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 10-16:
Thursday-Saturday: l'atelier couture Grand Reopening
What: To celebrate bridal boutique l'atelier couture's new Warehouse District location, the shop is hosting a runway show and grand reopening party. On Thursday, attend a runway show by Italy-based bridal gown designer Peter Langner (RVSP required to email@example.com). While you're there, check out Nelli's brand-new clutch collection with textile designer Luci Kandler of Calpurnia Peach fame, NELLE & Ogge, in the designer's in-house boutique, plus view trunk shows from Paperista, Coca & Fig, Instant Request, Just Bloomed, Liz Banfield, Crave, Style-Architects, and more. If you can't secure a spot to the opening party, the shop is hosting two days of open houses on Friday and Saturday, where you can meet l'atelier couture owner Amanda Kautt and Italy-based bridal gown designer Peter Langner, plus local handbag designer Laura Nelli and local jewelry designer Penny Larsen.
When: Doors 6:30 p.m., runway show 7 p.m. Thursday, January 12; open house hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, January 13-Saturday, January 14.
Where: l'atelier couture, 219 N 2nd Street, Suite 404, Minneapolis, 219 N 2nd St, #404, Minneapolis, 651-602-9492, www.lateliercouturebridal.com\
Now-Sunday: Sarah M. Holm Etsy Sale
What: From now until this Sunday, local designer Sarah M. Holm is offering 20% off everything in her Etsy store, including the adorable new pinstriped '50s-inspired day dress pictured (also available in red). Just enter "cabinfever12" into the coupon code box to receive the discount.
When: Tuesday, January 10-Sunday, January 15.
Beginning Tuesday: martinpatrick3's Winter Clearance
What: Dandy martinpatrick3’s winter clearance kicks off this weekend. Save for a few minor exceptions, expect discounts of 20% throughout the store, and nearly all seasonal clothing and accessories will be marked at 40% off.
When: Tuesday, January 10 through mid-February or while supplies last.
Where: martinpatrick3, 121 N 1st Street, Minneapolis, 612-746-5329, www.martinpatrick3.com
Beginning Friday: Grethen House 70% Off Sale
What: Grethen House kicks off its semi-annual 70% off sale this weekend, slashing prices on fall and winter goods from designers like Comme des Garçons, Maison Martin Margiela, Yigal Azrouël, Gunex, Rozae Nichols, Theyskens' Theory (pictured) and Rick Owens. Serious shoppers can pre-shop on Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m.
When: Friday, January 13.
Where: Grethen House, 4930 France Avenue, Edina, 952-926-8725, www.grethenhouse.com
Beginning Saturday: Sashay Shantay at Art Shanty Projects
What: Local fashion makes its first foray into the Art Shanties on Medicine Lake with the Sashay Shantay. Shanty-goers can don hardy knits and coats by local designers Danielle Everine (of Project Runway fame), Rachel Blomgren, Lela Horst Baumann, Carly Shoen and others in a stylized photo booth. Plus, the handmade creations will be showcased in an on-ice runway daily.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Saturday, January 14-Sunday, February 5.
Where: Medicine Lake, 17th Avenue N & Highway 169, Plymouth, www.artshantyprojects.org
Saturday: ROX Jewelry Sale
What: The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District is always busy every second Saturday of the month when studios open to the public at the California Building. Robyne Robinson's ROX Studio joins in on the festivities with new one-of-a-kind jewelry creations of semi-precious stones and metals, plus a $100 purchase earns you a free pair of earrings.
When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, January 14.
Where: ROX Studio at California Building, 2205 California Street NE Studio 403, Minneapolis, www.roxmpls.com
Sunday: SHIP&SHAPE launches Valentine's Day collection
What: When Minneapolis-based online retailer SHIP&SHAPE launched last fall, we were ecstatic over the charmingly edited collection of clothing, jewelry, stationery, knits and artwork by local luminaries such as Annie Larson, Michael Gaughan, Rachel Blomgren, Annika Kaplan, and Crystal Quinn. With their second collection, launching this weekend exclusively at www.shipandshape.com, the collective offers an ode to love with a Valentine's-themed collection.
When: Launching Sunday, January 15.
Beginning Monday: My Sister's Closet Annual Winter Sale
What: Next Monday, beloved vintage and designer consignment shop My Sister's Closet is kicking off their infamous semi-annual 50% sale. That's right - that means a whopping half-off all items in both their Grand Avenue and Uptown locations. We've scored gorgeous vintage dresses during this sale for $20 a pop, not to mention never-worn, 1980s Donna Karan ankle wrap heels for $15, so this sale (running for two weeks) is nothing to scoff at. Get there early for the best finds.
When: Monday, January 16-Sunday 29.
Where: 2741 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis. 612-886-2891; 1136 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, 612-222-2819, www.mysistersclosetmn.com
Ongoing: Covered's Winter Sale
What: Head over to Uptown denim haven Covered to snag discounts of 30 to 90% off all fall and winter merchandise. New items will be added daily, and if you mention seeing this blog, you can take an additional 10% off new arrivals.
When: Now through January 31.
Where: Covered, 1201 Lagoon Avenue, Minneapolis, 612-825-1610, www.shopcovered.com
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
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
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: 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: 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 50 to 70 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 Avenue, 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 Avenue 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 fall and 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