Portland, Oregon: Frances May
Words & Photographs by Joanna Han
Find the city’s largest selection of high-end clothing, jewelry and shoes at indie boutique Frances May.
Situated in the up-and-coming West End district of Downtown Portland, independent clothing shop Frances May has been a favorite among stylish Portlanders since April 2008. Featuring Made-in-America labels such as Steven Alan, Rachel Comey and Dusen Dusen and European cult favorites including APC and Acne, Frances May aims to blend “modern silhouettes with nostalgic charm” with high-quality, well-designed garments.
The shop is owned by Pamela Baker-Miller and Connie Codding, a charming granddaughter and grandmother pair. After graduating from art school in Brooklyn and spending time in New York as a gallery assistant, Pamela moved to Portland and noticed a void in the city’s retail market. So with her grandmother as a business partner, she opened Frances May, the shop of her dreams.
“When I was young, we’d go on dates to the city for an afternoon of shopping, lunch and a Broadway matinee—it was so much fun,” says Pamela. “Now we get to re-create those shopping sprees every buying season. I guess my job is a grown-up version of a childhood date with my grandma.”
Frances May seeks to balance the functional and covetable with an emphasis on domestic production, and each item is carefully chosen with the hopes of becoming someone’s next favorite piece. “There’s nothing better than seeing a customer come into the shop wearing a Rachel Comey dress she purchased years ago. That’s a good buy!”
1013 SW Washington Street
Portland, Oregon 97205