Father's Day

10 Gifts for Dapper Dads

We've got something for the already-fashionable fathers, as well as for the ones who may need a bit more assistance.

By Shannon Daehnke

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When you think of your dad, “dapper” might not be the first adjective that comes to mind, especially not in the WFH era that has sapped everyone of the desire to wear anything but sweatpants. But the dads in your life have remained ever-dapper throughout the pandemic, kudos to them. Whether your father, husband, grandfather or whomever you are celebrating this Father's Day is a fashion plate or not, there's a PDX-made, sustainably stylish and actually functional upgrade available for their wardrobe this Father’s Day.

$325

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Trick dad into slightly elevating his outerwear game by swapping out his ratty gray zip-up hoodie for this PDX-made button-up cardigan. This ‘50’s style sweater is 100 percent wool, thick, and super well made—Mr. Rogers would approve, and really, there's no bigger dad icon.  

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Polartec Sherpa Shirt, Wild Local

$198

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For the dad who not-so-secretly envies his daughter’s brown teddy jacket from Urban Outfitters, this sherpa shirt is the perfect swap. From the dark blue sherpa to the matching flannel pocket and elbow patches, this is one of the trendiest dad jackets we've ever seen. It’s giving vintage Patagonia energy—perfect for camping, a quick rainy morning jaunt to New Seasons, and keeping a daughter warm once this jacket becomes an inevitable addition to her closet.  

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Kennedy Sunglasses, Shwood Local

$149

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Never once in the history of dad sunglasses (also known as gas station sunglasses; see here) has a pair ever been coveted by anyone with taste. Ever, that is, until these unisex sunnies from Shwood came on the scene. It's anyone's guess at exactly what color ‘matte Havana’ might be, but anything even slightly resembling tortoise shell is always the superior frame color choice, and the round-but-not-too-round shape are the type that look good on everyone—so good that your Dad won’t relapse and purchase gas station eyewear again. One can but dream.   

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Indigo Corduroy Wallet Bag, Roots n Rooftops Local

$120

It is a truth universally acknowledged that all men need a little bag, whether they know it or not (for evidence, please reference this photo of Brie Larson’s boyfriend’s pocket). And if they don’t feel like exploring tote bags or purse options, this sustainably made, hand dyed cross-body bag is an excellent in-between. We can picture this corduroy bag on dads of all ages, from a grandpa making his way through the farmers market to a dad whos forcing his family to join him on a sunrise hike, to the dad-to-be who is all-in on learning to change a diaper. 

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Recycled Rain Jacket, Bridge & Burn Local

$94

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OK, anyone who lives in the PNW needs a staple rain jacket that goes with anything and everything. Even if you’re a “statement pieces only” type of person, a utilitarian, do-it-all rain jacket is a necessity. This navy rain jacket from Bridge & Burn is definitely on the more stylish end and is made from recycled nylon (which adds a little flavor). And for a sustainable rain jacket, the less-than-$100 price point is a huge steal.   

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Signature Belt, Dark Forest USA Local

$65

This is just a classic dad belt. Dark Forest USA is a one-man operation that hand crafts belts right here in the Rose City. The coolest thing about these belts is that they’re made to order (no mass production of leather here), and you can customize them with your dad’s initials or some other clever two letter acronym. Dealer's choice!

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Weekender Dopp Kit, North St. Local

$50

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Adding to the list of things that every dad either has or is in desperate need of, is a classic, no-frills, black dopp kit. North St. creates its products in-house here in PDX, and sustainably sources the materials in the U.S—there’s even a cute little American flag tag on the dopp kit that says so. The weekender dopp kitt is the perfect size for dad’s “shave kit and electrical gizmos” with mesh sleeves inside for...skincare? Eye drops? A comb? Anything you (or he) might need to stash in there, there's a pocket for it.  

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North Coast Beanie, Rustek Local

$34.95

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Are you even a man living in PDX if you don’t own a muted, some-hue-that-exists-in-the-forest-colored beanie? If not, you should probably buy this one; and if so ... what’s one more? This 100 percent merino wool beanie screams PNW—from the color options, to the sustainable sewing practices, to the tiny illustration of Haystack Rock burned into the wine cork-turned leather tag. And if your dad is for some reason skeptical on the beanie front, tell him that Steve Zissou wore one, as well as Bill Murray playing Steve Zissou, or send him this article from GQ, explaining the incredible history of the “dumb, tiny hat” in men’s fashion.  

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Beard & Balm Oil Set, Goddamn Man Co Local

$32

Whether you’ve never seen your husband without facial hair and would definitely rather keep it that way, or you’ve been begging your boyfriend to shave his “mustache” for months and he’s not quite budging, get your partner the gift of some (facial) hair care products. The excellently named Goddamn Man Co is a woman-owned small-business here in PDX. This particular gift set comes with a beard oil to hydrate and relieve irritation, and a balm for styling. 

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Gift Card, Laundry PDX Local

$25

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Whether your dad is the Trail Blazers’ biggest fan, or he just wants to pretend that he is, get him the gift of a jersey that he gets to pick out for himself. Laundry PDX specializes in curated sportswear—aka jerseys and athletic attire collected from Goodwills, Depop, and flea markets, deemed “vintage” or “rare” by resellers. Now these goodies are on display at an easy-enough-for-dad one-stop shop, where he can grab a jersey and be out of there in less than 10 minutes. (Unless of course, he decides to make conversation with the employees for another half hour. What, just our dads?)

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