Founded by Alexandra Gray Bennett and Jocelin Johnson, Louise Gray is a Minneapolis-based textile design company that is changing the way that Americans look at quilts. Handcrafted by regional artisans and featuring minimal, refreshingly modern compositions, Louise Gray’s products are an amalgam of both fresh and time-tested craft sensibilities. It seems only fitting, then, that the duo behind this game-changing brand offer up some of their favorite spots in their home town, a classic American city with deep roots and an eye on the future. Check out all their picks below + shop Louise Gray on westelm.com
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 3rd Ave S
With an expansive collection spanning both the globe and history, The Minneapolis Institute of Art continues to be a staple. Be sure to swing into the museum store and check out our Louise Gray quilts, part of the museum’s recent partnership with West Elm LOCAL!
Forage Modern Workshop
4023 E Lake St
Forage Modern Workshop is home to an unparalleled selection of contemporary furniture and home goods. This South Minneapolis gem also happens to be connected to our local coffee roaster of choice, Dogwood, so grab a coffee before you start perusing.
Minneapolis is known for its intricate park and trail systems, and the pathway around Lake Harriet is one of our tried-and-true favorites. Start the day in the Rose Garden with a good book and then head to Tilia for lunch (located in the Linden Hills neighborhood).
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave
The Walker Art Center is the destination for every contemporary art enthusiast. From exhibits to lectures, there is enough to occupy your senses for an entire weekend of exploration…and we recommend doing just that!
125 N 1st St
One of the coziest spots in North Loop, The Foundry has a beautifully curated selection of kitchenwares from makers around the globe. Don’t forget to say hello to infamous shop dog, Ruby.
1010 2nd Ave N
For when you need to get your sweat on, we turn to The Firm…where unrivaled instructors, space, and energy converge.
1428 W 32nd St
Our favorite neighborhood stop (especially in the summer months) for an afternoon pick-me-up. In addition to the plethora of cold-press juices, we recommend trying their homemade Almond Butter Bars, YUM!
316 W 48th St
When it comes to women’s fashion, Michelle LeBlanc of Mille knows whats up. The materials and hues alone are enough to make you drool.
818 S 2nd St
Located in the Mill District of Minneapolis, The Guthrie is undoubtedly every theater-goers dream. Relocated back in 2006, the architecture and position along the Mississippi River is nothing short of spectacular.
Last but not least, a snapshot of our very own Louise Gray studio in the heart of the Uptown neighborhood. We will always remember this small, yet mighty, space…where we dared to dream and built the team we are proud to call our Louise Gray family.
Louise Gray Alexandra Gray Bennett and Jocelin Johnson make modern quilts using classic, time-honored techniques. Local artisans handcraft their designs from 100% cotton, keeping the tradition of quilt-making alive and creating pieces that will live with families for generations to come. Shop Louise Gray on westelm.com. Follow them on Instagram and Pinterest.