Nestled among the many lovely storefronts that line NW 23rd Avenue, Souchi is at the top of our list for the very best places to shop in Portland. Owned and operated by designer Suzi Johnson, Souchi is the destination for only the best in simple luxury. We recently had the privilege of photographing Souchi’s current offerings, showcasing Suzi’s own magnificent, locally made knitwear along with a few of the store’s many hand-picked pieces from famed international designers. The Souchi look is sexy, modern, stylish and comfortable, with each garment made from sustainable materials of the highest quality. Suzi personally hand picks her yarns at the finest mills in Europe. She knits pieces made from cashmere, organic cotton, cotton stretch, and cotton/cashmere blends, practicing eco-friendly business and design in every facet of Souchi operations. Alas, it came is no surprise when Souchi’s Spring 2011 collection was chosen to unveil at finale runway show this year in Portland Fashion Week.

Santa shops Souchi too, and not just for mom and sis! Suzi’s remarkable collection of treasures has something for everyone on your list, with hand knit pieces for women and men alike, plus special pieces for baby and original touches for home like cashmere napkins, table runners, and luxurious blankets. Don’t just take our word for it – the next time you’re strolling down NW 23rd Ave. in the spirit of giving, drop in and experience Souchi for yourself. Give the gift of Souchi and you’ll have a friend for life!