Style + Design
Valencia Street just got a little bit prettier with the addition of The Balm Cosmetics' flagship store. The Balm's founder Marissa Shipman launched her unique line in 2004 with a focus on paraben and cruelty-free products. Now– thanks in part to her clever packaging and overall message of women empowerment – theBalm products are sold worldwide in nearly 60 countries to date.
British designer Tom Dixon swept into town last week, landing at Arkitektura Assembly (a design series presented by modern furniture emporium Arkitektura) to promote his book, Tom Dixon: Dixonary. In it, the creator of super-popular light fixtures such as the Beat Light, the Mirror Ball, the Void Light, and the mega-hit Copper Shade, details his creative process. We chatted with Dixon about design, the lives of techies, and the future.
If we could only shop at one menswear store, it might just be Unionmade. For dapper duds high and low, the Castro shop never lets us down. And their new spring collection, featuring Kenneth Field, the Levi's Vintage Collection and New York designer Alexander Olch, is no different.
The collision of retail and technology has forever changed the way we shop, dress, and think about personal style. Sartorialists with digital chops are racing to cash in with startups from San Francisco to Silicon Valley to Manhattan, but what does it take to succeed in fashion world 2.0?
Big name design stars weren't the only ones getting time in the limelight at New York Fashion Week last month. 13 student designers from San Francisco's own Academy of Art University also debuted eight fab collections. Comprised of an array of seasonal pieces constructed with innovative shapes and playful textiles, we loved all of the fearless looks.
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Spring’s collections are an outlandish hodgepodge of over-the-top texture, pattern, fringe, and color. It’s a level of maximalism perfectly suited to the ferocious individualism and bohemian power of Oakland’s burgeoning artist community. Here are some of our favorite looks: