Usually, I’m an organized blogger. I make a plan, set deadlines and, for the most part, I stick to them. But sometimes I totally, completely forget to write about places I love.
That’s exactly what I did with Fowlers Heritage Company. Which is silly, because this downtown boutique is one of my favorite sources for men’s and women’s clothing and accessories in Fargo. The shop is also a big supporter of U.S. made products, including several from local producers.
I ducked in to the airy, light-filled shop to get inspired between meetings yesterday and thought “It’s been awhile since I wrote about this place.” And then, with a sinking feeling, I realized I’ve never written about it! Whoops! (This is what happens when I change my posting schedule…Naughty blogger…)
But enough about me. Let’s talk about shopping. Fowlers Heritage Company has always been my go-to place for BB Dakota (I have a weakness for BB Dakota jackets), but the boutique has really expanded its womenswear selection to include so many brands I love.
Maison Scotch is one of my favorites, but I like looking through summer styles from Sanctuary Clothing, Mother denim and Bailey44 as well. And the next time I’m in the market for a handbag, I’ll definitely check out supple leather offerings from Hammitt and Liebeskind Berlin.
The women’s section combines ladylike dresses and skirts, structured tops and a generous dose of boho spirit (think fringed boots and flats from Minnetonka Moccasin, leather bracelets and printed pants) for a diverse selection.
You don’t get an instant picture of the customer in your mind when you walk in the door, but instead get the feeling that everything in the shop was chosen because of its beauty and function. Clothing is well constructed and can stand alone as a showpiece or blend in as a wardrobe workhorse.
This place also has a great selection of inspiring coffee table books displayed just so. The displays make me want to touch and read everything, which adds another layer of enjoyment to the shopping experience.
The men’s section address the major need for casual guy’s clothing in the region with a selection of Ts, jeans, button-down shirts and accessories.
The mix of Red Wing Boots, colorful Happy Socks and functional basics totally play into that rugged, urban explorer thing that guys in the Upper Midwest pull off so well. These are good, solid, interesting looks for guys that want to look different without making a big deal about it.
Fowlers Heritage Company stocks over 30 American brands, including several from nearby Minnesota (the aforementioned Minnetonka Moccasin and Red Wing Shoes are among them). I’m obsessed with the beautiful designs on the cozy Faribault Woolen Mill Co. blankets and functional Duluth Pack bags.
Both companies are based in the Minnesota cities that bear their names and have a long history. Duluth Pack claims to be the oldest leather bag and pack company in the U.S., while prairie settlers and soldiers in both world wars would recognize Fairbault blankets. The company has been in business since 1865.
There’s also a fairly comprehensive line of gift items, including candles, handmade jewelry, S’Well bottles (which keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for 12!), beard oil for the sexy, yet well-groomed mountain men in your life and a comprehensive selection of locally made pillows showing off states, cities and colleges (MSUM, whoo-hoo!) in the region.
It’s an enjoyable place to shop and definitely worth a look. You can access Fowlers Heritage Company from Broadway or pop in the back, off of the Roberts Street alley.
Fowlers Heritage Company
210 Broadway North
Bus: Routes 13, 13U, 17
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This project is supported in part by a grant from the fabulous people at North Dakota Tourism. All opinions are my own, always.