Portland is a city with an increasingly growing retail sector. Substantial growth to the population and recent rental inflations are creating a rapidly changing face to the burgeoning area. Amongst the flood of creative offices and donuts shops, there is a fresh group of young businesses and driven creatives, poised to offer the city's next unique experience.
Last month we featured a spotlight on the Canadian based label Wings + Horns at their Vancouver boutique. This month we visit their sister company just up the road, a sportswear brand touted for it's quality garments and manufacturing, Reigning Champ.
In a fast world co-opted by convenience, consumerism in the 21st century has become a conveyer belt of mass produced goods. Meanwhile located in the heart of Vancouver B.C., resides Litchfield, a premium home goods boutique and gallery.
Just off East Vancouver's Main Street shopping district, at the base of the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood, sits the Canadian-born menswear label Wings + Horns. The shop, one of only several on my “can’t miss” list, was a welcomed turn away from the more bustling, well known shopping destinations in downtown Vancouver’s Gastown district.
Still, after sixteen years, the Hawaiian Grille is unapologetically thriving. Run by Maui-born David Kahoilua and his wife Kristie Noguchi, the large restaurant is one of only several Hawaiian restaurants in central Portland.
After a three year hiatus, one might have been surprised to hear the announcement of a KOKKO x MASTERMIND Japan pop-up shop earlier this year in February. But after a brief recess the Japanese luxury streetwear brand makes a resurgence, partnering with Vancouver based KOKKO, for a stimulating fashion and art experience.
Perpetuating the same Cuban recipes that originated from their grandma's kitchen, straight to your fork and knife, this is Cuban comfort food with an emphasis on fresh ingredients. The Maribona family is churning out authentic Cuban cuisine for a modern generation.
Kopi (Indonesian for coffee) has found its own lane in a city that has no shortage of coffee shops. Inspired by the tastes, smells, and sounds of Indonesia and Malaysia, the Portland-born Joshua Vineyard - known by his artistic moniker XUA - along with his girlfriend Nacko Nack, opened the business in September 2015.