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Peruse A Mission Boutique From Comfort of Your Cubicle

Have you ever dreamed of finding unique treasures ranging from seemingly sweet heart pendants to a double-headed chick, all in one glorious place?

Well then look no further than BellJar's newly launched e-commerce site, perfect for those moments when you're stuck in front of your computer instead of taking a Four Barrel-fueled stroll around the Mission. Just in time for their two-year anniversary, the darling boutique's site features clothing, jewelry, art, trinkets for home and more in addition to a brand-new blog for their musings.

New in Cow Hollow: Conifer Opens

A brand new reason to come out of the woods and go shopping in Cow Hollow comes in the form of Conifer, a cozy little shop just up the hill on Webster Street from Union in the space previously home to Great Overland Books. 

The first retail venture from former longtime Built By Wendy employee Amy Mautz, who returned to San Francisco in 2008 to open the indie label’s now-shuttered Mission boutique after several years in the Big Apple, the shop focuses on the smaller New York labels she fell in love with while living on the East Coast.

“I’ve always wanted to have my own store, and I knew that was going to happen one day,” says Mautz.

To Dye For: Lauren Pierce Atelier Hits Barneys

You've always dreamed of having a famous fashion designer, model and George W's humanitarian niece make a one-of-a-kind dress especially for you. Okay, maybe your dreams weren't that specific, but they should have been because now's your chance.

Today from 4-7 p.m., Lauren Pierce Bush will be on-hand at Barneys to debut her exclusive collection, Lauren Pierce Atelier. Five of her gorgeous eco-conscious garments will be on display on the third floor and if you like what you see (and we bet you will) this is where the fun really begins.

Look of the Week: Asian Influence

With the nation's largest Asian American Film Festival kicking off today in our fair city, we couldn't help but be reminded of the brilliant Asian-influenced fashion that has been popping up on and off the runway for spring.

Whether you fancy a more literal translation with a brocade silk jacket or a dash of Geisha-inspired style with a kimono wrap dress, there's no better time to head to Chinatown and Japantown to pick up unique authentic pieces that will add an au courant touch to your wardrobe staples.

And with that, this week's look:




Art and Fashion Join Forces in Upper Haight

Kick off your (wearable) art collection this Saturday with the launch of local hatmaker Goorin Bros. Spring '10 1333 Minna Artist Series Line.

H&M Skincare Line Debuts in San Francisco

Shoppers at H&M stores in San Francisco will find something more than the latest on-trend clothing waiting for them the next time they step inside the retailer’s doors. Starting today, the company’s new skincare line made using organic ingredients and essentials oils arrives in-store.

Is San Francisco Style Ready for a Serious Shot of Preppy?

With the arrival of the second standalone store from Brooks Brothers’ spinoff Black Fleece in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood last week, it’s difficult not to wonder whether the City is on the verge of a preppy-is-chic-again style revolution.

Designed in collaboration with Thom Browne, known in the fashion world for reviving the beleaguered men’s suit and making it edgy again, the label revels in a kind of old school blue blood (think Christian Bale in American Psycho) aesthetic coupled with just the slightest twinge of irony.

Discarded to Divine: Bigger and Better in '10

Each year, we look forward to Discarded to Divine, a very-San Francisco fashion event that pairs creativity and a community-minded twist to raise awareness and much-needed funds for St. Vincent de Paul Society programs supporting low-income people in need and victims of domestic violence.

And judging by a sneak peek we recently received of the garments, created by both new and established designers using discarded clothing and textiles donated to St. Vincent de Paul Society, the April 26 soiree looks like it will be the event’s biggest and best year yet.

SF's Pretty Young Things: Meet 11 Fashion Forward Bloggers

Eclectic, thrifty, funky, vintage: Sprung from a city that revels in the idea of independence, the fashion scene here is proudly anti-fashion. Meet nine up-and-coming bloggers and two Web entrepreneurs who epitomize this sentiment every time they get dressed.


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