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International Cosmetic Studio theBalm Makes Its Home in San Francisco

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.

Top IDEO Designer Talks Cyborgs, Bay Area Food, and the Future of Design

Fans of industrial design objects like Brooks England's stylish leather bike seat, Oral-B’s Squish Grip toothbrush, and the modern whisk have Thomas Overthun of IDEO to thank.

British Designer Tom Dixon Talks Chic Lighting, SF Techies, and His New Book

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.

Seven Favorite Things: New from Unionmade

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. 

Look of the Week: Go Indigo

From washed-out denim to big, bright cobalts, this spring we're feelin' the blues.

Le Book is the Ultimate Little Black Book for the Creative Industry

Think of Le Book as the little black book of the creative industry—a who's who of exceptional stylists, photographers, illustrators, and designers at your fingertips.

The Future of Fashion: The Collision of Retail and Technology

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?

Academy of Art Students Debut Fab Looks at New York Fashion Week

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. 

Radar 360: 3-D Printed Rings, Ultimate Guide to Oakland, and More

The latest shops, goods, and happenings in the Bay Area and beyond. 

Spring Fashion Brings Over-the-Top Texture, Pattern, and Color

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: 

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