Every trip to the Pacific Northwest for at least the past five years has included the same thought: “I really want to check out Winn Perry.”
This classic men’s store opened its doors originally in 2008 (it moved locations and went on a briefÂ hiatus at one point), but it has reemerged better than ever and still carries Alden and a variety of other finely made things. Looking back I can’t figure out if it was either right on time, or slightly ahead of its time. Though, I can say that it is about time that I actually made it in for a visit in real life.
Winn Perry has always been understated and restrained in a good way. It wasn’t chasing a trend or movement, it was just focused on stocking good things that will last a long time. Walk in and talk to the store’s owner Jordan Sayler (he’s also the buyer and all-around shopkeeper) who can speak in great detail to everything in the place. Have a question about fit or quality? He can answer it. There are many stores these days that can actually do that, but the good service at Winn Perry is an enjoyable (seemingly throwback) experience nonetheless.
The shop has a solid core group of brands on offer: shirts from New England Shirt Co., handsewn shoes from Rancourt, a great selection from Alden, bags from Archival Clothing, goods from Levi’s Vintage Clothing and a lot of small items like American Optical sunglasses, Proraso grooming products and pocket knives from Bear & Son. Stores often over complicate things with the amount of brands and product mix. At Winn Perry the opposite is true. There’s an over-riding simplicity to the space, the merchandise and to the ambiance. It’s saying: “Everything you need, nothing you don’t.” Only it doesn’t have to say it. It doesn’t need to be overt and obvious the way a lot of new stores do. And what’s there is good. Pure and simple.
Do yourself a favor and don’t be like me and take five years to visit and figure it out. [WINN PERRY]
Winn Perry | 209 SW 9th Ave. Portland, OR 97205 | (503) 664-4317