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And Then There's Mauve

RT recently stumbled upon these lovely mauve vases ($20) at Tilde in Sellwood. Upon further investigation, she learned that they were made by store employee Andrea Loeffler. Loeffler studied ceramics at Lewis and Clark College and is a partner in Radius Studios, a fully-equipped artists' workshop under the Morrison Street bridge, where she and other creatives get their art on. See ...   More
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 by Retail Therapist

It's card season. Get on it.

Retail Therapist is a big fan of the handwritten note and card for even the most obscure of occasions. Here in Portland, we're fortunate enough to have many creative local purveyors of non-mainstream cards and stationery. A sampling of spring offerings from southeast Portland's Egg Press landed in RT's mailbox recently, and it does...   More
Monday, February 1, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Aloha, RT Readers

Retail Therapist returned from her completely undeserved but much appreciated island vacation yesterday, and has just now tunneled to the surface of an email avalanche. RT hopes you enjoyed the testosterone-fueled posts of the last few days and would like to thank her understudy for doing such a bang-up manly job of covering the retail beat. To tide you over this morning until RT h...   More
Friday, January 29, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Boots make the man.

In a man's quest to dress well, there remains one nagging concern: looking like a fancy boy. The challenge is to look good while avoiding that point of affectation at which clothes become “outfits.” Colors can be too coordinated, creases too crisp, shoes too shiny. But there's a one-word answer to this dilemma: boots. A quality pair looks at home with slacks and cashmere and yet is imm...   More
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 by Retail Therapist

So you can know the time.

Sure watches may be obsolete, what with your smartphone beaming satellite-calibrated time directly to your frontal cortex via Bluetooth—but they're still fucking cool. And for guys, watches and wedding rings are basically the extent of acceptable jewelry (at least until Wyclef comes out with a rubber wristband to benefit Haiti). If your checking account isn't yet ready for a stainless steel ...   More
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 by Retail Therapist

I Put Away Childish Things…

If the last couple posts didn't tip you off (cheesy Blazers tees and army surplus sunglasses), the RT controls are being temporarily manned by a somewhat less refined substitute while our regular sartorial mistress is snapping her fingers at cabana boys on the Big Island. So for the next few days, you'll get a more masculine perspective from someone who picks clothes for their style and their abil...   More
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 by Retail Therapist

If They're Good Enough for Astronauts, They're Good Enough for You

Retail Therapist would like to go on record—the Wayfarer sunglasses bandwagon is headed for an ugly collision with overexposure. Throw yourself free while you still can, and tuck and roll towards the timeless, utilitarian styling of American Optical Eyewear's Original Pilot aviators, complete with sturdy steel frames and lenses tough enough to share a pocket with your car keys and come out u...   More
Monday, January 25, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Dress for the Playoffs

As a Trail Blazers fan, it's tempting to drape oneself in black in mourning for the injury-plagued team. Blazers have been dropping like brittle-kneed flies all season, leaving the team undermanned and overstretched, yet somehow still vying for the Northwest Division title. In Saturday's win over Philly, Portland had only nine healthy players

Which is why now is the time to snag som...   More
Monday, January 25, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Project Runway 7, Episode 2: Tiffs and Butts

The first episode of Project Runway's seventh season last week was mildly disappointing. But last night's Episode 2 picked up the pace with an on-screen spat between helmet-hair...   More
Friday, January 22, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Ace Hotel Boutique-a-Palooza

Don't miss the blowout sale organized by PDX Collective this weekend in the Ace Hotel Cleaners space. The sale is from 11-5 on Saturday and Sunday, January 23 and 24. Shop for deals from Bubble, Emily Katz, Flora Space/Design, Idom, Hood River's Parts + Labour, Pin Me Apparel, Popina Swimwear, Radish Underground, Suite 6, Tumbleweed and Zella. Ace Hotel Portland, 1022 Stark St., (5...   More
Thursday, January 21, 2010 by Retail Therapist
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