When we think of mens retailers in Portland, Machus is the first thing that comes to mind. We love what Justin Machus is doing at his store, providing great basics with a modern edge. Store manager Tim Blanchard challenges the modern aesthetics of the store by incorporating pattern, color and vintage. Born and raised to in Portland, Tim has grown up in a city dominated by vintage and he wears it well. We love his denim Kimono he wore in his first look, a recent score from House of Vintage mixed with an amazing pair of dropped crotch black sweat pants by Chapter and Jordans. His style is equal parts street, vintage and Machus and we love it! And, he is also the nicest guy working retail in Portland, and it’s not fake, Tim is truly genuine. Enjoy the photos below in Tim’s North Portland apartment that he shares with his adorable wife, Brianna and their two cats Paisley and Louie.
1. Who is your style influenced by?
My biggest style influence even from a young age is my father, he really started my interest in style, more recently a few people I'm influenced by is Nick Wooster, Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of ACF and finally Kanye West.
2. Favorite places to shop in Portland?
House of vintage, table of contents, tanner goods, compound gallery
3. What is your Winter must have?
My fall must have is a cable knit beanie.
4. 5 things you can't live without?
iPhone, spotify, nike, sriacha, netflix
5. 3 favorite items in your closet?
Machus split t, Defining moment Jordan 6's, Nudie black waxed denim
6. How do you choose what you wear in the morning?
Whatever mood I would like to be in or whatever music I have been listening to recently usually influences my outfit. Along with the environment I have been around, nature, buildings and people help me to choose what to wear.
7. Tell us two truths and a lie
I used to surf
I have starred in a play
I have won a film festival
8. The best thing about your job
I get to work in an industry that I am truly passionate about and help people to feel comfortable with the clothes they wear as well as challenge them to try new styles.
9. Shopping advice that you have?
Always keep an open mind and default to classics. Look to not copy others styles but use aspects of there style along with others to create your own. Don't rule out vintage shopping, usually fashion repeats itself.