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Shop Talk: The Vintage Expo, Fall Staples + Designer Sales

If it's a fashionable way to spend, and happening in the Bay Area, we're talking about it in Shop Talk.

Sui GENERIS Launches Online Boutique

Click through to see the entire lookbook in a gallery!

It's been a busy, busy year for Miguel Lopez and Gabriel Yanez, co-owners of the high-end designer consignment haven, Sui GENERIS. Earlier this year, the duo expanded their Market St. men's store and opened Sui GENERIS Illa, their new women's destination. Now, just in time for the holidays, Sui GENERIS reveals their new e-boutique, stocked with vintage and new/never-worn men's and women's collectables from brands like Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Helmut Lang, Ann Demeulemeester, Burberry Prorsum and, of course, Chanel. Check out their holiday editorial (above) for a glimpse at the hottest pieces from their online collection.

SF Street Style: Blue Pants + a Great Big Smile in the Marina

Meet Jenny Bronstein, a Bay Area native turned sun-loving Santa Monica gal. After meeting her last week in the Marina, we're now inspired to smile bigger, laugh louder and be more fabulous. The busy corporate event planner, may have settled down the coast, but she's still a Bay Area girl at heart and always makes time for (shopping-filled) SF getaways. 

This Week in Fashion: Simply Chic Launches Online Designer Consignment Shop

Earlier this week, the Chanel-obsessed Marina consignment shop, Simply Chic, launched an online shop offering gently used designer bags and accessories. The select luxury goods are all in good-to-mint condition, and each piece is curated by the owner, May Warren. We took a browse through the constantly growing vintage-to-contemporary collection, and found everything from Lanvin pumps and Hermes watches, to Marni handbags. Take a peek our top picks (above).

This Week in Fashion: Chanel Lovers at Simply Chic, Public Bikes' 1 Year Party, Banana Republic and Trina Turk Fashion Show, Styling the Modern Man + More

1. Public Bikes' One Year Anniversary at Public HQ & Store (123 South Park), Saturday July 9, 11am-3pm.

Block party it up this Saturday -- biker style -- at Public's One Year Anniversary. Meet the folks behind the cutest bikes around, enjoy free food (American Grilled Cheese Kitchen), a photo contest, loads of amazing discounts on merchandise and much, much more.

7 Must Shop Consignment + Non-Profit Shops for Designer Clothing, Handbags, Shoes and More

With countless weddings, lawn parties and BBQs to attend, who can afford to wear a new designer frock to each event? My secret is consignment. Buy mint-condition pieces for a discounted price, sell your next-to-new goods, and sometimes even help a great charity. Check out these 7 must-shops:


1. Helpers House of Couture:  International style icon and philanthropist, Joy Bianchi, turned her love of fashion and good deeds into this 9-room, 100% charity-driven boutique. It features everything from couture to brand-new, an entire men's room, a jewelry room, and one room where everything is under $100. Not to mention, it was named one of the 10 best fashion stores in Vogue's Best Dressed special edition last year. Prices range from $10-$10,000.

Nowness Presents Animating Chanel

Peter Philips, Chanel's Global Creative Director of Makeup, created Animating Chanel, a quirky video capturing Chanel make-up products transforming into robots. The video hit the web yesterday, and caused a nerdy-tech-meets-Chanel-chic ruckus in the blogosphere.

Animating Chanel is just one of many genius products exclusively produced for NownessLVMH's luxe, minimalist online magazine.

Chanel Boutique Re-opening

There are store openings. Then there are Chanel boutique openings. And over on Maiden Lane recently, it was wall-to-wall fabulousness at the re-opening of Chanel.

If we actually could have seen those walls (or the shelves, stairs and vitrines) amid the crush of well-dressed revelers, we’re sure they’re smashing. The boutique’s up-do was created by architect-designer Peter Marino who handles the signature looks of Chanel boutiques worldwide.

Co-hosted by sartorial swans Vanessa Getty and Samantha Traina, the event featured a dramatic black-and-silver party tent which enveloped most of Maiden Lane.

Hark! A Plethora of Store Openings Just in Time For the Holidays

Last month, we decided to shine a spotlight on the recent surge of new stores in Union Square, but the openings didn't stop there. In fact, there's just as much (if not more!) happening in November so without further ado, a quick recap of the newest spots around SF:

Link Love: Lots O' Hair at Chanel, Terry Richardson in Vinyl, and a $4,814 T-Shirt

Daily reads from our feeds...

Project Runway winners Leanne Marshall's collection for Bluefly is finally available, but unfortunately we're less than impressed.

Fashionista swoons over the creative use of hair extensions that appeared in yesterday's Chanel couture show.

The name of Jil Sander's Uniqlo collection was revealed via The Cut, and we're still desperately hoping they open a shop in SF.

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