Lavender asked Mike Marcotte to share what he wears to a wedding along with a gift idea he loves to give newlyweds. Bonus for you: keep reading for Lavender exclusive discounts on these picks!
Magnetic Wood Bow Tie from SwitchWood
Without a doubt, my go-to accessory is the bow tie. I have about 30. And whether I’m at Mall of America or on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, I get the most compliments when sporting a magnetic, wood bow tie from SwitchWood. A magnet sits on the interior of the knot (which is fabric-covered plastic) and all of their grains of wood are interchangeable with all of their fabrics, meaning you create dozens of styles. An elastic clip-on band makes it perfect for most neck sizes, and best of all, there’s no need to fuss about perfecting a bow tie knot. I recommend spending the extra $25 to get a box set, which includes two different grains of wood for the one band. They can engrave those bow ties if you’re looking for a unique wedding attendant gift. SwitchWood, based in Virginia, also sells wood cufflinks to help polish your look. Trust me, the people you meet will be floored when you detach a wooden wing and hand it to them.
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Shirt and Accessories from Heimie’s Haberdashery
Once you step inside Heimie’s Haberdashery in downtown St. Paul, your definition of quality will change. Everything in the men’s clothing shop is hand-selected, and now it is the only place I will buy a suit. I recommend stopping by if you’re looking to add an investment piece to your closet like a suit, sweater, or dress shirt. The extra money you put in up front will help your garments last longer. I also use Heimie’s as a spot to pick up bow ties, which come from designers here in Minnesota and around the world. The accessories don’t end there; I have an awesome lapel pin from Heimie’s too. It’s a store to just walk in and look around and see what inspires you. Heimie’s has great neighbors; it’s inside the Hamm Building, home to Meritage and newcomer Vieux Carré, which is a hidden gem.
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Wine Tumblers from Kaye & Co Designs, available at Flaunt Accessories
The Broadway Building in northeast Minneapolis is home to Spyhouse Coffee, a local office for BuzzFeed, and Flaunt Accessories, an adorable boutique featuring women’s clothing and accessories, along with plenty of home decor and gift ideas. Flaunt, which started as a fashion truck (think food truck without the deep fryer), now carries items from 20 designers, which are selected by owner Melissa Hardin. There’s a lot to fall in love with at Flaunt, but what stole my heart are Minnesota-inspired wine tumblers from Kaye & Co Designs. They can be customized or you can pick up their regular set which is perfect for someone who is Minnesota-obsessed. And the price point is perfect if you’re searching for a wedding gift; a set of four is around $30.
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