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Collective Opens on Valencia's Vintage Corridor

Fans of vintage and reconstructed vintage will want to check out just-opened Mission boutique Collective, headed up by Taxi CDC’s Deborah Brosenne.

Link Love: Margiela Exits Maison Martin Margiela, Rodarte Sample Sale and more…

With public-shy Belgian designer Martin Margiela reportedly exiting his Paris-based fashion house for good and no successor in sight, rumors are flying about the avant-garde label’s future.

Lovely Bones: Jules Kim of Bijules Hits SF

If you have a bone to pick with Jules Kim, the New York-based accessories designer more likely than not will happily oblige. That’s because the latest from Kim’s Bijules collection, beloved by no-last-name-needed celebrities from Beyonce to Kelis and Lady Gaga to Rihanna, is actually made using the tiny bones of animals collected during the designer’s escape-from-the-city adventure earlier this year to a friend’s 3,000-acre ranch outside Calistoga, Calif.

Look of the Week: Gaga!

It's no secret that we can't get enough of Lady Gaga's over-the-top ensembles, so we were beyond thrilled to find out that her Monster Ball tour is coming to our fair city this weekend. If you're amongst the lucky ones who snagged tickets before they inevitably sold out, congratualations, this look is for you. But if you, like us, procrastinated and will instead be dancing around your room with a homemade disco stick to "Bad Romance" (which by the way, is impossible to get out of your head), you can still take inspiration from the Gaga herself for a night on the town with this week's look:





1. Funktional Cage Dress, $140

Our Pick of the Litter: Etsy Local Gifts for $75 and Under

An online treasure trove for all things handmade and vintage, Etsy is one of our top go-to sources when we want to break away from our fast fashion fixes and and opt for something unique but still inexpensive. After scouring SF's Etsy Local shop for this month's holiday gift round-up, we wanted to share what's impatiently waiting in our shopping cart:


1. Vintage Inspired Cherries Apron and Pasties Set by tiffytart, $42: Put on a private burlesque show while the cookies are baking (i.e. every man's fantasy) in this pin-up inspired set.

Boy Oh Boy: Gifts for Guys

Rivaling as-yet-unexplained mysteries such as crop circles and the exact contents of Hormel Spam is another age-old conundrum that plagues us, especially at this time of year: why are guys so &*%^@&*%! hard to shop for?

We may not have an answer to the question, but can offer the following suggestions for the gaps in your guys’ gift lists.

When you can’t be there to help, the How-Tie ($18) from the Curiosity Shoppe will remind him exactly what he needs to do.

Do Good on Friday, and Macy’s Street Teams May Give You $25

Bestow random acts of kindness, and you may be rewarded in unexpected ways. No, we’re not recalling a message from our last fortune cookie, but the latest holiday promotion from Macy’s.

On Friday, Dec. 11, two street teams (dubbed the Macy’s Believe Newsboys) will be roving through downtown San Francisco looking for people doing good acts in their daily lives. When they spot a deserving individual, street teams will reward them for their positive deeds and acts of kindness with $25 Macy’s Believe Bonus cards, good toward future purchases at the department store.

The promotion is part of Macy’s National Believe Day, which encourages the spirit of the season through various charitable initiatives.

Barcelino Superstore Opens at the Embarcadero Center

Barcelino celebrated the Grand Opening of their latest store at Four Embarcadero Center on Thursday, December 3 with a champagne reception and an informal fashion presentation. The impressive 10,000 sq. foot space showcases hand-tailored Italian suits and sportswear for men alongside luxurious cocktail dresses and evening gowns for women.

Spring Fling: Bryna Nicole Resort Spring 2010

Come spring, it’ll be much easier to enjoy a fling with Bryna Nicole, thanks to mini versions of the San Francisco label’s most popular handbags and the arrival of studded coin purses, signature cuffs and leather bracelets.

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