by Alexandra Katz
This week in local shopping, Nicole Richie launches her bohemian-chic line at Macy’s, Dessa celebrates her lipstick launch, men get their shopping fix with NorthernGRADE Men’s Market and Up Six Vintage celebrates 11 years with a sale.
Tuesday-Sunday: Up Six Vintage 11th Anniversary Sale
What: Vintage fiends beware, your pocketbook is about to get a lot lighter. Read at your own risk: Five dollar bins filled with vintage goodies galore, 30% off men’s and women’s fashions plus accessories and 20% off vintage jewelry at the Up Six Vintage 11th Anniversary Sale. If you aren’t drooling yet, new this year at the vintage sale is their first ever mid-century furniture and housewares section. By section, they mean a whole parking lot full of items.
When: Pre-sale noon-6 pm Monday, September 10, sale runs noon-4 pm Tuesday, September 11-Sunday, September 16
Where: Up Six Vintage, 157 Snelling Avenue N, St. Paul, 651-917-0470, www.upsixvintage.com
Wednesday: Nicole Richie launches limited-edition line at Macy’s
What: From a peacock kaleidoscope to feather and deco chevron, you may feel like you are on an acid trip, but have no fear – it is just Nicole Richie’s collection Impulse for Macy’s. With maxis and asymmetrical skirts, to cropped tops and fitted jackets there is a silhouette for every body. Retro prints are a favorite of Richie’s and this collection is no exception. Jewel tones anchor the color palette, while gold and imperial blue hues create pops of color throughout the line. While Ms. Richie may be a starlet, her line is priced for the not-so-famous. It kicks off with a launch event on Wednesday at Macy’s Southdale, complete with informal modeling, sips, hors d’oeuvres and music.
When: Launching Wednesday, September 12 at Macy’s downtown & Southdale locations. Launch event 5:30 pm Wednesday at Macy’s Southdale.
Where: Macy’s Downtown, 700 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-375-2200 & Macy’s Southdale, 100 Southdale Circle, Edina, 952-924-6600, www.macys.com
Thursday: Gina Marie Vintage & Cocoon by Elizabeth Geisler Wholesale Sale
What: The perfect evening for chic women looking for the latest fashions at wholesale prices. Yes, that’s right chic, fashion and wholesale all in the same sentence. Local lines Gina Marie Vintage and Cocoon by Elizabeth Geisler are pairing up to present a trunk show with classic silk & lace pieces as well as elegant winter coats & capes. A fashion forward, yet timeless look, all for an affordable price, we’ll take two of everything!
When: 5-9 pm Thursday, September 13
Where: 3680 Landings Drive, Excelsior, Click HERE for the Facebook invite
Saturday: Dessa Lipstick Launch
What: Though she’s known for her tomboy style, Doomtree emcee and wordsmith Dessa can rock a classic red lipstick like nobody’s business. With her namesake lipstick color for locally-made, vegan makeup line the Elixery, she’s giving you the chance to emulate her casual glamor. Best of all, Dessa will be donating her proceeds from the sale of the lipstick to educate and empower women in developing countries. She’s launching the lip color with a blowout bash at the Icehouse this weekend, where musical guests Aby Wolf and Ashley Gold will be backed by Dessa’s live ensemble of Dustin Kiel, Sean McPherson and Joey Van Phillips. Hip-hop/jazz improv collective Coloring Time (whose core members include No Bird Sing’s Joe Horton, Graham O’Brien and Bobby Mulrennan, Peter Wolf Crier’s Peter Pisano and Casey O’Brien from Face Candy) will round out the night. Cover is $5 before 11 pm.
When: 8-10 pm Saturday, September 15. Coloring Time play at 11 pm.
Where: Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, www.elixery.com/dessa
Saturday-Sunday: NorthernGRADE Men’s Market
What: Guys get their shopping fix this weekend with the return of the NorthernGRADE Men’s Market, a bi-annual, two-day pop-up market geared toward hardy, American-made basics. Heritage brands such as Red Wing Heritage, Faribault Woolen Mills Co., Pierrepont Hicks Tie Co., and Duluth Pack will be on hand, as will offerings from local men’s shops Askov Finlayson and BlackBlue. There’s something for the ladies, too – Pierrepont Hicks offshoot Mrs. P. Hicks will have her handmade leather chukkas, wallabees and desert boots. Primo shopping time should be from 4 to 7 pm on Saturday, when DJ Jonathan Ackerman will provide tunage.
When: Noon-7 pm Saturday, September 15 & 11 am-4 pm Sunday, September 16.
Where: Architectural Antiques, 1330 Quincy Street NE, Minneapolis, www.northerngrade.com
Saturday & Sunday: Electric Fetus Garage Sale & Fall Festival
What: Indie record store mainstay Electric Fetus is kicking off the fall season with an all-day garage sale and outdoor music fest. The garage sale includes CDs, DVDs and vinyl – both new and used – marked WAY down, and up to 75 percent off gift department items, plus 15 percent off nearly everything in-store. What’s more on Saturday: food trucks from Nate Dogs, YumMi Bahn Mi and Birchwood Cafe, giveaways from Warner Music Group, a vintage pop-up shop from Blacklist Vintage and live music from John Mark Nelson, The Farewell Circuit, The Chalice, Bomba De Luz, Phantom Tails. BONUS: Head back on Sunday to take an addition 50 percent off all already-marked-down garage sale items, plus an in-store listening party for the new Grizzly Bear release Shields. You can buy the CD and LP on Sunday – before you can get it anywhere else – and enjoy some free pizza, a free Grizzly Bear poster with purchase while supplies last, and the chance to win an Electric Fetus gift card.
When: 11 am-5 pm Saturday, September 15 & noon-4 pm Sunday, September 16.
Where: Electric Fetus, 2000 4th Avenue S, Minneapolis, 612-870-9300, www.electricfetus.com
Saturday: Poppy Togs and Clogs 1 Year Anniversary
What: St. Paul shop Poppy togs and Clogs invites you to come and celebrate their big 1st birthday party. It’s not just a party, it’s a sale! Take 20% off everything in the store, including lines like Desigual, Kerisma, Salaam, and with five gift certificates being given away for $100, this is a birthday party where you get the presents, not the other way around.
When: 10 am-7 pm Saturday, September 15
Where: Poppy Togs and Clogs, 251 Snelling Avenue S, St. Paul, 612-236-3660, poppytogsandclogs.com
Saturday: Rox Jewelry Open Studio
What: After a trip to Tuscon, Minneapolis jewelry designer Robyne Robinson of ROX Jewelry is opening up her studio for California Building’s First Thursdays event. The former Fox 9 news anchor is known for creating unique and dramatic looks made of natural elements such as wood, shells, fine metals and semi-precious stones for both men and women. Be sure to swing by before Robinson jets off to Greece in search of new materials.
When: Noon-4 pm Saturday, September 15
Where: California Building, 2205 California Street NE, Studio 403, Minneapolis, www.roxmpls.com