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 16-22:
Just launched: 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 and more by local luminaries such as Rachel Blomgren, Annika Kaplan, Molly Erickson, Erin Smith and Isa Gagarin. 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 called "Be Mine." The romantic collection ranges from the overtly love-themed, like the ceramic mug sets with the phrase "I love you" written out in various languages; or more subtly sweet, like ruffled cotton bloomers and a porcelain lace collar. Each item is available in ultra-limited runs of about five a piece, so get them while they're hot.
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
Through Feb. 5: 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 (pictured), 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
Friday & Saturday: gh2 50% off sale
What: High-end consignment shop gh2 is kicking off its semi-annual 50% off sale this weekend. Everything but a rack or two of new arrivals will be marked down, including labels such as Isabel Marant, Balenciaga, Rachel Comey, Raquel Allegra, Christian Louboutin, Marni, Jil Sander, Miu Miu, and Issey Miyake.
When: Friday, January 20 & Saturday, January 21.
Where: gh2, 318 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 612-378-0509, www.shopgh2.com
Friday: FOUND: The Art of Wedding
What: Weddings are becoming more of an art-directed production than ever, thanks to the sophisticated eye, taste and craft of local photographers, videographers, designers, stationers, florists, and bakers. Some of the most artistically-inclined independent wedding brands in the Twin Cities will be on display at "FOUND: The Art of Wedding," an event curated by photographer Eliesa Johnson of Photogen Inc. It will feature fine-art installations by Photogen Inc. and Rivets and Roses, fashion designer Tara LaTour, floral designers Munster Rose, filmmakers Capture Studios and stationer Paperista, plus complimentary copies of the latest issue of Minnesota Bride, tunes from Flow DJ, treats from Cocoa & Fig and sparkling cider from Crispin.
When: 6-10 p.m. Friday, January 20.
Where: 514 Studios, 514 N 3rd Street, Ste 101, Minneapolis. www.foundevent.com
Friday: "Character in Costume: A Jack Edwards Retrospective"
What: Twin Cities costume designer Jack Edwards is about the closest we'll come to having our own Edith Head. His fabled history has included stints working as the right hand man alongside some of New York’s significant 1960s costume designers, an 18-year tenure as the Guthrie Theater’s Costume Director, and a dozen years as costume designer for the iconic 8th Floor Christmas Fantasy Lands at Dayton's. His sizable body of work - including dozens of costume sketches, photographs, press clippings, playbills, reviews, and 30 actual costumes designed by Edwards - will finally receive its own stage during the Goldstein's Jack Edwards retrospective, "Character in Costume," which kicks of with an opening reception this Friday.
When: Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, January 20. Exhibition runs through
Where: Goldstein Museum of Design, 241 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Avenue, University of Minnesota's St. Paul Campus, 612-624-7434, goldstein.design.umn.edu
Friday-Sunday: Galleria's Clearance Experience
What: Upscale shopping center Galleria's biggest clearance event of the season gets underway this weekend. Take 70 to 80 percent off on fall and winter styles and accessories at designer boutique Arafina; 50 percent off select shirts, ties, sweaters at locally-made men's shop Hammer Made; and 50 percent off select items at accessories boutique StyledLife and designer shoe boutique Pumpz & Co. Visit www.galleria.com for a full listing of sales and special offers.
When: Friday, January 20-Sunday, January 22.
Where: 3510 Galleria, Edina. 952-925-4321, www.galleria.com
Ongoing: 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
Ongoing: 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.
Where: Grethen House, 4930 France Avenue, Edina, 952-926-8725, www.grethenhouse.com
Ongoing: Covered's Semi-Annual Blowout 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 email@example.com 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