Clothing

Judd Frost poses wearing a blue button-down, vest and khakis.

Whether dressing for an important business meeting, a night on the town or drinks with friends—every stylish guy needs a few failsafe pieces in his closet.

Children's clothing, including shirts and shoes, sits on a table.

The line includes clothes, accessories, shoes, artwork, toys and books.

Inspired by Minnesota and specifically Lake Minnetonka, Erin Martin, owner of Martin’s Boutique in Excelsior, and her husband Mike founded North Shore Apparel MN, a business selling garments like hats, shirts

I seem to be perpetually searching for footwear that’s stylish, practical, comfortable and durable—is that really too much to ask? This winter, I might actually have found the elusive pair: the Inez boot, from Minnesota stalwart Red Wing Shoe Co. The Inez is western-inspired.

BoxLunch, a clothing and gift retailer specializing in pop culture-inspired items, opened its second Minnesota location at Ridgedale Center mall in August.

Gina and Scott Davis launched their family business, Dog Threads, in late 2014, and had their first retailer, Lucy & Co., even before their line had officially been released.

For years, Nancy Dilts was someone whom friends would seek out for fashion advice, looking for her suggestions on what to buy to enhance their wardrobes. She loved the experience of sharing her opinions with friends. “It’s really always been my passion,” says Dilts, who lives in Saint Paul.

Helmut Lang baby blue wool coat ($1,195), Helmut Lang ivory satin crepe tank ($295), Kyi Kyi grey wool hat ($85) and Sam Edelman bordeaux velvet pumps ($120) from Nordstrom. Joe’s Jean’s “Billie” deconstructed denim ($198) from Meridian Boutique. Tess+Tricia antler necklace ($150) from Kisa.

Milan might seem a long way from Saint Paul’s University Avenue, but Vince Jenny, custom clothier at Milbern Clothing Company, regularly visits the city virtually via Pitti Uomo, an Italian website devoted to the very latest in men’s fashion.

Nautical fashion never looked so new. Striped separates, sleek swimwear and sailor-inspired accessories from lake-area boutiques come together to form the essential summer uniform.

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