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Joynoelle’s Caged Bird Sings

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Joynoelle designer Joy Teiken unveiled her new ready-to-wear collection Monday evening in an intimate and elegant show at the Grand Cafe in Minneapolis. She was inspired by the idea of caged birds, interpreted as criss-cross fabrics, feathered skirts and delicately stripped overlays. The bigger idea behind Teiken’s designs was triumph over hardship–breaking free of the cage. She succeeded there, as well. Teiken has long been adept at executing a cohesive and clever theme–no small feat–but this collection is her most promising to date–confirmed by the oohs and ahhs of the ladies in the attendance. Her latest bridal designs have already attracted some attention from New York fashion editors. It would be nice to finally see that enthusiasm reinforced by an investor or retailer with the resources to take Joynoelle to the next level. Her hometown fans would love nothing more than to say we knew her when…

Party with Sorel

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Sorel is ready for winter, even if we’re not. The always reliable; increasingly fashionable (wait ’till you see our December issue!) boot company is putting on a party tonight and tomorrow at the Uptown Columbia store.
Tonight: Sorel Style Soiree with a look at fall trends, fashion for Atmosfere boutique, eats from Lucia’s, libations from Local Steel Toe Brewing and Morgan Creek Vineyard and tunes by DJ Jonathan Ackerman. 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday: Live Beats, Local Eats and Free Treats. See the latest winter styles, win prizes from Sorel and Columbia and sample neighborhood cuisine from Chino Latino, Il Gato, Cafeteria and Burger Jones. DJ Jonathan Ackerman returns. 1 to 8 p.m.
Columbia Sportswear, 3014 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.


Friday, November 4th, 2011

The organizers of super cool, super successful American-made menswear pop up NorthernGrade are ready for winter. Their fans want another market, and they’ll get it–February 18. SnowGRADE, like its summertime brother, will take place at Architectural Antiques, organized by the folks from Pierrepont Hicks and J.W. Hulme, who certainly know how to throw a shopping party. Think: firepit, hot toddies and a small, well curated assortment of heritage brands. And if we have to snowshoe to get there, it will only add to the mystique.

Black Friday Midnight Madness

Friday, October 28th, 2011

In the constant quest to get shoppers excited and make the evening news, both Target and Mall of America announced today their plans to open at midnight on Black Friday. It actually seems more civilized than 3 or 4 a.m. I’d rather stay up late than crawl out of bed in the middle of the night to shop.

Black Friday hours have been creeping earlier for years. Last year, several chains, including Sears and Gap, were open on Thanksgiving Day. Premium Outlets, including Albertville, has opened at midnight the past few years–creating traffic jams in the process.

Target says the decision to open four hours earlier than last year was based on customer demand. Mall of America has 70 of its 500-plus retailers signed on for the midnight opening. It will be interesting to see what the deals are like: longer hours could actually help retailers create more of a party atmosphere–putting the emphasis on the event of shopping, rather than the blockbuster deals that have become synonymous with Black Friday. But it would have to be a really excellent party. Discounts are the reward for staying up late or rising extra early, and it won’t be easy to change that.

P.S.: Macy’s announced on Monday that its stores will open at midnight on Black Friday as well.

Will you shop at midnight?

Halloween Inspiration

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Pan Am stewardess costume: retro chic, yet of the moment

Please. You can do better than Sexy Nurse. Or Sexy Witch. Or Sexy Police Officer. Sure, some guys go wild for the paradox, and perhaps the pleather, but those packaged costumes are so obvious. Megan McGuire, owner of Up Six Vintage at Selby and Snelling in St. Paul, spends all year dreaming up clever costumes, and stockpiling the bell bottoms, rompers, Zubaz, go go dresses, tube tops and Hawaiian prints to bring them to life. She can get you dressed as Jackie O, Willy Wonka, Lady GaGa or the cast of Saved By the Bell. Got a better idea? Challenge McGuire–she’s ready for it, with extended hours all week: Noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday; Noon to 8 p.m. Wed.-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Halloween. 157 Snelling Ave., St. Paul, 651-917-0470

How Retailers Are Making It Work

Monday, October 17th, 2011

I hear the unemployment numbers, feel the stock market swing and see the Wall Street protesters. Then I go to the mall and can’t help but think, “What recession?” Clearly, retailers have suffered these past few years. Some more than others. I talk to some that feel like they’re hanging on by a string. Others count their blessings because business is actually quite strong. Usually they tell me in a whisper, as if saying it out loud could somehow jinx the recovery.

Tuesday evening, Galleria retailers will be speaking out loud, and you are invited. Fashion Group International Minneapolis & St. Paul hosts “Lifestyle in this Economy,” a panel discussion featuring representatives from local boutiques dugo, Hammer Made, Three Rooms and Rocco Altobelli salon and day spa. With yours truly moderating. We’ll discuss how customer habits and attitudes have changed, how retailers have had to change and the outlook this holiday season and beyond. The event is free and should be interesting, whether you’re a business owner, a shopper, or both. Join us at dugo from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (discussion starts at 7).

Walker Shop Thursday Specials

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Target Free Thursday Nights at the Walker Art Center now includes a deal at the Walker Shop, too. Starting tomorrow, the museum store will discount a select item every Thursday night. For October, it’s rice paper masking tape by mt. Use it to artfully seal a note, decorate a gift, or in my case, make up for a bad wrap job. Available in patterns and solids, the tape sells for $4.50 roll. Get two for one on Thursday nights this month.

Get Glowing With Kate Somerville

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Fresh off a busy Emmys weekend, during which her DermalQuench skin treatment was a pre-red carpet must for host Jane Lynch, her Glee co-star Lea Michele, Kate Walsh from Private Practice and many other celebs, Hollywood facialist Kate Somerville is headed to the Twin Cities. On Saturday, she’ll offer her $250 wrinkle-reducing treatment for free at Nordstrom Mall of America. Somerville will sign copies of her book, “Complexion Perfection,” from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Her DermalQuench machine, a hyperbaric pressurized oxygen treatment, which she says eliminates wrinkles on the spot, will be at the store all week.

Aside from Somerville’s high-tech treatment, she says great skin requires three things:

  • Exfoliation. Use a good peel or scrub twice a week to turn over dead skin cells
  • Hydration serum with hyaluronic acid
  • Moisturizer with peptides to stimulate collagen production

Follow these rules, she says, “and you’ll have gorgeous skin.” But just to be safe, you might want to schedule an appointment at Nordstrom. Call 952-883-2121.

Scenes from NorthernGRADE

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

All the cool kids (and men in dress shirts and slim shorts) came out for the second annual NorthernGRADE men’s market at Architectural Antiques in Northeast Minneapolis. A few of my favorite finds:

First look at the re-opened Faribault Woolen Mills – selling authentic army blankets. (Super soft and warm!)

Fall 2011 from Pierrepont Hicks, including the new silks (right), featuring the company crest.

Isn’t he a doll? That strapping former NFLer is Gibran Hamdan. He could be sportscasting or coaching, but he’s got a passion for fashion. So he put on a vest and brought his Alial Fital shirts to NorthernGRADE.

Charmed by this brand new Chicago-based company, Buckshot Sonny’s selling high-quality, retro sportsgear. The two mustachioed gentleman behind the brand made their worldwide debut at NorthernGrade, selling packs, trucker caps, t-shirts and gear for guys who may or may not hunt, fish and play ball – but who appreciate the old-school All-American vibe.

And then there was this guy – WCCO’s sharp shopper, Jason DeRusha, trying on Stormy Kromer caps. Perfect for those blustery Man on the Street interviews…

NorthernGRADE Men’s Market

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Having modern classic fashion brands like J.W. Hulme Co. and Pierrepont Hicks based in the Twin Cities makes us look good. The two teamed up again to produce the second annual NorthernGRADE men’s market today at Architectural Antiques in Northeast Minneapolis. If you wear bow ties, fitted plaid shirts, slim denim and Red Wing boots – generally all at once – or appreciate men in them, this shopping event is worth hitting. There will be live music, food and spirits, and of course, shopping. NorthernGRADE brings together iconic American-made brands new and old, including Red Wing Shoe Co., Duluth Pack, Stormy Kromer and Taylor Stitch. Go to support them. Go for the people watching. Go to get your man out of pleated khakis. And go to celebrate the cool, creative companies that make Minnesota their home – and the others from around the country that come to be associated with this movement.

NorthernGRADE, Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at Architectural Antiques, 1330 Quincy St. N.E., Mpls.

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