I absolutely adore the NorthernGRADE Menswear Market, which has now become an annual event here in the great city of Minneapolis. It features all handcrafted, made in America goods. It is always full of smiling, beaming faces, proud to be a part of such a great event and this year was probably the best yet (fine, I say that every year). The mister and I had a great time hanging with the folks at BlackBlue, drinking amazing cocktails by Marvel Bar, and pouring over which Sanborn Canoe Paddle to buy with the incredibly kind gentlemen who makes them. Special thanks to Betsey Kershaw for taking this, my favorite picture of the two of us, and tying Reed's very stubborn new Hill-Side tie. Also a special thanks to Eric from Askov Finlayson for bringing a handful of the Special Edition P. Hicks tie created for President Obama's visit to day 2 of the event, and then smiling warmly and getting it out when they saw me walk up to buy it.

We got on waiting lists for a pair of leather suspenders from BlackBlue (currently sold out) and the AMAZING Faribault Woolen Mill/Duluth Pack collaboration tote, which I dreamt about last night (seriously, pictured above). In addition to our new Canoe paddle (which I promised to take out at least once, before giving it a place of prominence on our mantel). Leatherworks MN made especially to fit my tiny wrist, right in front of my eyes, and we finally snagged the Pierrepont Hicks Backseat Blanket

Limited edition P. Hicks Obama tie available at Askov Finlayson