Men can roll their skinny jeans, show some hairy ankle above shiny loafers, wear a tie on a Saturday without being told to and still look macho. I witnessed it over the weekend at the first ever NorthernGRADE Men’s Market at Architectural Antiques in Northeast Minneapolis. The event showcased American-made brands both modern and classic including Baldwin Denim and Taylor Stitch shirts and Duluth Pack and Fox River Socks. It was like entering an alternative universe where the men were the best dressed and the primary shoppers. And lots of them were straight!
Walker Lamond was there. The author of “Rules for My Unborn Son” wore cropped khakis, a navy blazer, blue button down, plaid tie and horn rimmed glasses. The husband and new dad copped to dressing that way even when not signing books. “I’ve been preppy since college,” he said. “Now it’s cool!”