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Shop Talk: Anthro's New Concept Store + Blu Kicks Pops Up

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"Shopping is a woman thing. It's a contact sport like football. Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds, the danger of being trampled to death, and the ecstasy of the purchase."―Erma Bombeck


Anthropologie & Co. Opens in Walnut Creek on Friday


Gird your loins, Anthro lovers. Friday, September 16 marks a huge milestone for the Philadelphia-based company as it unveils its very first Anthropologie & Co in Walnut Creek. The new 30,000-square-foot (yes, fours zeros) destination brings together the Anthro you know and love with its sister brands BHLDN Weddings and Terrain. You'll also find blown-out beauty (more than 800 products), shoe (350+ styles) and furniture areas, including a Design Center where customers can work with home stylists to create their own custom designs. Even more good news? A second NorCal Anthro & Co. is scheduled to open in Palo Alto on November 18, and this one will have a café! // 1149 S. Main St. (Walnut Creek), anthropologie.com.


Fashionista and TV personality Kelly Osbourne hosts Macy's fashion show in Union Square on Friday.(Courtesy Macy's Northwest)

Sit Front Row at Macy's San Francisco

Can we compete with NYFW? Of course not, but that doesn't mean we can't have our own brand of fashion fun. Enter Macy's Front Row San Francisco, which takes place on Friday, September 16 at 6pm, hosted by It girl and television personality Kelly Osbourne. It's a fashion party with noms from Nopalito, Bicycle Bahn Mi and Smitten ice cream, a runway show and shopping. Highlights include appearances and exclusive looks by designers Jake Wall of JAKE and Blake Patterson, both of Project Runway Season 14, after-show appearance by Hello Kitty (in the flesh fur) and lots more. The event is free, but make sure to RSVP as space is limited. // 170 O'Farrell St. (Union Square), macys.com


Pia Øien Cohler's world-class boutique opens Friday on Jackson Street. We're in trouble.(Anna-Alexia Basile)

Jackson Square Set to Welcome PIA, The Store

Seriously, Jackson Square, your ability to attract the coolest new boutiques to your hood is impressive. Exhibit A: PIA, The Store, opening on Friday, September 16. Inspired by the multi-brand boutiques of her native Oslo, as well as those in Paris and New York, namesake Norwegian founder Pia Øien Cohler has put together a ridiculously amazing and perfectly curated mix of women's ready-to-wear, jewelry and accessories labels. Here are a few brands to whet your appetite: ALC, Carven, Giambattista Valli, Liebeskind, Zimmerman and oodles of exclusives: Designers Remix, Dodo Bar, House of Dagmar and more. // 414 Jackson St. (Jackson Square), piathestore.com


Fun footwear alert: Check out the Blu Kicks pop-up at the Lucy store in Embarcadero Center on Saturday.(Gabrielle Domingo)

Blu Kicks Pops Up at Lucy

The best of Bay Area comfort and style come together on Saturday, September 17 from 3-6pm. Blu Kicks, local makers of the ideal travel sneakers, pops up at Lucy's Embarcadero store. ICYMI: The SF-based mother-son footwear company donates $1 for every pair sold to organizations that help protect oceans, lakes and rivers around the globe. The full collection of men's and women's kicks will be available for purchase—plus, enjoy 20 percent off Lucy's fall collection while you're at it. // 3 Embarcadero Center (Embarcadero), lucy.com

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