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Northern Grade

The pop-up market comes home, bigger than ever.

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  • Northern Grade Minneapolis 2013
    Photo by Caitlin Abrams
  • Northern Grade Minneapolis 2013
    Photo by Caitlin Abrams
    Coming in from the cold, an all-American menswear experience awaits.
  • Northern Grade Minneapolis 2013
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  • Northern Grade Minneapolis 2013
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    Co-host Askov Finlayson shows off its new in-house Explorer Pant.
  • Northern Grade Minneapolis 2013
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    Duluth Pack adds to the Minnesota-made presence.
  • Woodchuck Case at Northern Grade Minneapolis 2013
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    Woodchuck Case presents its wooden alternative to personalized tech.
  • Northern Grade Minneapolis 2013
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    Well-dressed boys and well-meaning girlfriends shopped and socialized.
  • Red Wing boots at Northern Grade Minneapolis 2013
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    Red Wing Boots
  • Northern Grade Minneapolis 2013
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    Some walked away with a slick Sanborn Canoe Co. oar.
  • Spyhouse Coffee Booth at Northern Grade Minneapolis 2013
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    A break for Spyhouse, latte art to go.
  • Tradition Creek booth at Northern Grade Minneapolis 2013
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    St. Paul's Tradition Creek puts buffalo check front and center.
  • Oh Dier at Northern Grade Minneapolis 2013
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    Recycled wood curiosities from Minnesota's Oh Dier.
  • One Love Organics at Northern Grade Minneapolis 2013
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    A little feminine presence came from local beauty brand One Love Organics, offering hand massages to weary texters.
  • Northern Grade Minneapolis 2013
    Photo by Caitlin Abrams
  • Northern Grade Minneapolis 2013
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    Until next time, Northern Grade!

Though it's moved from a quaint and cramped antique shop to a roomy renovated warehouse in Northeast Minneapolis, Northern Grade is still all about quality producers of American menswear. The old Grain Belt Bottling House’s plain white interior was otherwise colored by the passion of designers, shop owners, and customers raving about restored denim factories in Tennessee and the importance of buffalo check in our nation’s history.

They’re not alone in this appreciation—a thriving American textile industry is slowly gaining steam, largely thanks to the menswear market. Emphasis on quality drew hundreds from the Twin Cities’ creative community (with girlfriends in tow) to check out the artisan products and chat with their makers on a dark, damp Sunday afternoon. Where else could they shop in good conscience and good taste?

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