Sometimes the best things come in small packages. West End Select Shop is tucked away on SW Oak Street, just down from the Ace Hotel in Portland, and houses only a few racks and one big dressing room. But the good stuff is definitely all in the details. Andi Bakos is one of those details. The blond beauty opened the boutique doors just over a year ago and has already gained a loyal following for her impeccable taste for European designers, quirky jewelry, vintage denim and gems from her travels to Tokyo. Not to mention her rad personality that’ll make you want to shop with her and only her for the rest of your life. Choosing only what she loves and wears herself, Andi’s buying technique comes from an already longstanding career in fashion. We had to find out more so we asked and she answered.
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN FASHION? I’ve worked in product development, product management, buying, market research and styling. I started out in my younger years working in retail. I was a buyer from a young age. I graduated to the corporate world where I stayed through my twenties, working for Nike at both their European headquarters and world headquarters here in Oregon. After Nike, I freelanced for several years as a trend scout/market researcher, mostly for Nordstrom but also for trend agencies like WGSN and Stylesight. I feel like I was raised in a corporate environment. I couldn’t do what I do today without having had that experience. I learned so much about process, structure and the importance of listening to the consumer.