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Sewing the Magic Behind Portland Center Stage Costuming, like any dark art done well, is magic to the casual observer. Costumes spontaneously appear on stage—marvelous, fully formed—and then they’re gone. Enchanted by the actors’ performances and enveloped in a fantasy, theatergoers rarely consider how costumes are made. The work of a costumer is almost always

Autumn Accents

Up your style game this fall with these must-have accessories. Iris Apfel, the legendary nonagenarian style icon and subject of a documentary about her flamboyant taste in accessories, puts it this way: “More is more and less is a bore.” Put that motto to the test this fall with modish musts from four neighborhood shops

Gem Setting

A new Pearl boutique fuses its owner’s passion for fashion and art. Among the stylish shops along 12th Avenue, Anne Bocci Boutique and Gallery (416 NW 12th Ave, 503-313-2839) shines as brilliantly as the radiant works of gemstone jewelry inside. But there’s more to this refined retailer than sparkling sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and moonstones. You’ll

Swag Bag

A fun new app turns the Pearl District into a scavenger hunt for great deals at shops, restaurants, bars, and other neighborhood businesses. The Pearl District Business Association recently partnered with the fast-growing local marketing and advertising technology company SWAG’R to launch an app that aims to revolutionize the way consumers and businesses throughout the

Anne Bocci Featured in New Boutique Guide

Portland Fashion Institute (PFI) has published the first-ever guide to Portland area boutiques. Entitled “boutique guide: Portland,” the book features 34 shops that sell clothes and accessories from local, independent designers. “Every week someone calls our school asking where they can shop to buy from local designers,” says Portland Fashion Institute (PFI) director Sharon Blair. 

A Flair to Remember

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,, a Pearl clothier decked out top to bottom with eye-catching threads designed by noted fashion creatives. From one-of-a-kind hand-dyed

Urbane Renewal

Local stylist Scarlet Chamberlin sorts through her clients’ closets, takes them to discerning boutiques, and ultimately empowers them to look—and feel—their best.  By Eden Dawn / Photos by Ashley Anderson Her new pristine white studio oozes chic. The Chinatown loft Scarlet Chamberlin uses to conduct luxurious private wardrobe sessions with clients boasts soaring ceilings. Sunshine

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Fashion Fit

Sportswear for the polished player When it comes down to it, Portland is more “practice” than “preen.” Portlanders adore their yoga. They also love to toss running shoes into their bag so they can catch a jog at lunch. After work they delight in riding bikes to grab a craft cocktail or frothy local microbrew.

Pearl Fashion Picks – Fall 2016

Scarlet Chamberlin regularly works with local boutiques to come up with the right look for her clients. Here’s what she loves about four Pearl fashion go-tos. Echo Natural Beauty  909 NW Everett Street 503-805-4074 “Echo is a place where any gal can find a gift for herself or a girlfriend. The thing I recommend most often

Mabel & Zora Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Live Fashion Installation and Shopping Event Kickoff Anniversary Celebration Local women’s clothing store, Mabel & Zora ( 748 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR) celebrates 10 years this spring with the exclusive premier of the Tiffany Bean Summer collection in their beautiful, newly remodeled shop. Offering an international variety of carefully curated designer lines, Mabel &

Boutique Chic

Eight local shops on our fall fashion radar. Text by Eden Dawn // Photos by Amy Ouellette Rachelle M. Rustic House of Fashion Find 100-year-old barn-wood shelves lining the walls, roughhewn floors, an eight-foot tower of rain boots, and an Americana vibe at this fetching 12th Avenue shop (feature image above). Heading into their second

Fashion Futures

Five Questions with Tito Chowdhury, founder of the exciting FashioNXT Show FashioNXT ( is held Oct. 7–10 in the Pearl. Text by Eden Dawn / Photos by Jessica Keaveny What inspired you to create FashioNXT? I created it after executive-producing and building up Portland Fashion Week—ranked in Time magazine as no. 1 in the United States after New

Fashion Framework

When it comes to elevating eyewear to art, two Pearl businesses stand out. These purveyors of handmade frames from cutting-edge boutique designers can fine-tune your look, whether you rock fire engine–red vintage glasses, lounge behind chunky frames made of record vinyl, or prefer a willowy stainless-steel design.

FlairWalk is Moving On Up in the Pearl

After a successful run at their original location, FlairWalk Boutique has moved to a larger retail space on fashionable Northwest 12th Avenue in the Pearl. Now you’ll find even more of the fashion that FlairWalk has become famous for.


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