Shop Tours, Stationery, Travel

Ferdinand (Portland, Maine)

April 27, 2007

Another gem of a store in Portland, Maine that I visited last Saturday was Ferdinand, co-owned by designer Diane Toepfer. The moment I walked in and spotted tons of cram cream tape and Japanese goodies, I knew I’d thoroughly enjoy the experience, but wait, it gets better.

Ferdinand (Portland, Maine)I had a chance to meet with Diane, watched her do a little screenprinting (she gave me one of the zebra designs she was busy working on), and spent some time making small talk with her. I guess I’m a nerd, but I cherish these intimate exchanges with shop owners, it means a lot to me when they take a moment to explain a process or give a tour. It was really relaxing and nice hangin’ with Diane. She’s totally chill and so is her store. I wasn’t surprised to find out she and her hubby relocated to Maine a few years ago from the west coast.

Ferdinand (Portland, Maine)Here she is working on her zebra cards. It was cool when she told me that her husband reads decor8, as I’m always excited when I go to random stores and someone there has heard of my blog. I’m sure other bloggers can relate, it’s really exciting! Blogging is amazing, it links so many of us together, it’s truly inspiring, don’t you think? Anyway, Ferdinand is a large store, packed with everything from cram cream tape to pins and jewelry, tees, cards, pillows, pottery, and lots of adorable owls made of natural materials, like bark. I highly suggest visiting and spending some time with Diane yourself.

Ferdinand (Portland, Maine)I could have easily purchased every single one. I love how she arranged them on a bright aqua wall. Check out the baby bibs on the second shelf below from Japan. Can you stand it?!? Cute!

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Sorry, no close up product shots. I need to work on my photography skills, I know. But I’m trying and hopefully, you’ll see me improve over time. :)

Ferdinand (Portland, Maine)Here’s a few of Diane’s latest designs above. You can buy these online. Do you like my zebra below? I put him in the living room for the time being. I love that Diane signed it, and adore the raw edges. I have to get him in a frame…

Ferdinand (Portland, Maine) When you’re in Portland, mark down Ferndinand as a must-see shop. They are open Wednesday-Saturday from 11-6, and are located at 243 Congress Street, not far from Angela Adams, so you can hit both stores.

And there’s good news for those not heading into Maine anytime soon… You can shop some of Ferdinand’s wares online.

Thanks Diane for taking time with me, it was so nice to meet you.

(images from holly becker for decor8)


  • Reply Carlene April 27, 2007 at 11:40 am

    I wish I could visit that shop, it looks amazing! I bought my husband one of her squirrel drummer shirts, he loves it to death.

  • Reply kate April 27, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    Boy, that last vase (penguin?) is adorable. It cracks me up for some reason.

    Did you get the email I sent you about Argentina? It was a week or two ago–I just found out some of my emails have been going astray.

  • Reply Mandy April 27, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    What a fun site! I’ve bookmarked it for future shopping ideas :)

  • Reply Eve April 27, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    after reading all your posts on Portland Maine.. I want to atleast visit it if not move.. How lucky these are people are who could move from west coast to east and set up their own store and run it successfully..

  • Reply Kristi April 27, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    I am so jealous looks like you had a great time.

  • Reply decor8 April 27, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    kate, yes i did! it was great. i thought i replied though? didn’t i tell you about the mixed media art class i’m taking this summer in manchester, and invited you? hmmm. let me check my outbox.

  • Reply kate April 27, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    Ooh, no, I didn’t get a reply. That class sounds interesting–I’d love details, though we’re moving to Boston in late June… V. exciting; I’m already getting distracted from food on my blog and instead posting photos of the ornate fireplace liner, etc.

  • Reply sarah_chicago April 28, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    Where is that silver horse from? I have to have it, it’s so shiny!


  • Reply Jenna April 29, 2007 at 12:57 am

    wow i live about 10 minutes away from portland, maine and i’ve never been there… i should go though!

  • Reply Anonymous June 16, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    That’s a Jonathan Adler ornament!

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