Part art gallery, part clothing label and part pop-up specialty shop, Seawall puts a new and creative spin on your typical retail space. The hybrid shop was founded by Daniel Pepice, Sara Lemieux, Thom Rhoads and Brook Delorme in the spring of 2012 with the idea of showcasing the best Maine had to offer from the worlds of clothing, art and accessories. Seawall also stocks great product from other designers that serves to compliment the in-house label and local goods. It’s a worthy destination for those with an interest in creative things made with care.
Situated perfectly on Commercial Street in the Old Port, Portland Dry Goods (a new addition to the Portland shopping scene) is the place to find the hardworking brands that made waxed canvas and buffalo plaid cool again. Labels like Engineered Garments, GANT, Red Wing, Woolrich John Rich, plus all sorts of other great classic American menswear including a nice offering of handsewn shoes from local favorite Rancourt & Co. It’s the perfect place to shop if you are looking for clothes that stand the test of time.
A celebration of some of the region’s finest clothiers including shirts from New England Shirt Co.(Fall River, Massachusetts), shoes from Alden (Middleboro, Mass.) and suits from Southwick (Haverhill, Mass.). David Wood is an old school men’s shop that celebrates quality and service before all else. In an era of fast and cheap, David Wood is like a window into a world of high standards and quiet sophistication.
Opened the summer of 2012, Cape Porpoise Outfitters is writer Jared Paul Stern’s extension into the physical viava beautiful red 1880s livery stable in quaint Cape Porpoise, Maine. CPO offers an ever changing selection of men’s-focused vintage clothing, Americana, military surplus, furniture, art with some new items like bags from Norwegian-seafaring supplier Helly Hansen. Mixed in amongst the massive stock of interesting objects and oddities in a celebration of East Coast prep culture. When you are done shopping for things you never knew you needed, stop into the Cape Porpoise Kitchen for a glass of rosé and lunch with the locals.
Ask around and most people say that shoemaking in Maine is all but extinct, largely a victim of cheap labor overseas. This is true in most places, but it is certainly not the case outside of Portland in Lewiston at the family-owned Rancourt & Co. shoe factory. The Rancourt family has been making handsewn shoes using traditional methods for three generations. On a given day at Rancourt & Co. men and women work with their hands to individually craft some of America’s finest shoes from Camp Mocs to Beef Roll Penny Loafers — right in the heart of Maine. Keeping traditions alive never looked so good.