r+h & PK Men’s Night

July 20, 2017

In an effort to celebrate the russell in russell+hazel, our flagship store in collaboration with Pearson Knight will be hosting Men’s Night.  Taking place on Thursday, July 27th from 5 – 8 PM, this event will feature pop-ups, special discounts as well as musical performances.

For those who appreciate quality craftsmanship coupled with beautiful design and products that are locally made with a story behind them, pop-ups such as Greenwich Vintage and Urbain jewelry will not disappoint.  Guests will be able to  have their footwear resoled and restored with Greenwich Vintage’s signature colored soles as well as pre-order from Greenwich Vintage’s first release from its Capsule Collection “The Net Soldier“.

Guests will also be able to pre-order from Urbain’s latest collection The Giant Killer, which was made using stones from the Valley of Elah.

For guests who appreciate exceptionally well-made and well-fitting clothing, a knowledgeable guide from the BONOBOS Guideshop will be on hand to offer  complimentary style advice as well as guide guests through the process of finding their perfect fit.

For attendees looking to unwind,  BURN Premium Cigars will be in attendance and will provide one complimentary cigar for any attendee who would like to enjoy a cigar that evening.  BURN will also have a selection of goodies for purchase to tempt the cigar lovers of all tastes!

For our art lovers, photographer Craig VanDerSchaegen will have selected works from his collection on hand for viewing and purchase.

Our flagship store will be offering a 20% discount on russell+hazel items and the PK Style Studio will also offer guests 20% of  Pearson Knight Hair Products.

To end the night guests will be able to enjoy a performance by musical guest Dark Pony as well as special guest Thomas Abban.

This event is open to all so feel free to stop in, eat, drink and be stylish!





Video: Add Life To Your Work

June 23, 2017

Here at russell + hazel, defining the intersection of fashion + organization for the office and home is what drives us. We create functionally beautiful products through constant innovation and problem solving. It’s all about how we add life to your work.


r+h Flagship Store Combines Organization + Art with Abbey Holden

June 21, 2017

Abbey Holden is a Minneapolis based artist who’s vibrant work caught our eye back in November when we partnered with her for our MN Made Pop-Up event.  Since then we have been impatiently waiting for the opportunity to collaborate with her again and are excited that the time has finally come.  On Saturday, June 24th our flagship store will merge the world of organization and art by hosting Abbey Holden for a unique customization event.  Abbey will be hand painting on our customizable binders that are available at our in-store customization bar.  This is a rare opportunity to not only see Abbey in her element but also leave with a one-of-a-kind binder designed by you that also features the work of this amazing local artist.  We sat down with Abbey to find out a bit more about this incredibly talented woman.

Describe your process. Where do you look for inspiration? What is your favorite part? Least favorite?

My process, like many creatives, is ever-evolving and changes weekly.  My career has certain elements of work, personality, inspiration and practicality. Currently, I’m learning to find that sweet spot of balance where I can flourish as a working artist.

Being inspired is one of the best things life has to offer.  I find inspiration at the most unexpected times and places, but it usually comes from being surrounded by other creatives, spending time outdoors and challenging myself with my work.

My favorite times, of course, are spent painting in the mornings when the world is quiet and the daylight grows through my studio windows. That being said, my least favorite times are when I haven’t made the time to physically create.

What are your passions outside of art and design and how do they influence your work?

I’ve always been drawn to the outdoors and natural landscape.  To me, nature is the highest communicator of peace and beauty. The grace that comes through living in this beautiful world inspires me to create.  I aim to reflect that awe-inspired feeling and overwhelming sense of peace through my artwork.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received when it comes to your craft, and who was it from?

Just start. Create. Create. Create. Push through fear. Shake off rejection.  Sell your work.  Be wary of perfection.  Get your work out there.  Be patient while learning to run a small business.”

This is just a snippet of incredibly thoughtful and poignant advice from artist Kristi Kohut of Hapi Art.  Kristi encouraged me to start my business through her guiding advice and support!

What other artists/creators work do you admire? Why?

Hands down Emily Jeffords.  Emily has put special emphasis on the process of creating rather than focusing solely on the final product.  Through this lens, she has organized a number of resources for emerging artists and works to encourage those in creative fields.

What do you find inspiring about russell+hazel?

I have been a long-time fan of russell+hazel!  The blend of beauty, great design and functionality is consistently evident in the product. As a small business owner working in a visually-focused field, I tend to want beautiful things all around me.  russell+hazel has elevated the office/desk environment through clean and beautiful products that make me want to work!


How do you “add life to your work”

As a working-artist, my passion in life is also my work.  The intertwining of these two things allows my work to be a reflection of everything I love! That’s a pretty special thing.  As my creative eye, influences and passions evolve, so does my work.  I feel very blessed to have this blend of life and work!

You have lived in a few other cities/states, tell us why you love living in Minneapolis?

I can’t say enough good things about Minneapolis! My life has taken me to Denver, New York, Philadelphia and now back to my hometown of Minneapolis.  I can honestly say I didn’t appreciate this city until moving back here.  Now, I’m impressed every single day by this city and how it supports the people living in it.  Minneapolis is a beautiful, clean, active, friendly and immensely creative city.  I am inspired on a daily-basis by the creativity and support for the arts here!


What’s one question that you’ve never been asked that you wish you had?

What did you want to be/do when you grew up?” I still have a piece of homework from second grade with that question.  My answer then was “artist.”  I think I’m making my seven year old self proud today!




r+h Flagship Store Gift Guide

June 15, 2017

Father’s Day is an opportunity to show the  men in our lives how much we love and appreciate them — and also to spoil them a bit.  We know that shopping for dad’s can be a bit of  a challenge since dads are notorious for  being “happy with anything”, so we’ve created our russell+hazel Flagship Store Father’s Day gift guide to help you out. We love that there’s a day dedicated to the leading men in our lives and we want to show them just how much we love them.

For the dapper dad:

Pearson Knight Texture Mud Pomade, Birchrose + Co. Beard And Mustache Kit, Izola Brass Combs, Way of Will Peppermint & Eucalyptus Foot & Shoe Spray, Happy Spritz Rugged Gentlemen Spray.

For the cocktail aficionado:

Me and Arrow Leather Coasters, Good Thing Stand-Up Bottle Opener, Izola XYZ 6 oz Flask, Koselig Leather+Vanilla Candle

For the gadget lover:

Leff Amsterdam Tube Audio Speaker, Native Union iPhone Dock, Beyond Object USB Memory Stick, russell+hazel Leather Phone Case, Beyond Object Dual Function Pen/Stylus, Areaware Prism Magnifier

For the stationery enthusiast:

russell+hazel Daybook, Midori Leather Notepad, Midori Pulp Storage Pen/Pencil Case, Blackwing Pencil and Sharpener, Seeso Daily Planner Notepad, LAMY Rollerball Pen

And for the dad that appreciates jewelry just as much as we do, any of our pieces from Urbain are no-brainers as they are all made of materials from underground mines, the bottom of rivers, and historic sites and tell an inspiring story about their journey from raw materials to finished product.

We hope that you stop by our flagship store and let our team help you find something special for the dads in your life!


















Behind the Scenes of a r+h Video Shoot

June 13, 2017

Earlier this month, we gathered the r+h team at a sunny studio space in a historic factory building in Stillwater, MN for a video shoot. Before we share the video with you next week, we wanted to take you behind the scenes for a glimpse of the shoot in progress.

The phrase at the heart of r+h is “add life to your work,” and the video captures that idea by highlighting the combination of fashion and function that drives the brand.

How pretty do our gold foil custom thank you notes look in this shot?

Stepping back to survey the scene. The original wood floors and brick walls of the historic building, flooded with natural sunlight, were the perfect backdrop for the r+h office set.

The video turned out beautifully and tells our story – who we are and what drives us. Stay tuned here and on social @russellandhazel, to be sure you don’t miss it!

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The r+h Flagship Store Welcomes Hairstylist and Makeup-Artist Stephanie Domrose

June 6, 2017

If you’ve visited our flagship store, you may be aware of the “by appointment only” style studio discreetly tucked away in the back of the store, usually manned by celebrity hairstylist Pearson Knight whenever he is town taking care of his Minnesota clientele.  We are excited to announce a new addition to the style studio!  Hairstylist and Makeup Artist Stephanie Domrose will also be taking clients by appointment only at The Style Studio at russell+hazel.

Stephanie is a hair/make-up artist and life coach, specializing in highlighting the inner and outer beauty she sees in her guests and helping them to truly shine. She offers transformational coaching programs and hair and make-up services both on-site (yes, she can come to you!), and in the salon.  Stephanie has been playing with hair and make-up for over ten years.  She started her career with Juut in Wayzata and wore many hats there: hair and make-up educator, member of the creative team, community involvement representative, new artist mentor, hair and make-up lead for runway shows, photo shoots, and ad campaigns. Stephanie also loves freelance work in bridal, editorial, and runway beauty- her work has been featured in MN Bride, Minneapolis/Saint Paul Magazine, Lake Minnetonka Magazine, various how-to video series’,  and she’s done make-up at NYFW. Through her own personal journey, she’s realized that polishing beauty on the outside is only half the picture, and has devoted her time to researching and developing programs to help others cultivate their inner beauty.  She believes our inner world requires just as much attention as our outer world, and the marriage of her life coaching work and her hair/make-up artistry is a true reflection of that belief!

We sat down with Stephanie to learn more about her beauty industry journey and managed to  come away with a few of her amazing beauty secrets in the process!

When did you know a career in beauty was for you?

When I was a senior in high school and I realized I had two choices: to do the thing I thought I SHOULD do (go to college, like I had always planned), or to do the thing that excited me the most: go to the Aveda Institute.  I decided to follow my passion, and I’m reminded periodically when I’m ‘working’ and it doesn’t feel like work that I’ve made an excellent decision. 

How long have you been in the beauty industry?

Going on 11 years.

You specialize in both hair and makeup, do you find that you enjoy doing one more than the other?

 That’s interesting, at different times in my career I’ve ‘given up’ doing one or the other to specialize in just one thing, and I always felt pulled back to doing both. I get to create the full picture when I can do both hair and make-up so I have to say I love them equally.

In addition to your daily clientele you also do editorial/runway work, can you tell us a bit more about that?

 Sure!  Editorial/runway work is like going to a hair and make-up playground.  There are lots of hair and make-up looks that aren’t suitable for everyday wear, and doing editorial and runway work is an awesome outlet for that creativity.  I’ve done hair and make-up for runway shows at the Weismann Art Museum, Aveda Congress, Make-up for MN4MN (MN fashion week), and NYFW, and editorial work for many different magazines.  It’s a fun way to collaborate with other artists, photographers, and designers to bring some great ideas and inspirations to life!

What’s your favorite beauty product and why?

Tinted Moisturizer.  My favorites are Aveda and Laura Mercier.  It’s a simple product you can apply with your hands, and it gives you a glow that looks natural and radiant without completely covering up your skin.  SPF is a bonus too.

What is the easiest/quickest way to turn a day/work look into something that works for night out?

The easiest transition look only requires lipstick, two hair ties, and a couple bobby pins.

Gather your hair at your nape and secure it in a low pony. Braid your hair in a simple three strand braid (if you don’t know how to braid, split it into two strands and twist around each other).  Secure the braid with second pony.  Mash and pull the braid apart a bit to loosen and soften.  Wind braid up in a bun at the nape and secure with cris-crossed bobby pins.

Apply your favorite lip color and viola!  Ready to rock a night out.


 What are your favorite Spring/Summer 2017 beauty trends?

I love the swipe of bold and bright eyeshadow on the eyelids for something fun and different.

Also, the natural trends are HOT.  Natural hair texture, glow-y skin, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Can you tell us a random fact about yourself?

I love ‘playing’ dress-up.  My partner Connor and I like to throw themed parties (some of the latest were a medieval-themed Christmas, and an Arabian Nights birthday party)- basically just a reason to dress up in a costume and create an interesting atmosphere to entertain in!  We also go to Convergence, it’s like the local version of Comic-Con, and make costumes each year.  #shamelessgeeks

Why partner with the style studio at the russell+hazel flagship store?

Several reasons: I love the focus on customization at Russell+Hazel, it pairs well with my business’ focus.  I love the space, the store and style studio are beautiful.  I’ve known Pearson for a long time and am inspired by his work in the beauty industry and his new product line.  Gail is awesome and she’s curated an awesome store inventory.  The location is super convenient, free parking in the North Loop? Unheard of!

Oh, and two words: glitter ceiling.  Need I say more?

What inspires you?

Glitter. I know, it’s like I’m 4, but seriously, it brings me SO much joy.

 Honestly, people. I am intrigued by learning about people and how they live, love, and interact.  That’s why I do the work I do, I think the greatest gift you can give someone is to see their beauty and reflect it back to them, like a mirror.  If I can do that, I’ll most definitely get out of bed in the morning.

Stephanie will be available by appointment only at The Style Studio at our flagship store starting in May.  Appointments can be booked by clicking here.


Slow Flowers: An Interview with Foxglove’s Christine Hoffman

May 25, 2017

As the Twin Cities first exclusively local and chemical-free florist, Foxglove is more than just a flower studio. Owner and founder Christine Hoffman is a slow flowers advocate striving to form a strong community of sustainable flower farmers, small business owners, and folks who care about supporting these mindful endeavors. By providing a local, sustainable option to traditional flowers, putting a premium on collaboration, and reaching out to the community, she hopes to foster change.

Christine is committed to sourcing and using all locally-grown, chemical-free flowers & flora in her St. Paul studio. She is also dedicated to teaching about the importance and beauty of working with seasonal materials, and is at the forefront of the slow flowers movement in the Midwest. We are proud and very honored to partner with Christine and be a Foxglove flowers & flora subscription pick-up location.  We talked to Christine to educate ourselves on the slow flower movement and learn more about this incredibly inspiring woman.

r+h: Have you always been in love with flowers? 

Christine Hoffman: Yup. I grew up roaming around the woods and gathering treasures, including big handfuls of wildflowers, and I’ve always been a gardener. I also discovered, after starting Foxglove, that my great-grandparents were flower farmers! So, it’s obviously in my genes and surprising to me now that it didn’t develop into a career earlier.

r+h: What made you start Foxglove Market & Studio? 

CH: A fateful phone call from a friend and colleague, suggesting I open a store next door to her. I immediately told her she was crazy, and then immediately started planning the layout and inventory in my head. Local flowers were part of that original vision, and eventually won out as the focus of my business. Now it’s all flowers all the time!

r+h: Can you explain the Slow Flower Movement ?

CH: Over 80% of the flowers we buy in the U.S. are grown overseas, and it has been difficult for American flower farms to compete with the low cost of these imported blooms. The Slow Flower movement, like the Slow Food movement, aims to support farmers growing here in the U.S, and encourage consumers to embrace what is seasonal and local. My friend and mentor, Debra Prinzing, summed it up perfectly in her recent “Slow Flower Manifesto”.

r+h: Can you tell us about your community of local growers/farmers ?

CH: Foxglove began with two farmers, both of whom had been growing flowers for a number of years. Eventually, I talked a few new farmers into coming on board, but for the last 4 years, we were still only at about 6 flower farmers in the Twin Cities area. In the past year or so, the local scene has gone bonkers. My new venture this summer-an all-local wholesale flower market-has 19 participating farmers!

r+h: What is your design process?

CH: While my personality is very organized and detail-oriented, my design process has always been very organic, hands-on, and intuitive. I don’t like to do a lot of planning, which may drive a few of my farmers crazy. I’m notoriously bad about ordering ahead of time, and much prefer to see what’s fresh and lovely that day, using that as immediate inspiration.

r+h: Do you have a favorite flower?

CH: Well, one might think it’s the Foxglove…..but, it really depends on the season. Or the year. Or my mood.

r+h: Why chose to partner with the russell+hazel flagship store?

CH: I have been a fan of Russell hazel for many, many years, and the flagship store makes me swoon. The core products from r + h appeal to the organizational nut in me, but the concept and product selection at the flagship store is so modern and right-on.  Plus, the staff is so darn nice:)

r+h: How do you hope to impact change with Foxglove Market & Studio?

CH: First and foremost, by providing a sustainable, local alternative to conventional cut flowers. Additionally, building a strong and diverse creative community-through business collaborations, consumer outreach, and farmer support-is essential to creating change. I certainly can’t do this alone, and when people are armed with information and options, it is amazing what can happen.

Click here to learn more and to sign up for Foxglove’s flowers & flora subscription.  Flowers & flora can be picked up at our flagship store in the North Loop on Thursdays, beginning May  25th  from 12 – 6PM


“Sparkle On” Book Launch @ r+h Flagship Store

May 17, 2017

Speaker, blogger and writer Kim Kane is releasing her very first book and we couldn’t be more excited to host her at our flagship store for a fun-filled evening of story-telling, shopping and of course cocktails.  We talked to Kim about Sparkle On and learned more about her writing process and inspiration.

russell+hazel: What inspired you to write Sparkle On?

Kim Kane: What inspired me originally was turning 50. I decided to write a daily blog of everything that I learned throughout that year before my 50th birthday. I ended up with over 200 followers and began to hear from other women about the struggles, joys and questions they too were having about aging. At the end of the year I blogged, I realized a theme was emerging. It was all about gratitude. I realized that even when things were sad, such as when I experienced the loss of my father that year, if I looked through the lens of gratitude, and if I saw even a small glimmer of hope, it made all the difference in how I felt. I also really wanted to know that I was not alone in this aging experience. That desire morphed into me interviewing over 200 women age 50 and above. Their words, their experiences helped not only me feel connected, but based on what I heard from the women I spoke with, they also felt more connected after talking about aging. In a society that values youth, I really want to change that perception. The value is placed on looks, not abilities. Any commercial will tell you they can ‘defy’ aging with their product…the message being pretty clear: No one wants to see you age. Yet there is such beauty in woman as they age. Women become more confident, less worried about what they have to do and more focused on what they want to do. I know women over age 50 currently make up the majority of the population…and while that means many of us are looking where we parked our cars on any given day, I want women to know they are not alone. I want women to know it’s ok to age and it takes nothing away…in fact, there may be benefits to gain.

r+h: Is this your first book?

KK: Yesand it so exciting

r+h: Can you tell us a bit about your writing journey? 

KK: Once I realized that the book I wanted to write was not just about what I was experiencing as I aged, I decided to interview other women. I started out by asking friends via email certain questions. Then I asked women to come to small gatherings so I could interview more women at once. I thought I would hold or attend only a few of these gatherings, but it turned out women loved talking about this subject of aging so much so that I began to be asked to come to  women’s homes of people I did not know either at all or very little. It was wonderful! I started to call the gatherings: Celebrate Women! I ended up interviewing over 200 women. My first surprise was how candid women were in answering the questions. Whether it was about their own worries for aging, intimacy, the joys of being a grandparent, or the fact that they each knew they had already lived more than they will, everyone had something to offer. I loved that! Hearing their answers and watching other women nod, laugh or at times even cry with the woman who was sharing was very powerful.  It created really great and comfortable spaces for women to share personal stories. I felt blessed by them all. The book has chapters that allow for several stories to be told throughout each chapter pertaining to the subject matter. For example one of the chapters, ‘Lions and Tigers and Hair, Oh My!’ is all about body changes. I offer a few personal stories and then weave other women’s words to help show other’s perspectives. I give the women’s first name and age for each quote or story. At the end of the book I tried to capture short pieces of lessons learned and to be passed on to others in a section I call: Sparkles of Wisdom.

r+h: How long did the process take?

KK: In total 5 years. I wrote most consistently the last two yearseven though that seems like a long time, it went by so fast. I really enjoy writing.

r+h: What are your “must have” writing accessories?

KK:  Love this question! I always need my reading glasses, a notebook, pencil with a good eraser and my laptop. I would also add something that really made a difference for me was where I wrote. I typically would sit in a library after my day job, drink coffee and write for up to 3 hours solid. The atmosphere was so conducive for me to write and stay with my thoughts. Another great accessory was my porch. Writing in a room that had windows and sounds of nature coming in offered for some of my best writing (at least I thought so!)

r+h: Why partner with the r+h flagship store for your book launch?

KK: For starters I love russell+hazel! There is not a better place that caters to writing, organization and style! To be honest, I am over the moon to be partnering with r+h. The atmosphere is exactly what I hope my book offers…comfortable space, creativity and everything you need to feel special when doing every day things like writing, reading and simply being in your home with wonderful scents and art surrounding you. I have been a customer of r+h for years. Things I have purchased through r+h always made me feel special. So…what better place to launch my book that hopes to create that special feeling for others, than russell+hazel?!

r+h: Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?

KK: I tend to snort when I laughit used to bug me, but now it just makes me laugh harder and snort louder!

r+h: What’s your favorite book?

KK: EEKI don’t know if I have an absolute favorite. However, I loved reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. It is filled with great empowering stories and ideas. I have it sitting on my desk to remind me of the ‘big magic’ all around me.

r+h: What reaction do you hope readers will have after reading Sparkle On?

KK: Since the majority of my audience is women, I am hoping they will enjoy reading the experiences other woman have shared, and in turn, see themselves. I hope the women who read this book laugh, smile and give a nod of understanding to what others have shared about the aging experiencing. Mostly, I want women to be inspired to do those things that make them Sparkle…no matter their age! It really is never too late.





Join us on Sunday, May 21st from 5 – 7:30 PM at our flagship store  for the Sparkle On book launch.  Guests will enjoy a reading from Kim, light appetizers and cocktails and the opportunity to get their book signed by Kim.

We hope to see you there!


Mother’s Day Pop – Up Blow Dry Bar and Flower Stall

May 11, 2017

Mother’s day is about celebrating and honoring that wonder woman, otherwise referred to as “mom”, and what better way to show mom your love and appreciation for her than to treat her to some much deserved and needed pampering.

This year in honor of Mother’s Day, our flagship store will be hosting a Pop-Up Blow Dry Bar with Hairstylist and Make Up Artist Stephanie Domrose and a Flower Stall with Foxglove Market & Studio on Saturday, May 13th.  This is the perfect opportunity to treat mom to an amazing blow out and/or make up touch and some gorgeous locally grown, chemical-free flowers all while perusing the incredible selection of stationery, leather goods, desk accessories and other curated goodies stocked at our flagship store.

Blowout appointments and makeup touch-ups can be scheduled by clicking here.  Foxglove’s Pop-Up Flower Stall will be available while supplies last from 11 AM to 2 PM.

We hope to see you and your wonder woman there!


The North Loop Spring Fashion Crawl

May 3, 2017

The North Loop has been home to our flagship store now for six months and we could not be happier with our move to this amazingly vibrant neighborhood.  What’s not to love about being in the epicenter of the Twin Cities hottest dining district surrounded by a host of stylish indie shops, trendy nightlife and boutique hotels like The Hewing?  From other retailers and businesses to customers, this neighborhood has been incredibly welcoming which is why we’re extremely excited to partner with our neighbors this spring and participate in the North Loop Spring Fashion Crawl.

This one-day event will feature food trucks, promotions, and discounts from businesses and stores and even a dance flash mob!  Guests can also enter drawings to win prizes from participating stores and businesses in the neighborhood.  For those of you who have yet to visit our flagship store in the North Loop, this is a “not to be missed” opportunity to finally see our new storefront and also spend a day experiencing Minneapolis’s fastest growing neighborhood.

via northloop.org

219 2nd St. N, Suite 106
Minneapolis, MN 55401