Jan 10, 2017 | By Lourdes Linares
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A very special denim store opened a while back, but we’ve been waiting on some pictures before blogging. Step in our denim buddy Thomas from Denimhunters who put this piece together the other day on Self Edge Portland.
Kiya Babzani opened his first Self Edge store in 2006 and at that time, he really was one of the first to showcase all these hard-to-find Japanese denim brands as seen in Lightning and Free and Easy or read about on obsessive denim forums. Since then, both the market and the success of the stores has been overwhelming. Probably due to Kiya and the team’s amazing knowledge and enthusiasm, as well as the public’s willingness to educate themselves and get on board with high-end, quality denim products. But whatever it is, premium denim has taken America by storm.
They followed the successful San Fransisco branch up with Self Edge NY, then Self Edge LA and earlier this summer they opened the doors to Self Edge Portland. Kiya describes the decision in his online statement:
“We went to Portland to visit the crew behind Tanner Goods and after spending some time there we realized there was quite a large Self Edge fan base already there. We saw that what we do translates well to what locals in Portland look for in clothing and accessories (or anything for that matter) quality and attention to detail are at the top of the list when shopping or eating in this town”
They opened the store on August 3rd, one month ago in a new retail project called Union Way. We’re sure the store will do just as well as the previous three and wish Kiya and his fabulous team all the very best!
Self Edge Portland: 1022 W. Burnside Street #J, Portland, OR 97209, Tel: 971 271 8775
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