The up-and-coming artists of the Academy of Art University now have a sophisticated space to showcase their talent to the world, alongside established San Francisco tastemakers, in the Academy of Art University Atelier in SoMa.
In a hybrid retail-gallery at 79 New Montgomery Street, the clothing, home decor, visual artworks and even computer games made by current students and alumni will live here, and if you wander in and see something you fancy, you'll be giving a talented artist exposure and helping benefit the University's Student Scholarship Fund.
For those of us with high hopes for the state of San Francisco’s fashion reputation, Jill Giordano and Brian Scheyer are the couple to watch. Since launching gr.dano in 2006, the design duo has grown from a small upstart line to one garnering national attention. Season after season, they produce neutral-hued, architecturally-inspired women’s apparel in versatile yet structurally sophisticated silhouettes, right from their SoMa studio. Their latest coup? Joining the ranks of past recipients (such as Rodarte and Trina Turk) as fashion honorees in this year’s California Design Biennial, on view at the Pasadena Museum of California Art through Oct. 31.
As partners, how similar is your fashion sense?
BS: We agree on almost everything, don’t you think?