Inside its new San Francisco menswear shop, international lifestyle brand Club Monaco is keeping the vibe local with a mix of art from California painters.
For avid equestrienne and designer Lisa Rissetto, the California lifestyle means “making the most of time spent outdoors.” Her namesake brand, Rissetto, recently launched out of a studio in South San Francisco, celebrates the natural beauty of the Bay Area in a collection of vegetable-tanned Italian leather handbags that exude casual sophistication.
Student fashion shows can be a little tricky. Play it too safe and the results will be predictable; go all in for edgy and forward, and garments can become the proverbial kitchen sink. In this Goldielocks tale of sartorial design development, some youngsters get it right. Here is a crop of Bay Area student designers whose well executed graduation collections make them ones to watch.
A whiff of an ocean breeze blew down the runway at California College of the Arts' senior fashion show this past spring. The wavemaker: 22-year-old Vanina Howan, whose surf-inspired thesis collection, called Seasalt, caught the eye of San Francisco design veteran Basil Racuk. A friendship was made, and a collaboration was hatched.