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Basil Racuk: Emeryville's Solution To The Man Purse

At a time when over-the-top fashion seems silly, and luxury feels so right, investment pieces are the way to go. And while the new Target in Emeryville will soon be housing luxury-meets-mainstream Missoni for Target, in the same neighborhood a true luxury brand is in the making: Basil Racuk.

Stop, Shop, Sip, and Sniff Joshu+Vela at The Common

After teaming up with Tartine back in February, SF-born accessory brand Joshu+Vela is proving to be a team player. This time, a fashion twofer. Throughout the summer, craftsman meets craftsman at Common SF where a Joshu+Vela shop-in-shop will house the full range of backpacks and totes in all the colors.

Look of the Week: Spring Splurge, 7 Colorful Crossbody Bags

From Proenza Schouler’s buckled purses to Marc Jacobs’ straw slings, the Spring/Summer 2011 runway was whipped up in a flurry of long shoulder straps. Not all trends make it from the runways of NYC to the streets of SF, but we love these crossbody bags because they're ultra practical. And in a city full of street food, iPhones, bikers and travel junkies, it's always great when practical meets stylish. So stop worrying about your purse and let your hands go this spring with a cute, colorful crossbody bag

Whether you like to carry your life with you, or need a smaller purse that lets you dance the night away, we have 7 great crossbody bags to splurge on this spring. 

Local Designer Spotlight: Yorktown Road

Carol Gilbert made her first handbag when she was just a little girl. She also made the fabric for that handbag by hand-weaving through a square loom, again, when she was just a little girl. Color us impressed. 

Gilbert's passion for creating textiles and designing handbags evolved into Yorktown Road, a SF based company that fits our criteria for fabulous local design:  unique, sturdy and well priced.

Spring Fling: Bryna Nicole Resort Spring 2010

Come spring, it’ll be much easier to enjoy a fling with Bryna Nicole, thanks to mini versions of the San Francisco label’s most popular handbags and the arrival of studded coin purses, signature cuffs and leather bracelets.

Link Love: Linda’s High-Profile Pits, Kinky Paris and Nevernude-ing for Halloween

A roundup of reads from our RSS feeds....

Jezebel reports that One HuffPo columnist is raising eyebrows with her recent assertion that only gay men find pin-thin models attractive. True? False? Discuss.

Some girls have all the luck, as evidenced by Linda Evangelista managing against all odds to make sweaty pits look glamorous in a recent spread for W Magazine. Via Refinery 29.

7 Minutes with reMade USA Handbag Designer Shannon South

We're always thrilled when we hear of new and noteworthy San Francisco designers because, let's face it, we don't live in a city particularly recognized for its sense of style. This is why we were immediately smitten when we came across Shannon South and her inspiring handbag line reMade USA. For those who aren't already familiar, reMade is a Potrero Hill-based company that repurposes used leather jackets to make covetable one-of-a-kind creations (meaning you don't have to sacrifice leather to be eco-friendly), all named after streets in our fair city. With this, we leave you with our second installation of "7 Minutes With":

How did the idea for reMade USA come about?

Pretty Stoned: Pebble Print Bags by Flowie

Scoring a fresh bag today doesn’t have to involve a semi-late-afternoon drum circle on Hippie Hill. Instead, we’re lit up over the cute-as-can-be pebble print Kaori bag, new out this month from Flowie.

Redwood City-based designer Yaling Hou landed upon the cotton twill bag’s shape after seeing a photograph of her niece, who lives in Japan, wearing a traditional kimono with an obi belt.

“I named it after her. She’s a really girlie girl. It’s inspired by the kimono she wore and also her personality,” Hou says.

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