For most men, it’s not the purchasing of clothing and accessories that is irksome, it’s the shopping. Traipsing from store to store in search of the perfect pair of cufflinks is not most guys’ idea of a great weekend. These five stores, located across the state of Minnesota, all offer carefully selected, quality accessories and clothing for the gentleman about town. Don’t spend the day searching for the perfect pewter hip flask, just stroll into one of these establishments for some instant swagger.
Step into Martin Patrick 3 in North Loop, let the staff pour you a short glass of bourbon, have a sip, take in the merchandise and glide into style. Pick up a Jack Spade Military Briefcase, slip on a pair of Randolph Concord 52 shades, get into a pair of Grenson Archie Big Punch Brogues and feel yourself transform.
To most guys, it’s not unusual to glance over to the next cubicle and see another worker bee wearing an identical Banana Republic oxford. Hammer Made is doing its best to stamp out clothing clones. Jason Hammerberg spent years working the fashion industry before he ventured out to create his own line of high-quality, limited-run dress shirts. Distinctive craftsmanship, high-caliber fabric and inspired design make Hammer’s shirts the cure for the clothing clone blues. Check out the Hammer’s Hints page on his website for suggestions on tying bow ties, wearing pocket squares and other hints for gents.
If you you are in St. Paul and want to be treated to the gentleman’s equivalent to a day at the spa, visit Heimie’s Haberdashery. Have a seat and let one of the master barbers give you a hot towel wrap and a straight razor shave. Wander into the humidor and pick out a world class cigar. Have a shoe shine. Then visit the tailor and get yourself fitted for a made-to-order suit of clothing. Heimie’s recommends that no gentleman’s outfit is complete without a hat, so before you leave, pick out a Dorfman Pacific topper to complement your topcoat.
Hanny’s Men’s Wear
19 1st Ave. S.W.
Rochester, MN 55902
In southern Minnesota, a gentleman need not look far to find his clothier. Hanny’s Men’s Wear in downtown Rochester offers non-department store brands and old world service. You can suit yourself up, have it tailored and take care of all of the accessories. Just passing through? Not to worry, Hanny’s ships to anywhere in the United States.
A gentleman of the northland needs his clothing and accessories to be distinctive, yet well built. For over one hundred years, Ed Barbo’s Columbia Clothing Company has been supplying Duluth men with shirts that don’t fray, slacks that don’t rip and watches that don’t stop ticking. It is the exclusive northern Minnesota retailer for St. Croix Luxury Men’s Apparel and features Cole Haan shoes and Remy leathers, along with a long list of quality brands. And, because life in the north isn’t all fly fishing and deer hunting, Barbo’s offers a broad selection of men’s formalwear, for sale and for rent.
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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.