Tea is the new coffee. So says Jesse Jacobs, 42, the Samovar Tea Lounge owner who’s opening a new concept store on Valencia Street in April, a few doors south of Four Barrel Coffee. Inspired by said neighbor and its ilk, as well as by the lack of easy tea options, the loose leaf evangelist is taking his beloved drink to third-wave level.
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?
The latest shops, goods, and happenings in the Bay Area and beyond.
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:
Contemporary art is fashion’s latest muse, with collections referencing modern painters from Mondrian to Gary Hume. Now, collectors can wear a masterpiece.
It may be small, but San Francisco is a city that continues to matter,” says Erik Joule, whose company chose to open the third location of Los Angeles based Alternative Apparel here, back in January, to make a point. “This city has always led the way with innovation,” says the 43-year-old Russian Hill resident. He deems the environment just right for “a brand like ours, whose goal it is to lead in a transparent and responsible way.”