Portland Shopping Guide

Mississippi Avenue & Lower East Burnside


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Amalee

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).
909 N. Beech St., 503-282-2118, amaleeboutique.com

Flutter

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. On a recent trip we obsessed over a beaver top hat from the 1800s as well as an enormous Victorian-style birdcage (which was appropriately propped with eight live, cheerfully chirpy finches).
3948 N. Mississippi Ave., 503-288-1649, flutterclutter.com

hazel grayslayer

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.
811 E. Burnside St., Ste. 114, 503-236-8919

Idom

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.
1600 NE Alberta St., 503-477-6818, idomdesigns.com

Life + Limb

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.
1716 E. Burnside St., 503-233-4738

lille boutique

Housed in a gracious, early '1900s edifice, formerly a dance studio, this lingerie shop is replete with the most amazing collection of floaty, feminine underthings from all over the world. Items are arranged in old steamer trunks and antique armoires, and the furniture is for sale, too. Our favorite items: Paris-based Elise Aucouturier's exquisite Calais-lace bralettes and an array of dead-stock silk stockings.
1007 E. Burnside St., 503-232-0333, lilleboutique.com

Olio United

Situated in Portland's eastside Warehouse District, this cavernous newcomer is a mini department store, carrying clothing for women, kids, and men, as well as housewares. The theme here is environmentally and socially conscious design, and it extends to everything in the shop, from Covet's knit dresses spun from soybean fiber to Form and Fauna's insanely comfortable flats lined with recycled yoga mats.
1028 SE Water Ave., 503-542-5000, oliounited.com

stand up comedy

These former art-world insiders (who met while working at Minneapolis' Walker Art Center) opt for a curatorial approach, focusing on the coolest on-the-cusp clothing and accessories from Europe and America. The intimate space is deliberately spare; there's nothing to distract from the unusual finds within, from leather carryalls shaped like disposable grocery bags to Staerk's alluring satin shifts in bright lipstick hues.
811 E. Burnside St., Ste. 111, 503-233-3382, shopstandingup.us

Una

It would be easy to overlook owner Giovanna Parolari's tiny and unassuming-from-the-outside spot, but Una, with its expertly edited supply of forward-thinking (but still totally wearable) clothing, shouldn’t be missed. Inside we came across familiar names like Gary Graham and Vena Cava and discovered rising talents like Istanbul-based Banubora, whose asymmetrical orange silk dresses have us particularly obsessed.
2802 SE Ankeny St., 503-235-2326, una-myheartisfull.com