It's a funny thing growing up. Even if you don't have your sights on a career, that weird late teens/early 20s era of semi-direction can end up ushering you down a corridor that becomes your accidentally grown-up life. The story of Denwave is something like that.

Now one of Portland's favored boutiques, Denwave's roots go back to a now-defunct studio space called Gallery 1914. It was there that the idea came, very loosely, to "have a shop," and the tiny consignment boutique of screenprinted shirts, accessories, and other odds and ends known as FIX was born.

Two years ago, with a greater sense of purpose, Genevieve Dellinger and Hazel Cox emerged from FIX and together moved into the now-bustling strip of stores at 811 E Burnside to found Denwave. This weekend marks the second anniversary of Denwave, a perfect excuse to appreciate the ways they've developed into a singular presence in Portland's landscape.

Having moved away from the sometimes-unreliable consignment approach, Dellinger and Cox carry their own designs (both will be featured in the Mercury's upcoming spring fashion show), as well as popular lines like Obey. The store also offers a careful selection of harder-to-find lines from around the world, particularly the fruits of their latest endeavor: sourcing out wearable, casual, but well-tailored clothing for men.

"It's really hard to hone in on guys' stuff that isn't skate oriented," notes Dellinger, who nonetheless can rattle off a number of intriguing lines that include MoonblooD, Caste, the Breed, ADD, Makin Jan Ma, plus high-top sneakers from Common Projects.

Of course women never go without their fair share at Denwave, and they'll be just as happy as the guys to see that the store is now carrying Cheap Monday jeans. And fans of Cox's jewelry designs will be anxious to see Ashes to Ashes, her foray into home décor set to hit shelves in the next few weeks.

Come celebrate Denwave's birthday with a First Friday party, and a huge sale all weekend long. Plus you should dash up the street for a preview party of soon-to-be-open lingerie boutique Lille (1007 E Burnside), also during First Friday. (Fri April 6, 6-9 pm, champagne, cupcakes, and shopping with DJs M. Quiet and Philip Sherburne, sale Friday through Sunday with 25-75 percent off everything)

What ever happened to Jeans Dean?: marjorie@portlandmercury.com