March Fashion 2014
Contemporary art is fashion’s latest muse, with collections referencing modern painters from Mondrian to Gary Hume. Now, collectors can wear a masterpiece.
It may be small, but San Francisco is a city that continues to matter,” says Erik Joule, whose company chose to open the third location of Los Angeles based Alternative Apparel here, back in January, to make a point. “This city has always led the way with innovation,” says the 43-year-old Russian Hill resident. He deems the environment just right for “a brand like ours, whose goal it is to lead in a transparent and responsible way.”
When he started kissing babies, I was convinced: Oakland restaurateur Charlie Hallowell, 40, is on a tear. Hailed for his first two hits, Boot & Shoe Service on Grand Avenue and Pizzaiolo in Temescal, he makes the rounds at Penrose, which opened in late November, with the charisma of a politician and the authenticity of a favorite local chef. And with rapier wit and the mouth of a sailor, Hallowell is as much a part of the experience as the food.
If you last saw a bottle of sherry in the back of a dusty liquor cabinet, its San Francisco cult following may surprise you. But this old-school fortified wine is gaining momentum—going beyond esoteric insider obsession to the trendy tipple of choice.
Gypset glamazons are already well versed in the textiles of Madeline Weinrib: She’s known for bringing Indonesian ikat back into vogue with her lacquered trays for Barneys New York and boho-fabulous fabric heels for Manolo Blahnik. Starting in April, the design icon will show off her full range of talent with the opening of her first West Coast showroom in the San Francisco Design Center.