For all those who loathe chain stores (and wearing what everyone else is wearing), rejoice! A feisty and stylish startup called Boutiika launched its discovery directory this week. The savvy site highlights independent boutiques in neighborhoods around San Francisco.
At launch, there are about 30 stores featured, like The Residents Apparel Gallery in Hayes Valley, Heartfelt in Bernal Heights, and Loft 1513 in the Castro, and the site will be adding many more in the coming months.
After perfecting its search and directory service for boutiques in New York City, Boutiika relocated its headquarters to San Francisco earlier this year.
Recently, I caught up with the company’s charming and energetic founder, Ruchika Kumar, to find out a bit about the inspiration for her startup. Kumar grew up in Manchester, England, a city known more for soccer than for shopping.
"Where I grew up, it was mostly chain and high street stores, and I disliked those options. There was always someone else who had what I had, and wore what I wore. I had to go to great lengths to feel like an individual and find one-of-a-kind pieces."
Because it doesn’t pay to pay more than you have to.
Gucci arrives at DSW: The Union Square location of this discount shoe retailer is one of 14 stores nationwide to receive shipments of shoes and accessories by Gucci, the latest high-end brand to land in the store. Expect to find items by the iconic Italian label going for up to 60 percent off retail.
We’re sorry, but sometimes we resent the reality that, like, ev-uh-ry second, our cell phones are costing us money. It’s high time they did something to save us a buck. On that front, a new weapon we’re wielding this week turns our cellies into deal-hunters, but stops short of scaring us with the kind of spammy grossness we abhor.
We’ve never been the kind to put all our eggs in one basket – even when the Easter Bunny is involved. This weekend, we’re ready to hop from sale to sale.
Filippa K: Buy two items from the spring collection and get a third item of equal or lesser value free at this coveted Swedish label’s Financial District outpost. Good Thursday through Sunday, April 9-12, 2009.
Bryna Nicole: Save 30 percent on handbags from this San Francisco designer through April 30 with the discount code BUNNY30.