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Ini’s Capsule

Monday, April 25th, 2011


He’s baaaack. We knew it wouldn’t be long before former Ivy owner Ini Iyamba was stirring up Twin Cities style again. Join him Friday evening at June designer resale boutique for the launch of Capsule, a curated accessories collection with many one-of-a-kind pieces Iyamba commissioned from local designers including Stephanie Lake Design (above), SBG Designs (below), and Heidi Comfort. Iyamba challenged them to stay true to their look, with a liberal dose of Ini edge, and a price point of $100 or less.

“It’s indicative of the market right now,” says Iyamba, who has been carefully plotting next moves since closing his Uptown boutique last year. Although he’s one of the smoothest salesmen around, Iyamba says he doesn’t miss retail hours or being tied to the sales floor every day. What inspires him is the process of identifying new vendors and creating a cohesive story through product and merchandising. He came up with the idea for an accessories “capsule” while consulting for a local clothing store (all will be revealed soon). “There are so many talented artisans here,” Iyamba says. “I didn’t want to just get their goods; I wanted to challenge them to do something different.”

The Capsule launch party is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. The collection will be available for 30 days exclusively at June, 3406 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. But this is just the beginning. A second, more masculine Capsule is planned for the month of June at Elsworth, the downtown Minneapolis men’s store. By fall, Iyamba hopes finally to debut l a more permanent Capsule space featuring a broader group of accessories and gift designers from the Twin Cities and beyond.

Teaming up for The Guild

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Something exciting is brewing in the former EuroNest space on Excelsior Boulevard in St. Louis Park: local retailers and designers are teaming up for a holiday shop called The Guild. June , Style Minneapolis, Kico Kids and Organic Divas are participating, along with respected dealers whose goods aren't always available, like fossil curator Laurie Luehmann, stylist Gwen Leeds and Pam Mondale's jewelry and accessories. Goods will be integrated – no booths. "Picture ABC Carpet and Home – first floor," says Ann Garrity of Organic Divas. Clothing and accessories will have their own space, which Garrity compared to Bendel's second floor. Aim high! The store is scheduled to be open Nov. 3 to Dec. 31. But if it's a hit, there could be more to come in 2010.

Luehmann resurfaces tonight!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Remember Luehmann? The intriguing shop behind Patina in South Minneapolis has closed. But tonight, from 6 to 9 p.m., owner and curator Laurie Leuhmann brings her museum-quality treasures to June, the designer consignment boutique at 3406 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. Peruse the fossils, taxidermy, hourglasses, skeletons ostrich eggs, and many other unusual finds, along with beautiful one-of-a-kind vintage jewelry. As June owner Daune Stinson describes: it's Ralph Lauren meets Charles Darwin!

Behind the fall fashion shoot

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Great idea, colleagues exclaimed when they saw that we mixed consignment and clearance clothing in with new arrivals for the St. Paul Pioneer Press fall fashion section. It did work out amazingly well and was the perfect way to balance our desire to update and wear designer pieces at a time when buying them full price still seems gratuitous. But here's a little secret: I didn't really set out to mix old with new. It happened when the new stylist I hired, Jane Belfry, indulged her penchant for vintage by pulling clothes from June and gh2 despite my sending her out with a shopping list of new fall trends. I'll be honest: at first I was freaked. I've got one day to get this mammoth shoot completed. The models, the hair and makeup team the photographer were all set to go, and I had a rack of not-so-new clothes. But forget about the red marks on the price tags – there were some amazing pieces – Lanvin; Jean Paul Gaultier – everything looked perfectly modern and now…even if it wasn't. So who cares what the tag says? I know we're lucky to have designer resale shops like June and gh2 in town, but seeing some of the amazing buys really told me I need to look beyond the new arrivals when shopping for fall – or any season. See for yourself.

Money in your closet

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

New Minneapolis designer consignment boutique June really is a lovely space – you'd never know the merch has been worn. But I was surprised to learn from the owner that people are buying, but they're not selling. You'd think it would be the reverse in this economy. I finally got my act together and brought some maternity apparel in to Nine – what fun to receive checks in the mail, $35 here; $45 there. Check your closet. You're sure to find lovely things you just never wear and rather than waiting for the day that will never come, make some money. June is looking for gently worn better or designer garments, shoes and accessories from the last couple of years. To find more Twin Cities consignment shops, click here.
And when the checks start rolling in, try to avoid blowing your earnings on yet another ill-fitting dress.


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