VIDEO: Portlandia, Meet Ballardia, Blackbird to Open New Shop in the Rose City

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Blackbird and Field House owner Nicole Miller announced she’s expanding her retail empire to Portland. The new shop (Burnside and NW 13th Ave.), which opens early this summer, is two blocks from Ace Hotel (another Seattle-based lifestyle business with a PDX outpost), and sure to attract throngs of Portland-loving tourists who will no doubt be spending time in the Rose City, thanks to this new show. The space will be small (600 square feet) and designed to look similar to the current Blackbird location in both “architecture and neighborhood appeal,” Miller wrote in an email to her clients sent this morning. She adds:

“The big question everyone is asking is what brands will you sell in the new store. All I can say is, "not Portland brands". To me Portland doesn't need another Pendleton outlet, so you can expect a lot of our own Blackbird label and our more seriously design driven brands like Robert Geller and Rick Owens.”

Miller also joked: “If you are not familiar with Portland Oregon or want more info on why we are opening a store there watch Portlandia clips on Hulu.com”. As someone who has lived and worked in Portland and enjoys the occassional cup of Stumptown Coffee, I for one am looking forward to seeing Seattle export a little culture and decidely non-DIY fashion to our Pac Northwest comrades to the south.

 

Eddie Bauer Releases EB Originals Collection

Eddie Bauer Releases EB Originals Collection

The retailer returns to its roots with iconic designs
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Wares from Eddie Bauer's latest collection, releasing today

Seattle-based men's and women's outerwear and apparel retailer Eddie Bauer is going back to its Northwest roots, when Eddie was a guy who ran a sporting goods store on downtown's Seneca Street in 1920. The brand has gone through some transition years, but it’s returning to the brand that outfitted the first American expedition to K2.

On Tuesday, September 27, the retailer is releasing its EB Originals Collection, a line that's inspired by EB's founder and the early, iconic designs from its nearly 100-year-old history.

The first patented down jacket, the 1936 Skyliner, is reincarnated with modern styling. Same for the 1942 Yukon--the top seller for more than 30 years--and the B-9 Parka, which originally kept U.S. airmen warm in -70 temperatures in their uninsulated bombers.

For Northwest street cred, the most striking piece is the limited-edition version of the Skyliner, that's lined with Pendleton wool in eight national park-inspired patterns from Portland's Pendleton Woolen Mills. What's more, it’s reversible, so you can wear your Rainier Pendleton Skyliner in multiple ways. Expect this limited-edition gem on October 18. $400 at eddiebauer.com.