I love the hauntingly dreamy Erdem pre-fall 2015 collection by Erdem Moralioglu. His designs are always so glamorous, but somehow feel accessible. The way he plays with textiles and layers is always a thrill. It’s so clear that Moralioglu has so much respect for history, embroidery, other classic crafts and the work that goes into creating fabric and shapes that are truly special. Plus, he just seems to understand shapes that are flattering on a lot of body types. I think my favorite is that long, belted floral dress — it just glides. I’ve also been a fan of oxfords paired with pretty dresses forever. More Erdem HERE.
Images courtesy of Erdem.
I’m pretty in love with the Band of Outsiders pre-fall 2015 collection. I’ve actually been enjoying a lot of the pre-fall collections even more than the majority of what I’ve seen for spring so far. Maybe it’s because the pre-fall collections feel seasonally appropriate for spring in Portland. And winter. I’ve been going sock-free 90% of the time since last March. Maybe most the year feels like pre-fall? Just kidding — summer really is pretty hot here now. Anyways, this collection is beautiful and I’m thrilled to see more structure and tailoring. The blazers are perfect and I love that pretty yellow paisley fabric. Band of Outsiders’ designer Scott Sternberg was inspired by 1970s Malibu and Joan Didion — very cool. More HERE.
Images courtesy of Band of Outsiders.
Ooooh ooh ooh… the Ulla Johnson pre-fall 2015 collection is as dreamy as Ulla’s designs always are. My favorites are the pretty floral maroon dress, fringy sweaters, jumpsuit and white eyelet dress. I’ve also always liked that bellbottom sailor pants style, but I think very few people can really pull them off in a laissez-faire, chic way. More Ulla Johnson HERE.
Images courtesy of Ulla Johnson
Entering the new Palace space on East Burnside for the first time the word that immediately came to mind was, appropriately enough, ‘palatial’. You’d never guess that owner Charlotte Wenzel just moved into the new space in late October because the interior feels so perfectly put together with beautiful art on the walls, fantastic displays throughout, and a veritable jungle of plants livening things up. Palace covers just about all the shopping needs you could have — new and vintage clothing, shoes, accessories, housewares, books, stationery, notebooks, magazines, records, skincare, cosmetics, pantry items and much more.
I gravitated towards the clothing first and was quite impressed with the vintage offerings of seasonally appropriate wool, leather, and corduroy coats, dreamy sweaters, and beautiful silk kimonos — I can just imagine how elegant it would feel to sip my morning tea with one of those embroidered, brightly-colored beauties on! Mixed in with the vintage, I found a great selection of both modern and bohemian items from Ace & Jig, Edith A. Miller, Prairie Underground, Colorant, Hansel from Basel and THVM denim. Also on hand, Palace has Aigle rubber boots for both men and women in all the sizes to keep your feet dry in style.
Once you’ve outfitted yourself, it’s time to show some love to your home. With a wide variety of objets d’art, baskets, ceramics, throws and linens on hand, you’ll have no trouble finding that missing piece for yourself and perfect gifts for friends and family. My favorites were the Sunbeam beeswax candles, Kontex towels from Japan, and the cheeky ‘boob’ pillow cases from Gravel & Gold. Foodies will be impressed with Palace’s collection of Royal Rose syrups, honey from Le Parfait and Heavenly, preserves from Smiley, Mumm’s sprouting seeds, a large selection of cookbooks, and even a small selection of wine.
There’s so much more in store as you encounter the large display of skincare offerings from natural brands like Red Flower, Fat & The Moon, Kate’s Magik, Weleda, Acure, Aster & Bay, Skin Owl and many, many more. Any skincare need you may have will definitely meet it’s match here. Alima Pure cosmetics, OLO fragrances and Butter London nail polishes are lovely when getting dolled up.
Palace also carries a wonderful selection of ceramic, beaded, and woven jewelry alongside pieces from local makers Tiro Tiro and Hazel Cox. I can’t help envisioning retiring back home after a party or long day at work, removing your beautiful jewels and placing them in a sweet ceramic dish, slipping on a kimono, brewing up a cup of T Project tea, and putting on a Françoise Hardy record… just heavenly. All available at Palace!
Palace is located in Portland at 2205 East Burnside Street and is open daily from 11AM to 7PM. You can also follow @palacestore on Instagram.
After a long bout of denial, it has finally sunk in for me that summer is not coming back for another six months, and the days are going to stay cold from here on out. Thankfully, we have Animal Traffic downtown, on North Mississippi and owner Tom Erickson’s newest location inside Grand Marketplace. These purveyors of new and vintage clothing, accessories and apothecary items can help you find a cozy cure for your cold weather woes.
Case in point, during a recent visit I found the inviting and rustically charming space stocked up on lovely American made wool blankets from Woolrich, Pendleton, Faribault and more. I don’t know about you, but I can’t hang on the couch these days without enveloping myself in a blanket cocoon, and any one of Animal Traffic’s beauties would make for a cocoon high on both warmth and style.
Also in stock is a large, fantastic selection of vintage flannel, denim, knitwear, outerwear and boots for men and women — pretty much all you’d need to stay toasty. If vintage isn’t your thing, they’ve got a great selection of new items as well. One of my current favorites is the beautiful Woolrich wool vest.
If you’re in the market for a hat, they’ve got you covered with styles ranging from knit caps to traditional baseball caps to floppy wool fedoras. My personal favorites are from Yellow 108, who make all of their hats in the USA using salvaged materials such as wool and cotton.
I am a big fan of Cold Spring Apothecary candles (try the warming Patchouli Clover and Vanilla Wood scents!) and it’s wonderful to find that they carry them in two sizes. There is something so comforting about the warm glow and rich fragrance of candles this time of year; I like to keep many on hand.
If you’re in Portland, be sure to stop in to Animal Traffic to fortify your cold weather wardrobe. Otherwise, luckily, you can shop online!
Animal Traffic is open daily from 11AM to 6PM at Animal Traffic North at 4000 N Mississippi and Animal Traffic downtown: 429 SW 10th Avenue. They are also open 10AM to 6PM daily at Animal Traffic Grand Marketplace: 1005 SE Grand Ave. You can also follow Animal Traffic on Facebook and @animaltrafficpdx on Instagram.