North Loop menswear, home, and interior design store MartinPatrick3 is celebrating the last days of summer by showcasing some of its most exciting fall arrivals. Sunday afternoon, it hosts an end-of-summer party that’s also part of its ongoing Behind the Brands series. And it’s a big one—it will feature the exclusive North American release of Red Wing Heritage’s #9870 Klondike boot, previously only available in Asia and one of the best-selling boots in Japan, according to store manager Erick DeLeon.
It’s a major get, to say the least. DeLeon credits MP3’s lengthy relationship with the Red Wing, Minnesota–based heritage brand.
“What a lot of people might not know is the Japanese and European markets are huge Red Wing fans—their international market is even bigger than the U.S.,” DeLeon explains. “They have a lot of exclusives we can’t normally get our hands on.”
DeLeon says they’re already taking pre-orders for the Red Wing boot in-store and online. The 6” round-toe boot is made from Red Wing’s Klondike black leather, which has a double-brown base that patinas to a dark brown as it wears, and is finished with a white traction sole and triple stitching. Quantities will be very limited—they’ll have a handful at the launch and receive some additional boots next week.
The Red Wing Heritage #9870 Klondike Boot
Other brands on hand at this weekend’s event include Imperial barber-grade grooming products, L.A.-based classic American-made menswear brand Freenote, NYC American-lifestyle brand Brooklyn Circus, and Shwood sunglasses. Reps from the brands, as well as one of the founders of Freenote and Ouiji Theodore, the owner of Brooklyn Circus, will be on hand. There will also be sweet treats from Cook St. Paul, small bites from Revival and Corner Table, and liquor provided by Chicago’s Letherbee Distillers, which teamed teamed up with Minnesota’s own Gray Duck Chai for a featured cocktail dubbed the Eddie Wu—a twist on the Arnie Palmer featuring Gray Duck’s hand-brewed chai, named in homage to Cook owner Eddie Wu. A men’s hairstylist from Imperial will also be on hand doing haircuts and touch-ups.
“I started [the Behind the Brands series] two and a half years ago to give our clients a unique experience,” DeLeon says. “It’s easy to walk through any store and see a belt hanging on a rack of belts, and not know that it’s just one guy making the belt. You really have the opportunity meet the people behind the brands who own a brand, or rep a brand. And I think that’s important for our clients to make those connections and walk away having learned something.”
In other MP3 news, the store is planning (yet another) expansion. DeLeon walked me through a large, raw space that will house a men’s lounge, larger fitting rooms, and additional retail space. The build-out is already underway; DeLeon hopes for for the work to be complete by mid-November.
Behind the Brands + End of Summer Party: Noon–5 p.m. Sun., Sept. 30, MartinPatrick3, 212 3rd Ave. N. #106, Minneapolis, 612-746-5329, martinpatrick3.com
images Courtesy MartinPatrick3