By Natasha Wolff

Published on May 9, 2017

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Photography by L&E Photography

Womenswear designer Lisa Hackwith is the founder of Hackwith Design House, American-made ready-to-wear and swimwear collections produced by hand with a team of seamstresses in her Minneapolis design studio. The brand launches a new limited-edition line of pieces every Monday in addition to the company’s seasonal collections, which feature easy, minimal, affordable basics. What started as an Etsy shop several years ago has blossomed into a robust womenswear business. Flowy twill kimono jackets, wide-leg jumpers, blousy tops, gauzy tunic dresses, and tapered pants are flattering fan favorites.

We chatted with Hackwith about her design business, love of Minneapolis, and her other favorite local brands.

 
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Photography by LOUISE GRAY

Louise Gray

“The duo behind these beautiful, minimalist quilts, Jocelin and Alexandra, are ladies who risked leaving their comfortable corporate jobs to start a small business. They made taking such a risky move look easy, and their quilts are beautifully made and designed. They understand the value of investing in a piece that can become an heirloom.”  

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Foundry Home Goods

“Anna was one of the first people to recognize the dilapidated warehouse district of Minneapolis for its potential. Called the North Loop now, this neighborhood boasts a lot of cool restaurants and shops, and her beautiful, eclectic store is a must-stop shop. I am always finding new beautiful pieces to add to my wares.”

 
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Photography by Dina Kantor

Mille

“This amazing shop was started by Michelle LeBlanc after she moved to Minneapolis from Austin and realized she needed a place to express her easy, feminine style. She brings warmth to a cold part of the world. It is truly one of my favorite places to shop, and Michelle does a great job of supporting small brands, local artists, and ethically made clothing!”

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By SheShe

“One of our favorite local artists, Kate Worum, and interior architect Jennifer Jorgensen started this company that is all about personal, customized decorating.  They can help anyone turn a space into a very personal retreat. And they make doing it so cool!”  

 
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Martha McQuade

“Martha’s scarves cannot be beat. They’re all uniquely beautiful, and I can’t stop wearing them. She is great at identifying must-have colors, and the fabrications of her scarves are of incredible quality.”