Exploring Portland’s Best Style Outlets
By Jesse Merchant /// Style Editor
Walking into Table of Contents, a Portland retailer nestled by the Chinatown gate, I immediately feel my mind clear. All around me are magazines and books, stacked neatly on the floor and on shelves. There are clothes hung perfectly equidistant on freestanding clothing racks. The store is free of clutter, and full of beautifully curated objects.
A slender woman with dark hair, wearing a t-shirt and pants, greets me at the door quickly and politely. She walks me through the store and directs me as to where to put my things. She says her name is Joanna and tells me in a cool and collected manner that she is the manager before she disappears to the back.
For any LC student interested in minimal and contemporary design of fashion, tiny collectables, magazines and books, or those simply looking for lifestyle or artwork inspiration, Table of Contents is the place to go. They carry a broad range of international high-end designers, including ACNE Studios, Comme des Garçons and Hope, who focus on interesting silhouettes in addition to classic staples. TOC is also a design studio offering services including art direction, publication design, interior styling, and branding.
“Students with an interest in art, design, and architecture can browse our always-changing selection of vintage books and contemporary magazines, where they might find a rare copy of the Design Quarterly, a book on the rise of graffiti in 1970s New York, or the latest issue of The Gentlewoman or Apartmento,” Joanna says.
Keep your eyes open for events hosted by Table of Contents. They frequently open up their space to book signings,
community ping pong tournaments, pop-up shop launch parties and other trendy, fun events.
33 NW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209