Men's pop-up market: Northern Grade

This Saturday, the area's best dressed men will have the chance to converge at a one-day style event, Northern Grade Men's Market.

The pop-up shop arose from a collaboration between Twin Cities companies J.W. Hulme Co. and Pierrepont Hicks. They're hosting a collection of brands that they consider "heritage" whether they are old or new, which all create or carry goods that are made in America. Look for nearly 20 vendors, including Red Wing shoes, Duluth Pack bags, Fox River Socks, Stormy Kromer hats, Baldwin Denim jeans, Taylor Stitch shirts, Galen Labs skin care and Fur Armor outerwear. Adding to the party atmosphere will be live music all day by Erik Koskinen, the 128 Café food truck and a full bar, serving a signature "Dark and Stormy" cocktail.

While not all of the businesses are technically from the North, they still have a lot in common, primarily small runs of high-quality goods. "They share our philosophy and ethics, business sense and philosophies," said Kat McMillan of Pierrepont Hicks. "It's a stamp of approval."

NorthernGrade Men's Market, 1330 NE. Quincy St., Architectural Antiques, Mpls., noon to 7 p.m. Sat.,



Fashion's Night Out in MN

Get ready for one of the biggest -- if not the biggest -- shopping events ever.

Fashion's Night Out (www., an evening dedicated to getting customers out of their spending doldrums and into stores to purchase something (preferably full-price) is Friday.

In New York, you can mingle with fashion celebrities at Barneys, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue. Not going to New York for the big night? You can check out a few of the events around the Twin Cities, all this Friday night.

Galleria: Many stores will be hosting trunk shows and offering discounts. Arafina will host designer Elaine Kim. Epitome will offer a trunk show (and 10 percent discount) on Liz Oie's Jewelry. Shop trunk shows such as Trina Turk at Melly and Hammitt bags at Pumpz & Company. At BCBG Max Azria, you can enter to win a trip for two to the next runway show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. At Twill by Scott Dayton, get 25 percent off any suit or sport coat purchased during the evening. Many retailers will be offering refreshments, as well.

6 to 10 p.m., Galleria, Edina, 952-925-4321,

Neiman Marcus: Check out a presentation of fall's must-haves by Metro Magazine's Mary O'Regan, a fashion sketch contest by local designers and a design-your-own cupcake bar by Cocoa & Fig,

5 to 8 p.m., 505 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-339-2600

June: This "Cat Eyes on the Catwalk" party will feature a trunk show with Vintage City Classics' re-created jewelry, Gwen's Collection with stylist Gwen Leeds' couture and high-end vintage pieces, and a Lash Bar with Suzy Martin.

6 to 9 p.m., 3406 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612-354-3970,

Fashion Week style

It's like back to school for fashionistas at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York this week. Starting today, designers are showing off their spring 2011 collections.

For updates, check A2 in the Star Tribune and online at Sara Glassman's new blog: www.



Allen Edmonds' grand opening: Meet CEO Paul Grangaard and store designer Jim Dayton. To celebrate, 10 percent of store sales will be donated to local charities through Sept. 23.

4 to 7 p.m., City Center, 40 S. 7th St. (skyway level), Mpls., 612-339-1070,


Wine tasting and vintage fashion show: For this fundraiser for Commemorative Air Force's Minnesota Wing, enjoy wine sampling from Warehouse Winery and Import Iberia and check out a show featuring the Girl Can't Help It Deluxe Clothing, Twilight Soaps and Gifts, Pacific Shores Stone Works and Atta Girl by Kedrin.

6 p.m., Minnesota Wing Hangar, Fleming Field, 310 Airport Rd., Hangar 3, South St. Paul. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door,, 651-455-6942.


Grethen House coupon sale: Pick out anything and everything (clothing, shoes, accessories) you might want from the fall collections, because you'll receive a scratch-off card at the counter that will reveal a 10 to 50 percent discount on your purchases.

Through Sept. 18, 4930 France Av. S., Edina, 952-926-8725.


Len Druskin clearance sale: Save up to 75 percent on men's and women's apparel at this pop-up outlet store.

Through Sunday, Bonaventure Mall (across from Ridgedale), Minnetonka, 952-927-7923.

Sara Glassman • 612-673-7177 •