Visit: 729 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214
Story by Rachel Schwartzmann – Shop Brookes Boswell – Photos by Nicholas Peter Wilson for The Style Line
“Doing what you love is one thing, but doing what you
love in a professional capacity is another,” millinery designer and new shop-owner Brookes Boswell relayed in our interview below. “As much as I love designing and making, I also truly love the day to day mundane chores of running a business…”
When it comes to Brookes’ story, it’s not hard to argue with these sentiments. From building her eponymous hat collection Brookes Boswell to growing a community around her newly launched store Shop Boswell, fashion has truly manifested itself in nearly all aspects of Brookes’ life. Her newest endeavor Shop Boswell is an extension of Brookes’ millinery design and was opened with the goal of providing visitors with an intimate look into the making of her beautifully crafted hats. The space also serves as a platform for Brookes’ tasteful curation of fellow emerging contemporary fashion and accessories designers – many of whom Brookes knows and shops from personally.
With the colorful Portland community as a sounding-board for Brookes’ endeavors, it came as no surprise to us just how special and thoughtfully-crafted the shop appeared during our recent visit – this idea also extended to Brookes herself, whose unwavering passion for quality design, and impeccable personal style set the perfect tone for our interview. Drenched with natural light and filled from floor-to-ceiling with unique clothing, accessories, and objects, we were thrilled to have a chance to catch the busy shop-boss in a quiet moment at the store to chat more about her transition from designer to small business owner, and learn more about her experiences in turning a passion into a profession. Read on for our full conversation and enjoy exclusive snapshots from our visit captured by Nicholas Peter Wilson for The Style Line.