Thursday, November 5, 2009

Local fashion + shopping for 11.5-11.11

Check out this week's print and online edition HERE to find out about new shop Shoppe Local and Cliche's local designer sample sale, and HERE for Maiden Minnesota.

[Christopher Straub's "Petals" clutch]

Shoppe Local
There's a new way to shop local -- the aptly named Shoppe Local. Patina's little-sister store carries products from Minnesota-based companies, from the well established (Minnetonka Moccasins and Russell+Hazel) to independent designers (Amanda Christine, Rectangle Designs, Natalie Lucas Jewelry and Ferociter), as well as art from the 35W Bridge Poster Project and music by Solid Gold and Tapes N' Tapes. It's also the latest shop to carry the ultra-feminine handbag collection by "Project Runway" designer Christopher Straub. (813 W. 50th St., Mpls. 612-827-3071.)

[Fall 2009 looks by Amanda Christine]

Local designer sample sale at Cliché
Get your hands on fashions straight from the runway at Cliché's sample sale. The boutique's roster of local designers will bring in never-before-sold runway samples and mark down existing items. Cliché favorites kjurek couture, Amanda Christine, Arwyn Birch, Jenny Carle, Carmichael Claith and Kelson by Brianne Jones are among the designers. Cliché's local jewelry designers will also take temporary discounts on their items. (1-6 p.m. Sun. Cliché).

[A holiday look from Joynoëlle, via]

Maiden Minnesota
This third annual Lilith Fair of shopping parties gathers some of the best locally made clothing, jewelry, handbags and stationery -- with all of the vendors owned by women. More than 30 companies are participating, including Annie Fink Designs, Ann Lambrecht, Bébé Babble, Ciao Marco, Corset, Elin & Clara, Foat Design, Hollywood Fashion Tape, Jeanne Beatrice, Joynoëlle, Karin Jacobson Design, KH Jewelry Design, JW Hulme Co., Kokoon, LiveSavvy, Local Motion, Nelle Handbags, Oscar & Belle, Penny Larsen Jewelry, Post- and Urban Junket. Part of the ticket price benefits Free Arts Minnesota. (5-9 p.m. Thu. $20-$30.)

Here's all the news that didn't fit for 11.5-11.11:

[Image courtesy Drama]


Take advantage of discounts, makeovers, and complimentary cocktails at
GLAMOUR at Drama. A purchase of $50 or more will get you a mini-consultation with one of Jungle Red’s stylists (including brow consult, hair or makeup touch up), then get your photo take in the photo booth. Purchases over $100 receive 15 percent off. Local jewelry line m.bridget designs will also be hosting a trunk show during the event and offering 20 percent off. (7-9 p.m. 1203 Lagoon Av., Mpls. Click here for more info.)

See the latest fashions from Shorty's Loft and OPM and exclusive jewelry from Max's at the
Pre-Holiday Party at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand. The Hair District and Supercuts will showcase the season’s hottest hairstyles for men and women, and RejoovMe will be offering free chair massages. (7-9 p.m. The Shops at Excelsior & Grand, 3820 Grand Way, St. Louis Park. Click here for more info.)

[Emily Johnson's "Minnesota" necklace]

FRIDAY-SUNDAY: The jewelry and accessories designers housed at the Northrup King Building are putting their stock up for sale during this weekend's ART ATTACK. In Studio 435, fine jewelry designers Emily Johnson, Britta Kauppila, Susan Frerichs, and Betty Jager will open up their studios for special orders and offer discounts on some items, as well as serving homemade treats and apple cider. Studio 288 will feature goods from handbag and belt designer Adrienne Grahn, who will have a new selection of her line for sale, and fine jewelry designer Karin Jacobson, as well as paper doll art by Paula Fynboh of Hungry Dog Designs. (5-10 p.m. Fri. Noon-8 p.m. Sat. Noon-5 p.m. Sun. Free. Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE., Mpls.

["One Yard Wonders"]


Find out how to make something out of one yard of fabric at the
One Yard Wonders event at Crafty Planet. The user-submitted guide was put together by local crafting queen Rebecca Yaker and the owners of Crafty Planet featuring 101 sewing designs - from clothes to laptop covers to kitchen accessories - able to be sewn with one yard of fabric or less. Sixteen contributors will be on hand to answer your sewing questions. (2-5 p.m. 2833 Johnson St. NE., Mpls.)

SATURDAY-SUNDAY: Get all your holiday entertaining tips and great gift ideas in one stop at
The Affair, which joined forces with the Chocolate Extravaganza this year. Experts will offer tips on entertaining and local vendors will offer samples on treats, wine, cheese, and coffee. Secrets of the City will be on hand to offer up their own secrets as well as prizes. Saturday take in the VimLab & Ignite Models Lounge, featuring DJs Matt Esse, Sheik and others, plus an interactive photo booth and a fashion show with Ignite models donning fashions from local boutiques. (3 p.m. fashion show. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. $25-30.) On Sunday, Twin Cities Statement hosts The Style, a luncheon and fashion show with table setting viewing. (10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $65 including admission to the Affair. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Av. S., Mpls.)

[A look from Yeohlee Teng, courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC]

NEXT WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY: Famed fashion designer Yeohlee Teng, recepient of the 2004 Cooper Hewitt national Design Award for Fashion Design and renowned for dressing the "urband noman," is in town for a series of events hosted by JV & Company, Friends of the Goldstein, and Weisman Art Museum. Wednesday features a Cocktail Reception with Yeohlee at JV & Company where you can meet the designer and view the new Yeohlee Spring 2010 Collection. (5-7 p.m. Wed. $50. JV & Company, Gaviidae Common, 555 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. RSVP to 612-626-4747. Click here for more info) Thursday at the Weisman, the designer will also host a luncheon and fashion show presentation of the line. More on the Thursday event next week.


More shopping and fashion news via St. Paul blog

[A look from Flirt / Image provided]

SATURDAY: Hunting Opener Party at Flirt
To celebrate the men being out of town for hunting opening, lingerie boutique
Flirt is hosting a cheekily-named Hunting Opener Party. Indulge in champagne, cupcakes and 20 percent off one item, and sample products from Sunrider skin care and cosmetics. (3-7 p.m. 177 Snelling Av. N., St. Paul.)

[A Ben Sherman look from Details / Image provided by the store]

SATURDAY: Men's Fall Fashion Mingle
One of the very few all-men's boutiques in the Twin Cities,
Details Style Lab hosts a Men's Fall Fashion Mingle. Male models will don the latest in fall and winter fashions, including looks from Ben Sherman, Skunk Funk, Cloth Logic, Bertigo, and the popular Bjorn Borg underwear line. (10-11:30 p.m. at Rumours & Innuendo, 213 4th St. E., St. Paul. 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. at Camp Bar, 490 N. Robert St., St. Paul.)

Click HERE for more happening this weekend in the651.

And as always, check out
l'etoile's What's What for everything that's happening this weekend. Here's a sampling:

Weekend What's What 11/5-11/10:

As we delve into November, we bid adieu to any possibilities of running around sans jacket -- and we've come to terms with that (the first real snowfall, however, is another matter entirely). And what better to turn our focus to than the holidays? Thanksgiving is right around the corner, followed directly by the gifty season, and the Twin Cities artsy types seem to be easing us slowly but surely into the spirit of, um, buying their cool stuff. This weekend, hit up the Northrup King Building to peruse and purchase local art and related wares during Art Attack; check out The Affair at the Convention Center for festive tastings of chocolate, wine and the like; or stop into local boutiques such as Drama and Cliche to catch deals on fancy frocks for all the swanky parties that approach. And keep your eyes peeled on l'étoile early next week for our complete guide to holiday shopping events in the Twin Cities!


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