In the last two years Portland has seen an influx of established shops from around the country (Jack Spade, Steven Alan, Imogene + Willie) pop up next to some of the city’s home-grown Northwest retailers (Tanner Goods, Danner Boots, Poler, Nau, Filson). This combination of new and old, local and out-of-town, has created a mix that has finally started to give the city a bit of its own unique and diverse shopping scene. Yet even with all these new faces, one retailer continues to stand out in the crowd as a favorite – Frances May.
For the past six years, under the guidance of owner Pamela Baker-Miller and her Grandmother (and co-owner) Connie Codding, Frances May has been Portland’s most reliable shop for high quality mens offerings. Their selection is always evolving, always ahead of the curve and always classic. While they were early supporters of American labels like Gitman Vintage and Pendelton’s Portland Collection, they’ve continued to add to that base with more hand-picked clothing lines from across Europe and Canada (Common Projects, Our Legacy, Monitaly, Folk). The unifying theme being that each piece is extremely well made, wearable day in and day out and effortlessly timeless. These are the pieces that you wear for years, not just a season or a few months.
Frances May is worldly. It could exist anywhere – New York, Barcelona, London, Copenhagen. The shop draws inspiration from around the globe, but feels at home in Portland. There’s a sense of community that has formed around Frances May, its owners and longtime staff – they were the first of its kind in the downtown shopping scene and they’re not going anywhere. Stop in on your next trip to the Rose City, visit their new re-launched website (they accept currency and orders from all over the world) or take a peek at their Mens Spring 14 Lookbook “Arrivals”. As an added bonus, Vinopolis is next door, which means you can celebrate the acquisition of your new favorite shirt with a bottle of your favorite hard-to-find grower champagne. – AJ
Photos by Mikola Accuardi.