Store Visit: Rock & Rose

We can’t talk about Portland style without mentioning the city’s love for vintage. Rock & Rose is one of our personal go to vintage shops. Not only is the location amazing, there is a limitless selection of gems to be found in Rock & Rose, a large space eclectically filled with a mix of mens and womens new and vintage. A vast selection of  band T’s, cowboy boots, leather, denim jackets, dresses, jewelry and even cool stuff for your house! And an especially amazing western collection that asserts a sense of wild west pride. The local jewelry carried is on point as well with plenty to choose from!



Tell us about Rock n Rose!

Rock & Rose has been in business for almost seven years! We're located on lower east burnside nestled right between Rontoms and Sizzle Pie.  

What made you decide to open a store front?

I used to work at a pretty big vintage clothing shop in California. The owners were like my second parents and I ended up working there on and off for ten years.  They literally showed me the ropes and instilled such a deep appreciation for vintage clothing. It only seemed natural to progress that into my own shop once I moved up to Portland. 

What is the concept behind the store?

Well, what I love about Portland, is that so many vintage shops and boutiques have their own special niche.  For example, some specialize in high end classic vintage,  others in a more costume-y vibe, etc.  I really wanted to focus the shop on everyday, wearable vintage.  A place where people could go who were looking for a unique, non-mall item but also didn't want to feel like they were wearing a costume.  I tried to incorporate a big emphasis on shopping local and have also added local jewelry designers, housewares, and accessories.

How did you come up with the name Rock n Rose?

This part is pretty ridiculous-I literally dreamt of the name.  I woke up one morning and decided that I was going to call the shop Rock n' Rose. That has eventually morphed into Rock & Rose and just kind of stuck.

How do you find designers you showcase in your shop?

For the new jewelry, I am lucky enough to have people find me now.  There is such a large community of talented designers out there, I feel super proud to be able to display even just a portion of them. As for everything else, the internet is a big one. I'm always looking at Etsy to see what's out there.  My employees are a great source of information as well-they have introduced me to several of the lines we carry now. 

What are your top 3 favorite things in the store?

stag antler jewelry display, Ark reconstructed leather motorcycle jacket, and vintage Quiet Riot concert t-shirt.

What’s a funny shop story you have?

What do you define as funny? I could tell you some pretty interesting stories of some real characters that have come into the shop and caused a scene.  I did chase a guy out of the shop once for shoplifting-that was pretty awesome.  

Who are your style icons?

ohhh-this is a tough one-there are so many! Obviously all the classics--Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin, Jerry Hall-the list goes on. One person now I'm pretty obsessed with is Chloe Seveigny. 

Tell us two truths and a lie.

I get nervous answering the door for the pizza guy, my parents had way better style in the 60's and 70's that I could ever dream of, English Bulldogs are nothing to write home about.

Where are your favorite places to shop?

I love to online shop-it's definitely addicting! I also love Palace, Wild Fang, Betsy & Iya, Backtalk.