North St. Bags Mercury Staff

Like food, music, comedy, and craft beers, Portland is internationally known for being fashion-forward and its local boutiques, which strive for sustainable, eco-friendly style. If you appreciate looking good, don't miss these hot spots.


WOMEN'S FASHION

TOP PICK: Una

The women’s fashion found here is of super-fine quality—but the pieces are also conversation starters, often so exquisite you could nail them to a wall. This is where you go to find clothing that is consistently and literally remarkable. Owner Giovanna Parolari takes a global approach to her selections, with a great representation from Europe (the detail-rich, colorful French-made knits of Catherine Andre are a favorite) mixed with cult-y American lines (A Détacher, Maryam Nassir Zadeh), notable Japanese brands (like Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please), and carefully vetted local designs (Kate Towers, Alexa Stark). 922 SE Ankeny, unanegozio.com

ALSO DON'T MISS:

Stand Up Comedy 

(511 SW Broadway) Boutique shopping meets conceptual art, with the edgiest and most androgynous tendencies in town.

Palace

 (2205 E Burnside) The racks here are helpfully arranged by color, and feature a blend of chic, casual vintage, and new styles.

West End Select Shop

 (927 SW Oak). Relaxed, of-the-moment pieces, with a section devoted to the vintage Levi’s of your dreams.

SHOES

TOP PICK: Halo

Founded in 1999, Halo Shoes is basically the grandfather of Portland’s shoe scene. They’ve stuck it out while other shops have come and gone, and no other specialty shoe store has ever matched them in terms of their combined pedigree and selection. They have Chloés, which will make your heart sing and your bank account shudder, but also moderately priced collections like French clog company Bosabo and American classic Red Wing. Plus their healthy sale section is a goldmine of deep discounts. 938 NW Everett,  haloshoes.com

ALSO DON'T MISS:

Frances May

(1003 SW Washington) Shoes are far from the only thing happening at this bigger-than-average boutique, but the shoe wall is mad-decent: It’s ground zero for Rachel Comey, Common Projects, Robert Clergerie, Acne, Dieppa Restrepo, A.P.C., Golden Goose, and more. 

pedX

 (3806 N Mississippi & 2005 NE Alberta) Lots of clogs and other cute options from brands like Coclico and Tretorn that won’t hit you in the wallet too hard.

Imelda’s & Louie’s 

(3426 SE Hawthorne) Wide, diverse selections for men and women—you’re practically guaranteed to see stuff you love and stuff you hate—plus it’s a good source for stocking up on hosiery.

MEN’S FASHION

TOP PICK: Machus

Machus is a store some might find polarizing. While men may not agree with all of their lines, the large selection of John Elliott and Won Hundred are definitely on point and will keep you coming back for more. Plus Machus has its own line of T-shirts and sweatshirts, which are washed with a silicon finish that makes them extra soft—like a vintage tee. 542 E Burnside, machusonline.com

ALSO DON'T MISS:

Compound

 (107 NW 5th) Here’s what you’ll get at Compound: Herschel backpacks, a selection of sneakers you won’t find at the Nike store, and a whole floor filled with UNDFTD and Stüssy. The store also has its own line of tees, jackets, hats, and more that are made in Portland proper, and they’re unisex!

Danner

 (1022 W Burnside). The place to shop for bearded men who use pomade. We’re saying that as fans.

Animal Traffic

(various locations, see animaltrafficpdx.com) Carrying lines like Schott, Filson, and Red Wing, this new and vintage store makes men’s lives easier if they’re in need of something new and hip to wear, with great customer service, too.

VINTAGE

TOP PICK: Palace

This is one of the first vintage stores of its kind in Portland, and features a highly curated selection that blends in lifestyle components from featured independent manufacturers. Palace seems to imbue the entire store with a unique vision, which makes it a really special store with lots of beautiful things. 2205 E Burnside, palacestore.com

ALSO DON'T MISS:

Red Light Clothing Exchange

 (3590 SE Hawthorne) Arguably the most famous vintage store in Portland with an ample stock for men and women.

Artifact

(3630 SE Division) A great selection of vintage clothing, originals, and oddball thing-a-majigs and doo-dads you won’t find anywhere else.

Workshop Vintage 

(4011 N Williams) Beautifully curated vintage apparel and accessories with some killer handmade goods as well.

JEWELRY

TOP PICK: Gem Set Love 

They have a HUGE selection of vintage and new engagement rings and wedding bands, and their knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you find that perfect ring you will wear every day for however long you happen to be married. They also have an equally huge selection of constantly rotating vintage and antique jewelry, as well as selections from small studio designers. 720 NW 23rd, gemsetlove.com

ALSO DON'T MISS:

Altar 

(3279 SE Hawthorne). This shop has so many different kinds of jewelry—everything from understated and pretty to big and witchy.

Betsy & Iya 

(2403 NW Thurman). A longtime staple in the Portland jewelry scene, they make all of their jewelry in the back of their store and carry accessories and jewelry from other curated brands.

Oko

(811 E Burnside, #113) Ranging from minimal to ornate jewelry designs, don’t miss their ceramics, wall art, and housewares.

BAGS

TOP PICK:  Black Star Bags 

This is the place for all of your waterproof bike bags needs, and they make everything in-house. 2033 SE Hawthorne, blackstarbags.com

ALSO DON'T MISS:

Queen Bee

 (3961 N Williams) Another great place to get locally produced, waterproof bike bags, but of the more feminine variety. They also carry diaper bags from their offshoot Chickpea Baby brand.

North St. Bags

(2716 SE 23rd) Yet another in-house-produced waterproof bike bag brand, which also sells great duffels, laptop cases, tool rolls, and pouches.

Blaqpacks

(2505 SE 11th) Still not finding what you need? Blaqpacks water-proof, Portland-made bags are extremely popular and definitely worth a look.