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710 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721045.527944 -122.698466
Neighborhoods: Northwest District, Neighbors West - Northwest
Love the swanky old school boudoir feel of this boutique, which I always thought was a bridal shop but is actually full of unique dresses for any special occasion, even grown up prom. And if you're trying to source clothing responsibly, they get all their fair trade silk from a family run Himalayan farm.
While looking for the perfect 'mother of the bride' dress, I was shopping in Portland, and ran into the cute store with the friendly employees, and tried on the ' classic' dress. I tried it on in pink, and was convinced with all the complements in the store by the employees, it was the dress for me. I soon thereafter ordered the dress in purple. 4 months later, and Very excited, I traveled to portland for my final fitting. When I put the dress on, I was complexly unhappy with how I looked and felt. Why? I asked myself. When I tried the pink one it felt perfect!? You see, I was blessed with a perfect daughter, and this was a Huge deal to me.
I was so sad, and excused my self from the fitting. I called the next day, to explain my dilemma, to which I was told that I signed an agreement, payment in full at the time of order, with no refund. I asked if they could please work with me, sell it in the store or use for display, since it was a standard medium, and sell same style, they had absolutely nothing to offer to a unhappy customer, for this most special day. Do not special order from this store! You may feel differently when it comes in! In the end, TERRIBLE customer service!!
Girl Heaven – I tend to be the "lurker" type on Yelp, only reading what others write. But I recently purchased a dress from Lena's and cannot stop putting it on and prancing around- very classic with a twist. Their cashmere wraps are like little angels keeping your shoulders warm. The outfit makes me feel sensational, and one of a kind.
They make wedding dresses as well, the moment I discovered this, my boyfriend, poor guy, who drives me by the store on our way home all the time---- as I obnoxiously repeat "That is where I'm going when we get engaged."
The atmosphere is comfortable and the staff was really beautiful inside and out. Overall, if your going to spend money, you wont regret doing it here.
Utterly Fanastic – I walked in the day before I was leaving to go back home to NYC. I am in the retail industry and I believe the quality of the shopping experience should be just as high of the quality of the garments. This is true at Lena Medoyeff Studio in Portland (and the quality of the. I did not plan on buying my wedding dress when I walked in--I didn't even plan on trying any on. However, Amber Lee was so lovely and knowledgeable about Lena Medoyeff and her dresses that I found myself in the fitting room with many dresses. Amber Lee's attention to detail and dedication to the customer's happiness is unparalleled. My fiance and I had a wonderful time with her in the store. When I tried on the dress that she and Lena had picked out for me (I thought it was a cut I would hate), I knew I had found it. My fiance exclaimed "I have never seen a woman look more beautiful in a dress than you do in this." I bought it right then and there for my Sept 2010 wedding.
Do yourself a wonderful favor and stop here on your hunt.
Thanks Lena Medoyeff Studio!
PS They have more than white dresses!
I want to tell you the best kept secret if your looking for the perfect wedding dress. – I looked in a few different bridal stores looking for the perfect dress that I would shine in (not the dress wearing me). Amber was an incredible help and Lena, the designer, was there to talk to about the different dresses. Lena's dresses all look amazing on, they range from classically beautiful to feminine and fashion forward. I was wanting a dress that I would look amazing in and feel comfortable wearing the entire night from the ceremony into the dancing. Amber helped me pick the perfect dress for me. We decided on a gorgeous wide silk off white band that hangs down the back for the ceremony and then I will change it to a beautiful steel blue sash. I'm writing this review to tell all women looking for an amazing dress that you will be able to dance and run around in, this is the store. Not to mention everything is fair trade and it's all Locally designed by Lena herself.
Elegant and chic designs; personable service – Talk about a diamond in the rough. I have been to most of the wedding stores in town carrying all the top designers and nothing felt right for me. I am quite particular and was looking for a dress that was elegant, stylish, but not so contemporary that I would look back at my wedding photos and wonder, "what was I thinking?!?" After several months of searching, I finally caught wind of this shop and found the perfect dress for me. The first dress I tried on met every criteria I was hoping for but couldn't find.
You will not find Lena Medoyeff on theknot, or any other wedding website. This local designer, who I had the pleasure to meet, is pretty much word of mouth only. Her designs really showcase the bride and this chic boutique makes you feel like you've come across something really unique. Amber was the associate who helped me, and she was extremely knowledgeable in the fabrics and designs. It was evident she loves what she does. It was a no pressure atmosphere; very personable and friendly. I couldn't be happier with my decision and I only thought it was fair to share this fantastic place with other future brides. Happy hunting!
Non threatening and friendly sales experience – I wandered in here today as part of my expedition to check out bridal gown options as I recently got engaged. I told the salesgirl, Amber, when I came in that I was just looking and she was super friendly and relaxed. We talked about different gown shapes and coloring and I was pleased that she said several times that she loved her job, loved her boss and was really proud that they were fair trade. Amber also offered several suggestions for wedding venues and was generally very friendly and helpful. I will definitely come back and try on some dresses when it gets closer to my actual wedding date.
mother of the brides blues, ended – I have been thinking about, and looking for a dress to wear to my daughters wedding for quite some time. I have been frustrated and stressed, all I could find was something for a vixen or a dowdy old woman. If I did find something I liked it would cost more than my daughters wedding gown and still not be the "one". Sunday, after 3 1/2 hours of shopping and not even finding one thing to try on, money in my pocket and ready to buy, I was ready to go home and start again another day. I decided to walk just a little bit longer and so glad I did. There before me I found it the Perfect Shop. I walked in, to a friendly smiling face ready to take this 50 + year old woman on. She never made me feel to old to be shopping there and was very honest about how the styles looked on me. To my surprise the styles were very complimentary to my figure,( which is far from perfect). I found the most wonderful dress, I am crazy in love with it!, I feel comfortable and good about how I look, I anticipate a wonderful wedding of joy and comfort in my beautiful new dress. And as an added bonus I will be wearing this many times after the wedding.
thank you for a wonderful experience
A long raving review for the bridal store (which was a godsend) – As a shy, not rich, curvy, picky, bride to be who was getting down to the wire on finding a dress, LEna Medoyeff Bridal was really a godsend for me. My first trip to Lena Medoyeff was to the regular store, where the prices and major personal connection of the shopkeep intimidated the hell out of me. Luckily, a couple days later, and with a girlfriend in-tow, we ventured across the street to the Bridal store. I was so incredibly relieved to find that, just because it's bridal, the price wasn't completely jacked up on these items. They are a little more than similar dresses across the street, but they have additional touches to make them even more beautiful and bridal-ready than their colorful counterparts across the street. The simple, beautiful styles were certainly more than a vintage gown or a simple dress from J.Crew, but defintely less than the consistently overprices bridal wear out there (which is often also sort of ugly and/or and/or over the top and/or just plain overpriced for the quality and beauty of what you're getting) Lena Medoyeff gowns are simple, timelss, special, high quality and have some integrity.These are beautiful gowns, the fabric is very special and is fair trade (not just 'fair trade', the people that work there are happy to tell you exactly where it comes from) and all items are designed and made locally ! Megan, who was working both times I went in, was respectful, helpful and very easy to work with. I will be recommending this place to any bride-to-be that comes within 10 feet of me.
Fabulous, beautiful, original, and friendly – I just purchased my wedding gown at the Lena Medoyeff Bridal boutique on 23rd (across the street from her original store). The store is full of amazing fabrics and designs and I loved trying every dress on. The dress I bought was made from a fabulous embroidered raw silk and I have never seen such amazing detail. The staff (Megan especially) was so great. The atmosphere is warm and friendly and not pushy which keeps you from stressing out about such a big decision. I think the prices on these bridal dresses are very reasonable, considering you are getting a unique, hand-made garment vs. what you will find in the big bridal shops. If you are looking for a beautiful, elegant, not overly frilly and poofy dress, then Lena Medoyeff is your place!!
Luxury meets simple, elegant style in this Portland designer's digs. – In Short
The brightly hued, hand-stitched fabrics inside the this shop cordially invite passers-by inside for a closer look. These rare textiles come mostly from the other side of the planet, produced at a family-run mill outside of Calcutta, India. The designer learned her trade while serving with the Peace Corps in Guatemala, before opening stores here and in Los Angeles. There's only a few of everything, which makes each handmade piece that much more special.
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