The Stylish Traveler’s Guide to Shopping in Portland
The city of heritage workwear and hand-loomed blankets ups the ante on artisanal wares, from soap made of French clay to local buckwheat-blossom honey. The city's retailers are also proud purveyors of luxury fare turned on its head, including perfume that smells like tobacco and wood and Binchotan charcoal "facial puffs."
Milk Milk Lemonade
Olo Fragrance shows up in boutiques from Denver to Helsinki, but you’ll get the best selection at the brand’s loftlike flagship, on a quiet stretch of Southeast Belmont Street. Founder Heather Sielaff takes inspiration from the Pacific Northwest when creating her scents: the Erastus perfume is redolent of tobacco and wood, while Wyeth has notes of pine resin and moss. As you might expect, it’s all blended on site. You can also shop for delicate gold and silver jewelry from lines like Dream Collective and expertly curated Japanese finds, including Binchotan charcoal facial puffs and tea bags for the bath.
Beam & Anchor
This 6,750-square-foot industrial space offers a quirky assortment of items: Tom Dixon candles, soap made of French clay by Midnight Collective, and Bee Local buckwheat-blossom honey. Worth shipping home are the Navajo rugs and Eames chairs reupholstered in fabric from Oregon’s Pendleton Woolen Mills.
Will Leather Goods
The newest location from this Eugene, Oregon–based outfitter known for its satchels is set in a century-old house in upscale Nob Hill. The cellar-level store-within-a-store, Found, sells Indian kantha-quilt totes and vintage belts.
At this Pearl District shop, everything is produced locally, including teak sunglasses from Shwood, screen-printed R.E.M. posters by Crash America, and guitars by Pledger.