Oregon Fashion Thrives on Variety
Oregon's fashionable residents crowd the shops in Salem, Eugene, and Portland, where local designers are often prized above national chains. Fashion school students training for careers in fashion design can take their inspiration from these local designers, who often use these Oregon cities as their stepping stone for nationwide business. Oregon's 3.4 million residents demand both retail and boutique shopping, which means a variety of career opportunities for fashion merchandising and marketing graduates.
Oregon residents and fashion industry workers alike benefit from the state's lack of sales tax. Shoppers in Portland head to the Pearl District for specialty boutiques and shops. The vibrant performing arts culture in Eugene offers career opportunities to designers interested in bringing costumes to life on stage. For career opportunities as eclectic as the styles shoppers love, Oregon's fashion school students often prefer to keep their operations local after graduation.