Take a look inside Portland Dry Goods, which boasts an amazing selection of innovative men’s and women’s clothing, accessory and shoe brands, in this review.

On a recent trip to Maine, I had a chance to duck inside Portland Dry Goods and look around. I found a store unique not just for Maine but for the whole of the United States.

I know the prevailing narrative is that retail is dying, but I hope there’s room in the omichannel landscape for the likes of Portland Dry Goods.

PDG is an extremely inviting, well-curated destination for men and women that is damn-well worth visiting in person, but also worth shopping online. It offers a couple of things that Amazon, Walmart and even Nordstrom can’t: opinions, a short list of young, innovative and/or under-the-radar brands, and a personal touch.

About Portland Dry Goods

Portland Dry Goods has been around since 2008. It’s the brainchild of David Hodgkins, who has longstanding roots in the Portland menswear community. David owns the adjacent David Wood, which houses its own excellent — if more traditional — selection of menswear and offers made-to-measure suiting.

Today, Portland Dry Goods still sources some of its private label selections from David Wood, but the store is now run by Michael Force, another men’s fashion industry veteran.

Portland Dry Goods Is an Excellent Curator

The shop is chock full of young and interesting men’s and women’s apparel, shoes and accessory brands, including a number of European labels, Made-in-America brands and some very fine Made-in-Maine options.

For apparel, they carry bright green and muted slate chinos by French menswear-label Cuisse de Grenouille and chunky gamble knit sweaters made of 100% virgin wool by Ireland’s Eye.

They stock innovative American brands too, including soft button down shirts by Billy Reid and the New England Shirt Company, leather jackets by Filson, and sturdy Redwing boots.

Moving on to accessories, Portland Dry Goods stocks sunglasses by French fashion brand Vuarnet, backpacks and rucksacks by Topo Designs, and Portland, ME-based Cat Bates jewelry and accessories.

Their stock list goes on to other innovative brands including Apolis, Engineered Garments, Filson, Gitman Vintage, Naked and Famous, New England Shirt Company, Portugese Flannel Shirts, Redwing, and Woolrich.

It’s a no-brainer to stop by if you’re in or on a visit to Portland, ME. If you can’t get there in person, take a look at all of the brands Portland Dry Goods offers via its online shop and support an innovative local business.


About Jake

Jake is passionate about exploring entrepreneurs' global journeys. He founded Modern Fellows in 2012 to get to know the entrepreneurs behind the innovative brands helping men dress sharp in the digital age.  Jake has written about entrepreneurship, international business and fashion for outlets including Business Week, Forbes, Inc., Details Style Syndicate and Primer Magazine, and has provided analysis on international business for BBC Radio, NBC News, CNN and Time Magazine.

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