What to wear: Three Portland startups that are rethinking which clothes we buy online

You might not know this, but in some circles? Portland is seen to be a burgeoning hotbed of fashion.

No, not hipster chic. Traditional fashion. Like Portland Fashion Week. And local designers who win Project Runway. And that sort of thing.

So it should come as little surprise that local online startups are rethinking the fashion we purchase online, too. And these three are coming at it from three different angles.

The Clymb

With more than a million members, The Clymb has quietly become a juggernaut in the world of active fashion, providing its members with ridiculous deals on clothes and equipment that help them make the most of the outdoors.

For those who find their passion in the outdoors, The Clymb inspires human-powered adventure by delivering member-exclusive 72-hour sales on premium brands and experiences, hand-picked by our team of fellow enthusiasts and experts. Membership is free, allowing users to shape the community by inviting like-minded friends. The company is based in Portland, Ore., and was founded in 2009 by a seasoned team of outdoor and sport industry veterans.

For more information or to join, visit The Clymb, follow @theClymb on Twitter, or like The Clymb on Facebook.



Feeling a little more thrifty? Dresm may be more your speed.

We all wear clothes, we all spend money on clothes, we all discard clothes. With the idea that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, we hope that Dresm will encourage people to buy and sell used clothing.

We recognize that some of the pieces listed on the site may have otherwise been destined for a thrift store or a charitable organization. With that in mind, we give sellers the opportunity to donate some of those proceeds to charity.

To check out what they have in stock, visit Dresm, follow @dresmstuff on Twitter, or like Dresm on Facebook.



Maybe you want to vote with your dollar by shopping for clothes that are more environmentally friendly. No worries. Portland has you covered there, too. With Looptworks.

Looptworks is a ground-breaking business that repurposes abandoned materials into meaningful, long-lasting and limited-edition products. By re-using the world’s pre-consumer excess, the U.S.-based company aims to rid the world of waste while inspiring a generation to reduce their impact on the planet. The inaugural line includes jackets hoodies, skirts, shirts and graphic t-shirts for both men and women The Portland, Oregon-based start-up is led by apparel industry veterans with extensive experience from Nike, Adidas and Royal Robbins.

For more information, visit Looptworks, follow @looptworks on Twitter, or like Looptworks on Facebook.


(Image courtesy nsr1986. Used under Creative Commons.)

  1. Wow, awesome blog structure! How lengthy have you been running a blog for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is fantastic, as smartly as the content material!

  2. Hey Rick, thanks from The Clymb for the mention as well!

    I moved here from Seattle to combine my love of technology with my love of the outdoors, and so far it’s working out great. We are also hiring developers – check out http://www.theclymb.com/careers

  3. Thanks Rick for the mention.
    The Dresm Staff feels like we’re in good company in Portland. Not only is fashion respected and promoted here but alternative thinking has it’s place as well. Secondhand fashion is so prominent here that it seemed natural to make a cleaner and friendlier online marketplace to support it.

  4. Portland is always ahead of the curve when it comes to DIY and being green. I’m a t-shirt enthusiast, so Dresm is a fantastic idea to me and I might not have heard about it otherwise. Thanks for the heads up!

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