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ECCO Opening

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Danish shoe brand ECCO, known for stylish comfort, will open its 1,000th store Friday at Mall of America. The store will feature ECCO’s complete line of men’s, women’s, sport, golf and outdoor/performance footwear. The retail space–second level, north side–is inspired by ECCO’s Scandinavian heritage with sleek, modern design. ”We are excited to be entering Mall of America as a true shopping destination for consumers from all over the US and the world,” ECCO USA President Dave Quel said in a statement. The first 50 customers will receive a gift bag with purchase.

Timberland at Calhoun Square

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Timberland is opening at Calhoun Square – the brand’s first stand-alone store in Minnesota. The 2,000-square-foot store on the first floor of the Uptown shopping center, overlooking Hennepin Avenue, will showcase much more than those sturdy yellow work boots. Expect the full Timberland brand experience, including footwear, clothing and outdoor accessories for men, women and children. Calhoun Square general manager Ken Seifert says the store will have a “unique design seen in few locations nationally.” Timberland’s projected opening is Nov. 1.

Meanwhile, massage and bodywork clinic Euphoric Ambiance is now open on the second floor of Calhoun square specializing in deep tissue massage and offering sound therapy and heated bamboo massage.

Cobra Society Trunk Show

Sunday, August 28th, 2011
She grew up in Minnetonka, interned for Stella McCartney in London, studied in Morocco and Paris, and currently lives in Los Angeles. But on Monday, up and coming designer Alex Davis returns home to Minneapolis for a trunk show of Cobra Society, her debut collection of designer boots, which has already been embraced by fine boutiques around the world, including Pumpz & Co. at the Galleria. Inspired by North African culture, Davis uses Kilim fabrics on the shaft of each boot, woven by female rug artisans from a village in Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains. No two pair are alike. She combines the fabrics with Italian vegetable tanned leathers for a look that expertly blends classic western style with global influence.
The boots come in four heights, three color schemes, and have a slouchy shape with a stacked heel. Prices range from $795 to $1,195.
Meet the designer and shop the collection Monday, Aug. 29 from 1 to 10 p.m. (cocktail reception starts at 6 p.m.) at International Market Square, 275 Market St., Mpls., Studio 185.
If you can’t make it, shop Cobra Society online at

These Boots Are Made for Buyin’

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

This never happens. The desert boots everyone was coveting at our Mpls.St.Paul Magazine fall fashion shoot were the most affordable pair of shoes on set…by hundreds. Mossimo, $24.99! Coming soon, to a Target near you. Stylist Liz Doyle was so excited, she splurged on $6 lavender Benjo’s laces.

Changes at Parc Boutique

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Men, you had your chance. Parc Boutique tried offering you something other than a chair to sit in while your girlfriends and spouses shopped. Owner Thao Nguyen wanted to help you look cool for the weekend in premium denim, Ben Sherman shirts and Alternative Apparel tees. But you didn’t buy enough – and interestingly, your gals were too busy shopping for themselves to worry about outfitting you, despite the convenience. Women will shop wherever there is stuff to buy. Men won’t bother – even if it’s right in front of them and they’re bored, waiting for you to decide if you look fat in those jeans. When they finally do muster up the energy to shop, guys tend to go somewhere that has everything they need, rather than a women’s boutique where they might find one shirt. So, like many women’s boutique owners who tried it before her, Nguyen is discontinuing men’s apparel. Everything remaining is now 50 percent off.

As one department closes, another opens: Getting men’s out of the way will give Parc Boutique space to add handbags and shoes. Like the apparel, expect smaller, contemporary lines, priced under $100. The goods will arrive in August!

A Tall Tale About Espadrilles

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Bettye Muller "Sage," $170

The buyers at Pumpz & Co. tell me espadrille sales are up – literally. Their customer is buying a higher heel this year. In the past, the Galleria boutique has had to special order espadrilles in a 2-inch height. This year, 3.5-4 inch heels are selling. Could mean a younger customer is shopping Pumpz, or the usual suspects are willing to rise up for fashion. Either way, Pumpz is thrilled by the sexy shift.

Cool boots – now, and later

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Love these Sigerson Morrison suede peep toe ankle boots from Pumpz & Co – shown today on Twin Cities Live: That’s Sharon Allemong – when she’s not modeling on TV, she runs Insite Interiors and the Sale Room @ IMS. She made a Classiques Entier dress from Nordstrom look hip and season-appropriate by layering a thin turtleneck underneath and adding a belted jacket by the same brand on top. Peel it apart and she can take the pieces into spring. Even the boots (which are $350), which would look great without tights too. Sharon led off the show today – see the other models and their boots here: – Boots.

Red Wing reaction to New Yorker

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler is a big fan of Red Wing Shoes - the first outside brand he brought in to what is now a substantial heritage collection. But that admiration does not extend to every style – like the ones favored by Red Wing Shoes CEO David Murphy. While interviewing Murphy for today’s St. Paul Pioneer Press article on how Minnesota brands are benefiting from the American heritage trend in fashion, I asked him about the recent New Yorker profile that detailed Drexler’s visit to Red Wing Shoes headquarters. Murphy said he showed Drexler his favorite boot, the 2156 hiker (pictured.) Drexler’s unapologetic response: “Leave that to the designers.” Nor was Drexler impressed by the World’s Biggest Boot on display at the Red Wing Shoes retail store in the company’s home town. “He wants it to be a lot more hip,” Murphy said. The New Yorker piece quoted Drexler offering to help Murphy open a store in Manhattan. Murphy says retail is not a focus for Red Wing Shoes, but the brand likely will get to New York in the next few years. And when that time does come, Murphy said he will definitely take up Drexler, widely regarded as a retail superstar, on his offer. He’s got it in print.

Happy little feet

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Great resource for grown up girls with petite feet:, specializing in women’s sizes 4 to 5 1/2. The site features vintage shoes  (smaller feet, back in the 20’s) and new shoes are coming soon.

Peep of spring

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Peeptoeboot Schedule that pedicure a bit earlier this year – peep toe boots are big for spring. Anything's possible after the shoe-bootie, right? And while the peep toe boot seems destined for a short season between slushy streets and oppressive heat, it is the ultimate in transitional wardrobing, for those frustrating weeks when nothing looks quite right. This one, in a grayish-tan suede by Bettye Muller, is now on the shelves at Pumpz & Company at the Galleria in Edina. (Warning: it's $525. The trend's got to start somewhere.) 

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