09
Nov

NorthernGRADE roundup — Coverage from CNN, recap from Haberdash and reflections from Well-Spent.

01
Nov
Thoughts on NorthernGRADE Chicago — When I first walked up to the space NorthernGRADE Chicago was to be held at, I thought I had gotten lost. It looked, from the outside, like a bit of an older factory, but once inside the space opened up into a wonderfully well-lit repurposed industrial area that made the market fun to wander around.
The selection of vendors complimented each other nicely. It was nice to finally see and touch the items you’ve only browsed .JPEG files of on the web. But the real joy was talking with the vendors themselves. 

Thoughts on NorthernGRADE Chicago — When I first walked up to the space NorthernGRADE Chicago was to be held at, I thought I had gotten lost. It looked, from the outside, like a bit of an older factory, but once inside the space opened up into a wonderfully well-lit repurposed industrial area that made the market fun to wander around.

The selection of vendors complimented each other nicely. It was nice to finally see and touch the items you’ve only browsed .JPEG files of on the web. But the real joy was talking with the vendors themselves. 

01
Nov

NorthernGRADE Chicago — Series 1

01
Nov

NorthernGRADE Chicago — Series 2

27
Oct
Reminder: NorthernGRADE today in Chicago — If you’re in the Windy City today, then you should really stop by and check it out. I had the opportunity to take a sneak peek at the setup and vendors last night and it’s really awesome with lots of friendly people. 
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Open Secret Studios, 401 N. Racine and is being organized by Pierrepont Hicks and Well-Spent with sponsorship from Haberdash and Penelope’s. 
Here’s who’s showing today: 
Penelope’s (Sponsor) - Chicago, IL
Haberdash (Sponsor) - Chicago, IL
Red Wing - Red Wing, MN
Tellason - San Francisco, CA
Winter Session  - Chicago, IL
Pierrepont Hicks - Minneapolis, MN
Oak St. Bootmakers - Chicago, IL
Independence - Chicago, IL
Portland General Store – Portland, ME
Field Notes - Chicago, IL
Archival Clothing – Eugene, OR
MidNorth Mercantile - Minneapolis, MN
Stormy Kromer – Ironwood, MI
Sir & Madame - Chicago, IL
Locally Grown - Des Moines, IA
Corter Leather – Boston, MA
Inland Clothing – Chicago, IL
Heritage Bicycles - Chicago, IL
Drift Eyewear - Chicago, IL
I’ll be there around noon-ish. Feel free to say hello!

Reminder: NorthernGRADE today in Chicago — If you’re in the Windy City today, then you should really stop by and check it out. I had the opportunity to take a sneak peek at the setup and vendors last night and it’s really awesome with lots of friendly people. 

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Open Secret Studios, 401 N. Racine and is being organized by Pierrepont Hicks and Well-Spent with sponsorship from Haberdash and Penelope’s

Here’s who’s showing today: 

I’ll be there around noon-ish. Feel free to say hello!

23
Oct

NorthernGRADE: Saturday, Oct 27 in Chicago

I wanted to make sure those of you in Chicago blocked out part of this upcoming Saturday for NorthernGRADE Men’s Pop-Up Market, which is making its debut here in the Windy City for the first time. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Open Secret Studios, 401 N. Racine and is being organized by Pierrepont Hicks and Well-Spent with sponsorship from Haberdash and Penelope’s

The list of vendors is rather impressive and it’s always nice to see things in person and meet the people making them. Here’s who’ll be there:

If you didn’t know, NorthernGRADE seeks to promote made-in-America brands and is organized by the people behind them. I think that’s a cool thing and am glad to see it’s expanding and growing. I plan on being there and you should go check it out as well. 

About The Silentist

A menswear blog on finding your personal style, written by Kiyoshi Martinez.

I work at Khaki's of Carmel and live in the Monterey Bay area. Formerly from Chicago.

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