The terminology may vary from city to city, but ultimately, our customers are quite often “Creative Types” who work in some sort of artistic capacity and dance to the beat of their own drummer. We are loathe to admit that this ultimately means the “h” word because of all the baggage associated with that term. Call it what you will, but the Portland equivalent to NY or LA’s Actress/Model/Dancer/Whatever is definitely Clothing-or-Jewelry-Designer/Band Member/Graphic Artist/Whatever, and we have a whole lot of customers who know a thing or two about up-and-coming indie rock bands, vegan cooking, gourmet coffee and fixed-gear bicycles. Honestly, we wouldn’t have it any other way, as long as those interests are coupled with friendly optimism and an acceptance of others who think differently, rather than a too-cool-for-school attitude.
Creative Types tend to prefer soft bralettes to contour bras and interesting colors to the limited red/black/pink options presented at most lingerie stores. They’re more willing to take a chance on new, independent designers rather than support a big name brand, and they love to try out unconventional styles like onesies, garterbriefs, bustiers, and cropped tops. They tend to be confident and self-assured, so they don’t mind it if their cool, brightly color bra or bodysuit peeks out a bit from under their clothing. To fulfill this innocent exhibitionist bent for the sweet, creative gal in your life, we recommend the Burnt Orange So Fine Bralette by Only Hearts, the Cincture Bra and Undies by VPL, or the Vintage Print Soft Bra by Stola.
Creative types are always investigating the seaming and detailed construction inside our wares or oohing and ahing at the natural fibers used to make the garments. She’ll love the Japanese cotton used to make the comfy Babette Chemise by Berkeley designer Erica Tanov or the Seaun Nightshirt by Araks. Another great bet is the Seize Sur Vingt Monument Sleep Shirt by The Lake and Stars, which has the crisp tailoring of a men’s shirt—ideal for fashion-forward ladies who like to explore the menswear trend.
Finally, you can’t go wrong with bold statement jewelry like the Fulton Necklace from NYC-based Orly Genger by Jaclyn Meyer. The long and lovely Yucca Flower Earrings by AK Vintage will be right up her alley, especially if she happens to know the designer: the sweet, talented Anna Korte. In this small city, there are definitely less than 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon, so it wouldn’t be unheard of!