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Matt Backberg: Custom Clothier

St. Paul native, Matt, has been in fine men’s clothing wardrobe consulting and designing custom made men’s clothing for the better part of a decade now. He has recently came aboard here at Heimie’s, being drawn by the endless fabric and fit possibilities.

Matt prides himself in being at the forefront of fashion while always keeping in mind classic fabrics and patterns as they may pertain to the client and their specific needs.

Matthew Blackberg - Wardrobe Designer

Keith Dorsett: General Manager

Born on sunny Providence Island in Nassau, Bahamas, Keith Dorsett brings a certain charm and warmth to the Midwest. Always ready to help you look your “sharpest,” his passion for fashion wasn’t by accident. It was all by fate, And it travels back to when he was a wee-young boy!

  • As a child, Curious-Keith would admire his mother (a master tailor/seamstress) design and sew clothing. Inspired by her talent, he began to take his Father’s pants, bring them in, taper the legs and stroll into Town.
  • When Dorsett left the Island as a teenager, it was a track scholarship that brought him to Northern Iowa University.
  • As the only male in his Fashion Merchandising class, there was no issue when it came to his interest and perspective. Dorsett was influenced by his upbringing in the Bahamas, and created a plan that not only impressed his peers, but his professor.

Today, you can catch him at Heimie’s Haberdashery, as the General Manager and Senior Haberdasher! His tenacity and pure joy for what he does is evindent by a laugh you’ll notice each time you come in. You will never forget his distinct swagger and knowledge of Quality & Style complimented by his 5-Star-Customer Service is one of a kind concepts that follows Heimie’s rich history of clothing Ladies” and Gentlemen. Look through our wardrobes and pair our shirts and silk neckwear to fashion your individual look.

Keith Dorsett: General Manager

Julie Forsmark: Custom Manager – Inhouse Designer

Julie began her career at Heimie’s in 2010 as a tailor. Her desire to create unique designs led her to this opportunity to enhance her design skills. Julie’s keen sense of fashion and vision to see a “Better Dressed World” was quickly recognized. Based upon that vision, she was offered and accepted a Sales Consultant position by Anthony Andler, owner of Heimie’s.

  • Today, Julie keeps up to date on all current fashion trends, both domestic and international; to provide clients with ensembles they can be proud to be seen in.
  • As her fashion knowledge grew and reputation developed, Julie was named Senior Haberdasher
    on the sales floor at Heimie’s.
  • Currently, she is the lead for the Custom Clothing Division, Julie has been instrumental in expanding the offerings for the professional and discerning women’s lines of attire.
  • She maintains an enthusiastic attitude to creating looks based on the individual client. Julie’s relentless approach to customer service and satisfaction is unmatched.
Julie Forsmark: Custom Manager – Inhouse Designer

Richard Shallbetter: Sr. Haberdasher

Richard L. Shallbetter has worked with Heimie’s Haberdashery since October 2013 as a personal stylist, custom clothier, wedding consultant and social media representative. As a musician and a student of metaphysics, he views color combinations, layers of visual texture, and garment selection through the same lens as harmonious relationships including as note intervals, polyrhythms, and instrumentation. These corresponding patterns- as reflections of the same principles cross nature- serve to inspire Shallbetter’s approach to fashion: harmony, resonance, polarity, the microcosm and macrocosm expressed in their appropriate symmetries to produce a balanced, yet dynamic outfit.

Richard Shallbetter - Sr. Haberdasher

Rod Lightner: Sr. Haberdasher

Rod adds a sense of calm and confidence as a Sr. Haberdasher. He grew up
in Sioux city Iowa. Rods experiences working in Men’s fashion comes from a
long career working for Dayton’s, Macy’s and Neiman Marcus. Rod enjoys the
challenge that Heimie’s brings to his career with it’s product diversity
he’s able to pull from many product forms to create a perfect look for
each client. “I enjoy the people it’s the people that drive the work” It’s
satisfying to see the transformation happen at Heimie’s in real time.

Rod also has a back ground playing basketball, drummer and working on high
end vehicles, yachts and jets as a detailer.

Rod Lightner: Sr. Haberdasher

Ian Ballantyne: Haberdasher

Ian Ballantyne has been with Heimie’s since February 2018. He lives in Woodbury, Minnesota, and has a strong interest in fashion, music, and the arts. Ian is also an avid runner and cyclist, with a passion for athletics. He enjoys bringing a fresh, young eye to the modern gentleman’s wardrobe with updated looks and outfits, and he focuses on making the customer look their best.

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