In April, Sharon Blair’s Portland Fashion Institute, headquartered at 2111 N.E. 43rd Ave. in the Hollywood district, celebrated the release of their first guide to Portland boutiques with a bus tour of twelve independent designer shops during Design Week Portland.
The book, titled Boutique Guide: Portland, features 34 shops that sell clothes and accessories from local, independent designers. The guide includes descriptions, pictures, maps and lists of places to shop or grab a bite to eat.
Portland has become nationally famous for clothing design, thanks to shows like Project Runway, where eleven area designers have competed and four have won.
“Every week someone calls our school asking where they can shop to buy from local designers,” said Blair. “After talking to friends who own area boutiques, it seemed like it was time to put together a guide. What often goes unrecognized are the many small businesses making clothes that make Portland famous in other parts of the country. They create a serious driver to the local economy and the Portland character. Tourists come here specifically to buy these goods, to buy a piece of Portland.”
The book is available at several neighborhood boutiques and can be purchased through the fashion institute’s website. The fashion design, sewing and apparel business school recently celebrated their seventh anniversary in the neighborhood. Its goal is to make Portland a market center for the apparel industry.
For more information, visit www.portlandfashioninstitute.com.