, minimalist boutique for all things cutting edge. 811 E. Burnside St., 503-233-3382, shopstandingup.us
With its jet black walls and trippy light-table display shelves, this shoe shop could double as a disco. To Be Announced glitter booties and Jeffrey Campbell velvet platforms enhance the nightclubby tone. 417 SW 13th Ave., 503-224-3591, solestruck.com
Portlanders who skew more Charlotte Gainsbourg than Carrie Brownstein love this airy boutique’s Parisian-accented designer staples, including Saint James striped tees, Isabel Marant chambray overalls and Repetto ballet flats. 410 SW 13th Ave., 503-223-1998, odessaportland.com
The best of the West is packed into this Mississippi Avenue vintage spot, a converted dance hall featuring a blend of old (’60s Pendleton blankets, ’70s fringe vests) and new (chunky wool socks, Minnetonka moccasins). 4000 N. Mississippi Ave., 503-249-4000
This newly opened spot is an oasis of color and light in a city known for its endless rain. It’s bright and inviting (thanks to its glass garage door facade), and the inventory—almost all of it priced below $200—skews to the exuberant (oversize Azaara rings) and unabashedly feminine (Virginie Castaway keyhole bodice tops).
Packed from floor to ceiling with an astoundingly comprehensive, charmingly discombobulated array of furniture, clothing, and bric-a-brac both old and new, Flutter is akin to the most over-the-top estate sale you could possibly imagine.
The snakeskin-print velvet that jewelry designer Hazel Cox painstakingly glued to the walls of her just-opened space speaks volumes about her quirky, organic, utterly unique aesthetic. In addition to her own line, which includes pendant necklaces made out of fossilized flowers and diaphanous bits of crocheted silk, she’s offering bulbous staghorn plants she grows herself, as well as leashes crafted from handmade rope.
A former designer at Donna Karan and Peter Som, Modi Soondarotok relocated to Portland a couple of years ago to launch her own label, and along the way she opened a boutique. Inside her cozy bungalow in the up-and-coming Northeast District are chic imports from her native Thailand, Jenny Yuen’s slick leather satchels, and the colorful house line of hand-loomed cotton sundresses.
Owner Molly Quan’s training as a graphic designer clearly informed the aesthetic of this six-month-old home and garden retailer. Sculptural succulents are the primary focus here, all of them artfully displayed in sleek ceramic vessels. Unusual birdhouses, dainty bowls made out of tree branches, and vintage pottery round out the mix.