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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.
Tags: architectural antiques, heritage brands, jw hulme, NorthernGrade, pierrepont hicks, snowgrade
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The man who cares enough to wear a Pierrepont Hicks tie needs an equally stylish travel case to keep them fresh. This week marks the debut of the McMillan tie case, a collaboration between leather specialists Moore and Giles and Minneapolis-based neckwear brand Pierrepont Hicks. The zip-around case has two elasticized leather straps to hold up to four ties. The silk fabric interior is a complement to Pierrepont’s first collection of classic silk ties. It features their royal blue and red signature pattern and highland cow logo. The case retails for $185 and is now available for order at pierreponthicks.com or at martinpatrick3. (I totally picture George Clooney’s character in Up in the Air using this case. Okay, fine, I just picture George Clooney in general.)
P.S.: Mark the calendar: Pierrepont is planning a Holiday Pop Up Sale with fellow Minnesota heritage brands Faribault Woolen Mills and J.W. Hulme Co., 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1, 323 W. 48th St., Mpls.
Tags: designer collaborations, martinpatrick3, men's gifts, Moore and Giles, pierrepont hicks, tie case
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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…
Tags: alial fital, American heritage, buckshot sonny's, faribault woolen mills, jason derusha, NorthernGrade, pierrepont hicks, stormy kromer
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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.
Tags: american made, duluth pack, heritage brands, jw hulme, men's market, NorthernGrade, pierrepont hicks, red wing, stormy kromer, taylor stitch
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Sitting through the underwhelming MNfashion Week preview show this week, I couldn’t help but think about some of the Twin Cities-based designers I’ve talked to in just the last few days, like Katherine McMillan of super cool men’s accessories line Pierrepont Hicks and Jessika Madison-Kennedy of Dadadress. Both rave about Twin Cities – it’s creativity, liveablity and support for the arts. Both are career designers whose fashions are sold internationally. Both are giving back to the local scene: McMillan helped produce tomorrow’s Northern Grade Men’s Market, a celebration of American-made men’s brands, including many local; Madison-Kennedy is running the new fashion design program at the College of Visual Arts.
Neither is involved with MNfashion, the organization that aims to support emerging designers and champion fashion as a viable industry in Minnesota. From Sept. 20 to 26, many of those young designers will participate in fashion shows throughout the Twin Cities – at least two dozen events are planned. Based on the preview, many shows will be fun, but few will be memorable, or lead to commercial placement of the clothes. And that is the goal: to sell the clothes that come down the runway. MNfashion is in danger of falling into the rut it aimed to help designers avoid: staging fashion shows just for the sake of something cool to do on a Saturday night.
In the spring, it seemed MNfashion was finally reaching beyond its core supporters – mostly artsy 20somethings with time to go to fashion shows every night of the week – and exposing itself to the rest of the city, including older women with money to buy the clothes. There were events at Galleria boutiques and designers that are working on manufacturing and distribution, like Laura Fulk and Christopher Straub participated. The only true shining star this time is Joynoelle, which will show on Sept. 23. (tickets available here.) Retailers chose Boutique Week over MNfashion Week.
MNfashion Executive Director Anna Lee continues to work passionately and tirelessly on behalf of local designers. She’s assembled an impressive troop of volunteers. She’s coordinating events with museums and working on securing grants and establishing a sewing cooperative for designers. But the group needs to look beyond its members and the endless parade of wannabes and reach out to the many designers in the Twin Cities who are already doing it – and doing it well.
Tags: Christopher Straub, college of visual arts, dadadress, Joynoelle, laura fulk, minnesota fashion, MNFashion, pierrepont hicks
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