A rack of clothes at Blacklist Vintage in Minneapolis

The Right Swimsuit

The one-on-one fit sessions at Nani Nalu, Jennifer Carpenter's Edina boutique, make swimsuit shopping a lot less daunting.

Homegrown Trends

National retailers want our brands: J.Crew loves Minnetonka Moccasins and Red Wing Boots, and Barneys New York carries J.W. Hulme's leather satchels.


  • More designer labels per square acre.
  • When shopping for shoes, sometimes more is more.
  • Wow! The Nickelodeon roller coasters.
  • A new Chanel bag, followed by a martini and sushi at Crave.

VS. Galleria

  • More designer labels beer square foot.
  • When shopping for shoes, sometimes less is more.
  • Wow! The Crate & Barrel barware and coasters.
  • A new Louis Vuitton bag, followed by a martini and sushi at Crave.

Go-To (Hot) Guy Sources

Thanks to a growing crop of locally owned men's stores, the Twin Cities continues to evolve as a stylish place for the boys to shop. Here are the best looks from four of the boutiques on our scene. mens2.jpg
The Look: Unfussy and masculine. 
From weekend to workday, Keith Dorsett's curated downtown Minneapolis shop understands the importance of a well-edited wardrobe. 811 LaSalle Ave., Mpls., 612-339-0763
The Look: Woodsy urban.
Time-worn favorites such as Pendleton and Red Wing meet of-the-moment favorites at this surprising Cathedral Hill shop. 614 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-260-5340
The Look: Artsy hipster.
MartinPatrick3 came on the scene as the place to buy guy gifts. Now its foray into fashion includes denim alternatives, lived-in button-downs, and vintage tie clips. 121 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-746-5329

The Look: Grown-up schoolboy.
Like its sister stores (Bluebird and Ladyslipper), Bluepeg makes a simple tee and jeans look effortlessly sexy with a drool-worthy selection of Nixon watches and Ray-Ban sunglasses. 4946 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-847-4777


Want a taste of Mad Men living in your home? Spinario is Minneapolis's creme de la creme of vintage mid-century modern furniture.

Northrup King Building

Besides Art-A-Whirl and Art Attack, NKB is open to the public the first Thursday evening of the month and on Saturday afternoons through the end of the year. Check out our editor's choice artists:

For African jewelry, handbags, and artifacts: The Amias Project (studio 265)

For jewelry: Susan Frerichs, Betty Jager, Emily Johnson, and Britta Kauppila (435)

For sculpture: Jeff Lohaus and Paul Gill (Door G)

For fiber/fashion: ArtAndes (285), Susan Bradley (363), and Audrey Henningson (422)

Go Big Red

Fresh trends. Fresh produce. Reusable shopping bags. Rechargeable batteries. iPads and eyelash curlers. Five percent back to the community. And now we can save 5 percent on what we spend? OK, we get it, "Uncle!" There's little reason to shop anywhere else but Target.

Curated Shopping

With an antique-mall business model but the floor plan of a well-edited boutique, Guild brings together the names to know in local stylists, antiquarians, consigners, and product developers. The rotating mix of old and new goods is beat only by the store's clever events and fabulous merchandising.

The Designer Department Store

Have Champagne tastes and a penchant for fashion? There's no single place that gives you as much designer bang for your buck as Nordstrom. Perk up the piers in styles from Choo and Blahnik, house your keys in a handbag from Chanel or Balenciaga, and stuff your closet with prêt-à-porter from Oscar de la Renta, Proenza Schouler, and Lanvin. Excuse us while we pinch ourselves.

Best-Kept Style Secret

With nearly 28,000 items of apparel (many donated by local style mavens dead and alive), textile, graphic design, and decorative arts in its massive archive, the U of M's Goldstein Museum of Design may be one of our most unrecognized local art collections. While much of it is kept locked up, items can be viewed by appointment. 1985 Buford Ave., St. Paul, 612-624-7434, goldstein.design.umn.edu

The ACC Calls the TC Home

After a thoughtful search, the formerly NYC-based American Craft Council moved its highly regarded operation to our well-respected crafting community in July. Our local talent, organizations, curators, academics, and events all caught the attention of the discerning search committee. Whew.

Eat, Shop, Play

It's ben "bested" before, but 50th & France continues to get even better. The robust quadrant is where Edina and Minneapolis meet, where high fashion rubs shoulders with hockey moms, and where the indie-film box office is a regular stop for Botox beauties. Need we say more?

Serious Vintage

We'd be hard pressed to name a vintage shop in town that offers the selection and curation available at Blacklist. Thanks to owners Jennifer Sapiro and Vanessa Messersmith, Blacklist is filled with vintage pieces that you might actually wear. And you needn't be a dyed-in-the-wool vintage lover to find something to dig--for every '60s-style dress, there's a piece of jewelry or cute clutch that'll lend a vintage flair to an au courant closet.

Insider Shopping

If you generally turn a cold shoulder to secondhand shopping, we beg you to let June change your mind. Daune Stinson buys gently used designer clothing and accessories outright, displays them in a boutique-like setting, and sells them all at majorly low prices. And then there's the shoe room in back, with Manolo Blahnik, D&G, Marc Jacobs, Christian louboutin, and Te Cesan, all priced ridiculously lower than you would find on eBay.