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.”
When he started kissing babies, I was convinced: Oakland restaurateur Charlie Hallowell, 40, is on a tear. Hailed for his first two hits, Boot & Shoe Service on Grand Avenue and Pizzaiolo in Temescal, he makes the rounds at Penrose, which opened in late November, with the charisma of a politician and the authenticity of a favorite local chef. And with rapier wit and the mouth of a sailor, Hallowell is as much a part of the experience as the food.
If you last saw a bottle of sherry in the back of a dusty liquor cabinet, its San Francisco cult following may surprise you. But this old-school fortified wine is gaining momentum—going beyond esoteric insider obsession to the trendy tipple of choice.
7x7 asks the Bay Area's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts. If there's a dish you can't stop thinking about and want to make at home, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.
Gypset glamazons are already well versed in the textiles of Madeline Weinrib: She’s known for bringing Indonesian ikat back into vogue with her lacquered trays for Barneys New York and boho-fabulous fabric heels for Manolo Blahnik. Starting in April, the design icon will show off her full range of talent with the opening of her first West Coast showroom in the San Francisco Design Center.
For 7x7 magazine's March Fashion Issue, we put on an over-the-top photo shoot at Ken Fulk's Peep Show gallery in SoMa. Take a peep behind the scenes at all the fab spring clothes and accessories, killer antiques and set design, and what it looks like to be a model for a day!