September 12th, 2008 5:33 pm | by Byron Beck News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

Straight Out of Brooklyn: Cool Fashion Brand Coming to Portland

It's true. Everybody that lives in Brooklyn, eventually end up in Portland.

Including really cool clothing stores.

WW just found out that Brooklyn Industries is taking over the space that was supposed to be the new Nau store on Northwest 23rd at Johnson Street.

This is major fashion news.

In 1998, Brooklyn Industries's President, Vahap Avsar, recovered a giant billboard from a dumpster off the West Side Highway in Manhattan. From those materials he was inspired to create a messenger bag.

And from that small bag a very cool eco-friendly fashion brand was born.

Sounds sort of Portland-ish doesn't it?

Brooklyn Industries, with its water tower skyline logo, is a hot property in the in-the-know community and as iconic in Williamsburg as Nike is in Beaverton. Building off its too-cool-for-school T-shirts and bags, the BKI brand now includes mens and womens wear.

Although BKI has nine other stores throughout the country, this will be their first location on the West Coast. The Northwest store will be the company's first free-standing boutique.

So why did they pick Portland? Well, the same reason everybody else has.

"We love the artistic energy and youth culture," says Lexy Funk, co-founder and CEO of Brooklyn Industries. "We are passionate about bringing our artistic and community approach to retail to the Portland community."

The store is scheduled to open sometime this winter.

It's hard to believe, but Portland just got a little bit cooler.
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