After months of speculation—Is he really coming downtown?—Michael Druskin has hushed the whispers with the opening of Len Druskin Man (Gaviidae Common, Skyway level, Mpls., 612-455-1660). Druskin is carrying on the “cool and casual yet smart and chic” clothing-store legacy that his father, Len, started more than thirty years ago with his women’s boutique (womenswear and menswear are still sold at the Galleria location).
“The opportunity [to come downtown] presented itself,” says Michael. “And we wanted to be part of the city.”
Len Druskin Man is stocked with contemporary versions of the practical basics: shirts and slacks you can wear to work (Ted Baker, Michael Kors, Liz Claiborne), denim that you can wear after work (Rock & Republic, Nudie, True Religion), and sweaters that work anywhere (Modern Amusement, Jon Varvatos for Converse).
While the shop may minimally cater to a few subcultures—including snowboarders with high-tech outerwear by Spyder and Arc’teryx and skateboarders with Friend or Foe hoodies and Chuck Taylors—Len Druskin Man is really a generalist store. A guy can stop in on his lunch break and try on a pair of jeans; a woman can stop in on her way out of Neiman’s and pick out just about anything for her man. The store plays it safe. In fact, if there’s a trend to be discerned, it’s that Len Druskin Man eschews most of the A Night at the Roxbury disco gear that’s popular at some of the other area men’s stores and focuses on what Druskin refers to as “smart, comfortable, masculine clothes.”