Founded in 2008 by grandmother Connie Codding and granddaughter Pamela Baker-Miller, Frances May moved into its first location in the West End neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. The shop is named after the family matriarch (Connie’s mother and Pamela’s great-grandmother). Frances May, the woman, was a lifelong school teacher, social worker, and world traveler. Ironically, she did not care about fashion in the slightest, however, she was ever poised and confident as she forged a path independent of societal expectations.
Built from a community of independent designers and artists, Frances May celebrates the joy in dressing and the confidence that comes from feeling good in one's skin. The FM Team takes a personal approach to help people curate their authentic style. Through a mix of emerging designers and classic mainstays, Frances May provides a shopping experience that is both aspirational and approachable for conscious-minded customers.
Pamela runs the day-to-day operations at Frances May. As an Indigenous woman, artist, designer, and mother of two, Pamela has a unique perspective that guides her every decision. Frances May represents over 65 designers, contributes to local and national collaborations, supports artist installations, works with local social justice organizations, and produces its in-house clothing line. Pamela continues to push the limits of retail norms and expectations, giving the store a sense of constant evolution.
Everyday: 12pm - 6pm
1136 SW Alder St.
Portland, OR 97205