Open in Portland since 1999, Red Light Clothing Exchange is the City of Roses’ one-of-a-kind, homegrown, buy-sell-trade, men’s and women’s fashion emporium.
Since the beginning, Red Light has been buying, selling and trading clothes with people from all walks of life. Our extensive inventory changes daily, but it always includes a vast selection of choice vintage pieces alongside brand-name modern garments.
We don’t cater to one particular fashion style, instead focusing on providing unique, quality, stylish clothing at truly affordable prices. Whether you’re in the market for classic basics, one-of-a-kind statement pieces or just costume frocks, we’ve got you covered. That’s why on any given day shopping at Red Light you can rub elbows with local trend-setters, touring rock stars, eco-conscience thrifters, Japanese tourists and Portland bargain-hunters.
Our one-of-a-kind inventory and decor has gotten us a lot of attention, from local awards to international reviews. Along with “Best of” recognition from Portland media such as Portland Mercury, Willamette Week and Citysearch, The Red Light has been spotlighted by Lucky, GQ, Elle, NPR and even London’s The Guardian and Japan’s Lightning.
Still, nothing means more to us than the personal kudos from everyday customers. “You’ve got great stuff!” is magic to our ears and we’re constantly working hard to keep you happy!
(Oh, and because so many customers ask about our relationship to Red Light in Seattle: our owner is the founder of Seattle’s Red Light. Selling that business allowed us to relocate to Portland and we love it here. The Seattle and Portland stores are not affiliated; the Portland business remains owned by its founder.)
OUR BOOK!: Hundreds of tees from Red Light Clothing Exchange's vintage rock T-shirt collection can be seen in our book, Rock Tease: The Golden Years of Rock T-shirts (Abrams Image, 2006). Rock Tease was the first book ever written about vintage rock tees; it includes tons of color photos, exclusive interviews with music legends like Richard Hell and Mark Arm, and the only detailed history of the origins and evolution of the business and artistry of rock T-shirts. Rock Tease was featured in Blender, The Guardian (UK), The Age (Australia), T-Journal and a host of other media; tees showcased in the book reflect more than a decade of collecting. Rock Tease is available at all major bookstores.