Portland is probably the most underrated city in New England. Before I went, I assumed it was just a small city in the depths of Maine that I might pass through on my way up for a ski weekend. Who would have thought it was a haven for craft beers, menswear shops and beautiful women? This is Maine, we’re talking about.
Tucked away in old town Portland, only a stone’s throw from the harbor, is one of my favorite menswear shops on the East Coast: Portland Dry Goods. There aren’t too many stores I would consider crossing state lines to get to, but this one probably fits that description – and for good reason too.
With a carefully curated selection of items from local Maine artisans (Ursa Major), New England staples (New England Shirting Co.) and national menswear favorites (Gant, Shinola), it’s hard to go wrong with an impulse purchase here. David Hodgkins has pulled together a shop that caters to menswear fiends like me while also remaining so quintessentially Maine. Portland Dry Goods markets to guys like me (and from what I suspect, my readers), that want functional, no-nonsense gear that has a solid foundation in American culture. There’s nothing wrong with a fancy boutique store in the streets of New York’s West Village, but that isn’t always the experience I’m looking for.
So next time you’re looking for a weekend escape and are considering yet another weekend on the cape, look north instead. You won’t regret it.
Portland Dry Goods Co. is located at 237 Commercial Street, Portland, ME