Our Picks for Fashion and Design This August

Summer means deep discounts (and parties!) as new boutiques launch and old favorites commemorate anniversaries.

By Regina Winkle-Bryan August 11, 2016

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Bargains at Steven Alan
11 a.m.–7 p.m. Friday–Saturday, Aug 12–13
Whether your face is oval, square, or circle shaped you’re sure to find fab frames at the Steven Alan sample sale this weekend. The discounts are deep. At pair of Sidney sunglasses, normally $225, for $25? Yes, please. 

Black Wagon Celebrates 10 Years 
5 p.m. Thursday, Aug 11
The Mississippi Avenue kiddie boutique founded in 2006 made it through the rough years of the recession and remains a go-to spot for baby shower gifts and unique gear for the whole brood. In honor of their anniversary, owner Sarah Shaoul is throwing a bash complete with Lagunitas beer, vodka-spiked shaved ice (sans alcohol available, too), slices from Mississippi Pizza, a photo booth, and many wonderful door prizes and raffle items from Black Wagon vendors and local businesses. Entrance is free, no RSVP necessary.

North Albina Gets New Bling as Dea Dia Unveils
4–8 p.m. Friday, Aug 12
It’s 10 percent off everything at Dea Dia’s grand opening tomorrow. Snack and sip while perusing jewelry made in-house but also gems and sparkles from other local makers like Natalie Joy. Textiles from Ilano and Aelfie, plus skincare by Harlow, make Dea Dia a genuine temptation in the Historic Mississippi District. 

10 Days of Deals at Parts & Labour
Runs until Aug 14
Here’s another reason to escape to Hood River for the weekend. Nab up to 50 percent off labels such as Prairie Underground, Maison Scotch, Wildfox, Sundry, and many more. Be quick, as the summer sale ends Sunday.

Fashion, Philanthropy, and Pampering Mix on the Street of Dreams
6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 23

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Grab a few friends and head out for a night of spa treatments, wine tasting, gourmet nibbles, and fashion shows hosted by Portland Monthly Magazine’s own Style Editor Eden Dawn. A VIP ticket includes an exclusive goodie bag from Bridgeport Village and event proceeds go to the Home Builders Foundation and the Professional Women in Building Council’s scholarship fund. 

Open House at Portland Fashion Institute
11 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, Aug 27
There will be cake for those who arrive promptly for the PFI open house and sixth anniversary celebration. Grab a slice and sit in on a panel discussion tackling how to make it in PDX as a designer and then take in pattern making, screen printing, and machine knitting demonstrations. From noon–2 p.m. all fabrics will be 40 percent. Another reason to get there early? The first 25 attendees get gift bags and will be entered into a drawing for a new sewing machine. 

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