"This year, I'm gifting with a cozy theme in mind." - Meredith West, Black Parrot
Shown: Wallace & Sewall silk and cashmere scarf; Assorted Pine Scented Soaps, $9 each; Small Leather Goods from Farrell & Co; Tatine Candle, $38; CB I Hate Perfume assorted scents, from $75; SIWA Tote Bag, $89; Emu earmuffs, $59 oXs Rubber Soul High Top Sneakers Catherine Andre Alpaca blend hat, $99; Armorlux striped cotton top; Hikaru Noguchi Fairisle Gloves
1/ oXs Rubber Soul High Top Sneakers, $655 - Handcrafted in Italy and handpainted with Pirelli rubber soles 2/ Assorted socks by Antipast, $36 - Whimsical and intricate socks made and designed in Japan
1/ SIWA Tote Bag, $89 - Durable, water resistant and extremely lightweight, Made from Naoron paper in Japan 2/ Emu earmuffs, $59 - Sheepskin and leather, so warm! 3/ CB I Hate Perfume assorted scents $75-190 - Alcohol-free perfumes based on evocative memories. My favorite is "The Beach 1966" ($95) - Smells like a Maine Summer! 4/ Tatine Candle, $38 - Artisinal soy candles in unique scents like "Woodsmoke", "Tomato Leaf", "Wild Honeysuckle"
The birch tree branches and white lights in the window of Black Parrot are the perfect hint at what you’ll find inside. A grand, minimalist space with indie designers and high-fashion dresses as well as the classic staples that one is always on the quest for: a perfect wool hat, simple post earrings, a buttery, soft leather clutch. These are the stylish staples that set BP apart from the rest – it’s a boutique filled with a constant rotation of designers you already love and some you never knew existed.
Meredith West pulled together the perfect assortment of price points, from stocking stuffers to the truly splurgeworthy. “This year I’m gifting with the theme of ‘cozy’ in mind: Suss cashmere sweatpants for the collegiate studier, Penelope Chilvers shearling-lined boots for the unfortunate Mainer that is perpetually cold, for the writer a glass Menu teapot and Belloq tea to cozy up with by a roaring fire, a reversible down-filled Duvetica vest for the fashionable ski bunny.”
And those cashmere sweatpants she’s referring to? I’d recommend you stop in just to touch them. See something you like? Visit them at 191 Middle Street or give them a ring!
Photos by Erin Little / A Love Supreme Photography
From Portland Trading Company and Black Parrot to the handmade and unusual at
Pinecone + Chickadee and Portland Flea-For-All, Fore Front Fashion rounds up some unique
gift ideas that can all be purchased locally. And there’s more to come this week!
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