Friday, November 02, 2007

Kloset Obsession

We're so happy to welcome Kloset Red Carpet to The English Dept. (all the way from Thailand!). This exquisite collection features beautiful detail (embroidery, applique, careful hand-beading) and a romantic palette full of rich creams, bronzes and greys. Come check it out!

**We also have expanded our sale section as we prepare our wee shop for the holidays. Dozens of lovely fall pieces at generous discounts.**

Monday, September 24, 2007

Eley Kishimoto at The English Dept.!

After all that talk, the goods have finally arrived. Eley Kishimoto, the London based design team, has shipped some of fall’s finest to The English Dept. We love the Fairisle sweaters with a Japanese twist in mustard yellow and in cobalt blue. And their current obsession with the night sky seems to be paying off. The silk Galaxy print blouse is just the right combination of polite and eccentric. And if you’re still pining away for that little fall jacket to ease the transition to cooler days, perhaps you might like EK’s pert little mustard number. Please stop by and check out the rest of the collection (there’s even socks!)

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Ah, Perfection!

What you can't tell from this picture is that the lovely Julie Shapiro and her (helpful, patient) mom Scrantz were in a bridal style whirlwind the week before the wedding. Did the tint of the shoes match the dress (not quite)? How to tie the sash so the bow sits pretty (practice, practice, practice)? A few spoonfuls of tea dye and some deep breaths later, and Julie (in her Jenny Yoo dress) was ready to glide down the aisle. Thanks, Shapiro girls, for sharing your wedding images with us.

English Dept. in Elle Decor

Did we mention we were praised in Elle Decor's recent travel piece on Portland (there's even a wee interview with Elizabeth)? Find us in the June 2007 issue. While it may be true that we've given more love on these pages to the UK version of the magazine, we're still slavishly grateful for the stateside attention. Thanks, E.D. from The E.D.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Ink & Peat

The talented Pam of Ink & Peat has started showcasing her inspired floral arrangements at The English Dept. If you're a bride in search of modern, unfussy flowers, consider this talented artist. In addition to designing the arrangements for the Street of Eames modern homes tour, she writes a great design blog.

Filles de Fleur

Our new shop is half a block from the First Presbyterian Church (which sees a lot of summer weddings), and half a block from the historic Governor Hotel (likewise). Between the two, we see a lot of wedding parties and well-wishers on their way to and from the festivities. Over the weekend, I caught a glimpse of this little sprite twirling in front of The English Dept.

Saturday, August 04, 2007


For the month of August, ALL bridal samples will be on sale--from 10% to up to 70% off! If you know a bride (or wedding guest) in a pinch, send her here--we have dozens of lovely dresses available in standard sample sizes (mostly 6, 8, 10, and 12). Our expert alteration resources can get any bride-in-a-hurry into the dress of her dreams. The sale includes our brand new Vera Wang delivery, some of the most stunning styles we've seen in ages. We only do this once a year--don't miss out!

New for fall...

Elizabeth Dye brocade kimono sleeve shift

First Glimpse of Fall

We've received the first of our fall merchandise, several pieces from Development and Plenty by Tracy Reese.

We're loving Plenty's easy, chic minidresses, and Development makes a knockout pair of wool trousers to go with this amazing openwork top...

We've Moved!

Hello everyone,
At last, we've settled into our lovely new location. Come see us at 1124 SW Alder Street. We're open Monday through Saturday.