These local jewelry designers will make sure you turn heads while wearing their handcrafted designs.
When it comes time to add a new accessory to our treasure trove, we are consistently in want of Faye Kendall's creations. Since 2013, the NorCal sculptor has held our hearts on a string with her unusual necklaces made of horsehair, glazed ceramic, brass, bone and leather. It's wearable art—in a good way, we swear—that works perfectly with eclectic San Francisco wardrobes.
Bold, heavy jewelry. It may be enchanting at first, but these heavyweights usually find themselves lonesome left in your jewelry box. That is the last thing local jewelry designer Leslie Yang of Feistyelle wants. Yang also wants to promote sustainable style. Combine laser-cut wool felt, vegan suede and bamboo ply, with sustainable standards, and you have a featherweight, eco-friendly accessories collection.
New Classes at Workshop SF: Sewing Handbags, Altering Jeans, Beauty School Rebel, Screen Printing, DIY Feather Jewelry + More
If you've never been, you can think of Workshop SF as a DIY/design lover's Chuck E. Cheese academy. The Etsy-meets-rock-n-roll lab is quietly nestled in Western Addition, and is fueled with the creative innovation of founder, Kelly Malone (SF's DIY do-gooder). The space is the perfect learning environment for all levels of hands-on DIYers, and the hip roster of workshops offer everything but your mom's home-ec class.
This August, Workshop is focusing on fun, stylish classes like the Blue Jean Rehab and Makeup Mastery: Smokey Eyes + Nude Lips. Every class is under $60 (most are $40), and they are conveniently held on evenings and weekends. Anyone can get in on the maker movement, just start with these awesome classes.
The wedding industry is experiencing a much-needed redux. Un-bridal and classic bridal brands have contributed to newfound bridal chic; Anthropologie launched BHLDN, Vera Wang revealed her David's Bridal bridesmaid collection, alternative weddings are on the rise. It's an opportune time to step out of the wedding box and experiment in matrimonial mashup.
Craving some Paris chic? And India and Tunisia? Breeze by North Beach's La Boutique to get a slice of European style and spotlight accessory designer Shourouk. The elegant boutique carries hard-to-find designers like Vanessa Bruno, Cacharel and Jerome Dreyfuss, and also Paris-based mixed media magnifico Shourouk.
Local jewelry designer Kate Ellen is offering an exclusive discount to 7x7 readers for her new collection. Check out the goods at her Etsy Pop Up store (she's currently hard at work revising her own website). Type in welove7x7 at time of purchase and you'll receive 25% off your order! Christmas came early this year!
Photo by Philipp Striebe