KOKOON’s founder and designer Laine Sou Weinberg started her label in 1987, selling to major retailers such as Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, White House/Black Market, to name a few, plus over 1600 boutiques. Preferring to connect directly to clients, KOKOON now sells nationally through independent stylists and online. Laine Sou designs with a mission to provide comfortably feminine style inspired by reality and ethically made in the USA. Laine Sou is the proud mother of two talented grown children, Sam and Tess, and is married to the love of her life, co-founder and business partner Richard. Twitter and instagram @kokoonfashion
Southside Studio Ceramics
is the vision of Stacey Robison, a ceramicist born and raised on the Southside of Minneapolis whose hands have been buried in the dirt since 2002. The joy and beauty in the works are found in contrast; the strength of fired porcelain versus the butter-like consistency of the fresh clay, jewel tones that speak to the most precious of materials transformed resulting in surfaces begging to be touched, the familiar stretched beyond comfort. These concepts were heavily influenced by the Southside of Minneapolis. Nature wrapping structure enmeshed in the battle between blue collar and haute couture.
“My work is inspired by my appreciation for simplicity and modernism. I’m very drawn to geometric shapes, curves, and lines. This is what embodies my styling. I create my jewelry using basic metal forging and wire working techniques. I work primarily with stainless steel, as I appreciate its strength and longevity, but also use recycled sterling silver, gold fill, and niobium metals. I incorporate additional elements such as semi precious stones, glass, and textured metal while still retaining the minimalist effect of the overall piece. My collection includes earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. I am a self-taught artist who has been designing jewelry since 2011. I am continually learning new techniques and growing with new design concepts. I currently reside in Winona, MN with my husband, three sons, and two adorable dogs.”
Mandy Toomey was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She attended the University of Kansas, majoring in Metalsmithing and Art History. Growing up in Minneapolis constantly being surrounded by the juxtaposition of city life and nature has influenced her work, finding inspiration everywhere from the structural design of Minneapolis bridges to the stillness of the water beneath them and the patterns in the leaves on the trees. Mandy Toomey started mandybymandy jewelry in 2015. She transforms sheet and wire into one-of-a-kind wearable art using soldering, piercing and hammering techniques. Mandy fabricates each piece by hand in her home studio in uptown. mandybymandy.com Instagram: mandyjewelry
Scott J Lehmann is a brand built on the philosophy of balance and dualism. This is the first collection we will be able to offer to our menswear seekers and we are so excited! Drawing inspiration from the juxtaposition of opposites, he blurs the lines between masculine and feminine, simplicity and the complex, the unique and common, the individual and the masses. He aims to find the exception to the rule in an effort to examine and break down stereotypes… and have fun in the process. Each piece is designed and made by Scott in his Minneapolis studio.
Belle Isle Design Co
“Statement pieces aren’t just for big occasions”
Belle Isle Design Co is designed and fabricated by Minneapolis-based designer Tess Weinberg. Tess strives to create unique, eye-catching, modern pieces for everyday wear and practices the belief that statement pieces aren’t just for big occasions. Her collections are made up of sterling silver, brass, copper and stunning gemstones.
Karen Morris Millinery
Karen Morris is an accomplished milliner. She is proud to have her work featured in fashion magazines such as Elle and Vogue, and on the runway around the globe. Karen was born in Hong Kong, a cultural crossroads of exuberance, fashion and character. She was trained by top milliners in Britain, Australia and the States.
Karen applies her artistic skill and contemporary style to hat pieces for her haute couture label as well as ready-to-wear pieces for her Obsession label. Each of hat is a one-of-a-kind creation, handmade of exotic materials sourced from around the world. She also accepts commissioned orders. And she enjoys tutoring as well to introduce millinery to the America. Watch her on MN Original here.
Sophisticated, luxurious, and constantly chic are used to describe pieces in which JoeleenTorvick strives to create. Inspired by the everyday shapes, Joeleen creates unique silhouettes that portray stylish elegance with a little edge. The resulting pieces are both modern and refined and allow women to showcase their confidence and individual style.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Joeleen grew up fantasizing about designing clothes, but always thought she’d pursue more traditional vocations like law or medicine. After deep personal reflection and a leap of faith, Joeleen decided to revisit her childhood dream and make it a reality.
In 2008 she obtained a B.S. in Apparel Design and Development, during that time she studied abroad in London at the London College of Fashion, and worked as an understudy for David Rodriguez in New York. After working in New York, Joeleen brought her life back to Minnesota. In 2010, Joeleen launched her company primarily designing custom pieces, but is now focusing on her brand, Joeleen Torvick.
3 Jäg Design
is hand fabricated jewelry by goldsmith Betty Jäger. Born and raised on the shores of the misty Puget Sound, Betty’s current line of hand made jewelry finds inspiration in the interesting and organic textures of her past. Reflections of the simple curve of a wave, the bark on evergreen trees can be found in her organically crafted jewelry. Ms Jäger’s simplistic shapes with complex textures create an interesting balance in sterling silver, 18 karat, 22 karat and 24 karat gold jewelry. The strength of a hand fabricated piece of jewelry robustly highlighted with the softness of hammered texture and smooth satin finish. These pieces exude the consistency of natural elements, imitating the deep texture and bold, voluminous forms, and finally relayed onto metal.
Every piece of 3 Jäg Design jewelry is hand fabricated, creating an extremely strong form, twice that if it were created through the process of casting. Creating jewelry through hand fabrication is a time consuming, and extremely rewarding process for Ms. Jäger. Fabricating metal is a technique in which you start with flat sheet or wire and manipulate it through fire, hammers, and forging. Through this process you are work hardening the piece of jewelry creating an extremely sound structure and a piece of jewelry that will last longer and wear well for years to come. Hand fabricated jewelry cradles the diamonds and gemstone, and also holds it’s polish better than a cast piece.
Bold expressions in sterling silver, heavy with texture, are Betty’s execution of craft. Using centuries old techniques such as hand fabrication and forging, she creates modern jewelry for the bold at heart. Betty focuses on soft voluminous shapes, which possess heft, texture, and solidity. Each piece of jewelry is meticulously crafted by hand, taking on it’s own personality when introduced to it’s unique owner. Since each piece is fabricated one by one, rather than cast from a mold, every piece of 3 Jäg design jewelry is its own idol.
Website: 3jagdesign.com Instagram: 3jagdesign
Studio 451, Northrup King Building: (Open First Thursdays) 1500 Jackson St NE Minneapolis 55413
We are twin sisters with a single vision. Our shared love of color, pattern, nature, and independence are the foundation of FOAT. We started our business when activewear was unflattering, reconstructed garments were of poor quality, and eco-friendly wedding gowns were not an option. At a time when environmental concerns were negligible, fabric content was progressively synthetic, and style was homogenized, FOAT offered a refreshing alternative. Our mission is to bring ethical practices and craftsmanship back to the fashion world.
Carlos was born in San Lucas, Toliman Guatemala and came to the states in 1992 at the age of 16. Carlos is inspired by tropical ambience and natural elements. When he’s not out dancing on a salsa night he’s designing jewelry–a passion of he’s had for 18 years. Carlos hand selects beads and stones in Guatemala where he produces his work in a fair trade women’s community. The name Ixmukane has a history. It is the Mayan word for “queen of all queens.” This is also the name Carlos gave to his daughter.
Boho chic adornment for those star folks in the sky.
Honors sustainability and freedom in personal style.
(Open First Thursdays) Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
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Live Oak Ironworks
I studied photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, so I guess it makes sense that I became a blacksmith. I had every intent of pursuing fine art, but the infinitely delicate nature of it, coupled with the relative inaccessibility of gallery work, caused me to stray. I learned to weld from a job I had during school and was immediately hooked.
Eventually I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, knowing how to weld in a structural way, but little more. Fortunately, that little bit of knowledge was able get me a job at a very high-production forge, where I learned to blacksmith. Furthermore, I found the production of furniture to be very rewarding. The process of creation is fantastic, but the fact that the client interacts with the piece on a daily basis really sealed the deal.
After a number of years in the desert I moved to Minnesota, where I got a fabrication job in St. Paul. There was no furniture involved. No blacksmithing to be done, so I had no choice but to open my own shop.
I named it Live Oak Ironworks after an oak species prevalent in the South, a species with sprawling, gnarled limbs. To me, they are the apex of organic design, simple yet robust. That’s what I try to capture. Well, that, and the client’s wishes, of course. Most of my work is design / build, but it is all custom, so each piece is a reflection of person or place. So, that’s it. I build custom steel furniture and architectural iron, and I love it.
The name “Post-” is adopted from renegade artistic movements that challenge the status quo. In this spirit, our mission is to maintain the vitality of the independent designer and artist in local communities by growing the conversation between the traditional arts and fashion.
We have accomplished this through collaborating with talented artists, artisans, and designers to create unique handbags, small accessories, and jewelry that are inspired by specific artists and trends from the Italian Renaissance to Post-Modernist movement.
Produced in limited editions, each piece from every Post- collection is to be coveted and enjoyed over the years.
Post- is committed to supporting domestic and local economies by sourcing all materials and labor in the U.S. and Minneapolis, MN.
After graduating from the U of M Clothing Design program, Tessa Druley founded Tessa Louise in 2012 as an avenue to create innovative, versatile women’s wear with attention to detail and quality. Tessa Louise is currently focused on offering fashion-forward knitwear that is easily integrated into a large demographic of wardrobes. Druley lives and creates from her Uptown apartment and is working to be part of the progressive fashion scene in Minneapolis. Please feel free to contact Tessa Louise with custom requests or retail opportunities at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While a desire to create a wearable piece with a tank, sweater or dress was the initial inspiration for designer Nicki Brabbit, what ultimately resulted from her creation was a connection to her inner feelings—her strengths, fears and desires—all without her saying a word. It was from this experience and the ensuing comments from others, including strangers, that unREFINED was born in 2011.
Nicki’s original piece wasn’t predictable, balanced or perfect but rather uneven, edgy and not uniform. The items blended together as raw yet refined, and once completed represented something beautiful. It’s this raw, refined look that is the signature style of Nicki’s work.
Through the encouragement of others, Nicki began designing more jewelry and found inspiration by connecting vintage, found items, metals, chains, stones and other unique objects and creating one-of-a-kind pieces. Through her own desire to become new again, each piece she creates comes alive as a reflection of the woman wearing it, evoking strength, confidence and a sense of sexiness and sass.
Today, Nicki’s creations include earrings, bracelets, leather bracelets for men and women and wedding jewelry. Nicki also works with clients to design commissioned pieces, where she learns the history, pain, happiness, love and other emotions in order to create connections that represent past memories and current sentiments into a final piece of work.
In 2012, Nicki was selected as Accessory Designer of the Year by RAW (www.rawartist.org) and traveled to Los Angeles to represent Minnesota alongside other select artists from 53 cities around the country.
With her jewelry line, Vikse, Jeannie Trelles strives to create jewelry that is unique and wearable using semi-precious stones and sterling silver as well as other natural materials such as shells, pearls, and wood. She combines a variety of techniques in her work including crocheting bezels, hand knotting, wire wrapping and stringing beads to showcase the beauty of the natural stones used. She is influenced by her love of travel and nature, and is always looking to combine materials in innovative ways. Jeannie is an artist at many summer art festivals in the Twin Cities area.
Sonelle is a specialty couturier method designer. Each garment she produces is designed and constructed by hand. Each collection features one-of-a-kind or limited-run garments. As a designer, it is her goal to be able to fit, and represent varying body types and sizes. She works with clients through the process of selecting an appropriate design, fabric and color palette. See yourself from a different angle with Sonelle!