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Affordable, Functional Art: The Headlands Center for the Arts' New Online Shop

Photography by Robert Divers Herrick; Carrier "Bucket" Stool, courtesy of New Factory

First Look at The Garage in Fairfax

The Bay Area has long been known as a breeding ground for innovative ideas, and this weekend's opening of The Garage in Fairfax brings that out-of-the-box thinking to retail.

Feistyelle: Statement Jewelry With All of the Drama and None of the Weight

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.

Shop Local For Your Wedding Dress with Sarah Seven

Sarah Seven may not have started her bridal and special occasion design company in SF, but she's here now.

Brunch, Hike, Couch: DDCC Hoodies Have You Covered

Brunch, Hike, Couch: DDCC Hoodies and Tops Have You Covered

You know a Bay Area designer knows her stuff when she debuts a summer collection of hoodies as opposed to bikinis. Cozy chic enthusiasts will appreciate DDCC designer Diana Mitchell’s love for the hoodie and her five different styles for every hoodie mood.

Pop Outerwear: Snow Tested, City Approved

Pop Outerwear: Snow Approved, City Approved

In the Bay Area, the lines between outdoor gear and city wear are blurry. There aren't many other places where you see an abundance of North Face jackets at bars and Lululemon pants on the bus. Come winter, when weekend warriors take a powder to get to powder in Tahoe, their clothes must be snow tested and city approved. Enter Pop Outerwear, a San Francisco-based company that designs for “the 9-to-5'ers that dream of snow.”

Turk+Taylor, Six Years Strong, Party On

Better late than never, says Turk+Taylor of their official launch party this week. The six-year-old San Francisco eco-fashion sweetheart is finally having a party for you to meet, or re-meet, the brand. And they're going big.

Do Call It a Comeback: Chaiken and Capone

The test of true fashion talent is time. San Francisco-based Julie Chaiken never felt the need to broadcast her eponymous Chaiken line in big, bold lights. Instead, she's had steady double decade success. Known for the perfect fit pant, Chaiken left fashion's sonar for a little while there. But the fashion world always loves a comeback.

Support Public Schools with Harvey Milk T-Shirts

It's amazing to think it took this long for Gay Rights pioneer Harvey Milk to get his own day of recognition, but he finally did. This past May 22, on what would have been Milk's 80th birthday, was the first Harvey Milk Day to be celebrated across the nation. He's the only other person in state history, aside from John Muir, to be awarded such high distinction. In honor of the landmark event, Zazzle.com is offering styling t-shirts, pins, hats and tote bags to show your support for this generation's civil rights crusade. Designed locally, they each feature Harvey's signature grin.

Bye to Frumpy Fleece, Hello to Looking Hot in Tahoe

Who says fleece has to be frumpy? One local designer is on a quest to make the soft, versatile fabric into fashion-forward attire ready for après ski, an evening out or even a much-more-stylish jaunt to the grocery store.

“There’s a lot of gear fleece out there, but there’s no reason that it can’t be sexy like any other top,” says Jeanne Feldkamp, a Potrero Hill resident and longtime skier who launched the Fleece-A-Nista line of jackets, tops and accessories in January.

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