July 29, 2014

marine layer

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I don’t know about you guys, but at this point in my busy adult life, I’d say I do about 90% of my clothes shopping online. I’m a sucker for those emails advertising sale events at my favorite brands (I cleaned up recently on Madewell.com‘s 40% off sale price offering), and I’m always scouring shopbop.com for good deals on special pieces. And once I’ve ordered something, it gives me such a thrill to see a brown package laying at my doorstep when I get home from work, even if I know exactly what’s in it. Thanks for the present, Mr. Mailman!

That being said, there are still certain brick-and-mortar retailers that create such an enjoyable shopping experience, you can’t help but pay them a visit in real life. Marine Layer on NW 23rd is one of them. The recently opened, too-cool-for-school Portland shop is a blue, two-story house nestled in at NW 23rd and Johnson next to Bamboo Sushi and Salt & Straw. (So convenient for stocking up on tees while you wait for your table at Bamboo or, you know, sending your man off for ice cream while you shop.) Here, let me show you around a bit.

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Could not get enough of the white and bright decorating scheme.

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Softest tees in the universe. I snatched up that navy number on my last visit.

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Major “beach clubhouse” vibe, non? So in love with that desk.

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The “man cave” on the bottom level boasts a pinball machine and shuffleboard table alongside its undeniably cool threads.

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Oh, did I mention the store has a backyard? Silly me, how could I forget! Kind of ideal for hosting special events or inviting shoppers to take a breather during a marathon NW 23rd retail adventure. Meet me in the hammock, say, noon-ish?

Honestly, I had never heard of Marine Layer until they reached out, but as I started asking around, I discovered a sort of cult following here in Portland. After trying out the goods myself, I can see why their consumers are so loyal. Their basic t-shirts are so soft and beautifully cut, especially their v-necks, which is a style I always struggle with due to the plunging neckline. I also fell head-over-heels in love with their striped t-shirt dress, which is just as soft and drapey as their tees.

If you’d like to pay a little visit to Marine Layer yourself, you can find them here:

828 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
www.marinelayer.com

Happy shopping, friends!