Portland Shopping Trip

Pearl District


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Canoe

With its emphasis on natural materials and clean lines, this airy home accessories boutique feels like the type of place you'd come across in Stockholm—designery and modern yet really fun. For gift-giving, Canoe proves exceptionally spot-on with its satisfying range of special-but-practical items, like Pendleton's classic striped wool blankets and delicate glass bud vases made in Japan.
1136 SW Alder St., 503-889-8545, canoeonline.net

Hermitage

We love the low-key approach of this housewares emporium: Owner Jennifer June deftly mixes mint-condition vintage finds with pieces from emerging designers, and everything feels one-of-a-kind. The shop is most well-known, though, as a resource for gorgeous, statement-making wallpaper, from Louise Body's elaborate lace-print designs to New Orleans-based Flavor Paper's art nouveau-inspired styles.
1024 N 19th Ave., 503-241-2399

liza rietz and a broken spoke

An unlikely venture from two beloved local designers, this tiny storefront is at once boutique, showroom, and bespoke tailor. Though the stock is inherently disparate (Liza Rietz makes womenswear, while partner John Blasioli produces men's clothing), the two both offer impeccably crafted styles, rotating in a small range of fresh options each week. Every piece is made to measure, the service is truly custom—if you’d prefer a different fabric or color, it’s no problem—and the prices (around $200 for a dress) are incredibly low for goods this lovingly handmade.
2305 NW Savier St., 503-459-4292, lizarietz.com

mario's and mario's 3.10

The flagship location of this art-filled, family-run megastore/minichain (there's a second branch in Seattle) teems with hot-off-the-runway goods by Lanvin, Jil Sander, and Bottega Veneta. For equally stylish labels that are a bit gentler on the wallet, check out the Mario's 3.10 spin-off a few miles away: It's an excellent resource for contemporary brands like M Missoni and Earnest Sewn.
Mario's: 833 SW Broadway, 503-227-3477, marios.com; Mario's 3.10: Bridgeport Village, 17031 SW 72nd Ave., Tigard, 503-601-7310

Moulé

With its mile-high ceilings and chalk white walls, this sprawling Pearl District outpost of a swiftly growing Canadian chainlet has the bones of a stunning, modern loft. Equally impressive is its all-encompassing inventory, which runs the gamut from Oliver Hemming's bright silver teakettles to an endless stream of perfectly cut basics by Michelle Mason, Biba, and Rag & Bone.
1225 NW Everett St., 503-227-8530, moulestores.com

Nolita

A sister shop to a Missoula, Montana, favorite, this loft-like clothier is dedicated to jeans and pared-down, citified separates. The denim bar features every conceivable wash and cut, while the racks are brimming with mostly neutral wear-them-forever pieces by the likes of Rhys Dwfen and Mike & Chris.
923 NW 10th Ave., 503-274-7114, nolitaonline.com

Odessa

Los Angeles transplant Susan Tompkins was one of the original pioneers of the Portland fashion scene, opening her first boutique more than a decade ago. Her edgy-but-elegant taste is reflected in her current roster of lines like Opening Ceremony and Daryl K.
410 SW 13th Ave., 503-223-1998, odessaboutique.com

Seaplane

Amazing when it comes to supporting local talent, Seaplane carries clothing and accessories from more than 40 Portland-based designers. We were especially taken with Leanimal's soft, ballet-hued bubble-hemmed dresses and Kate Towers' handstitched tees with ruffles at the neckline.
827 NW 23rd Ave., 503-234-2409, e-seaplane.com

The English Dept.

This shop is half bridal atelier, specializing in beautiful-but-decidedly-non-princessy wedding gowns, and half cocktail-dress purveyor. Along with trusted labels like Twinkle by Wenlan and Mint Jodi Arnold, be on the lookout for owner Elizabeth Dye's eponymous line of glam partywear made of lush brocades and chiffons; and check back often for new additions, which trickle down from her upstairs workshop every few days.
1124 SW Alder St., 503-224-0724