Northern Grade San Francisco 2013 – Re-Cap

This past Saturday the menswear popup, Northern Grade, made it’s second California stop of the season, this time in San Francisco at the 111 Minna Gallery in the city’s Civic Center.

Northern Grade is the brainchild of Minneapolis-based label Pierrepont Hicks and is designed to bring high-quality American made goods at a free event open to the public. Since the first show in 2009 it’s become a vibrant touring marketplace with stops all over the country.

It was a beautiful sunny day and some two dozen brands were in attendance, offering everything from handmade watches, tactical camping gear, and of course raw denim.

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Red Wing Shoes

Minnesota-based Red Wing Shoes showed off a few new makes

Red Wing Shoes Collaboration WIth Brooklyn Circus

Including this heavy workwear collaboration with The Brooklyn Circus

Red Wing Shoes Beckman

And a cork soled version of their Beckman in oiled nubuck

LA-based, Weiss Watch Co., assembles all of their manual wind watches by hand in their Beverly Hills apartment

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Dawn Yanagihara of Kiriko

Dawn Yanagihara of Kiriko makes scarves, ties, pocketsquares, and backpacks out of amazing Japanese fabrics in Portland

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Taylor Stitch

The local guys from Taylor Stitch were out in force

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As were Tellason‘s folks

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Tony Patella of Tellason

Triple Aught Design

And military inspired outfitter Triple Aught Design

Standard & Strange

And Berkeley based boutique Standard & Strange. Here’s owner Neil Berrett holding up a pair of White Horse Trading Co. jeans he stocks from Colorado.

Rogue Territory

Karl Thoenessen of Rogue Territory came up from LA. His wares are looking lighter for summer.


Bison Made

Bison Made leather goods came in from Arizona

Rancourt and Co.

And Kyle Rancourt of Rancourt and Co. traveled all the way from Maine with his family’s handsewn footwear

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Co-sponsor Gilt

The event was co-sponsored by online retailer Gilt who were pounding out hand numbered keychains for everyone in attendance.

Northern Grade has stops planned in Richmond, Chicago, New York, and their native Minneapolis before the end of the year. If that includes you, be sure to check it out!

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