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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…

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.


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