Portland, Maine: Portland Trading Co.
Words & Photographs by Gail O’Hara
A carefully selected collection of home wares, clothing, snacks and accessories in the other Portland.
Just like Kinfolk, Portland Trading Co. has an appreciation for classic pieces, vintage relics and modern silhouettes. Opened by Nigerian-born Kazeem Lawal and his girlfriend, Jessica Kissell, in May 2012, the shop has a cozy, comfortable vibe (he was playing Dave Brubeck on the turntable when we visited). Along with a sweet collection of antique typewriters and accessories, Portland Trading Co. carries everything from Swedish Hasbeens, Balsam Fir incense, clothing for the modern-day ship captain and small-batch, high-quality home wares to well-designed clothing and shoes, food and beauty products and just bubbles over with personality.
Kazeem’s goal is to offer a carefully selected collection of goods for house and closet, which includes magazines (yes, Kinfolk! along with Darling, Smith Journal and other of-the-moment titles), comfortable, durable and beautiful clothing for men and women, small furniture, great gifts (apothecary and grooming products) and all sorts of other wares for the modern New Englander. The other Portland is decidedly less overtly trendy than the one we’re based in, but Portland Trading Co. will ensure all the locals are dressed beautifully in clothing by Engineered Garments, Penfield, Lavenham and many other ace brands.
157 Middle Street
Portland, Maine 04101