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Spring 2015

Springtime Accessories

Springtime Accessories

Because Spring comes slowly in the Pacific Northwest, we can gradually transition our wardrobe over to warm weather wear. A quick and easy way to start to adjust your wardrobe to the - slightly - milder temps is by trading out your Winter accessories for updated Spring pieces.  It's not be sandal weather yet, although we see some of you trying, so let's focus on bags, hats and scarves.


Scarves are meant to keep the chill off, but as the thermometer rises, they become an accent piece rather than a necessity.  Use your scarf to add color and texture to an otherwise, simple and neutral outfit or use a scarf instead of a sweater or jacket.

Made in Japan by local artisans on vintage looms, Grisal scarves are a great transition piece.  Lightweight, made out of Ramie yarn, with a unique texture that feels a little like linen, cotton and silk woven together.  They are unique, casual, yet totally luxe.

Cutuli Cult scarves combine rock n' roll sensibility with natural dying techniques.  Inspired by bustling, creative and musical cities around the globe, the scarves will instantly add a touch of cool girl edge to your outfit.



It's probably pretty clear that we are totally obsessed with our Rag & Bone Floopy Rim Fedoras.  They come in nearly every color imaginable, and can take you straight from chilly Winter to breezy Summer.  It's hard to chose a favorite color, but at the moment we can't help but lean towards the lighter colors.  

When the days get seriously warmer, switch to a raffia hat from Sans Arcidet.  A family company, run by three sisters that specializes in woven hats and bags made in Madagascar.  The raffia, leather and horn are ethically sourced, directly from the farmers and tradesmen.


Rag & Bone knows how to do accessories, and their leather bags are no exception.  Made out of the softest leather, they are roomy yet lightweight and will fit all of your essentials, including your iPad.

If you prefer something lighter and smaller for the warmer months, Sans Arcidet also makes beautiful handbags.  These are timeless silhouettes that will pair easily with jeans or dresses. They are ethically sourced and made and you will love them for years.  

Don't be overwhelmed by the idea of changing your wardrobe with the seasons.  By carefully choosing what pieces to update, you can curate a wardrobe that continues to feel fresh as Spring turns into Summer.


Easter Best

Easter Best

Easter is coming up fast, and seriously, what's not to love about it?  Any excuse to have brunch, celebrate Spring with our family and friends and of course buy a dress.  You'll continue to wear a new Easter dress throughout the spring and summer to weddings, baby showers and date nights. And best of all, most of these items can be dressed up or down, so, why not?

A beautiful and whimsical jacket over a simple, textured shift dress is a modern take on your Easter Best and Red Valentino knows how to do classics with a spunky twist.  This jacket will quickly become one of your signature pieces - pair it over dark wash skinny jeans and a crisp white shirt for a lunch meeting or throw it over a black cocktail dress for an evening event - add a delicate black suede pump or a metallic sandal to complete the holiday look.  

Red Valentino Broderie Anglaise Jacket, Theory Shift Dress
and Maya J 14K Gold White Gold and Diamond Flower Pendant Necklace

We're loving the sixties vibe of this festive dress from 'S Max Mara.  Pair the dress with some statement earrings and a lace up flat à la Aquazzurra to finish it off.  You won't want to wait long before you wear it again, we suggest adding a shrunken leather jacket and bootie for a girls night out.

'S Max Mara Silk trapeze dress and Loren Stewart Sterling Silver Cuff

A new Easter dress is the perfect opportunity to add a little color to your wardrobe and invest in an item that can be worn to any and all of your Spring and Summer events.




Somehow it's already March, which means we are that much closer to the first day of Spring!  To celebrate the arrival of one of the most beautiful seasons in Portland, we are hosting an in-store event with Vince.

Founded in 2002 in Los Angeles, with a carefully curated collection of women's knit and cashmere sweaters, Vince's women's collection now includes covetable dresses, pants, jackets, woven tops as well as sweaters and t-shirtsTheir goal is to create elevated wardrobe essentials in modern yet timeless silhouettes that women WANT to wear. These are clothes that are designed to stand the test of time, both with their high quality and style.

The Spring collection is full of luxe fabrics, including the softest leather and suede, washed silk, textured knits and silky soft cotton jersey as well as a cotton terry cloth that will rival your favorite sweater.

Suede dress in moss green available at Mercantile

Vince continues to be a Mercantile favorite year after year, creating effortlessly sophisticated clothes that we can't wait to wear.  We invite you to experience the new collection for yourself during our Spring event March 5 through 8, here at Mercantile.



Trend Report - Spring 2015

Trend Report - Spring 2015

It may not be spring yet, but it's sure starting to look like it.  With all this sunshine and blue sky it's time to start thinking about what we're going to wear as the weather continues to get warmer.  We've selected our five favorite trends for Spring, all of which can be mixed in with your winter wardrobe and worn now.


This may seem like an obvious choice, but this year designers have taken floral prints to a whole new level by using classic prints and messing with the proportions, colors and fabrications. Layer these pieces with a cozy cashmere cardigan to make them cold weather appropriate and once warmer temps arrive leave your arms bare!


Suede survives best in mild, dry weather - so it's no surprise that it was all over the Spring runways.  We love the soft and relaxed feel of suede and how it adds a casual elegance to any outfit.

White Denim

We're crazy about white denim at Mercantile and we've mentioned it before on the blog - but we're not talking about your basic white jeans here.  These pieces are patch worked, distressed and in completely new and unexpected silhouettes, adding some major interest.  Unlike fashion rules of yore, white denim can be worn all year long.


What was once a fabric brides and babies continues to be refreshed and made relevant again.  Whether it's crochet, eyelet, laser cut or intiricately woven, we can't get enough.  We love to mix the delicate fabric with denim or leather to toughen it up. 


This classic print can be taken in so many directions, from super casual to elegant and sophisticated.  And it's not the gingham of your childhood either - it's been blown up, refined and reimagined.

Don't let the February blues get you down - warmer weather is starting to make an appearance and Spring is right around the corner. With some new additions to your wardrobe the end of Winter won't feel so far away.