Shopping in Portland, Oregon, is always an adventure for the sartorially minded: one-of-a-kind boutiques and vintage treasure troves are strewn about the city, luring in passersby with their unique, stylish, and often handmade and eco-friendly collections. Fashionista or not, make it a point to check out these stellar shops next time you’re in town.
Selling alternative, handmade styles on historic Hawthorne Boulevard, Altar is the quintessential Portland boutique. Inspired by the spirit and natural surroundings of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, Altar’s selection of clothing and accessories evoke an edgy yet bohemian aesthetic. Hipsters, hippies, and curious minds should plan to stop by for an addition to any eclectic wardrobe.
Altar, 3279 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 236 6120
Amelia Blakeman’s eponymous line is a prominent feature of one of Portland’s most beloved dress shops, but it doesn’t outshine the store’s carefully curation of designers. Amelia’s selection “showcases feminine, vintage style with a modern sensibility” and carries a range of sizing options to fit all body types. The shop’s varied dress collection celebrates “the creativity, craftsmanship, and nostalgic style of America,” making it a must for any fashion lover who finds herself in Portland.
Amelia, 2230 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR, USA, +1 971 544 7492
What began as a mobile shop in 2010 run out of a 1969 Cardinal Deluxe travel trailer by Vanessa and Dan Lurie has since expanded to a storefront (next door to a hair salon that also started in a trailer). Wanderlust features a curated collection of vintage and handmade clothing and accessories as well as home wares. The online store is limited to a selection of the finest vintage, dubbed Wanderlust Couture, so go in person to experience the couple’s sartorial and creative tastes to the fullest.
Wanderlust, 2804 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 473 5228
Sloan Boutique opened its doors in 2006 and now has three locations in the city of Portland, along with a separate shoe store. New arrivals come in multiple times a week, and shoppers love the broad yet affordable range of different styles and shapes, as well as the store’s commitment to superior customer service.
Radish Underground offers a thoughtful selection of local and independent fashion designers, focusing on companies that share a social- and eco-conscious worldview. Ranging from pretty to practical and funny to fun, the store features women’s and men’s clothing and accessories as well as a variety of home goods, care items, and gifts.
Radish Underground, 414 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 928 6435
Sweet Jayne’s careful selection holds individuality in high esteem – which is why the shop only carries six of each item. Twice weekly arrivals keep stocks fresh with a variety of sizes and styles, some of which are locally made. The store’s jewelry, candles, bags, and other accessories, however, are all handmade by Portland-area artists.
Sweet Jayne, 1914 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 281 1366
donna & toots
Named for its founder’s fashionable and eccentric grandmother and great aunt, donna & toots is a unique Portland destination. Offering a quality yet affordable handmade clothing line as well as a selection from local designers, the small store also hosts highly rated sewing classes. Student’s love instructor Suzanne Kraft’s deep knowledge and patience, as well as her wide range of beautiful fabrics.
donna & toots, 3574 SE Division St, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 241 5570
Shining a light on emerging U.S. female designers, Backtalk features a unique selection of handmade or vintage pieces as well as jewelry and artwork. The boutique strives for affordability and ethical production practices, and shoppers love the gorgeous layout and one-of-a-kind finds.
Backtalk, 421 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 477 7144
Connie Codding and Pamela Baker-Miller are the grandmother-and-granddaughter team behind Frances May, a Portland shop, named for Codding’s schoolteacher mother. Her influence reigns through the store’s branding – printing on manila flash cards and library slips – and minimalist interior. Opened in 2008 as a women’s boutique, the business soon expanded its offering to men’s items as well and now features a selection of goods from established and emerging designers.
Frances May, 1003 SW Washington St, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 227 3402
Owned and operated by fashion designer Carla Mink, Mink Boutique offers a range of styles and separates that follow a trendy yet classic, mostly everyday look. Shoppers love Mink’s friendly and helpful sales associates as well as its mix of local designers and commitment to carrying sustainable clothing.
Mink Boutique, 3418 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 232 3500
AVIDD offers affordable and stylish apparel for generations of women. Owner Christin Ayala is almost always on hand to offer friendly service and honest advice on what looks good on her customers. People love the swarm of succulents and soft light in the space and keep coming back to find new treasures to keep and to gift.
AVIDD Boutique, 1100 SE Division St #130, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 206 6549