This summer I took a road trip and one of my destinations included a 24-hour whirlwind shopping trip in Portland. While there, I checked out a bunch of shops on my "must-visit" list. But there was one store in particular that I loved so much I visited it twice: Orn Hansen. This exquisitely-curated store is one of my new, all-time favorites. Owned by husband-and-wife Rob and Rodellee, it's a "one stop shop for men and women who have an appreciation for a clean but lived in aesthetic." With a particular affinity for American-made clothing, and Japanese and French items, this store is a place you can't get enough of. If you're in Portland, you must swing by and tell them The Penny Rose sent you. And if you can't get there, be sure to visit them online at Ornhansen.com. Here's a peek into what makes this store such a success: an interview with the owners, Rob and Rodellee.
How long have you two owned/operated Orn Hansen?
We opened Orn Hansen in the original location in Long Beach, Calif., in 2013. In March 2015, we opened Orn Hansen in Portland, Rob's hometown. The Portland clientele are great and our shop seems to fit right into the Portland market.
How would you describe the aesthetic and style of the store?
The aesthetic is simple, clean, and a bit rustic. Our shop looks a lot like our home.
What were you two doing before you opened the store?
Rob has worked in the craft beer industry for several years and has been the director of sales at Cascade Brewing Co. up until recently. Rodellee previously worked at a fashion production company in Los Angeles while running her online vintage shop, Adored Vintage.
Do you have a philosophy of any sort in owning a store?
Our philosophy is to curate well-made clothing and goods from America and around the world. We are knowledgable about our products and how they are made and want to share products we love and believe in. We strive to create an environment where everyone feels welcome and feels like family.
When customers come to visit, what are some of the most frequent comments you hear?
We often receive compliments on how well curated our shop is. Recently we had a customer come in and tell us she just wanted to live in our store. Some customers have said our shop is calming and you feel like you can take your time browsing the wares.
Top five favorite things in the store right now?
Norman Russell Japanese Herringbone Popover Shirt (Men)
Taylor Stitch Caroline Shirt (Women)
Bradley Mountain Scout Pack
Richer Poorer Socks (Men and Women)
Must-have for women:
The Taylor Stitch Caroline Shirt is a staple piece every woman should own. It's a feminine take on a classic men's oxford shirt in crisp white cotton or Italian denim. It can be worn year around and is absolutely timeless.
Must-have for men:
Railcar Fine Goods X023 Japanese Natural Pure Indigo Spikes Denim.
Can you tell me about the stunning clothing collaboration you have with Jill Aiko Yee?
We met Jill a couple of years ago and instantly liked the silhouettes in her collection. They have ease of movement, a sense of utility, and they are the kind of clothes we can see women wearing every day. We made a few minor changes to pieces she had in her past collection and had a lot of fun choosing fabrics, patterns, and prints that adhered to the Orn Hansen aesthetic. We are really excited to bring more Orn Hansen and Jill Aiko Yee collaboration pieces in the shop for autumn.
Orn Hansen is a must-visit store. Check it out at 2627 SE Clinton St., Portland. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Ornhansen.com.