Long before function became fashion, Minnesotans were making high-quality goods, from work boots to army blankets. Since the height of the heritage trend, which has put an international spotlight on century-old brands such as Red Wing Shoes, Faribault Woolen Mills, and J.W. Hulme, Minnesota just keeps on making—jewelry, apparel, pottery, textiles, liquor, the list goes on. We’re so much more than lumberjacks (although nods to our hearty Nordic roots continue to be big sellers). Here’s a sampling of what Minnesota is making today.
Redshoes26 Graphic designer Christy Johnson, a North St. Paul native, shows her state pride in digital illustrations of local landmarks, applied to functional objects. Zip pouches ($28 each), redshoes26.com