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Meet Max and Johnna Holmgren of Bear Fox Chalk

Bear Fox Chalk
Explorers and adventures, Johnna and Max run Bear Fox Chalk: a chalk illustration and lettering company. The husband and wife team collaborate on handmade pieces ranging from invitations to large murals. They reside in Minnesota with their two daughters (Luella Beane and Minoux Wilder), dog (Badger), kitty (Zoe), and their two chickens (Beatrice + Mabel).

Tell us about Bear Fox Chalk and Fox Meets Bear.
Bear Fox Chalk is the collaboration of a husband (Bear) and a wife (Fox) who offer custom illustration, lettering and murals. We’ve worked on both small and large scale designs and are always up for a unique project. Chalk is our medium of choice. Fox Meets Bear is a personal blog and brand encompassing our adventures as a family, foraging, and some floral work. We love trying to inspire others to lead the type of life they have always wanted and to pursue their dreams and passions.

Tell us your take on what’s going on in the Twin Cities creative community.
We really enjoy working in the Twin Cities area and feel it has a ton to offer. It’s the perfect sized city and always enjoy meeting fellow creatives who pour their heart into their business or art form. Supportive and collaborative are the words that come to mind for this community.

What inspires you?
We are inspired by trips to the city and live for small adventures away to the woods where we can explore. We have always been inspired by whimsical woodland animals, woodcut designs, children’s books, promoting togetherness, slowing down and of course, vintage lettering and typography books.

Describe your style.
In our style, we are drawn to raw materials like leather, buckskins, and linen and wood. We love mixing industrial elements with natural fibers. For clothing, we stick to a lot of really good denim, linen, and leather accents.

What is your favorite J.W. Hulme piece?
Our favorite JW Hulme piece is the Weekend Satchel Carry-On Bag!

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Meet Nick Lundeen

Nick Lundeen
Nicholas Quinn Lundeen is a craftsman from Minneapolis. Ever obsessed with process and tradition, he creates each piece from start to finish with traditional methods, including making his own tools and cutting his own stones. His ultimate goal is to create timeless jewelry and objects of the highest quality and functionality.

Tell us about your work.
I am a metalsmith coming from a family heritage of jewelry and handmade goods. Since studying jewelry design and fabrication in New York, I’ve been exploring process, texture, and materials. I am currently working with mixed metals, unique stones and a variety of forming techniques.

What inspires you?
The possibility that comes with a new process, rough stones and raw materials.

What does handmade mean to you, and why is it important?
Character and the opportunity to share the last part of the process with the craftsperson -functionality.

What is your favorite J.W.Hulme piece?
The Weekend Satchel. It is important for me to travel light. This piece holds my essentials and room for exciting finds on the road.

Describe your style.
Simple and functional.

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Meet Veronica Clark of D.NOLO

Veronica Clark
D.NOLO opened its doors in October 2013 and has become one of the fastest growing co-op destinations in the Midwest. This exceptional open-ended retail space in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood offers one stylish environment and multiple shopping experiences. From fashion-forward womenswear retailers to home furnishings and eyewear, the diverse selection of brands and product offerings truly make D.NOLO a one-stop shopping destination.

Tell us about D.NOLO.
D.NOLO, Destination North Loop, offers one stylish environment and multiple shopping experiences. D.NOLO houses several cutting- edge retailers selling diverse, yet complimentary, goods.

What is important to you about supporting small business?
Community

What is your fashion philosophy? How did you develop it?
Quality not quantity! I developed this by learning how and where things are made.

What is your favorite J.W. Hulme piece?
Market Tote in Black!

What do you do when you’re not manning D.NOLO?
Traveling!

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Meet Madelynn Furlong of Wide Eyed Legless

Madelynn Fulong
Madelynn Furlong is an art director, fashion blogger and creative consultant. In 2010, she began building a simpler, more thoughtful wardrobe, home and lifestyle. Wide Eyed Legless was born of that project, equal parts creation, observation and inspiration. Madelynn has been featured by Women’s Wear Daily, W Magazine, Garance Dore, The Sartorialist and more.

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Meet Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable

Gavin Kaysen
Gavin Kaysen is an award-winning chef who cooked in the US and Europe’s top kitchens before returning to his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota to open his own restaurant, Spoon and Stable, in November 2014. In addition to being a James Beard winner and a Food & Wine Best New Chef, Gavin is a past Bocuse d’Or Team USA representative, and now serves as Team USA’s head coach. In 2015, he successfully led Team USA to a record-breaking Second Place victory, the first medal for the US.

Tell us about Spoon and Stable.
Located in the heart of the North Loop, we strive to deliver an experience to each guest by taking them on a journey through our french inspired, local driven american food.

What inspires you?
My kids, nature, the people I work with, art, crafts.

Describe the culinary scene in Minneapolis.
A scene that has been finally been discovered, a place that has great diverse food, local pub grub and incredible beer and cocktails.

What is your favorite dish?
Currently… Bison tartar with harissa, socca chips, and cilantro.

What is your favorite J.W. Hulme piece?
The Duffle Messenger.

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Meet Dahlia Brue of Idun

Dahlia Brue
Dahlia Brue is the proprietor of Idun, an impeccably curated women’s clothing store that would be a draw in any city, but just happens to be located on Selby Avenue in St. Paul. The shop’s interior, minimalistic and stunning, serves as the perfect backdrop to a collection of brands and labels that feel effortless, sophisticated, and timeless.

Tell us about Idun.
Idun is a women’s clothing store in St. Paul. The purpose of Idun was to bring designers who were doing progressive work and bring it to people to show them that there were interesting things going on in St. Paul specifically.

What is important to you about supporting small business?
I think that supporting small business and even specifically American made is important because you know where product is coming from. You know that the business is really taking care to make sure that they’re bringing you the best product that they can. You know that they are really believe in it, so you know you’re getting quality.

Tell us your take on what’s going on in the Twin Cities right now.
I’m so excited to be a part of the Twin Cities and kind of what’s going on here. We’re not in New York, and we’re great with that. We love that we are Minnesota and a little bit under the radar, but still doing really, really great things. I think that to live here and to call this place home, you have to be pushing forward and interested in doing cool things.

What inspires your personal style?
I’m inspired by all different mediums of art, music, fine arts, dance, and it’s cliché, but nature. I think that’s the original beauty, and so going back to those things is really inspiring. I would say my personal style is classic and timeless, but adding a bit of a risk-taking component to make things a little bit interesting and thoughtful and make you look twice.

What’s your favorite J.W. Hulme bag?
My favorite J.W. Hulme bag is the Washburn Tote. I think it’s the perfect size. I have two kids, so I have a lot of stuff, and that bag is perfect.

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Meet Ben Morrison of Handsome Cycles

Ben Morrison
Ben combined his love of cycling and marketing background to co-create Handsome Cycles, a Minneapolis based bicycle maker whose wares can be found at fine bike shops nationwide. With vintage-inspired styles built to cater to the commuter looking for a more sophisticated ride than the sporty designs that fill the market, Handsome Cycles is right at home in the Twin Cities, one of the most bike-friendly metro areas in the country.

Tell us about Handsome Cycles.
We started Handsome Cycles in 2008. For me, it was kind of putting together my marketing background and growing up working in bike shops. Handsome was putting all those experiences together into launching kind of a different take on cycling. When we looked at what everybody else was doing, it was very sport-focused and very much trickled down from racing. We wanted to focus much more on commuters and give them really elegant, sophisticated bikes for just getting around, and so that’s the angle that we took on cycling.

What inspires you?
When we’re designing our bikes, we pull from anywhere that we can, be it vintage cars or color trend forecasts. The products that we design last 20 or 30 years. They need to still be fashionable two, three decades from now. We try and pull from all over, but always with a very mindful, classic esthetic.

What’s your take on what’s going on in Minneapolis & St Paul right now?
I think it’s really exciting that there’s all this big momentum coming from Minneapolis right now. More specifically, what I think is unique to this city is that there are all these different players, but nobody really seems to step on each other’s toes. There’s room for everybody. It is such a small town that that things are really accessible and you can know everybody.

What’s important to you about local designs?
I love that if it’s made here and designed here the money and the idea stay in the city. I think it’s important to support these local, small businesses, as it’s not just some faceless corporation. It is the person down the street, possibly your neighbor. So, I love that this city and this state are really good about supporting that. We do see a huge trend of people willing to spend the extra dollar to get a locally-made investment piece that will last them, as opposed to getting something they’re just going to use for a season or two and then throw away.

How would you describe your style?
I’m a big a fan of effortless. That’s my go-to for most things is to try and be effortless.

What’s your favorite J.W. Hulme product?
I really like duffle bags. So often if I’m traveling, it’s usually two, three days at a time, so a duffle bag tends to make the most sense for my needs.

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Meet Isaac Becker

Isaac Becker
Isaac is a former drummer turned renowned chef who transformed a way to make a living between gigs into a true passion and creative outlet, boasting a James Beard Award along the way. A major player in the fast growing culinary community in the Twin Cities, Isaac is at the helm of three of the area’s most outstanding restaurants: Bar La Grassa, 112 Eatery, and Burch Steakhouse and Pizza Bar.

Was there a moment where you decided to be a chef?
I was in a band, and I cooked to make a living. The band started not to work out, and cooking was a stable job for me. I ended up getting a job for someone who was very talented and once I realized that cooking can be an outlet for creativity, I kind of thought, well, this is something I could do then if the music thing doesn’t work.

What inspires you?
I think a lot of things inspire me. I remember my wife and I bought a house by a creek and taking my then baby for a walk in the morning, it was so beautiful near the water, the houses that were near it that, for some reason, it made me want to go to work and cook. I think anything that’s really beautiful or creative, somehow it can connect in my mind with the work that I do.

Tell us about the culinary community in the Twin Cities and what is next.
The culinary community in the Twin Cities is pretty small. We all know each other, for the most part, or we have mutual acquaintances or friends. It’s a pretty friendly community, there’s competitiveness, but I think there is in every industry, whether it’s big or small, so it’s natural. What could be next for Minneapolis or Minneapolis/St. Paul is the Michelin Guide. The trajectory that the Twin Cities are on with the restaurants that have been coming here or in our opening, I think, in the next ten years, it could happen.

What’s your favorite food or foods?
I like noodles a lot, whether it’s Italian noodles or Asian noodles, so anything with pasta or noodles.

What’s important to you about supporting small businesses?
Small businesses tend to have their customers more in mind in what they want or need. It’s not so much what the bottom line is going to be. As a customer or a consumer, having small businesses around is good for that reason. You’ll get a better quality or a higher quality product or a service.

What is your favorite J.W. Hulme product?
My favorite J.W. Hulme bag is the duffle bag.

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Meet Kate Arends of Wit & Delight

Kate Arends
Kate Arends wears many hats: blogger, product developer, branding consultant, designer. In 2009, she founded Wit & Delight, a lifestyle blog that has garnered a tight-knit following with an edited yet approachable point of view on decor, fashion, and entertaining. The website has since broadened its focus to include mental health and wellness topics. In 2014, she introduced a limited-edition line of products with Target Corporation. Kate is a proud resident of St. Paul, where she resides with her husband, Joe Peters, and their sweet English labrador, Winnie.

Tell us about Wit & Delight.
Wit & Delight is a blog I started in 2009. I was a new designer and wanted a place where I could begin to collect all the things that I was trying out, what inspired me, and find some like-minded people that were interested in the same things. People came and followed, and it’s been a conversation we’ve been having ever since.

What inspires you?
I think people inspire me the most. I like to have conversations with different people, getting outside of my comfort zone in terms of location. I like to travel – really finding, and looking at things that worked for artists in different decades and learn from what inspired them and reinterpret it into a modern way.

Tell us your take on what’s going on in the Twin Cities creative community.
I’m from the Chicago area, and when I first visited Minnesota, I was so surprised what a creative town it was. I think it’s always been embedded in our culture from the 1970s when punk rock came about. Now people all over the world find these Minnesota brands that have been around for centuries and realize how important that craftsmanship and legacy is. I think it’s something that’s been happening for a while, and it’s due time Minnesota gets credit for it.

What is important to you about supporting small business?
Supporting small businesses is important because it’s supporting the makers that make this community possible – right in your own back yard. By doing so, you allow this prosperity in Minnesota to continue to happen, and you allow for more opportunities for new creatives to get you’re a part of.

What’s your favorite J.W. Hulme bag?
The Gladstone Bag is my absolute favorite. I use it for travel everywhere I’m going. It’s beautiful. It’s a forever piece.

Describe your style.
I gravitate towards classic pieces that build on a lifetime. I’m not one to try out trends. Good button-downs, great blazers, a good driving loafer, great quality leather bags – I think it allows your personality to be front and center. I really like the idea of keeping pieces as they live on with you.

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Meet Brock Davis

Brock Davis
Brock Davis is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary artist and 17-year veteran of the advertising/design industry, where he has collected every notable industry award including the prestigious Cannes Lion. He is a regular contributing artist to the New York Times, Wired, Esquire, Fast Company, Time magazine, and The New Republic. His work has been viewed and shared millions of times over (via 171,000 Instagram followers and counting) and has been featured on NPR, USA Today, ABC, Comedy Central, G4, and was recently named one of Wired Magazine’s 18 influential design leaders. Follow him on Instagram @brockdavis.

What inspires you?
I’m always inspired by being surrounded by other creatives. It doesn’t matter what the discipline is. I get inspired when I eat at a restaurant, and I look at the food in front of me and think about how much time and composition goes into that; when I look at how people express themselves through fashion or through music. Minneapolis, of course, a lot of creative people in all of those disciplines, that’s very inspiring for me to be in that community.

When it comes to making my own work, I really try and draw inspiration from just basic, ordinary things that we see in life that we forget about. My most inspiring times of the day is probably when I’m doing something mundane and mindless: sitting in traffic, cutting the grass, washing dishes. My best ideas always come during these kind of times where I’m scrubbing a pan, and “Oh!” and something hits me. Sometimes it’s something cool and sometimes it isn’t, but there’s always a curiosity there.

How would you describe what’s going on in the Twin Cities right now?
It’s definitely a really good time to be a person who makes things. The maker mentality over the last couple of years, is really strong. There’s such a great, creative culture here, musically, lots of just really talented designers and artists. It’s really easy to be inspired, and I think that it helps make the work better in anyone’s creative discipline.

How would you describe your personal style?
I like minimalism. I like kind of the less is more mindset. I love the process of having an idea and executing that idea so that it resonates as clearly as possible. I like to go back and strip things away until it’s precise and clean. Also, I like to capture things that feel everyday and normal to people, but keep that composed so that it just looks very pristine and clean when I take my images.

What’s your favorite J.W. Hulme Bag?
I love the Editor Brief: lots of compartments for my camera, phone, laptop, change of clothes if I need it, whatever. I also love the esthetic of it, the simplicity. It’s very nice.

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