{ Local Love } Great groomsmen’s gifts in Portland

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Number (N)ine x Pendleton Elk Pillow from Ace Hotel Shop

"What kind of gift do I get for my groomsmen?" or "Where should I go to look for unique gifts?"  These are common questions you might hear when working as a wedding planner.  It can be difficult to find a gift that is not only unique, but useful, for the special friends and family that you have chosen to stand up with you on your big day.  If you would like to find something other than the normal monogrammed flask or lighter then you have to check out the Ace Hotel Shop and the Orox Leather Company.

If you want gifts that are very Portland and delightfully different, then look no further than the Ace Hotel Shop.  There is a great selection of Portland themed items, ranging from wool pillows to stylish hats.  A duffle bag would not only be a useful present, but could also be used to keep personal items organized on the wedding day.  You could get each groomsman a different colored hat and wear them for pictures.  The possibilities here are endless!

 

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Ace Hotel Portland Duffel Bag from Ace Hotel Shop

 

Less than 1/2 mile from the Ace Hotel is the Orox Leather Company.  Orox Leather Company has an amazing selection of beautiful leather goods.  A great token of gratitude for the groomsmen could be a leather belt.  Then, not only do they have something useful to add to their everyday wardrobe, but they could also wear them to the wedding.  Another option could be to get everyone a dopp kit.  Again, not only a useful gift, but a unique one as well.

 

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Rolling Buckle – Nickel Black from Orox Leather Company

 

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Medicus Dopp – Black from Orox Leather Company

 

So if you are in need of some great gifts for your groomsmen go check out the Ace Hotel Shop and Orox Leather Company.  You won't be disappointed!

Quick note: For Tuesday, May 6, 2014 only, Orox is offering a 20% discount off everything online: Promocode CINCO. Enjoy and happy Cinco de Mayo!

 

{ Local Love } Eastside Distilling

If you are looking for a local distillery for your event, wedding, bachelor/bachelorette, favors, etc., then look no further.  Eastside Distilling has a great selection of spirits for any occassion. Their helpful staff can assist you in finding just the right booze to choose for your next party.  Not only that, they have a fabulous tasting room that is perfect for sampling everything they have to offer!

"Eastside Distilling has been producing handcrafted spirits in Portland’s Distillery Row since our founding in 2009. All of our unique products are produced locally from natural ingredients in small batches for unparalleled quality and taste."

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Menswear, tuxedos, and formalwear for your Portland wedding {Vendor Spotlight}

It seems like it can be hard to find the local flavor when looking for menswear and formalwear in Portland. Many wedding clients get steered towards giant warehouse-type stores and I know I’m not the only one wondering where you can get personal service.

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Este’s Menswear in Northwest Portland is stepping up to the plate and offering an excellent wedding and formal wear line that includes rental tuxedos and suits. I stopped by to visit with Kelsey and Tony recently, to see what they had to offer. It is a neat little shop that reminded me a lot of the J. Press in New Haven where I went to school.

Este’s is carrying a wide variety of popular tuxedo lines, including Joseph Abboud, Oscar de la Renta, Perry Ellis, After Six, Jean Yves, and Chaps Ralph Lauren.

A few thoughts:
-They recommend coming in as early as possible to start the selection process, at the least 1 month before the wedding to give enough time for rental and alteration.

-In addition to the formal tuxes, Este’s also has suits for rent. Colors include mostly grays and navys, but brown or seersucker are possibilities.

-Grooms can get formalwear selection advice. Tony has 30+ years experience in men’s attire and is happy to assist in decision making, especially with regards to formality level, black tie vs. white tie, what colors are appropriate for what time of day, and all kinds of other questions one might have.

-Finally, Este’s offers a service-oriented experience with local flavor for the men that equals what women are used to. Men can relax in the “club room” that includes a traditional barber shop. Go ahead and have a beer, enjoy the massage chair, watch sports, get a haircut or even a straight razor shave. Sounds like a great atmosphere for the guys!

Store info:
Este’s Men’s Clothing
1633 NW Glisan
Portland, OR 97209
503-227-0275