Streetwear (a term used to describe everything from graphic tees to upscale outerwear) has arrived — and is here to stay. Portland’s laidback-yet-chic aesthetic makes it the ideal home for streetwear shops, from small boutiques to world-famous brands. Are you looking for sweat-ready gear or tailored pieces that can transition from day to night? These Portland streetwear shops will help you do it in style.
Portland streetwear shops
Bridge & Burn
Functional design, beautiful detailing and excellent fit are the hallmarks of Bridge & Burn. This industrial-style boutique crafts clothing for all genders. In true Portland fashion, the shop features plenty of layering pieces like collared shirts, utility vests and rain-resistant jackets. The West End shop’s signature flair can be found in their patterns and high-quality textiles.
Women who frequent the menswear section for their preferred styles and silhouettes — and anyone who prefers a gender-neutral look — will adore Wildfang. Launched in 2013 by two former Nike employees, the brand (whose name is German for “tomboy”) boasts masculine-inspired pieces made to fit smaller and curvier bodies. Find expertly tailored chinos, blazers and bombers alongside muscle tanks, shirt-dresses and trademark “Wild Feminist” T-shirts at two central-city locations. The shops also sell a range of shoes — perfect for giving patriarchy the boot.
Jaefields, By the Collective
Local designer Wookie Bae crafts mix-and-match essentials, including patterned T-shirts, plaid flannels and wool chinos, for his brand Jaefields. Housed in a warm and inviting boutique-slash-barbershop, Jaefields’ designs showcase a focus on construction, wearability and quality.
Hard-to-find designers from around the world are featured at MACHUS, an East Burnside shop catering to style-conscious men. MACHUS’ overall selection has something for almost every guy (including drop-crotch, wide-leg trousers for the most fashion-foward). In 2017, the socially conscious business launched a hoodie collaboration with artist Taravat Talepasand; all proceeds go to the ACLU.
Old Town’s Upper Playground offers quirky hoodies, tops and tees for men and women alike. Nearly every item features an artistic graphic or phrase guaranteed to spark conversation or crack a smile from a stranger. (Keep an eye out for the “Hella Fresh” design of a cat wearing glasses and a gold chain.)
Founded in 1964, world-famous Nike is headquartered west of Portland in Beaverton. Swoosh lovers can seek out its latest shoes, apparel and accessories at the Nike Portland showroom downtown. If you want to score a deal, the Nike Factory Store in Northeast Portland offers discounts for the whole family.
Sleek and streamlined, Yanagida Projects offers a mostly-neutral palette of caps, T-shirts and jackets. Subversive phrases like “Closers Only,” “Audit Your Circle” and “Catch & Fillet” give a unique stamp to everyday menswear. The North Mississippi Avenue shop is family-owned and budget-friendly.
Mixing streetwear, pop culture and modern art, Compound Gallery is one of Portland’s most innovative shopping locales. The bi-level business offers jackets, caps, sneakers (with a focus on skate brands), art prints and consigned vintage streetwear. If you want a statement piece, Compound in Old Town is your place — they’re not afraid of color or pattern.