ROAD TRIP: FABRIC SOURCING AT SR HARRIS

Little more than 4 hours Northwest of Madison, WI is Brooklyn Park, MN; home to SR Harris, a 30,000 square foot fabric warehouse. Upon entering the fabric mecca you are barraged with colors and textures of all sorts. Row upon row of fabrics await discovery like a veritable treasure hunt. The selections range from silks to leather hides, designer sportswear fabrics to velvet burnouts.

One row of many brimming with fabrics.

One row of many brimming with fabrics.

Fabric sourcing can be a thorn in the side of any designer; fabric and shipping costs, minimum order quantities, sampling, etc., can wear you down quickly. While shopping online brings a wealth of possibilities to your fingertips nothing beats the tactile experience of fabric shopping in person.

SR Harris can be overwhelming at first and it’s best to leave yourself a solid amount of time to browse through the rows to get your bearings. The fabrics are grouped by type or application, but I’ve found it’s best not to limit yourself to a specific row, there are hidden gems throughout the store. Designers of all types will find something special within the aisles to enhance their designs.

Quilted Silk Fabrics

Quilted Silk Fabrics

Designer Denim at affordable prices

Designer Denim at affordable prices

Designer Sweater Knits

Designer Sweater Knits

A wall of Faux Furs

A wall of Faux Furs

SR Harris also carries a decent selection of trims and notions. Large boxes of zippers sit tucked beneath the cutting tables and 50 gallon drums are chock full of buttons sold by the pound. Bins of lace, ribbons and appliques sit 4 shelves high and cast off belts and leather trim fill large canvas gurneys lined up against the walls.

Bins of Fabric Covered Buttons

Bins of Fabric Covered Buttons (sold individually)

The fabrics at SR Harris are 50% off everyday (on regularly priced fabrics) and there are always additional sales and coupons listed on the website. As an added bonus, apparel fabrics are not taxed in Minnesota! There are no minimums at SR Harris so you can purchase as little as 1/8 yard and small sample cuts are free. Inventory is kept fresh with weekly shipments and the staff is friendly and very willing to help.

SR Harris is located at 8865 Zealand Ave N Brooklyn Park, MN and is about 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, with so much to do in the Twin Cities it’s worth checking out and making a weekend of it. Check the website for the hours and plan a trip!

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Meg Lahti

Born and raised in Duluth, MN, Meg attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout and graduated with a B.S. in Apparel Design and Development. In 2007 she moved to the Madison area and worked in various facets of the apparel industry until she quit in 2014 to pursue her dream of founding a clothing company. Meg now works exclusively on building her streetwear brand dimes & wednesday, and is also passionate about building the fashion community in Madison and the surrounding area.
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