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!
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?