A sample of the winning pearl designs from the International Pearl Design Competition, on display at Max’s from Nov. 23-Dec. 7.
Photos from left to right are by Adam Neele, Timo Krapf, and Jennifer Pusenkoff
These are just a few of the Twin Cities shopping and style highlights for the next two weeks:
There’s a whole lot you can say about Black Friday, but here are some things you might be interested in knowing:
- Thanksgiving and Black Friday store hours for big national brands like Target, Macy’s, Kohl’s, JCPenney, and Ulta can be found here.
- Mall of America is closed for Thanksgiving and open for Black Friday at 5 a.m., and there’s a new parking app that will hopefully make it a little easier to find a spot.
- The deals are good—not like that’s a surprise. For instance, made-to-wear menswear company Indochino is having its biggest Black Friday ever. Get up to 70 percent off at their showroom in Mall of America and on online purchases with the code BLKFRI (and, for Monday in-store and online shoppers, CYBMON).
- Want another Black Friday example? Check out the Northside‘s Black Friday and Small Business Saturday pop ups at the Theodore Wirth Trailhead, NEON, and more. And, the fun continues with Small Business Saturday, where even more businesses are involved.
#iamGREATNESS Kid’s Fashion Show
Ice Cream Bow Ties, a fashion brand founded by then 11-year-old Aniki Allen, is hosting a fashion show that celebrates youth fashion and entrepreneurship. He’ll have new designs (to give you an idea, his first bow tie was made out of Legos), as will 13-year-old Sofia Berglund, the founder and designer of StudTies. They are joined by Houston White of Houston White Men’s Room and the Children’s Orchard. Enjoy the show and refreshments from two local youth food vendors: 13-year-old Jaequan Faulkner, owner of Mr. Faulkner’s Old Fashioned Hot Dogs—and already of The Steve Harvey Show, Teen Vogue, and CNN fame—and 15-year-old Jerilyn Mariee Sheppheard, the owner of Yumyum Brownies. Nov. 24 from 4-6 p.m. @ Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, 788 E Seventh St., St. Paul, icecreambowties.com.
Northern Vogue Fashion Show
The third season of Northern Vogue Fashion Show is here. Once again by Niche and W Minneapolis — The Foshay, Northern Vogue’s runway lineup is full of designers who have called Minnesota home, with spring collections by people like Kristi Vosbeck, Coty Clothing Co., and more. A new part of the runway show will also feature six looks by student designers. All outfits will be styled with Minnesota-made jewelry, accessories, and footwear, and you can shop for everything you see once the show ends. Models include local Inspiring Power Individuals/Couples/Families, and 10 percent of all sales go toward Dress for Success Twin Cities. Make sure to stay for the after party. Nov. 29 from 6-11:30 p.m. (show at 7 p.m.) @ W Minneapolis — The Foshay, 821 S Marquette Ave., Minneapolis, facebook.com.
International Contemporary Pearls Design Finalists Show
Max’s is one of only three U.S. retailers that will be showcasing winning pieces of the Cultured Pearl Association of America’s Ninth Annual International Pearl Design Competition. Sixteen pearl jewelry pieces will be at Max’s starting Black Friday through Dec. 7, including those in the feature photo. Ellen Hertz, Max’s owner, got to individually pick out which pieces would be showcased at her store, so she went for not only some of the winning designs, but 10 honorable mention pieces that would really connect with her community here. Nov. 23-Dec. 7 at various times @ Max’s, 3826 Grand Way, St. Louis Park, stylebymax.com.
A Handmade Holiday Market
More than 20 makers such as Larissa Loden Jewelry are going to be taking over the 3,500-square-foot space of Loring Park’s Lakes & Legends Brewing Co. for a makers market with farm-to-table Belgian-style beers on the side. Solid tate Vinyl Records will be providing the soundrack for the day, and Flagsmash will give tacos to those who need to fuel up. (This event will occur Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 as well with a new lineup of artists each time.) Dec. 1 from noon-5 p.m. @ Lakes & Legends Berwing Co., 1368 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, facebook.com.
Julmarknad—ASI’s Christmas Market
Join the American Swedish Institute for its holiday market and festival. More than 40 regional artists will be showcasing their goods, from artisan glass to apparel and textiles. Plus, the ASI Museum Store and Jul Shop always has something perfectly quaint, as well. Nordic music and dance groups, family crafts and storytimes, and goodies from the FIKA bake sale complete the weekend. Check out the website for a list of the artisans. Dec. 1-2 at various times @ ASI, 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis, asimn.org.
North Local Market
North Local Market started last year during Super Bowl LII excitement, but it got so big, it’s back as an annual holiday market event in downtown Minneapolis’ City Center. Peruse approximately 40 local vendors such as bee-centered natural beauty company Worker B, sustainable boutique Spoils of Wear, Excelsior Candles, Original Hockey Mom Brownies, and more for gifts for everyone (including yourself) this season. As you visit, you might just catch St. Nick or some live entertainment to make your experience even better.Through Dec. 27 at various times @ City Center, 600 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, mplsdowntown.com.
Holiday Markets, Trunk Shows, and More
Nov. 23 Dash for the Dress—An Annual Black Friday Sale @ Angelique’s Bridal, more than 100 sample wedding gowns size 6 to 20 at $500 max, eventbrite.com
Nov. 23-24: Ateleier957 30th Anniversary Sale (and Black Friday and Small Business Saturday) @ Ateleier957, 30 percent off all in-store merchandise, free gifts, and Rose Street Patisserie refreshments at this apparel store for women of all shapes and sizes, atelier957.com
Dec. 1: The Art of Perfect Fit Workshop @ Second Debut Renewed Fashions and Art Boutique, a shopping and style course by Jesse Weber, eventbrite.com
Dec. 1: Holiday Bazaar @ The Coven, open to the public, eventbrite.com
Dec. 2: Mini sota Holiday Market @ Sota Clothing, local baby brands, free Santa photos, and North Star Donuts, https://www.facebook.com/events/2188826018070084/facebook.com
Through December: Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Lounge @ Lawless Distillery, local makers from Minneapolis Craft Market come in on Sundays to join in the merriment, mnmo.com
Feminist brand My Sister is back with some help from The Outrage.
The Walker Art Center has revived its sassy brand, Closed Mondays, which might just be the perfect fit for those who love mugs that say phrases akin to, “Don’t talk to me before I have my coffee.”
IIDA Northland’s Fusion + Fashion event was Friday, Nov. 9. The challenge was to create an outfit half made out of design industry materials and inspired by one of the First Avenue stars. One of our favorite pieces? The White Stripes (top row, third from the left). Before the red and white focal backdrop revealed its vibrant glory, it was folded up into a window-blinds triangle, hiding the model’s upper body and arms completely, leaving a very distinctly avant garde feel that turned into a eureka moment when the movie clip showed the line work in the White Stripes’ albums and visual aesthetic.
When you get invited out to @iidanorthland’s Fusion + Fashion by the amazingly hip @vela.creative and it turns out to be even more awesome and inspiring than you ever anticipated. . . . . #iidafusion2018 #fusionandfashion #iidanorthland #innovation #catwalk #runway #workit #commercialinteriors #buildingmaterials #dragqueens #justsayyes #nottoooldyet #fridayvibes #babyimastar