Skip to Navigation Skip to Content

Style

Once Pushed Out by the Nazis, a French Outerwear Brand Is Reborn in San Francisco

In 1925, in his shop on Rue de Bondy in the western outskirts of Paris, budding entrepreneur Joseph Smutek began making quality raincoats that were meant to last for generations. His business enjoyed 15 years of success before the 1940 Nazi invasion forced the Jewish craftsman and his sons to flee France and immigrate to the United States, shuttering their business forever. Seventy-five years later, Smutek's great-grandson, Daniel Smith, is reviving the brand in San Francisco.

Strike a Pose: 4 Bay Area Fashion Photographers to Watch

The new visual storytellers of the San Francisco fashion world draw their inspiration from sources as varied as dance, fine painting, film, and their collective international upbringings (from Germany to Turkey). Meet four local fashion photographers whose stars are on the rise.

The Cognoscente: Behind the Simple Aesthetic of Designer Patrik Petersson

Born and raised in northern Europe, designer Patrik Petersson has a minimalistic aesthetic, a respect for the environment, and a hunger for innovation that we can all rally behind.

Dial Up the Romance with Blindingly Beautiful Rings

Planning to pop the question this weekend? You can't go wrong with one of these blindingly beautiful rings in an array of precious hues.

The Phantasmagoric Fashions of Funk-and-Flash Icon Billy Bowers Showcased in New SF Exhibit

Why don't more people know Billy Bowers? Not only did he foster the Bay Area-born funk-and-flash arts movement of the 1970s, he also dressed the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, New York Dolls, and Alice Cooper—all in outrageous phantasmagorical costumes that incorporated found imagery, cash money, and even taxidermy rats. This month, Billy Bowers is back on the scene with a show of new works, The Success of Excess: The Art of Billy Bowers, on display at Valencia Street's Glama-Rama. 

Property Porn: Inside the Los Altos Hills Mansion that Hosted Beyonce

Have you ever wondered where the Queen sleeps when she's away from home? 

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Champagne Gummies, Couples Massages + More

Valentine's Day is approaching whether you like it or not. And while you can never go wrong with flowers, chocolates, and lingerie, we have a couple slightly more unique ideas that are sure to get the romance started next weekend. 

How to Look Chic at Super Bowl 50 (No Matter Where You Watch)

Broncos orange is a very hard color to pull off. And Carolina's bright blue can be a little daunting in the dead of winter. So regardless of who you're supporting this gameday, take our advice and opt for warm layers, comfy-cool kicks, and a clear carryall (a requisite for anyone actually attending the game). You'll look chic, and also like you know the difference between a false start and a neutral zone infraction. 

Where to Shop Till You Drop in Marin County

There are so many reasons to fall in love with Marin County: local farm-to-table dining, beautiful landscapes, outdoor activities, fantastic culture, and friendly people.

In Memoriam: Nearly 1,000 San Franciscans Remember Wilkes Bashford With Fondness and Grace

If you had wandered through the Financial District, City Hall, Union Square, or Pacific Heights this morning, you would have wondered if everyone had gone away, or at least gone shopping. Instead, the throngs were gathering at Grace Cathedral to honor the memory of beloved Wilkes Bashford, the dapper clothier who outfitted several generations of San Francisco’s best-dressed men and women.  

Daily Newsletters

Essential SF knowledge in your inbox