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You might say that Noe Valley’s shopping drag is benefitting from a touch of winged migration.
After four years as buyers for HeidiSays in Pacific Heights, friends and business partners Susanna Taylor and Audrey Yang left the nest earlier this year to launch a boutique of their own. The result is Two Birds, whose lemon-hued interiors house a chic coterie of contemporary apparel and accessories from labels such as Haute Hippie, Elizabeth & James, Joie, Parker and locals that include Ali Golden and Amour Vert.
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LF Stores: The retail chain’s “only sale of the season” brings a bevy of youthfully on-trend jeans, jackets and dresses for $48.
Bloomingdales: The Big Brown Bag Sale means discounts of 20 to 40 percent on apparel and accessories for men, women and children, as well as extra deals on fine jewelry and items for the home.
Sofie Olgaard: To make room for spring merchandise, the local designer is offering 30 to 70 percent off women’s apparel in her online shop, and shipping is free on orders over $100. Among the intriguing items: the wool jersey Denver dress, $168 (reg. $225), and the cropped-length Carrabelle jumpsuit in silk jersey, on sale for $148.
Like a good man, affordable vintage minus the musty dusties is hard to find. Luckily for those of us with a penchant for both the style and the price tags of decades past, a MobShopUnderground sale drops into town on Thursday for one day only. On the racks, expect a mixture of dresses, sweaters, sweater vests and other assorted vintage items from the 1950’s to the 1990’s priced from $25-$45, as well as designer apparel from Whitley Kros, Suh-Than and Streets Ahead belts for $10-$65. Rounding out the selection is a collection of vintage sunglasses from names such as Ray-Ban, American Optical and Persol on offer for $10-$150.
Just don’t call it a pop-up shop.
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Harputs Own: Celebrate the local fashion hub’s brand new store space on Sunday with a chance to win an original piece. Every 20th person to stop by the event, which runs from noon to 6 p.m., will be gifted with an item chosen by founder Gus Harput. We wouldn’t blame you if you oh-so-casually faux-loitered outside to count the heads going in and out before making your move.
Nooworks: A Chinese New Year Sale from this Mission boutique means 25 to 75 percent off the local label’s apparel for men and women.
Valentine’s Day Cut-a-Thon for Flynn Elementary: Help raise money for a local elementary school and score a haircut on the cheap during this event on Sunday, when haircuts from Zindagi and Ginger Rubio stylists are $50 (reg. $100) and blowouts are $30.
Mid-afternoon style break with a side of sangria, anyone? We thought so. Desigual (which roughly translates as “It’s not the same,” in Spanish) celebrates the opening of its much-anticipated San Francisco store tomorrow in Union Square. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it: sneak over during the afternoon for sangria, tapas, tunes and discounts on the bold-hued apparel that has made the Barcelona-based fashion brand a hit throughout Europe.
Sometimes, you just gotta deal...
ModCloth: A sale on “cuddly cute clothes” includes a slew of cardigans, zip-up sweaters, slouchy tops, day dresses and versatile layering pieces at up to 50 percent off.
Wilkes Bashford: A buy one, get one for $1 promotion on already-reduced fall merchandise for men and women is on at the San Francisco and Palo Alto locations of this upscale specialty clothing retailer. Along with the $1 sale, fall apparel from labels such as Oscar de la Renta, Sonya Rykiel and Bogner is discounted up to 60 percent.
ZaZa: Get $50 off eyelash extensions this month at the SoMa nail salon. Depending on how much drama you’re looking for, extensions services regularly range from $135-$195.
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Shotwell: The January sale is still on. Pop into the Union Square destination for hip, edgy fashion for up to 70 percent off select clothing, shoes and accessories, with new markdowns added every day.
Secession: The Bernal flats (Baja Noe? SoCha?) gallery and boutique’s art, clothing and jewelry by names such as Colleen Mauer, Heather Robinson and New Skool will be 20 percent off this weekend. Stop by on Friday evening from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for a happy hour featuring edibles from Casey’s Pizzas.
Sometimes, you just gotta deal.
Beauty Company + Salon: The Russian Hill destination is offering different specials throughout the week. Peruse the Facebook page for deals such as discounts on waxing appointments scheduled before 4 p.m. and $25 signature mani-pedi combos.
The Mission Statement: Pop into this shop devoted to local designers, and you’ll save 25 percent off regularly priced items through Sunday, Jan. 23. Also on tap at the store this weekend: feather hair extensions, which will be going for $10 a bunch on Saturday afternoon during the Feather Extension Party. Add them to your hair, and they can be washed and styled along with your natural locks.
Sway: This Noe Valley boutique recently tweeted that it’s offering 15 percent off all winter jackets and boots.
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Mimi Boutique: The annual sale at this San Francisco-based online boutique means deals on the shop’s already reasonably-priced women’s accessories, including handbags and trendy sunglasses.
Bobbepin: Now even non-football fans can appreciate the playoffs. In honor of the weekend’s games, this Bay Area-based online store is offering 40 percent off through Sunday with the discount code kickoff at checkout.
Tea Collection: Next week’s sample sale for the children’s label promises deals on one-of-a-kind samples and previous seasons’ merchandise in boys and girls sizes 0 to 12. The sale takes place on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to 7 pm at Fiddlesticks, 540 Hayes St., SF. Can’t make it? You’ll find many items going for up to 50 percent off online, thanks to the web site’s semi-annual sale.
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Coveted cult labels and high-end designer apparel by the likes of Maison Martin Margiela, Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang and Yigal Azrouel are main attraction at the Carrots winter sale, which starts today and offers up to 60 percent off the posh Jackson Square emporium's fall/winter collections.
A winter sale launched this week by Nasty Gal is sure to send fans of the online shop's of-the-moment vintage and new apparel and accessories clamoring for their credit cards. Among the finds are Jeffrey Campbell boots and apparel by Lovefool, Evil Twin and Blank NYC.