Jordan Sayler, owner and operator of Winn Perry, is one of the nicest, next generation archival gents you'll ever meet. On Saturday, friend Erin and I drove up to take photographs of Sayler's shop and browse his Billy Kirk bag selection (and Obedient Sons dress shorts) .
Erin originally found Winn Perry while tracking down Duchess, a vintage inspired, made-to order-clothier sharing retail space with Winn Perry.
Winn Perry carries such admirable, hard-to-find-in-the-Northwest brands like Makr, Billy Kirk, Baxter of California, Alexander Olchs, Our Legacy, Obedient Sons, Gloverall, SNS-Herning, Grenson and Alden, as well as many original garments (pants, jackets and vests) created by Duchess. The shop also carries some cryptic gents' accessories like shaving supplies, tie bars, cuff links, etc. , which I admired from afar but failed to fully document.
aniline calf leather).
Live field report: during our visit, a not quite my size, SNS-Herning fisherman's sweater was sold to an actual customer and might be now sighted on the streets of Portland.
When I was starting Winn Perry, I wanted to create a sort of emporium for men to find quality items (clothing, shave products, etc). I also wanted it to incorporate custom clothing as that had become a much greater proportion of my own wardrobe, thanks to Duchess. When it started, it was really a place for men to get a custom suit made by Duchess and find accessories or a ready to wear suit if they didn't have the time or need for custom. As time goes by, the store is slowly evolving into a place to come and find quality products that I think other people might find interest in.
Made in the USA is becoming an ever expanding part of the store's ethos and I hope to continue that trend, although I am not against a well-made, well-designed product that is produced outside the USA. I do believe that it is important to support the local and domestic community, because as more manufacturing gets shipped off shore, we lose crafts, skills, and jobs that have supported Americans for generations and we become 'reliant' on a service economy -- never a good thing. Made in the USA used to mean craftsmanship, reliability, and longevity. I hope that Winn Perry can do a little bit to help revive those ideas.