Fashion Foreword: Closings, sales, and secret gems


Have you smart folks figured out your taxes yet? And if so, are you lucky enough to be getting a big ol’ tax return? Many writers don’t, since a buttload of our income often comes from freelance work. So please let us live vicariously through you as you spend it all – locally, of course. (Tip: If you must buy a designer bag, buy the Philip Lim currently on the shelf at June Resale — so we don’t.) Everyone’s in Vegas!

Basically every boutique owner is out in Las Vegas for the trade shows, which means new stuff will soon be arriving in stores. The ladies of Roe Wolfe sent us a pic of a cute fashion-centric line they’re picking up called Eleven Paris, and we're very excited to see what the sisters behind Proper & Prim bring back as well. Vegas isn’t Paris, of course, but they have better access to Britney Spears. There's also a casino called Paris in Vegas. That counts, right? Mona Williams blowout sale

(Former IDS Gap space, 80 S. 8th St. downtown Minneapolis)

Definitely write this one down on your calendars, because it’s gonna be huge. Longtime fashion pro Patric Richardson, who owns northeast Minneapolis designer resale shop Mona Williams, is opening up his warehouse to all. If you weren’t lucky enough to visit his insane couture sale (the personal property of Minnesota collector Mary Wangsness) back in September, you’ll want to make visiting the warehouse sale a priority. We’ve heard rumors of Louis Vuitton bags and Richardson’s lowest prices ever. 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, February 26 through March 4 (tickets are $20, and can be purchased here).Arrow closes its doors

(Arrow, 121 N. First St., Minneapolis)


North Loop boutique Arrow quietly closed its doors this past weekend. The shop, which sold men’s and women’s merchandise with an upscale, modern bent, doesn’t seem to have plans to relocate. So who will take their prime real estate in the heart of the thriving Warehouse District? As of right now, that’s up in the air…

A treasure trove at Southdale?!?!

(La Petite Parfumerie, 2155 Southdale Center, Edina)

Did you know that Southdale’s La Petite Parfumerie carries Frederic Malle, a super-fancy perfume brand you can only get at stores like Henri Bendel’s and Barney’s? It’s tucked away on the Edina mall’s second floor, squeezed between the noxious scent of Bath and Body Works and the pop perfumes of Macy’s. It’s a welcome haven for those of us who are bored by the offerings at Sephora and want to wear a fragrance that’s a little less mainstream. The shop, designed in the style of a European fragrance boutique, moved from Wayzata not too long ago. They’re currently offering 20 to 40 percent off select fragrances and candles, so get in and get fancy. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.