Shop Local Spotlight: Folly & Interview With Sarah Bibb

By Stacy Day

Folly ˈfä-lĬœ
(N) a vintage meets modern women's boutique in NW Portland

Evoking a feeling of beautiful whimsy like that of 18th century English architecture built to serve as a conversation piece, Folly's space + selected styles take their cues from owner + local designer, Sarah Bibb who “let the clothes speak for themselves”. Whether it is a dress from her line, One Ear Dog Frog, a coat from Anna Sui, or a vintage gem, each piece is unique but collectively unified in that vision.

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photo credits: Folly | photo credit: Stacy Day

With a slight stature hovering around 5 feet, Bibb unexpectedly exudes excitement + a fashion-forward confidence that only her creativity competes with. The design of her Hyla skirts ($125), named for a friend, is one such example. This One Ear Dog Frog creation is a two-in-one reversible wraparound skirt that flirts with fun fabric fusions, playful lengths + affordable versatility you can wear with something old or something new.

Bibb's eye for balancing vintage + modern looks effortlessly elegant. An accessory that captures this, as well as the adoration of celebrity brides + publications, is “Folly Flowers” ($14-45). Fashioned for applications limited only by one's imagination, these silk flowers bloom in a bouquet of variety + color with each vintage button center as unique as the pieces they previously adorned.

Folly #2

photo credits: Stacy Day

Visions of classic femininity follow from these flowers, over book jackets featuring “folly” variously vignetted throughout, to the rack of vintage slips ($25-65) not-so-secretly vying for your attention. A carefully selected, quality collection, the dainty detail of the lace + softness of the silk show maturity only in their appeal.

For evenings out, Bibb's design philosophy of uncomplicated sophistication takes shape with the silhouette of Gina ($160), the little black dress that you wish was yours. And can be. While the gracefully scooped neckline is admittedly the focus, it's in the slightly tapered lines that hide my favorite detail: pockets. Perfect for nights you want to dance + leave the worries of purses behind.

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photo credit: Stacy Day | photo credit: Folly

With most items under $200, the other labels like Level 99 Jeans, Anna Sui, Sucre Soir, Cameo + Alternative Apparel compliment Bibb's styles at competitive prices. Wonder when new inventory is in? Folly is modern media connected + the pictures dare you not to stop by! Some might even say you would be folly.

An PDXPipeline “interview-ette” with Sarah Bibb

Sarah Bibb, Folly, Portland, Oregon

photo credit: Folly

How long have you been a fashion designer?

I have had my line since 2002 but have been making clothes and costumes all my life.

What or who inspires your collections?

Much of my inspiration comes from the fabric… I love fabric!! Each has it's own limitations so the joy is in discovering what you can do with what you have.

What local designers do you admire?

My favorite designers live far, far away from Portland…

Favorite local Portland clothing stores?

Tumbleweed & Flutter. Both so beautiful and specific.

What is a typical day at Folly like?

I have given up trying to predict what any given day will be like… So a typical day is full of magical surprises! I like to make at least one woman dance with joy at her problem solving find!

Do you have any sustainability initiatives or focuses at Folly?

I don't throw anything away so my life is all about re-use, re-cycle, re-fashion.

Who is your darling model + store assistant?!

Oh, you must be refering to Lauren… She's an angel!

Any current favorite trends?

Not really…???

What are you wearing today?

A wool and satin skirt I made last year, black boat neck tee shirt, cashmere vest by Cameo, black boots with diamonds on the sole! Oh and silk REI tights to stay warm, a vintage Lalique ring, and red lipstick (of course)!

Take a peek + beat the holiday rush:

Folly | 1005 NW 16th Avenue | Portland, Oregon | twitter @follypdx | facebook


Stacy Day is amused by a spinning mobile of design, arts + food. DIY-devising her way through life in Portland with her partner, her latest motley of muses include homemade ice cream, hosting a weekly happy hour group, photography + her vintage sewing machine. When she's not building her new business material*girl, her shadow can be spotted on the streets + in the shops of this fine city. You can hear her occasional tweet on these things @itsastacyday.

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