We have a serious crush on a pair from Portland.
No, it’s not Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (though they do stir our heart). We’re seeking long-term commitment with the gals from Duchess Clothier and Elizabeth Dye.
The bespoke duo represents a powerhouse of design from our alternative neighbor to the north, and they’ve opened a little shop of indie wedding love in the Mission.
The showroom-cum-studio separates into two dimensions: Step off of Folsom into the dapper Duchess Clothier with gray walls, a vintage wood table, and shelves of fabric books; upstairs is the dissimilar, girly world of Elizabeth Dye, with puffs of tulle, paper pinwheels doting on a skylight, and a rack of dresses (her collection of twelve and limited editions).
Both accommodate custom options, whether it’s a full suit or the gauzy creation from your dreams. Stop in on Saturdays (Duchess only) or make an appointment for something made to measure.
Either way, they’re yours.
Duchess and Elizabeth Dye, 2590 Folsom Street, at 22nd Street. For more information on Duchess Clothier, call 503-281-6648 or go to duchessclothier.com; Elizabeth Dye, call 503-224-0724 or go to elizabethdye.com. Duchess Clothier custom suits are $1,250-$3,800. Elizabeth Dye collection dresses are $900-$2,600; custom dresses start at $1,800.
Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Dye