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The San Francisco lifestyle often means adhering to a flexible dress code. While the weather is fairly consistent year round, we've been known to do yoga during our lunch breaks, ride our bikes to happy hour, and hit numerous networking events after work. Hence a new class of designers whose workwear ideas are meant to take you from your desk to dinner in no time.
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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.
Last week was all about pairing up (and we’re frankly kinda over it). We like to think good things come in threes. Add that to the fact that we’re always on the hunt for notable finds from San Francisco designers, and you’ve got the inspiration for our latest post detailing what’s new from a trio of local labels:
Come spring, gr.dano wants to let you down easy – or, at least, soften the landing as we emerge from winter months – courtesy of a spring 2010 collection punctuated with uncharacteristically loose, flowing pieces in crinkled parachute-like fabric alongside the structured shapes and neutral hues the San Francisco-based label from Brian Scheyer and Jill Giordano has become known for.
In creating their latest and fifth collection, Scheyer and Giordano found inspiration in the works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, whose wrapped buildings and installations such as The Gates in New York City incorporate flowing fabrics in the most unexpected of ways.
They say size doesn’t matter, but try telling that to the folks at Marine Layer, whose new Friday happy hour events kick off today in the local t-shirt company’s Russian Hill loft.
“The reason I launched the company was because I was always in between a medium and a large,” explains Michael Natenshon, who launched the line of super-soft men’s polo shirts and tees ($29-$60) with Sarah Lazaro last spring.
The newly-opened boutique from San Francisco native Christopher Collins takes its cues from the pages of history – and we’re not just talking about the clothes, the best of which amp up highly wearable silhouettes with dramatic details culled from fashion’s past.
Quite literally, the pages of fashion’s past have a presence in the local designer’s Tendernob boutique, thanks to walls papered with the style sections of newspapers hailing from the early 20th century and before.
If the shoe fits, wear it, they say. We’d wager a more important factor is how that shoe looks. But that line of thinking can lead to crippling outcomes – and not just for your toes.
For Stephanie Kim, a fascination with fabulous footwear almost jeopardized the contents of her kitchen cabinets.
“My wardrobe has always been very simple. My obsession has always been shoes,” says the SoMa-based corporate attorney, who briefly considered tossing what lay within her cupboards to eek out more storage for her ever-growing shoe collection, now topping 200 pairs.
When we were lucky enough to get our hot little hands on the brand new San Francisco Summer Scarf from local label Distilled last week, smug triumph ensued almost as soon as we wrapped up in the lightweight, casually-crinkled cotton number.
That’s because this scarf is much more than a simple neck-wrapper for the City’s chilly summer months. The first unisex (officially speaking) piece from designers Matty Merrill and Sep Kamvar, the scarf is a welcome harbinger of more female-friendly fashion to come.
“We constantly get asked when we’re going to come out with ladies’,” says Merrill.