Photo by Jonathan Chapman
Interior of Heimie's Haberdashery in downtown St. Paul
From tailored to trendy, local men's stores have raised the bar for boutique retail with sharper focus, smart service, and some handsome merchandising.
The Trendsetter: Arrow North Loop
It’s not just for women! Mike Basham and Sarah Dwyer stock their sleek space with fashion-forward styles—for men and women—from many brands you won’t find elsewhere in town.
Day Brightener: Trappings Bryn Mawr
The plaids and vintage suitcases give this under-the-radar shop a Wes Anderson vibe. Find men’s shirts, shoes, and accessories. Don’t miss the sale room downstairs!
The Innovator: Askov Finlayson North Loop
The Dayton name might open doors, but it’s the sharp mix of products and a focus on celebrating life in the north that has garnered national attention for Askov Finlayson and helped brothers Eric and Andrew Dayton attract coveted brand partners such as Warby Parker (see page 53). The uber-hot eyewear brand recently opened a shop within the newly expanded store, which is next door to the original space. Here, the Daytons will have room to grow their private label apparel collection that’s durable for the outdoors and is a perfect fit at a swanky North Loop restaurant.
Owner Steve Kang inside his store BlackBlue
photo by Caitlin Abrams
There will always be a market for true heritage brands that make reliable and functional products.” — Steven Kang, proprietor of BlackBlue
True Gem: Heimie’s Haberdashery Downtown St. Paul
There’s something so right about buying a suit from a man who wears one every day—even to mow his lawn. At least, that’s how the legend goes, and although we have not witnessed this firsthand, it’s exactly what you’d expect of tailor, leather maker, and old-school haberdasher Anthony Andler. His traditional menswear store is a testament to the timelessness of good design and good service.
The Foursome Plymouth
The 80-year-old family retailer is the best local option for men’s big and tall (NBA players shop here!), plus tailored clothing, tuxedos, and custom.
Twill by Scott Dayton Galleria
Colorful apparel for the golf course and corner office from a born retailer who understands the local shopper.
Hubert White Downtown Minneapolis
Since 1916, this store has been dressing Twin Cities executives in the finest: Ermenegildo Zegna, Brunello Cucinelli, and dozens more, plus made-to-measure tailored clothing.
Our love of the outdoors is reflected in the multitude of top-notch specialty shops delivering quality clothes for an active lifestyle—in a cozy boutique setting.
Brightwater Clothing & Gear Excelsior/Edina
Luxury outerwear and the classic clothes and bags that go with it, for men and women.
Big Island Swim & Surf Excelsior
When other stores are stocked with sweaters and hats, life is always a beach here, with options for the whole family.
Trail Mark Galleria
When you’re ready to graduate from North Face, walk across the hall to this veteran, which is always sourcing the next hot jacket and boots.
Nani Nalu 50th & France
You won’t have to search long to find a flattering women’s swimsuit in any size here.
Sun & Slope Wayzata
These ski pros know what moves, breathes, and looks good on the mountain. Options for the whole family.
45 Degrees Stillwater
The camping/hiking/paddling enthusiasts that work here know everything about the apparel, footwear, and gear they sell.
On The Rise: Jason Hammerberg
The very first sale at Hammer Made’s shirt store at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport took three minutes. “The airport guy moves and shakes with no delay,” says CEO and founder Jason Hammerberg. “The guy never even got off his conference call. Good thing I’m good with hand signals.”
Hammerberg gets the male shopper. He makes it easy to punch up an outfit by offering a colorful assortment of dress shirts. His stores (Galleria and MOA, as well as the aiport) are small and approachable.
Hammerberg designs Hammer Made’s exclusive collection of shirts and accessories—each style produced in limited quantity to avoid an office uniform. “I think about what our guy wants to be wearing in a board room, at a convention, on a date night. It’s more about the specific setting than what the runway wants him to wear.”
Look for a fourth Hammer Made store opening in October at Ridgedale Center.
Photo by Caitlin Abrams