Laundry PDX Kathleen Marie / Mercury Staff

Given Portland’s reputation as a passionate sports city, it comes as no surprise that the retail landscape echoes this enthusiasm. While the PTFC Authentics and Rip City Clothing Co. team shops located inside Providence Park and the Moda Center offer a reliable range of officially licensed Timbers, Thorns, and Trail Blazers gear, venturing out into the city is your best bet for tracking down something truly special.

The Soccer City USA and Bridgetown Basketball lines from local designer Grafletics (1620 SE Clayborne) have quickly become the go-to for fans of Rip City. You’ve probably seen the popular “People’s Choice: Lillard-McCollum 2020” tee worn around town, and the rest of their offerings are just as eye-catching if you’re a Timbers, Thorns, or Blazers fan looking to rep your team’s colors without looking like an oversized Care Bear in the process.

Far Post Soccer Supply (825 SW 14th) and Possession FC (1418 SW Morrison) are two soccer-specific outposts located a stone’s throw from Providence Park. While Far Post specializes in soccer gear made to be worn on the pitch, they also stock a wide selection of the latest authentic jerseys and shirts from around the world. Possession FC carries soccer-related posters and artwork, along with a curated selection of books and magazines chronicling the sport. They also take pride in being the only US retailer to carry products from European designer COPA Football, so if you’re in the market for retro jerseys, jackets, and sweatshirts recalling the past eras of club and country teams, make this your first stop.

You could spend all weekend scouring Portland’s many vintage and thrift stores in hopes of finding a Minnesota Twins 1991 World Series T-shirt, vintage Blazers hat, or obscure European soccer kit, but there’s no need when vintage sportswear boutiques like Laundry PDX (140 NW 4th), GOAT Sports & Street Style (7834 SE 13th), and Decades of Dope (204 SE Alder) exist. Much like a great record store, recent arrivals are set aside to make it easy for regulars to keep tabs on new offerings, while wall displays and ceiling hangers highlight the cream of the crop. Sprinkled in among racks of shirts, jerseys, hats, and jackets from both college and professional teams, you’ll find assorted memorabilia, including sports-related action figures, prints and posters, enamel pins, and pint glasses. While each business offers its own distinct take on the concept, all three share a common goal in uniting fans in their love and memories of teams and players from bygone eras.

Laundry PDX Kathleen Marie / Mercury Staff