There’s no place quite like Martin Patrick3 in the Twin Cities—or anywhere, for that matter.
The concept began in 2006 as a quaint accessory hallway tucked in back of Greg Walsh’s interior décor store, ID-Inside Design. Increasingly, customers began requesting men’s lifestyle items—belts, scarves, smoking accessories, wine accouterments—and soon the MartinPatrick3 merchandise outgrew its little space. In August, Walsh debuted a full-fledged MartinPatrick3 storefront in Minneapolis’s North Loop, just down the block from his home décor shop. “The blend of products here is classic and timeless,” Walsh says of his new venture. “But it’s also urban-modern. We wanted the space to have both vibes.”
The store’s edgy take on classic design is nothing new for the accomplished interior designer—Walsh is principal and owner of Walsh Design Group. His handsome 1,200-square-foot shop, like many of his local projects, blends traditional elements with contemporary style. Rich wooden shelves showcase leather totes, travel bags, and luggage; masculine furniture is placed cleverly throughout the space; hats—including feather-adorned fedoras and furry winter caps—hang loosely on an old-fashioned hat rack; and trend-forward watches and valet boxes peek out from behind a sleek glass case.
Head farther in and you’ll find neckties neatly fanned out on a round table, scarves and socks layered on shelves, and an architecturally modern counter showcasing beautiful decanters and barware.
Awaiting at the back of the shop is more funky merchandise, including a vast range of belt buckles, vintage martini shakers, sophisticated cuff links, desk accessories, and high-end grooming products. While most of MartinPatrick3’s items are aimed at dapper, urban men, Walsh says his customer base is split. “It’s actually 50/50 men and women. Guys come in for themselves and women come in to buy gifts.”
Much of the merchandise is unique to the Twin Cities, but Walsh also brings in lines from local companies, including J.W. Hulme Co. and Eyebobs.
We were curious: Where’d the name come from? “I should have business cards made with the answer to that question,” jokes Walsh. “Martin is my middle name and Patrick is my brother’s middle name. We were both supposed to be named Martin Patrick Walsh III, but instead, our mother split it between us.”
And now the family name is displayed on an awning outside a hip new Minneapolis storefront. We’re sure Mom and Dad are proud.
121 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-746-5329