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Sale and Party at Souchi

Souchi is having a spring-inspired in-store event on Thursday, April 15, from 6-8pm. All merchandise will be 15 percent off at this posh-but-down-to-earth Northwest Portland boutique where owner Suzi Johnson sells her line of fine knitwear alongside designer clothing, jewelry and accessories. She will also raffle off an organic cotton cardigan (pictured above in meringue) in the co...   More
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Ellington Leather Sale and Benefit

Local handbag company Ellington Leather is having a day of shopping to benefit the Pixie Project, a Portland pet adoption service and non-profit pet supply store. Shop at the Ellington store on Saturday, A...   More
Monday, April 12, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Project Runway 7, Episode 12: Cirque du Lamé

The final challenge of Project Runway 7 gave the five remaining contestants the opportunity to design evening wear inspired by the circus.

Emilio, Seth Aaron, Jay and Mila all incorporated stripes into their outfits and they all survived. But only Emilio and Seth Aaron have guaranteed spots at Fashion Week in Bryant Park. The judges, in yet another surprise twist, announced that Jay...   More
Friday, April 9, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Like a Sharpie for your Lips

Retail Therapist just purchased a M.A.C. Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker in Sunset for $16 and loves it to death. Is it a lipstick? No. Is it a lip gloss? No. It is a felt-tip marker, available in lip-appropriate colors that you u...   More
Thursday, April 8, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Natalie Chanin Knows How to Work a T-Shirt

Natalie Chanin is an Alabama-based apparel designer and dressmaker who launched an empire when, over a decade ago, she took previously-worn t-shirts and re-worked them into stunning, one-of-a-kind couture quality garments using the quilting and beading techniques practiced by generations of women in Florence, Alabama—Chanin's home base. Fast forward several years and   More
Tuesday, April 6, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Project Runway 7, Episode 11: The Story of Anthony and Cleopatra

Top Five reasons last night's episode of Project Runway was the best of the season so far:

5) The incessant product placement did not make Retail Therapist hit mute repeatedly.

4) Designers were asked to make clothing viewers might actually want to see—a red-carpet dress for show runner Heidi Klum—instead of outfits for one-legged breast ca...   More
Friday, April 2, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Le Train Bleu April Fool's Sale

Retail Therapist, contrary to popular belief, is not a prankster. In fact, she makes a point of announcing unbelievable-but-true news on April Fool's Day just to shake things up. To wit:    More
Thursday, April 1, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Easter Bonnet Roundup

The Easter bonnet has fallen out of favor of late, but there are plenty of reasons to bring it back. Most of these cheerful hats are from the Pearl District's hat store of the same name (Bonnet, in case that wasn't clear), with a couple from Imelda's and Moxie. Pictured above is a purple felt cloche from Bonnet, $86.

This wide-brimmed straw hat (also ...   More
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 by Retail Therapist

If It's Not Pringle, It's Crap

Here's a lovely animated promotional video for Pringle of Scotland, the high-end knitwear company with a refreshingly low-brow sense of humor.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoiW5-uA3_E&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]...   More
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Project Runway 7, Episode 10: The Fabric of our Lives

Dear Anthony,

You made Project Runway worth watching this season despite the insipid product placement that causes Retail Therapist to mute her television at least twice an episode. Your darling drawl had an expansive quality that made even Mila charming by osmosis. So how could you send this dress down the runway last night? It's dull, although the challenge was not; designers had ...   More
Friday, March 26, 2010 by Retail Therapist
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