This week in local style and shopping, Fashion Week MN returns with a refreshing spring lineup, Art in Bloom goes virtual, spring vintage pop-ups and more.

Note: While most of the Fashion Week MN events are sold out, they’re all available to stream virtually from the comfort of your couch, for free. Learn more at


Winsome Goods Reworked Vintage Collection #2 Drops
Local, sustainable fashion brand, Winsome Goods, is debuting a new series of one-of-a-kind garments made from vintage fabrics this week. Pieces include a mix of tops, dresses and pants in white cotton, lace and linen Shop the first few pieces beginning today, with more pieces to come Available 4/27 (time TBA) @


Fashion Week MN: Urban Garden 
Fashion Week MN’s first event of the spring season kicks off in full bloom with Urban Garden, a fashion show infused with all things flora and fauna. Presented by SIP ’N BLOOM, a Minneapolis-based DIY floral design workshop that pops up in various locations, the event hosted at the Else Warehouse rooftop includes an interactive fashion show with designs by top local couturier Joynoelle and local hat brand Karen Morris Millinery. The event is sold out, but you can tune in virtually (free). 4/28 at 6pm, stream via


Art in Bloom: Virtual Edition
The Minneapolis Institute of Art’s annual Art in Bloom experience is virtual once again this year. They’re offering an intriguing lineup of virtual talks, tours and workshops—plus a custom cocktail you can order for pickup by Norseman Distillery—as well as more than 100 art-inspired floral arrangements sponsored by Bachman’s to view online this weekend. Presented by Friends of the Institute, this fundraising event helps support, enhance and sustain the museum. 4/28–5/2. Learn more at


Fashion Week MN: IamMoody presents Dress 4 Colour
A mainstay of the local fashion community for more than 30 years, IamMoody’s virtual runway show will feature spring collections from emerging and established designers from the Twin Cities area with an emphasis on Black designers and other designers of color. Designers and brands include NubiCollections by BothDol, Nikita Curtis, Van Quigg, Monikon Designs, SHExclusive Jewelry, Love Your Melon and IamMoody founder/owner Richard Moody’s new brand, Moody Wear in collaboration with Angela Davis Art, all styled by Ethelind Belle. The show will stream from The pArt event space on Facebook Live. 4/29 at 7pm, stream via


Fashion Week MN: SUN50 presents Endless Summer: Check Yourself 
Minnesota-based brand SUN50’s mission is to create eco-friendly, easy-to-wear, fashion-forward UPF garments that protect the skin against skin cancer and ultraviolet rays. Produced by SUN50 design director Danielle Everine, the show will feature SUN50’s SS21 collection with a tropical vintage vibe, paired with eyewear from locally owned retailer Huxley Optical. VIP in-person runway show ($30), free virtual tickets also available. 4/30 at 7pm @ Ooh La La Boutique, 274 Water St, Excelsior. Register at

Fashion Week MN: Northwoods Couture 
Presented by Amber Griffin and Zagaza Productions, this fashion show features local designers with a Northwoods theme. Designers include Arianne Zager’s Zagaza Productions as well as emerging names Shae by Day, Tammy Rice, Anyse Fashion and Mariahmac Designs. The event is sold out, but you can stream it live for free. 4/30 at 8pm, stream via


Walker’s Spring Jewelry & Accessory Makers Mart 
Celebrate spring with the Walker Art Center’s Jewelry & Accessory Makers Mart, which returns for a virtual edition this weekend. Find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pieces by top local artisans, such as Ann Erickson, BMF Jewelry, Karin Jacobson, ROX Jewelry, Silvercocoon, Hideaway Leathercraft and and Yen Chee Design. Members get first pick and save 10% on all purchases. Member preview 4/30, open to public from 5/1–5/2 @ Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis,


Mill City Farmers Market 
Beginning this weekend, the Mill City Farmers Market is now open every Saturday through October with extended hours. A summer mainstay since 2006, the market features over 120 local farmers, food makers and artisans with a goal of building a local, sustainable and organic food economy in a vibrant, educational outdoor marketplace. This weekend’s artisan highlights include pottery from Adam Gruetzmacher, textile from ArtAndes and jewelry from Larissa Loden. Saturday from 8am–1pm @ Mill City Farmers Market, 750 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, 

Twin Cities Vintage Fest
Shop vintage goods from 30-plus vendors with an emphasis on ‘80s, ‘90s and Y2K-era vintage streetwear for men and women during this event presented by Green Threads and Vinbuck Vintage. Plus, enjoy a live DJ, food, vintage video game station, photo ops and more. Tickets ($5–$20) are required for entry. 5/1 from 10am–5pm @ Familia Skatepark HQ, 835 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis; info & tickets @

Life Is But a Dream: A Les Sól Spring Soiree
Linden Hill boutique Les Sól is kicking off spring with a mini May Day market featuring local makers. The market will take place in a larger space within the same building as the shop with vendors including Twin Spirits Distillery, Daughters and Suns art, Doo Wop Vintage, The Face Brands, Nelie G. Mae Jewelry, Trap Haus Sweets, Dylia Negus Art and food from Taco Taxi food truck. While you’re there, be sure to stop into Les Sól next door to check out their new brands and get 15% off your purchase, plus a free tote and discount cards for future purchases. Note, 15 people max will be allowed in the space at a time; reserve your free spot to shop. Masks are 100% required. 5/1 from 11am–7pm @ 4353 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, register for free @

Fashion Week MN: Dr. Zwack Gold Lion Collection Preview
Local designer Dr. Zwack will showcase her latest couture collection with a virtual runway show, live model art sketch segment and Live photo shoot with photographer Jeff Kappel. There will also be an open house from 2–3pm; register for your spot with a pay-what-you-can donation to Simpson Housing Servies. Livestream 5/1 at 12pm; open house 2–3pm @ The Lynhall, 2640 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis; register at

Fashion Week MN: Everyday Ejiji presents Women-Owned Minneapolis
Produced by Ashley Becerra of Everyday Ejiji, this fashion show hosted by Canopy Minneapolis by Hilton highlights women-owned boutiques and brands showcasing vintage, resale and secondhand looks from Everyday Ejiji, Down the Rabbit Hole, PROJEKT von Anna, Zifa’s Boutique, Dots Vintage, Arway Bags and Glam Diggers Vintage along with a pop-up market. The event is sold out, but you can livestream the show. 5/1 at 4pm, tune in on Instagram Live at

Fashion Week MN: The Fitting Room presents Evolve
Produced by Kimberly Jurek Valanzasca, owner of The Fitting Room boutique and fashion designer of label Alma Mia, the closing show of the spring season of Fashion Week MN features a packed lineup of top local designers at Morrie’s Luxury Auto. They include MX Apparel, Scott J Lehmann, Alma Mia, Ramadan Designs, FOAT Design, Joeleen Torvick, 3 Jag Design, Dottir Jewelry, Gina Mount Jewelry, J.Lux Jewelry, Vikse Designs, 1004 Designs, HeartGlass, Tessa Louise, Karen Morris Millinery, Strey Designs, and Amy Sabatier Designs. The event is sold out, but you can livestream the show for free. 5/1 at 8pm, stream via


Arb May Markets
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is back with a weekly market, happening every weekend in May. Peruse nature-inspired art, handmade pottery, jewelry, artisan food, spa-worthy bath and body products and more from local makers. Browse the one-of-a-kind wares of 40 local vendors and stroll through seasonal blooms in the Arboretum’s 1,200 acres of formal gardens and natural areas. Market entry is included with gate admission (free for Arb members, $15 for non-members and free for kids 15 & younger). Reservations are required to ensure social distancing. Saturdays & Sundays through May, 10am–4pm each day @ Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska,


Loring Corners Vintage Pop-up
Head to Loring Park for one of the first vintage pop-ups of the season. The lineup features local vintage vendors including Lost in Spandex, Skate or Die Vintage and North 61 with goodies spanning dresses and silky finery, fresh ’80s and ’90s streetwear, Northwoods gems and hot deals under $20. 5/2 from 11am–5pm @ 1624 Harmon Place, Minneapolis (2nd floor, enter via alley), 

Spring Vintage Market Pop-up 
Three local vintage favorites are joining forces for one of the first vintage pop-ups of the season. Shop fresh spring goodies from Kollektiv and Salty Vintage in an outdoor and socially distanced space. Masks required. Cash, card and Venmo accepted. 5/2 from noon–4pm @ 3015 W Owasso Blvd, Roseville,


Ray Griffiths Trunk Show @ Max’s
Ray Griffiths is known for his signature meticulous metal work and use of high-quality gemstones. The New York–based designer and goldsmith has popped up at local jewelry store Max’s (or shop their online shop), where you can view and shop his spring 2021 collection, full of his signature luxe gold pieces and colorful bracelets made from semi-precious stones. Ends May 1 @ Max’s, 3826 Grand Way, St Louis Park &

Atelier957 Mother’s Day Accessories Sale
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else, find something special during Atelier957’s Mother’s Day sale. Save 20% off on all accessories at the Grand Avenue boutique, from necklaces to hats to scarves. In store and online with code “MOTHERSDAY” at checkout. Ends May 2 @ Atelier957, 957 Grand Ave, St. Paul,


Now open: Leo Footwear
Two neighboring Selby & Snelling shop owners have come together to found a new shoe boutique with a sustainable focus. Leo Footwear was the brainchild of Kristie Case of Teeny Bee Boutique/Peregrine Kidswear, and Jill Erickson of women’s sustainable fashion shop, Spoils of Wear. The new footwear shop is located just a couple of storefronts down from Teeny Bee and features Brooklyn-based shoemakers Stivali and the Spanish artisan–made Pons Arvacas. You can also shop the store online. Now open @ 1554 Selby Ave, St Paul, For updates and hours, follow @leofootwearstpaul on Instagram.

Now open: Bread. A Unique Pop-up Market
What began as a holiday pop-up market over the holidays is returning to Maplewood Mall as a more permanent fixture. Created by local entrepreneur Marsha Magdalene as a shared opportunity to help small businesses market and scale their businesses, Bread features a mostly BIPOC group of locally owned brands and goods from local makers, including Marsha’s son’s brand, Ice Cream Bow Ties. For Thursday’s grand reopening, the store’s brands will be joined by Maplewood Mayor Abrams, MN State Rep. John Thompson and St. Paul City Council member Nelsie Yang, and there will be raffles and refreshments. Hours: Monday–Friday from 12–7pm and Sunday from 12–6pm @ Maplewood Mall, 3001 White Bear Ave N, Maplewood,

Now open: Community Commons at Mall of America: Last fall, the Mall of America debuted Community Commons, a new, rent-free space dedicated to businesses struggling due to the pandemic or displaced due to civil unrest over the summer. Following its first run, the store has reopened with a fresh mix of local businesses owned by people of color. New vendors include Arway Bags, clothing brand Love Disorder, Bogaballoons, Silk Road Wellness, LEVELS apparel and more. The storefront is also acting as a launching pad for some brands—Herbal Alchemy, a former Community Commons vendor, has just opened its own storefront. Community Commons is now open at Level 2, South, Mall of America, Bloomington,

On view: Papier at American Swedish Institute
A juncture between art and fashion, Papier is an international touring exhibition showcasing artist-designer Bea Szenfeld’s striking paper couture—dresses and other sculptural fashion items made entirely from paper and worn by such pop icons as Lady Gaga and Björk—united with artist-author Stina Wirsén’s evocative and colorful illustrations. Papier has made its Midwest debut at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis (in one of only two U.S. stagings).Get a first look and read more about my visit to the exhibit on my blog HERE! On view through July 11. Hours are Thursday–Sunday, 10am–4pm; advance, timed reservations are required to visit the museum and can be made at or by calling 612-871-4907 during museum hours.

Now open: LEGACY
After designer resale shop June announced its move to 50th & France, we wondered what was coming to its former storefront near Lyndale & Lake in Uptown. The secret’s now out: The storefront is now home to LEGACY, a vintage clothing and home shop run by June owner Daune Stinson’s daughter, Ruby, who recently moved back home from NYC after over a decade working in the fashion and retail industry. June’s little sister store features a fresh, more casual mix of brands, more vintage goods, and a lower price-point than June, similar to that of most vintage stores. Now open. Hours: Wednesday–Saturday 11am–5pm @ 3406 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, 612-545-7470,

Now open: Dugo pop-up at Nolan Mains
As the saying goes, when one door closes, another opens. At least that’s the case with Dugo, the locally owned, special-occasion retailer that had announced it would permanently close its longtime Galleria storefront. It will be setting up shop at the new Nolan Mains development at 50th & France. They’re now open within a 825-square-foot, temporary pop-up space there while their new permanent storefront is built out. According to MSP Mag, “expect a tighter, more focused selection of what Nancy knows best: dresses and evening separates and the accessories that accompany—like handbags and jewelry—plus, a special, rotating schedule of pop-ups of more casual wear and contemporary brands.” Hours: Monday–Saturday from 11am–5pm @ 3919 Market St, Edina,

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