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Portland, Oregon isn’t anyone’s first stop on the fashion tour, but the city’s style quotient got a much needed injection with the June 07 opening of Stand Up Comedy. A mix of women’s/men’s, Stand Up Comedy offers a remarkably hip lineup by any standard: Henrik Vibskov, Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Acne Jeans, and Pleasure Principle anchor the men’s side while the women pick from Patrik Rzepski, Rachel Comey, Staerk, and Rhus Ovata.

There’s also unique art pieces, sculpture, books, guitar pedals, and limited accessories. Co-owners Rachel Silberstein and Diana Kim met at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (www.walkerart.org) where Ms. Kim worked as a curator. Ms. Silberstein left her fashion gig in Brooklyn to move cross country and says flatly, “We took a risk here.” She explains the basic direction is simply appealing to, “People who really have a passion to find interesting things.” Umm…Yeah.

—M.C.

Stand Up Comedy, 811 E. Burnside Street, Suite 119, Backyard, Portland, Oregon 97214

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