City Pages Summer Style Guide: Behind the Scenes
Here is a little bit of info on all of the stores & designers that helped make this photo shoot happen:
B Squad Vintage
B Squad has always been one of my favorite shops in Minneapolis, I could (and often do) spend hours browsing through the endless racks of spectacular finds. Betsy, the owner of B Squad, keeps a well-stocked store of eccentric, hard to find, and all around awesome vintage wares. It is a great place to stock up on one of a kind vintage swimwear and sunglasses during the summer.
June is a store that is not to be missed. It is precisely curated with some of the greatest (and most wearable) pieces by high end staple designers such as Chanel, Prada, Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent, and Louis Vuitton. It is nearly impossible to not want to walk out with most of the store's inventory, especially because the pieces are sold at a mere fraction of their retail prices. Ah, the joys of resale! The store also stocks lines by a couple of local accessory designers such as Kim-Ahn Tong and Scout Vintage.
Northeast gem, Rewind Vintage, is chock full of fabulous finds. This shop is particularly wonderful when looking for jewelry and accessories. Rewind's never ending jewelry cases are enough to make any girl fall in love. One of my favorite pieces from the shop is the cream lace shawl featured in our spread.
GH2, little sister store to Grethen House, is simply fabulous. Designer wares on consignment (i.e major savings), knowledgeable staff, a great selection of avant-garde brands (Commes des Garcon, Rick Owens, Yohji Yamamoto, etc.) Their bi-yearly 90% off sale is by far one of the very best events for frugal fashionistas in the Twin Cities.
We are so very lucky to have Tatters right in the heart of Uptown. For over 25 years they have been keeping Minneapolitans looking great and buying local. I particularly love their selection of menswear, there is never a lack of Beatle boots, band tees, & western shirts. Another reason to adore this store...$6 sunglasses!
Raul is new to the Twin Cities and relatively new to the design scene, but you would never know. Osorio's menswear has the perfect balance of masculine and feminine elements. He uses sharp tailoring & military influence to counter the beautiful draping & muted '70s color palettes found in his lines. Raul showed his first collection at Voltage this spring. His pieces are available at Via's Vintage.
Last but not least, Maritza Ramirez. Ramirez studied apparel design at St. Kate's and has a knack for creating ultra feminine, yet very wearable garments. She keeps her color palettes very neutral and her lines clean, which is a breath of fresh air in a city wear people tend to go overboard. Ramirez's pieces are available at Cliche.
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