Russell + hazel's new flagship is finally open in the North Loop—several months behind schedule, but worth the wait. The store does not scream stationery, and that's by design. This warm industrial space is intended to inspire the lifestyle that coordinates with russell + hazel's stylish office products, so you'll find a carefully selected array of goods from other brands, including architectural bluetooth speakers and memory drives to brass jewelry and boutique beauty products by Mullein & Sparrow, Sans, Birchrose + Co., and other lines you won't find at Sephora.
Russell + hazel is delving deeper into leather goods with several new modern handbags (not yet available online) that blend fashion and function—at about $200. As promised, hairstylist Pearson Knight—who moved back from Los Angeles, to the delight of his loyal clientele from his Juut days—has his one-chair "style studio" within the store. His cuts are by appointment, for $150. He's also debuting his own line of styling products.
While a grand departure from its most recent tiny space at Galleria, russell + hazel has found new ways to incorporate core elements, like the paper bar—this time, made from a mix of concrete and weathered wood, but still the place for binders and folders, the foundation of an organized life, even today.
With its focus on office and gift, russell + hazel is a great compliment to its neighbors: fashion cooperative D.Nolo and Pacifier baby boutique. Park for free in the Monte Carlo lot. 219 N. Second St., Mpls.