As a young company, we are still excited when a store contacts us to carry our line. But it feels every more special when the store is just opening it’s doors and we get to be a part of their venture from the beginning. Although we aren’t there on opening day, a little part of us (our shirts!) are.
Port in Northampton, Massachusetts opened it’s doors just a few months ago and is off to a great start. Bringing new life and American-made awareness to the Northampton area, Ben Glushien is the tour de force behind Port. He believes in quality over quantity, sharing well-made products at every price point, and educating customers on the importance of locally made goods. In his words, “Supporting American made clothing supports jobs in America. It supports the economy. Shifting the way we spend our money by just a small percentage can have a more powerful effect than any voting you do at the polls. Real change starts with people, not policy. The most powerful thing you can do is change.”
We are grateful to be among the ranks and racks of Jungmaven and Armor Lux at Port. If you live in the Northampton area be sure to visit. Ben will be hosting some great trunk shows and book signings next month too. To stay up to date, be sure to follow Port on Facebook. Read on for our interview with Ben and to see some photos of his shop.
What is your background?
I grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. Background in the arts. Studied fine arts at Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, NY. Worked as a model maker for 8 years (props for ads and game prototypes). Performed independent contract work for Disney for 9 yrs (traveling to local theaters and gathering market info through viewing trailers & features). Worked in retail on and off for 3 yrs. Worked as an activities person with seniors for 3.5 yrs. Was a “professional dog player” for a year. Plenty of more jobs had… Always more than one at a time. Basically I’ve had tons of jobs, and all the while was thinking about opening my own store! I had been thinking about opening a store for 10 years.
Why did you start your store?
I started the store because I was ready to work for myself. No one around here was doing what my store is doing… supporting USA made clothing and high quality timeless clothing. Supporting US made is a stores belief that if we could bring back some of the textile industry we could create many jobs that would positively affect the economy and US culture. Also sustainable clothing from brands that work very hard to keep production sustainable. Focusing on women’s wear that is equally utility & fashion, and offering a good amount of clothing that cannot be labeled as specifically menswear or womenswear.
Where can we find you online?
We are on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @PortNoho. The website is to come in first year…
What’s your favorite blog to read online?
What products do you wear from your store?
I wear Jumgmaven. Big fan of the bold stripes they hand roll on. I also wear Armor Lux and Soludos from the store.
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you serve us?
Dinner at my house would be an apple sage veggie sausage angel hair pasta dish with kale, garlic and olive oil.
Who is your favorite fashion icon?
What is the emotion you feel before you buy a new product online?
The emotion I always feel before making a purchase online is hesitation. Support brick & mortar! Keep community alive!
What music perfectly describes your store?
When we were building the space Luis Bonfa’s Black Orpheus soundtrack was playing the most. The vibe of the music is still present in the store. Also Jonathan Richman’s Corner Store has been inspiring!
Thank you so much, Ben! Stop by Port, located at 202 Main Street in Northampton, Massachusetts.