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Fashion Is Art In Portland

Fashion is art

Fashion is art.  Another one of my Portland finds, Physical Element is one of those stores I just knew that I’d love even before I went in. From the clothing to the accessories there was so much eye candy that I didn’t know where to turn.  What might look like a simple black dress will have an unexpected detail in the form of a gather at the bottom of the skirt.  A simple pattern on a coat is actually lips upon closer inspection.

fashion is art

Probably my favourite part about the concept of this boutique is this statement:

“We love modern minimalism, asymmetry, but also the unexpected details. You’ll catch us falling in love with cerebral design and concepts. More than once we’ve brought something in because we felt it needed to be seen knowing it probably had no hope of selling. We simply love fashion and those that deem to create it. If you feel the same way, we hope you’ll visit us.”

This is my kind of place, they definitely recognize that fashion is art.

fashion is art

On my second visit I had the opportunity to chat with Lynn Latta, an artist whose jewelry is featured in the shop. She is a hilarious personality who clearly loves the store, loves the concept and happily promotes other talent. She pulled me right over to Melissa Finelli’s designs and took me all over the store showing off all the beautiful pieces, but for my part I actually really love her work.

fashion is art

I fell in love with a number of pieces and came home with a lovely dress and leather belt that I can’t wait to style for you. They had so many beautiful scarves and I have to say that I’m really regretting not buying one. I guess this means that I’ll have to do another road trip down the coast!

I am a firm believer that fashion is art. Do you feel the same way?


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  1. Jenifer Balatico

    Such a great place to get in for exquisite fashion finds! When I was there, maybe I couldn’t find myself way out. Nice find!

    Hugs and kisses from ♥ missJHENZ

    1. That’s exactly why I had to go back 2x!

  2. I like how they design classic garments with fabulous details. Great find Hun!
    Please don’t forget to follow me on bloglovin if you aren’t already 🙂
    Coco et La vie en rose
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    1. I always love the details!

  3. Fab Finds. When we all shop, it is never enough. I am sure you will find so many awesome ways to wear your scarf 🙂

    1. Ha! Agreed!

  4. What amazing place!! I love the first one (it’s a coat, isn’ it?) So fashion !! I know how you feel about scarves! Some times it’s happened to me!!! I always have to come back again!!! 😀

    Have a great weekend Caroline!
    Lady Trends

    1. Yes it’s a coat, I just fell in love with it!

  5. I love this store!

  6. tr3ndygirl fashion blog

    fabulous collection!
    i love all
    I waiting you on my blog!
    NEW POST -> Tr3nDyGiRL Fashion Blog

    1. Thanks, so do I!

  7. miss Margaret Cruzemark

    Hm…As I have said in a previous post, I have to move to Portland a.s.a.p…
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark

    1. Okay, but first I’ll come visit you and we can find all sorts of wonderful things in Greece!

  8. You will have to make another trip back!

    1. I definitely will!

  9. Fantastic pics!! such a great collection. 🙂

    1. Thank you!

  10. I adore this store. I keep telling everyone that fashion is art but many don’t grasp the concept. Lead on!

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you agree.

  11. I love this Collection…. Amazing Place!!!!
    Happy sunday Caroline!

    1. Thank you! Happy Sunday

  12. Gorgeous photos. Love this collection, so gorgeous!

    1. Oh thank you so much!

  13. tr3ndygirl fashion blog

    this pics so stunning.
    I waiting you on my blog!
    NEW POST -> Tr3nDyGiRL Fashion Blog

    1. Wow thank you so much!

    1. It really is!

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    1. Thanks, I’ll check it out!

  15. Jamie "ChatterBlossom"

    What a fun place! And to bring things in without worry of selling them, but just to let them have their day in the sun is a wonderful concept!

    1. That made me love them even more, it’s like they appreciate fashion for the art of it!

  16. Thank you for the lovely review of one of my favorite shops! The owner/curator is Jo Carter, next time you’ll have to meet her, too, as she is a sweet pea with a great eye and funny opinion. I happened upon your blog by following a string, I’ll be back to visit soon as obviously you are one smart fashionista with excellent taste. Mahalo!

    1. I love that store! I did meet Jo and she was wonderful. I’m so happy you enjoyed this post, that means a lot, thank you!

  17. Jo Carter has the best boutique in Portland Oregon. By far the most unique design labels in all of Oregon. Great Blog Post!

    1. Thank you and yes she does! I love that store so much!

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