Photo by Eliesa Johnson
On Dorsett: S. Cohen suit, Dion tie, Scott James shirt, Allen Edmonds shoes, and his favorite bike spoke bracelet.
He’s outlasted Dayton’s and Marshall Field’s. If you’ve purchased a suit locally in the last 20-plus years, there’s a good chance it was from Dorsett. After a long run at the Minneapolis department store we now call Macy’s, he owned his own skyway shop called Elsworth before joining Heimie’s, the St. Paul all-purpose men’s shop that feels like a throwback to an era before flip-flops and tank tops. Dorsett is his own best advertisement: always impeccably dressed—usually in a two-button suit coat with side vents, slim-fitting pants, and a spiffy pair of Italian dress boots. “I can wear a suit like I wear a T-shirt. There’s an ease about it—a trustworthiness.” Dorsett feels the same about brick-and-mortar stores. “Our relationships are still important. Retail still revolves around humans. There aren’t a lot of naked people walking around here.” Amen to that.
"YOU CAN HAVE ON RAGGEDY JEANS AND A T-SHIRT, BUT A GREAT PAIR OF SHOES WILL GET YOU NOTICED."
He’s still discovering new places in the Twin Cities, and one of his current favorites is the lobby of Hotel 340 in St. Paul. “It’s modern, but old world. You can’t make that up—there’s an authenticity to it,” Dorsett says. Another classic favorite? Louis Vuitton men’s accessories. “I love really clean lines. Stylish, but simple.” On his shopping list this fall: A shearling coat. “It’s functional, but there’s a lot of fashion to it.”