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Askov Finlayson was founded in 2011 as a men’s clothing store in Minneapolis, MN. It began as a place for owners and brothers Andrew Dayton and Eric Dayton to feature brands they admired that weren’t available in Minneapolis at the time. Askov Finlayson was built around a core appreciation for high quality and timeless design.

Our name comes from two neighboring towns in Northern Minnesota. Askov and Finlayson share a highway exit that Andrew and Eric passed countless times growing up on the way to and from their family cabin, one of their favorite places on earth. On the way up, the sign reads Finlayson Askov. And on the way down, it reads Askov Finlayson. It’s fair, and that’s the best part.

In 2013, Askov Finlayson began offering its own clothing along with items produced in partnership with friends. We apply our highest standard to our own products because they carry our name. Askov Finlayson’s design offices are located above our store and most of our own products are made in North America. We’re inspired by Minnesota’s traditions of exploration and year-round enjoyment of the outdoors, as well as the thriving design and artistic community in Minneapolis. It’s the combination of perseverance and creativity that we consider to be among the finest characteristics of America’s North. 

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Andrew Dayton and Eric Dayton also created and own The Bachelor Farmer and Marvel Bar, and all three businesses are located in a historic warehouse that they bought and restored. The Bachelor Farmer was a James Beard semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in America, and one of Bon Appetit magazine’s 10 best new restaurants in 2012. Marvel Bar was a 2013 James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Bar Program.

Thank you for your interest in Askov Finlayson. We’re just getting started and the best is yet to come.