NYT comes to MN in search of fashion, finds hipsters in Uptown

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Those familiar with the Uptown area know that on any given day the it's filled with a mix of yuppies, older hippies, hipsters, visiting suburbanites, and residential joggers. It's basically a mall, so it attracts a lot of different types.

When the New York Times decided to visit the Twin Cities for Intersection, a video series examining the fashion of different neighborhoods around the world, they decided to set up shop on Hennepin and Lagoon, right by the Uptown Theatre and John Fluevog, and interview folks on their sartorial choices.

Of course, they only talked to 20-something hipsters.

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There's a enthusiastic student who opines that Uptown is "hipster central," a tattoo shop employee who only wears black, and a barista/pizza server who loves her green hat because she's adverse to washing her hair and growing out a bad haircut (girl, we've all been there). They all feel that clothing is an extension of who they are (a common trope in fashion Q&As). The final interview subject is pretty interesting, however: a PhD candidate from Afghanistan who sees his love of fashion as a way of breaking through stereotypes. 

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Kobby
Kobby

Looks about right. Doesn't matter whether you like hipsters or not but for the purpose of this video, finding a general idea of what most fashion minded people in minneapolis are wearing, that's pretty close. I know that when I think of minneapolis crowds and what people in them wear, those outfits pop up in my mind. I know I saw quite a bit of that this weekend at art a whirl....

Christopher Ray Hunnicutt
Christopher Ray Hunnicutt

In about a year, homeless people will be dressing more luxuriously. Put that beanie on all the way, god damn it, buy sunglasses that were actually cool in the 80's, and for the love of god, we don't need to know the exact size of your thighs.

Christine Scott
Christine Scott

Um, my takeaway from this is that I'm kinda in love with the guy at the end of the video, I think. Also, I don't think it's a complete misrepresentation. In New York there are visibly distinctive categories of style and everyone has some sense of style. I know plenty of fashion-forward Minnesotans, but mostly, if you take a look around, it's just a bunch of guys in old jeans and a tee shirt buying a Mountain Dew and beef jerky or it's hipsters. I guess if I had to choose between the two to provide a snapshot I would have gone the hipster route as well. Just sayin.

Aaron Johnson
Aaron Johnson

You guys are missing the point that this video is not made for you -the people of Minneapolis- it's made for people in New York who are interested in what the fashion scene might be like in places that are not New York. And by fashion, I don't mean the cool clothes all your Black Label friends wear at Triple Rock, or in NE etc. But actual, designer fashion thats cut and fits in certain ways. To people who are in fashion, that is what they are looking for and guess what: they all live in New York.

Aaron Johnson
Aaron Johnson

my friend zelda will be excited to hear the great news

Emily Scheid
Emily Scheid

Looks like a bums new clothing line lol #gross

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Brandon Hesse
Brandon Hesse

No, that's not mn, that's what people think is individual but everyone is doing. Easy out. ... not mn.

Andy Fuchs
Andy Fuchs

I don't care about what New Yorkers think of fashion. Fashion sense is as useful as major media itself. Fragmented, biased, and generally causes more harm than good in the end.

Katherine Young
Katherine Young

They all have such 'individual style' with the exact same boots, skinny jeans, and tops that didn't fit right...

angiekiefer.23
angiekiefer.23

Not a good representation.. The last guy was great though.

Andrew Jansen
Andrew Jansen

Josh Grant, you're not the only one questioning this..

imrichie36
imrichie36

the bus that drove by was pretty cool

Aaron Johnson
Aaron Johnson

Born and raised in SouthSide, resident of New York City for the past 11 years, I don't see anything wrong with this... Other than why do they keep showing fashionable people talking and then cut to black people existing and then back to other different fashionable people talking? Everyone is nitpicking that they didn't go to "in the know" places, but if I were you, I would cherish the fact that they didn't just expose all of your favorite local spots to hoards of tourists. That is a surefire way to destroy everything you love about them

Kimberly Erin
Kimberly Erin

What's the deal with everyone's shoes looking like they're about to bust at the seams and crack apart? Crappy shoes=huge pet peeve! And Famous Dave's?!? Really?!?

Jon Firnstahl
Jon Firnstahl

I might have been the one that tipped them off

Cara Louise
Cara Louise

Embrace the Hipster, it does not need to be this terrible four letter word. One of the producers of the video is an MN native so knowing that, it makes sense.

Jason Paul Parker
Jason Paul Parker

Everyone knows Columbia Heights is the new Uptown. Northeast is so 2005.

Karen Watson
Karen Watson

I can't explain how much I hate the word hipster.

Mark Rieger
Mark Rieger

commenting on this story is a very hipster thing to do

Amber Sweesy
Amber Sweesy

Hell ya Jenny !! I noticed the hat on the photo :) Minnesota fashion is great everyone can wear what they want and feel comfortable .. But it's not all hipster

Brittany Kelly
Brittany Kelly

Oh please... The guy at the end is kind of interesting though.

Princess Lea
Princess Lea

It's not the best place to find fashion, but it's definitely the safest place in Murderapolis.

Ted Johnson
Ted Johnson

You mean there's another Uptown than the one I lived in here for so many years?

Lily Grebe
Lily Grebe

If they wanted true diversity of Minnesota fashion, they should have come to the U.

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