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 year (during which they launched a second location at Bridgeport Village), owner Rachelle Wild says autumn inventory is all about “lux basics,” including ponchos from Pendleton and Ryan Michael, sharing space with waxed white denim and patterned tights.
132 NW 12th Ave // 971-319-6934 // rachellem.com
Notable designer names—à la Tracy Reese, Milly, and Yoana Baraschi—in bright patterns and figure-hugging silhouettes hang from the walls of FlairWalk, where owner Sara Weinstein happily offers shopping assistance to her on-the-go gal clientele. What’s she pushing for fall? “Jumpsuits are back this season in a big way, and they’re comfortable and flattering,” she says. “Like a long dress or skirt, jumpsuits are lengthening to the eye and create a look with more height.”
1023 NW 11th Ave // 503-222-7750 // flairwalk.com
Fashions come and go at Silkwood, but some things never change. One of those is owner Sandy Varzarschi’s belief that soft, cozy, and affordable are qualities of the highest style priority. To this end, Varzarschi just scored two Denmark lines, Vero Moda and Noisy May, known for their feminine lines with just a bit of edge (and with most pieces from both lines clocking in at under $99). Pair their threads with Silkwood’s collection of hats, scarves, and gloves on the chilly nights to come.
809 NW 11th Ave // 503-208-3787 // silkwood.us
Shoe and purse lovers rejoice at Consigning Women’s Pearl location, where—at 50–75 percent of typical market price—accessories like Christian Louboutin pumps and Prada flats live alongside handbags from Marc Jacobs and Coach. Considering the ever-rotating inventory that relies upon customer participation, the best way to keep up with what’s on the shelves is to visit frequently.
412 NW 11th Ave // 503-384-2763 // consigningwomyn.com
Mabel & Zora
Owner Tiffany Bean channeled her love of Doris Day into her womenswear boutique that shimmers with jewel-toned shift dresses, bold baubles, and bright prints that would make Day herself giddy. Beyond the national names, such as Lily Pulitzer and Trina Turk, Bean designs her own house line of feminine and flattering pieces. “There’s a lot of black and gray done really well this fall,” she says. “You know how much we love our black and gray in Portland, so it’s great to see these colors in some fresh shapes.”
748 NW 11th Ave // 503-241-5696 // mabelandzora.com
The curated, high-fashion taste level in Sabina Kupillas’s Everett Street shop comes from her novel-worthy life of having been raised in high-society Moscow, and years spent in both Israel and New York City. The cumulative effect of an international life drives Kupillas to offer items that go beyond traditional Portland style. This season she adds tried-and-true designers like Rebecca Minkoff and Diane von Furstenberg to a mix that includes names like Ted Baker and Rachel Zoe.
921 NW Everett St // 503-241-4921 // sabinasstyle.com
For 12 years, Physical Element has been the city’s go-to for styles that are avant-garde, minimalist, and modern. Owner Jo Carter continues the tradition with new pieces of comfy boiled wool and felted shrugs from Japanese brand Moyuru and fashion-forward silhouettes from Italian line Nuovo Borgo. On the local side, Carter just added Portland designer Jason Calderon and his line West Daily to the blend, including a Physical Element exclusive kimono-inspired jacket.
416 NW 12th Ave // 503-224-5425 // physicalelement.com
Nestled beside Lovejoy Bakers, upscale jewelry boutique Alchemy specializes in the bold and unusual, such as Temple St. Clair’s brightly colored gemstones, Assael’s stunning pearls, and Alex Šepkus’s mosaic masterpieces. Brooke Hart, one of Alchemy’s in-house designers, says shoppers can find rustic finishes and large chains this fall, alongside asymmetrical earrings and bespoke baroque pieces.
1022 NW Lovejoy St // 503-227-8373 // alchemyjeweler.com