A Flair to Remember

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With its own new clothing line and bespoke tailored-dress services, a Pearl boutique raises Portland’s fashion profile.

Both stylish visitors from all over the world and modish Portlanders appreciate FlairWalk (402 NW 12th Ave, 503-222-7750, flairwalk.com), a Pearl clothier decked out top to bottom with eye-catching threads designed by noted fashion creatives. From one-of-a-kind hand-dyed silk scarves to intricate jewelry and locally produced clothes, the hip boutique filters the best of Stumptown for fashionistas. Additionally, you’ll find pieces by internationally renowned designers, including Trina Turk, Desigual, Tracy Reese, and Milly.

“I love color, design, fabric, and clothes,” says owner Sara Weinstein. “But really I love creating clothes that make women feel good.”

FlairWalk, which opened its brick-and-mortar store three years ago and won the Pearl District Business Association award for best emerging retailer in 2015, debuted its eponymous clothing line last June. Weinstein is clearly on a roll, having also recently announced she’ll soon become just the second retailer in the country to carry Maria Pavan, a gorgeous new knitwear line from Brazil.

Her locally produced FlairWalk collection integrates spirited patterns and sumptuous fabrics into classic designs that flatter every kind of figure. Hallmark pieces include the FlairWalk batwing floral dress with gracefully patterned, diaphanous silk layered over a simple silk tank dress. And the collection’s wrap dresses, which are a basic wardrobe staple for many, stand out for their eye-catching patterns and colors, not to mention interesting flourishes in the sleeve length and sash.

“I love color, design, fabric, and clothes. But really I love creating clothes that make women feel good.”

If you appreciate a perfectly custom-tailored dress, FlairWalk also has that covered. Weinstein partners with acclaimed Portland designer Wendy Ohlendorf. Starting around $750, her bespoke dresses require at least four to six consultations, and the end product is a gorgeous and wearable piece of art. Depending on the client’s needs, availability of fabric, pre-existing orders, fit requirement, and complexity of design, the finished custom dress can take anywhere from three weeks to six months.

In the back of the store, FlairWalk Junior is a small gallery of toys and baby clothes so cute you’ll want to eat them. Before she fulfilled her dream of opening FlairWalk, Weinstein was a product representative for 15 years, and she specialized in toys. With her discerning eye, she’s curated heaven for baby shower-goers and parents.

But if you go in to FlairWalk looking for an adorable onesie, just be warned that you may leave donning a much bigger purchase, perhaps one of the boutique’s smashing dresses that so capture the Pearl District’s chic vibe. —Ellee Thalheimer

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