In the Portland, Oregon world of vintage, and in the online world of vintage, it would be difficult not to know of Lulu. She just reached the 5th-year anniversary of her Lulu's Blog
, and many of us in the online vintage community have benefitted from Lulu's posting of items she has chosen to highlight from our websites. Her annual Lulu's Vintage People's Choice Awards
and her own top-ten list of sites have been wildly popular, generating an amazing list of the best vintage to be found on the web, along with a spirited competition for top honors. The Style Council
, an every-so-often feature of Lulu's blog, gives readers insight into vintage lovers of all sorts.
Lulu now has a wonderful jewel box of a shop in Portland, located at 916 West Burnside Street, a very short walk from Portland's favorite place to submerge for a few hours, Powell's Books. I've been privileged to visit Lulu's Vintage on Burnside, and found the offerings beautifully chosen and presented…highly tempting! The proprietress is unfailingly helpful and kind to visitors.
Right now she has a splendid selection of handbags, scarves, plaids (including some wonderful Bonnie Cashin coats), fabrics, patterns, and menswear. I particularly loved some of her vintage cocktail dresses. I took home this very cool bright red Samsonite bag, the purpose of which I will bend from luggage to shoulder bag.
In addition to her own blog and store, Lulu keeps the world up to date on Portland's thriving vintage scene—not just clothing, but all vintage, including music and cinema—on her other blog, Shop Vintage Portland
I'm glad to have gotten to know Lulu over the past couple years, and happy to share her endeavors...as she has done for so many others. Keep up the great work, Lulu!