We were more than flattered to have our brand new Portland location featured in GQ! Thanks so much guy's. Make sure to stop by and say HI to Eamon and Seneca in the Portland location and see our beautiful new space.
Blackbird, one of the most likely places to find a GQ editor while he's in Seattle, just got one step closer to opening a store in New York. That is, they opened one in Portland. (Baby steps.) It's their second shop, wedged between Dunderdon and Tanner Goods in Portland's increasingly trendy downtown—around the corner from the Ace, a v-neck's throw from American Apparel, and walking distance to a number of Stumptown locations.
"Every day we'd get about five to 10 people from Portland that would drive to Seattle specifically to shop at Blackbird," said Nicole Miller, Blackbird's owner, when we popped in to see the day-old shop late last month. Dunderdon and Tanner Goods, two like-minded companies, had been eyeing that strip of stores on Burnside Street when they asked Miller to consider putting a Blackbird there. "I really sat down and looked at it," she said. "And this didn't scare me at all. Most things make me sick: they're not very exciting, or it's too weird, it's too risky, or it's wrong. But this one felt really good." Looks good, too. The space is sliver-thin, but its ceilings go on and on, painted in smudges of ink (thank old copies of The Portland Mercury for that) to give the walls a sort of DIY marbled look. A table in the center and a few racks along the walls hold the store's stripped down collection.
"Right now I'm obsessed with fragrance," said Miller. "All the Diptyque stuff is really exciting to me." Look for selections from GQ-favorites like A.P.C., Billykirk, Gant and Obey among the carefully curated designers.
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— Mark Byrne