From blankets to makeup, where to buy iconic Minnesota brands

Saint Paul Pioneer Press |

--Minnesota is home to iconic, heritage and trending fashion brands. Luckily, it's easy to shop at stores where these top brands can reliably be found -- and there are even more options than before. Pop-ups and capsule collections will be available just in time for visitors in town for the Super Bowl. So there's no reason not to stock up on these beloved Minnesota brands.


The Minnesota mill, famous for its quality, heavyweight home and fashion accessories, is more accessible than ever. In addition to local boutiques that carry the products, Faribault Woolen Mill has rolled out a temporary shop at the Mall of America, which will run through Super Bowl weekend and possibly beyond. In the lineup are the label's blankets -- including baby blankets -- throws and capes. The shop is on the second level near the Radisson Blu Skyway, store number S222. Available at local boutiques, Mall of America.


Askov Finlayson's North hats, which celebrate the spirit of the north, have become a nationwide sensation. Now, there are more places to get one of Minnesota's hottest fashion accessories. They can be found at Askov Finlayson boutique in the North Loop, and the brand is partnering with Target and offering a capsule collection. The collection launches and is available at 38 Minnesota Target stores and online. The collection goes beyond hats. Look for more than 50 items, such as home pieces, and apparel and accessories for men, women, kids and toddlers. (Don't even get us started on the adorable North onesie!). Prices range from $5 to $40.

In other Askov Finlayson shopping news, the owners have made buying its products shopping for a cause. Recently, the clothing company announced it is investing more money into its Keep the North Cold climate-change program. In addition to measuring and reducing its carbon footprint, the company has pledged to donate 110 percent of the cost of its carbon footprint to climate action organizations. To jump-start the cause, the company has pledged $1 million. Available at the capsule collection at 38 Target locations and For more information on the Askov Finlayson for Target collection, go to North products are also available at Askov Finlayson boutique, 204 First St. N., Minneapolis, 612-206-3925,


Before it became known worldwide, Aveda was born in Minnesota. Founder Horst Rechelbacher went on to create another beauty line integrating his passion for the emerging science of plant stem-cell research. The result: high-potency, high-impact organic beauty products. When in Minnesota, you can shop Intelligent Nutrient's flagship store for its certified-organic line of great smelling hair care skin care products, essential oils, sprays and elixirs. For starters, try a travel-size sampler. We love all the products that are included in the dry set -- the Nourishing Cleansing Crème, Nourishing Tonic, Renewing Oil/Serum and Restorative Moisture Emulsion. Available online at and at Intelligent Nutrients Minneapolis Flagship Store and IN Salon, 983 Hennepin Ave. E., Minneapolis, 612-617-2011.


For more than 100 years, the St. Paul maker has been crafting travel bags, briefcases, handbags and other leather goods with materials sourced from small tanneries. The lineup includes handmade luxury leather goods for men and women, such as purses, totes, luggage and travel cases. Available at J.W. Hulme Co. Store, 678 W. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-222-7359,, and area shops including BlackBlue, 614 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-260-5340,; MartinPatrick3 in Minneapolis; Uptown Minnesota at MSP International Airport; and Brightwater in Excelsior.


The local beauty brush and makeup brand that regularly gets mentions in fashion magazines got so big that the founders grew from a home e-retail business to include a brick-and-mortar store. At the Mall of America location, you can check out the Sigma product line of makeup, contouring brushes and more. Available at and Sigma at the Mall of America.


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