Edited and written by Jahna Peloquin, l'étoile Fashion Editor
Updated weekly with exclusive sales, shopping news, special offers and stylish events at the Twin Cities' hippest shopping destinations, our comprehensive shopping guide is the go-to guide for the local fashion fanatic.
SALES & SHOPPING FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 3-9:
Beginning Sunday: Bloomingdale's Closing Sale
What: The Mall of America announced today that longtime anchor store Bloomingdale's would be closing in March, to be replaced by four yet-to-be-named "major international fashion-forward retail stores." And with the closing comes a big, blowout sale. The sale will begin this Sunday, running through the March closing.
When: Beginning Sunday, through March.
Where: Bloomingdale's, Mall of America, Bloomington, 952-883-2500, www.bloomingdales.com
Ongoing: Two Birds Vintage Pops up at b. resale
What: Local vintage vendor Two Birds Vintage kicks off a month-long pop-up sale at b. resale this week. The collection tailored to the resale shop's contemporary-meets-retro vibe features a selection of affordable vintage dresses, skirts, tops, and accessories. Need help finding just the right outfit? The vendor will also be hosting a personal shopping and styling event on January 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
When: January 3-31.
Where: b. resale, 5456 Nicollet Avenue S, Minneapolis, 612-824-1292, www.b-resaleshop.com, twobirdsboutique.blogspot.com
Danielle Everine & Freedom From Doubt launch at One-Offs Yippee!
What: Local fashion e-retailer One-Offs Yippee! offers a legion of locally-designed goods - all of which are one of a kind. The latest designers to join the ranks are Project Runway alum Danielle Everine and local neckwear line Freedom From Doubt. The handiwork of Jared Zachary, the line of statement-making, one-of-a-kind bowties are $60 a pop and available now at one-offsyippee.com. Meanwhile, Everine is offering seven one-of-a-kind pieces, including some brand-new pieces (pictured) as well as some gorgeous outerwear from her memorable Fall 2010 "Pale Rider" collection. Prices range from $88 for a blouse to $290 for the fur-sleeved coat. View the full collection here.
Friday: Christopher Straub Sample Sale
What: Project Runway season six darling Christopher Straub is unloading his samples and one-of-a-kind accessories on this online shop this weekend. Prices start at $5, and include Straub's ruffled purses, python-print bags, chic clutches, and various wallets. Pre-shop now.
When: Beginning noon CST on Friday, January 6.
New in stores: Mother Denim & Jil Sander Navy at Grethen House
What: Mother Denim, a new luxury line with classic appeal, has just launched at 50th and France designer boutique Grethen House. The high waisted jeans (pictured) come in vivid colors and denim that's cashmere-soft. Ranging in price from $170 to $220, it's not exactly a drop in the bucket, but for someone looking for a fresh take on denim, Mother Denim could be it. While you're there, be sure to check out another new line to Grethen House, Jil Sander Navy.
Where: Grethen House, 4930 France Avenue S, Edina, 952-926-8725, grethenhouse.tumblr.com
Ongoing: Bionic Unicorn Blowout Jewelry Sale
What: Local jewelry line Bionic Unicorn is at the bottom of a jewelry avalanche, so to make room for my spring collections, designer Kristin Berwald is having her biggest sale ever. Some items have been marked down up to 50 percent, and more items will be added daily. Visit the designer's Etsy shop to see the goodies.
Ongoing: Walker Shop After-Holidays Sale
What: The Walker Art Center's excellently-curated Walker Shop kicked off its after-holidays sale in the shop and online this week. Items range from the sleek, modern Alessi Disco Volante Tray to a decorative cardboard skull, marked 50 percent off or more. While you're at it, be sure to check out the in-gallery and online shop for the "Graphic Design: Now in Production" exhibition, ending January 22 with the closing of the show.
Where: Walker Shop at Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, 612-375-7633, shop.walkerart.org
Friday & Saturday: Roe Wolfe After Christmas Sale
What: For two days only, Mendota Heights designer boutique (and l'étoile's "Best New Women's Boutique" for 2011) Roe Wolfe is offering some post-holiday deals. Take 30 percent off shoes by Matiko (pictured) and Gee'WaWa, 30 percent off clothing by Love Sam, and 30 percent off all BECCA Cosmetics (honored all month with booked appointment).
When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, January 6 & Saturday, December 7.
Where: Roe Wolfe, 750 Main Street Ste 107, Mendota Heights, 651-330-4434, www.roewolfe.com
Saturday: Mighty Swell Vintage's Post-Holiday Sale
What: Mighty Swell Vintage pop-up shop’s post-holiday sale includes items for men and women discounted from $1 to $10 a piece, plus 30 percent off all regularly-priced merchandise. It will be their last sale featuring men's and womenswear until spring, but guys, mark your calendars - they'll be doing a men's-only sale on January 27 and 28.
When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, January 7.
Where: Mighty Swell, 3109 E 42nd Street, Minneapolis, www.mightyswell.com
Ongoing: FinnStyle Winter Sale
What: Get as much as 50 percent off Marimekko, iittala, and other top Finnish brands during the New Year Sale at FinnStyle. The sale includes clothing, bedding, fabric, and jewelry, plus there are deals in store you won't find online.
When: While supplies last.
Where: FinnStyle, 160 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis, 612-333-2127, www.finnstyle.com
Ending Sunday: Flirt's Semi-annual Sale
What: Lingerie boutique Flirt is extending its semi-annual sale this year. That sale includes 40 percent off select fall and winter collections from brands including Mimi Holliday, Blush, Elle, b.tempt'd, Else, and Felina.
When: December 26-January 8.
Where: Flirt Boutique, 177 Snelling Av. N., St. Paul, 651-698-3692, www.flirt-boutique.com
Ending Sunday: Askov Finlayson's Winter Sale
What: Men’s shop Askov Finlayson is offering 40 percent on items from Barbour, Norse Products, and Warriors of Radness, and 25 percent off everything else.
When: December 27-January 8.
Where: Askov Finlayson, 200 N. 1st St., Minneapolis, 612-206-3925, www.askovfinlayson.com
Ongoing: Stephanie's Stock-up Sale
What: The more you buy, the more you’ll save during Stephanie’s stock-up sale: buy one item and receive 20 percent off, buy two for 30 percent off, and buy three or more items for 40 percent off on names like Nicole Miller, Tibi, Autumn Cashmere, Citizens of Humanity, David Meister, James Jeans, and Susana Monaco. Shop early for the best savings.
When: Through January 31.
Where: Stephanie's, 758 Cleveland Av. S., St. Paul, 651-690-3802, www.stephaniesshop.com
Ongoing: Cliché’s Color Dot Sale
What: Cliché’s color dot sale includes 10 to 50 percent off select fall and winter inventory. They have also marked down select winter wool coats 30% off.
Where: Cliché, 2403 Lyndale Av. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-0420, www.clichempls.com
Ongoing: The Room & Board Annual Clearance Event
What: The Room & Board Annual Clearance Event happens just once a year. Get as much as 50 percent off furniture, accessories, and discontinued floor samples. Additional clearance items can be found at roomandboard.com.
Where: Room & Board, 7010 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-927-8835, roomandboard.com
Ongoing: Karma's Winter Sale
What: Karma is adding to an already significant on-going sale following Christmas. The clearance event will include up to half of the store and will feature 50-80 percent discounts on clothing and accessories.
Where: Karma, 867 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-291-1997, www.karmashops.com
Ongoing: Arafina's Winter Sale
What: At Arafina, take 30 to 50 percent off all fall and winter merchandise.
Where: Arafina, 3365 Galleria, Edina, 952-925-1565, www.arafina.com
Ongoing: Drama's Winter Sale
What: Drama just marked a big selection of fall and winter merchandise down 30 to 70 percent.
Where: Drama Boutique, 1203 Lagoon Ave., Minneapolis, 612-338-9423, shopatdrama.com
Ongoing: Bumbershute's Winter Sale
What: High-end boutique Bumbershute is offering 50 percent off all designer merchandise.
Where: Bumbershute, 5014 France Av. S., Edina, 952-475-2684.
Ongoing: Ladyslipper's Winter Sale
What: Boot season is just getting started. But now you can get 50 percent off all fall and winter boots—and shoes—at Ladyslipper.
Where: Ladyslipper, 4940 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-224-1900, www.ladyslipperboutique.com
Ongoing: OPM's Winter Sale
What: Receive 50 percent off all falla nd winter merchandise for OPM Facebook fans only; click here to "like" the page.
Where: OPM, 3700 Grand Way, St. Louis Park, 952-567-7399, www.opmboutique.com
Ongoing: Pumpz & Co. Winter Sale
What: Designer shoe boutique Pumpz & Co. is taking 50 percent off select fall and winter styles by names like Alexander Wang, Frye, Stuart Weitzman, Tory Burch, Tila March, Carlos Falchi and more, plus 70 percent off previous season styles in the sale room.
Where: Pumpz & Co., 3335 Galleria, Edina, 952-926-2252, www.pumpzandco.com
Ongoing: Parc Boutique's Winter Sale
What: Parc Boutique’s winter sale features 30 to 75 percent on all fall and winter merchandise.
Where: Parc Boutique, 320 E. Hennepin Av., Minneapolis, 320 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-353-4966, www.parcboutique.com
Ongoing: Grand Hand Gallery Winter Sale
What: The Grand Hand's annual Winter Sale includes discounts on holiday items. Find handcrafted holiday ornaments, winter wearables and selected jewelry marked down 20 to 70 percent, with more items and discounts to be added throughout the sale. Come early for best selection.
When: December 26-January 22.
Where: 619 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-312-1122, www.thegrandhand.com
Ongoing: Bibelot's Winter Sale
What: Get 50 percent off select gifts and décor and 30 to 70 percent off women’s clothing.
Where: Four metro locations, including 1082 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-0321, www.bibelotshops.com
Ongoing: russell+hazel's Winter Sale
What: At the flagship store for chic paper brand russell+hazel , enjoy 50–60 percent off all Mara Mi holiday items and other select products.
When: 4388 France Ave., S., Minneapolis, 952-279-1360, russellandhazel.com
Ongoing: Local Motion's Blowout Clearance Sale
What: Local Motion’s blowout clearance sale includes 30 to 50 percent off most fall items. Also kicking off this week is the ongoing happy hour Fridays, with a different item on sale each week from 4 to 6 p.m. plus treats and refreshments.
Where: Local Motion, 2813 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-8436, www.localmotionmpls.com
Ongoing: n'etc Winter Sale
What: Designer boutique n'etc kicks off its winter sale on Black Friday, offering 50 percent off all fall and winter merchandise.
Where: n'etc, 5005 France Avenue S, Edina, 612-922-9321, www.netcmsp.com
Ongoing: BANGbang Salon's Winter Sale
What: BANGbang Salon’s winter sale includes 20 percent off Illume candles and diffusers and 30 percent off select jewelry and handbags.
When: December 28-January 14
Where: BANGbang Salon, 11 W. 38th St., Minneapolis, 612-823-2264, www.bangbangmpls.com
Now open: SHIP&SHAPE
What: In the increasingly viable world of e-retailing, more and more local designers and entrepreneurs are abandoning traditional brick-and-mortar for something with a bit further reach. One could count the success of (former) Minneapolis knitwear designer Annie Larson, who landed features in national magazines and an exclusive collection for Madewell on the strength of her e-shop. Now, her longtime pals Erin Smith (of SISBRO Design), Annika Kaplan and Maddy Nye (of MN&Co) are joining forces to open their own e-shop, SHIP&SHAPE. The e-shop will have a focus on limited edition handmade goods from themselves and 15 of their crafty friends, including Larson and Voltage 2010 standout Rachel Blomgren, with quarterly collections launching every season.