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post #121 of 410
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Has anyone been to Machus recently?
Def my favorite mens clothing store in Portland!

The owner Justin is a great guy, but I wasjn't super impressed with the store when I first went during its opening. I wonder how it's changed.

I miss Local 35
post #122 of 410
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The owner Justin is a great guy, but I wasjn't super impressed with the store when I first went during its opening. I wonder how it's changed.
I miss Local 35

How can you miss Local 35 and not like Machus? It's the same store minus all the filler brands. Now you get a curatorial selection of his best lines.
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^ This is true. Not all the brands at Machus are my style, but (almost) every brand he dropped is widely available elsewhere, either online or at another retailer.

I'm actually really curious to see if Portland style supports this place. It's sort of an odd mash-up, buy wise. But stoked to see more diversity in brands being carried!
post #124 of 410
Indeed. Lots of variety in Portland these days. Yyu can pretty much find anything in this city now. Pretty remarkable. Remember what this place was like 5 years ago?
post #125 of 410
I do. It sucked--but Local 35 was a highlight!

Personally, I would love if it someone carried an actual selection of Alden. Without Winn Perry, there are now two spots, John Helmer and Blackbird. Frankly, they are equally disappointing for different, though understandable reasons. Helmer is true old school, and sells straight from the catalog. The lack, or don't want to try and expand to reach, the audience that's buying Alden make-ups from J.Crew. Blackbird just basically doesn't have any stock on-hand, save on-sale remainders or the odd model they decide to carry a size run of. Not that Alden is the be all, but I would love to see it better repped here.

I'm impressed (in a bad way) at the number of stores that sell a huge cross section of the Timberland Boor Co. line up. They are fine, but Halo, Lizard Lounge and somewhere else I just was all have so many of them! It's nuts. On a more positive note, Halo is carrying Grenson now, which is killer. And they seem to be sticking w/ Florshiem/Duckie Brown which is also cool, though those laceless, bright yellow wingtips are pretty fucking horrible.
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How can you miss Local 35 and not like Machus? It's the same store minus all the filler brands. Now you get a curatorial selection of his best lines.

I think I loved how concerned Local 35 was with bringing in new stock. Their sales were the best I've ever encountered at a B&M (at least, as good and as frequently), and I liked just that they filled that lower-middle end strata for clothing.




I miss the shit outta Winn Perry, what a great store
post #127 of 410
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I miss the shit outta Winn Perry, what a great store

No doubt. I have to wonder, if he re-opened tomorrow w/ almost the same brand make up and approach, but w/ a better location (Black Box area?), would be still have the same challenges, or would it be a smoother, more viable story? I know he considered this, but ultimately passed.

Anyway, all conjecture... Frances May now carries SNS Herning, but WP was about more than just brands, too. It had such a great vibe. If it was a place where you could drink a beer and maybe play a game of pool or darts, I think it would increase the bottom line...in the fictional world where it exists...
post #128 of 410
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How can you miss Local 35 and not like Machus? It's the same store minus all the filler brands. Now you get a curatorial selection of his best lines.

I agree with kixslf... Machus is Local35 but without the mass market filler. He's got Saturdays, Siki I'm, Field Scout, APC denim, N&F denim, BOO shiring with lots more coming (so says Justin).

Justin sent me some snazzy photos of Machus to share...
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post #129 of 410
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No doubt. I have to wonder, if he re-opened tomorrow w/ almost the same brand make up and approach, but w/ a better location (Black Box area?), would be still have the same challenges, or would it be a smoother, more viable story? I know he considered this, but ultimately passed.
Anyway, all conjecture... Frances May now carries SNS Herning, but WP was about more than just brands, too. It had such a great vibe. If it was a place where you could drink a beer and maybe play a game of pool or darts, I think it would increase the bottom line...in the fictional world where it exists...

He might, but like you said, Frances May has really taken over the super high end menswear game in Portland, with a lot of the more fashuny brands. I still think WP could find a nitch, and I really loved the small space he worked out of. Allowed for careful curation
post #130 of 410
I'd also point out that justin has started starting porter which i find pretty cool. i hear frances may is gonna start stock margiela, but 1. not sure if this is true and 2. would any stock include menswear.
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^ When was the last time you were here?
Been to Black Box (Tanner, Woodlands, Dunderdon, Blackbird)? That's a good stop. Not much fresh men's retail, but the buys at Frances May are better and better for men, and Blake seems to have added more brands to his line up (been awhile since I've been in).
Food is constantly freshening--St. Jack, Oven & Shaker, Smallwares, Boke Bowl (lunch only).
I'll try to think of more...

I was in Portland a couple months ago, in November. I know it wasn't that far off and not much could have happened, but you'll never know! Last time I was there I hit up all the retail spots you mentioned....but I'm all for no-tax shopping! As far as food, I was able to get Pine State Biscuits, Little Big Burger, Broder, DOC, and Half Moon for ice cream, among others. My friend keeps raving about a spot called Jam. Any word? I'm def going to try the places you mentioned, especially excited for St. Jack. Maybe Clyde Commons if I get the chance.

How is the weather? Coming from LA, I don't own a rain coat. I'm kind of frightened.
post #132 of 410
Right on. Sounds like you've hit some of the highlights.

Clyde Common is always strong. If you like bourbon the barrel aged negronis are nuts. Broder is one of my wife and my favorites.

Jam is a cafe on Hawthorne? I have to admit, I've not been, but I don't think it's really in the same league as these spots. More of a casual neighborhood spot. Nothing wrong with that, but if you're picking places to hit, I wouldn't make that one a priority...but maybe i'm missing something.

Weather is fucked right now. It's like winter--40s and rainy. It's dumping snow in the mountains, though, so that's good. Bring some cozy knitwear, and some sort of outerwear. Unless you're taking big walks in the rain you'll be fine without a hardcore rain coat, but you'll want something. You could always pick something up here!
post #133 of 410
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I was in Portland a couple months ago, in November. I know it wasn't that far off and not much could have happened, but you'll never know! Last time I was there I hit up all the retail spots you mentioned....but I'm all for no-tax shopping! As far as food, I was able to get Pine State Biscuits, Little Big Burger, Broder, DOC, and Half Moon for ice cream, among others. My friend keeps raving about a spot called Jam. Any word? I'm def going to try the places you mentioned, especially excited for St. Jack. Maybe Clyde Commons if I get the chance.
How is the weather? Coming from LA, I don't own a rain coat. I'm kind of frightened.

Jam on Hawthorne? Es alright, nothing spectacular. Check out Tasty and Sons for breakfast, Andina for dinner (a bit pricey, but worth it), and Mee-Sen (thai noodle soup) or Pok Pok for an interesting lunch.

Barista for great coffee, Townshends for great tea
post #134 of 410
from the warmth of the sun, to the chill of the snow, hail the size of gobbstoppers oh and the occasional torrential down-pours, this month has been on permanent fuck-you mode .. it's great though. breaks up the monotony ..

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side note:

any of you portlander's have any asian food recs? like chinese or korean bbq? just not thai .. there's too much thai in this city ..
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Anything exciting happening this weekend? Headed down from Thursday to Sunday
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