AG is one of the most recognizable brands born out of the denim design and manufacturing industry in California in the 2000s. Founded in Los Angeles by the “Godfather of Denim,” Adriano Goldschmied, AG Jeans is a leader in premium denim for its washes and designs, as well as its commitment to sustainable manufacturing practices including innovative technology and eco-minded processes. Today, AG Jeans continues its mission to design product that is authentically rooted in California denim culture, craftsmanship and body contoured fit.
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Amina Rubinacci embodies the Italian heritage of fine craftsmanship and everyday opulence. As the daughter of artisans, she inherited a passion for thread and fabrics. She started her career in the 1970s by providing Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior with knitwear for their collections and was quickly touted as “The Queen of Wool.” Much like Mercantile Portland, the design house Amina Rubinacci is a family business, with younger generations carrying on the legacy of the founder.
Never basic, Amina Rubinacci’s collections are rich with texture and natural hues. The innovative combinations of yarns create unexpected knits and chromatic harmony, making this brand a timeless icon of style.
Akris was founded in St. Gallen, Switzerland in 1922 by Alice Kriemler-Schoch who began making polka dot aprons out of her modest sewing studio. Using local fabrics from St. Gallen—a leading textile hub known for its exquisite cottons and embroidery—Alice was soon dressing the region’s most stylish women. Fast forward to today’s Creative Director Albert Kriemler, who considers a woman’s busy lifestyle as he designs for her: where she is going, what she is doing and how she wants to feel.
Akris Punto emphasizes relaxed sportswear and pieces are created as building blocks of a dynamic and timeless professional or casual wardrobe. Collections are always sleek, refined, and versatile. Designed and constructed with architectural lines made from exceptional luxury fabrics and comprised of bold colors with prints inspired by modern art. The creative and fun use of puntos- polka dots- throughout the collection give a nod to the heritage of Akris.
Long-time industry veteran Anthony Thomas Melillo founded his namesake brand ATM in 2012, a personal and passionate endeavor to create clothing that he himself wanted to wear every day. The brand launched with the perfect t-shirt and now has evolved into a full lifestyle collection of casual and relaxed sportswear. Hallmark soft fabrics like Peruvian cotton, silks, and cashmere comprise the core styles of the line and are known for their excellent weight, drape and fit.
Founded fifteen years ago in Sydney’s Bondi Beach by designer and artist, Camilla Franks, Camilla has captured the imagination of the world with its vibrant and bohemian lifestyle collections. Reflecting her love of travel, Camilla explores far away cities and off the beaten path communities, immersing herself into these worlds to draw inspiration for her collections, inviting customers to journey along on her travels through her unique designs.
Closed is a contemporary denim brand with a unique creative DNA: French imagination, Italian craftsmanship and German tradition. French fashion designers Marithé and François Girbaud launched Italy’s’ first denim line in 1978 and the collection retained prominence through the eighties. Now under the name Closed and owned by a trio of friends based in Germany, Closed denim retains special details of their heritage styles. The signature X-pockets have been around for more than 40 years, originally designed to allow easier access to the front pocket. Closed focuses on sophisticated, high-quality designs and strive to make every stage of the denim production process as sustainable as possible.
forte_forte began in Veneto, Italy, with the Forte brothers helping to establish the culture and quality of Made in Italy apparel manufacturing. Giada Forte leads the design studio of this generational family business, proudly offered exclusively in Portland by the family at Mercantile Portland. Known for its soft, romantic, and slightly bohemian styling, forte_forte mixes vintage lingerie-inspired blouses and dresses with soft and slouchy jackets and pants resulting in delicate and feminine ensembles that women are emotionally drawn to. Limited production and handsewn embellishments make pieces by forte_forte highly collectible and coveted by the fashion elite.
Florida based Jennifer Zeuner designs jewelry to reflect her own personal style, simple with a spiritual twist. Her pieces of jewelry can be worn in endless combinations depending on who is wearing it and what mood they are in. These small and personal pieces are meant to be collected, layered, and worn every day, allowing clients to craft their own unique and personal statement; no doubt why this brand has an impressively stylish celebrity following.
Majestic Filatures specializes in handcrafted, luxury t-shirts and lifestyle knits made of fabrics that are luxurious, comfortable, and easy. Majestic Filatures produces fabric for 170 of the world’s premium brands, including the finest European designers. Their house collection is designed in Paris and manufactured in Europe at their own fabric mills, providing customers with luxury-quality clothing at an accessible price.
Rene Escobar is a third-generation jeweler based in Miami committed to authenticity, originality, and the endurance of the beautiful art of hand-made jewelry. While Rene's collections are always evolving, style hallmarks include layered and mixed metals and the Florentine finish, a special engraving technique that creates tiny cross-hatch lines and a matte appearance, reminiscent of vintage jewelry, Rene Escobar jewelry retains a commitment to sustainability through the use recycled precious metals and responsibly sourced gemstones, while traditional and cutting edge jewelry-making techniques ensure each piece of jewelry is a work of art.
Sarah Alexandra shirts are a masterwork of the finest Italian cotton and highly skilled tailoring, crafted to provide every woman an exceptional and classic silhouette. Sarah Alexandra was inspired by her mother, renowned Seattle tailor Renee Bassetti, who created bespoke designs available exclusively to a select audience in Seattle since 1989. Women with exceptional taste will appreciate the timeless style and extraordinary quality of these shirts, made complete with feminine details like winged collars.
A new addition to our collections at Mercantile Portland, STAUD offers cool it-girl handbags straight out of Los Angeles. Former Reformation fashion director Sarah Staudinger designs pieces that are playfully feminine and accessible, inspired by vintage clothing, downtown street art, and chic French style icons. Unique shapes and details are at the heart of this collection of new handbag staples.
For more than 20 years, Theory has created versatile and sophisticated tailored pieces for a modern woman who needs clothing for her busy life, pieces that feel great and fit perfectly. Theory continues its commitment to design, with sleek streamlined dresses and separates created with stretch fabrics and construction to ensure women feel confident and stylish.
Vanessa Bruno’s designs are minimalist yet sophisticated, intrinsically tied to the timeless aura and mystery of the Parisian woman, who desires comfort and ease but demands elegance in her everyday life. Vanessa Bruno takes inspiration from women like herself: independent, urban, boho, sophisticated and elegant. Mercantile Portland is delighted to be the exclusive outlet in Portland for this chic Parisian collection.
Veronica Beard is designed by two sisters-in-law married to brothers, both named Veronica Beard. Their friendship, kinship and shared love of fashion inspired them to create a brand that incorporates feminine silhouettes and details along with refined tailoring. The collection is built for real life- day to night, work to weekend- for women like themselves: mothers, entrepreneurs, sisters, friends. Their motto: Look good, feel good, and do what you love.
Vince makes up the basis of every chic woman’s wardrobe with timeless essentials inspired by its California origins. Pieces are minimal, airy, and organic, delivered with ease and sophistication that can be worn effortlessly.