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Seven Favorite Things: Acrimony & ACRE/SF Women's Wear

Step into Acrimony and you'll feel the world get a little bit brighter. Enter ACRE/SF and the day seems to gets a little bit better. The seasoned Hayes Valley boutique and its North Beach offshoot are just that cool.

SF Street Style: A Vintage Starlet at 31 Rax

SF Street Style: A Vintage Starlet at 31 Rax

Last week, we caught up with vintage boutique owner, Stephanie Madrinan, at her Bernal Heights shop, 31 RAX. The 31 refers to Stephanie's birthday (December 31), while Rax holds a double meaning. "'RAX' was supposed to be 'racks', but I stuck with the 'x' because it's different and, in the dictionary, 'rax' means to extend a hand or to stretch," said Stephanie. "31 RAX is an extension of my previous business, Steph's Closet."

Seven Favorite Things: Bastille Menswear

In 1997, Bastille set out to offer men and women a well-edited range of contemporary clothing with inherent timelessness. To this day, the humble Union Square space is filled with smart, easy-wearing tops and bottoms that are sure to become your treasured favorites. 

Featuring elite indie labels like Band of Outsiders, A.P.C., and Acne, here are our picks from Bastille's spring menswear collection.

SF Street Style: One Guy, Three Looks, Bernal Heights

SF Street Style: One Guy, Three Looks, Bernal Heights

I met photographer Abraham (Abe) Espiritu a few years back, and have always dug how he pieces modern and vintage clothing to present personal, yet on-trend looks. Last weekend, I asked him to pull together a few rain-and-shine spring looks for a little photoshoot in his hood, Bernal Heights. The end result included a fantastic mix of rain boots, black-on-black, white pants, sockless oxfords, a cool chambray, and fiery vintage prints. Check it out.

Seven Favorite Things: Ali Golden

With a name like her's, how could Bay Area designer Ali Golden's work not be as good as gold?

Seven Favorite Things: Metier Women's Wear & Trunk Show

Upon entering Metier you're immediately enveloped in a wealth of modern cuts and luxurious prints. The Union Square boutique houses a mix of American and European designers including Alexander Wang (#1), Graham & Spencer, Isabel Marant and Zero + Maria Cornejo (#5, #7), who seem to define edgy-luxe fashion. While the prices are often more than just a pretty penny, the artful clothing definitely warrants the occasional investment. For a lovely spring splurge, check out our picks from Metier's latest collection.

Seven Favorite Things: Welcome Stranger & Azalea Menswear

What started out years ago as co-owners Catherine Chow and Corina Nurimba's baby, Azalea is now part one of a local fashion trifecta. Last year, Welcome Stranger and Rand + Statler rounded out the mix, offering a 100% menswear outpost and a higher-end niche, respectively. While the Hayes Valley brick and mortars are each their charming own (full of ripe, full-flavor brands, anchored by a wealth of denim), online, select goods from each boutique are available through Azalea's e-store.

Last May, Welcome Stranger, became the first of the three to launch a house brand that's produced right here in San Francisco. Among our favorites this week were three items from Welcome Stranger's in-house line (#2, #3, #6), and a pair of everyday Zig Zag chukkas (#1), going fast at $20 a pair.

Seven Favorite Things: BellJar

BellJar, has long been known for their vast selection of gorgeous little things. The modern-vintage emporium (nestled right in the heart of the Mission), is always bustling with charming housewares, clothing, gifts and original art from their monthly shows. 

Seven Favorite Things: Azalea Women's Collection

This week, Azalea, a Hayes Valley stronghold, celebrates 10 years in SF. With a freshly remodeled space, and a collection chock-full of edgy brands like Acne and In God We Trust, there's much to celebrate. This week, our seven picks hail from the Azalea women's collection, and can be worn together for a complete look.

Party Hop With The Fashion Pack: Big Things, Vintage Fashion, Brothers and Sisters + More

One glance at our calendar made something very clear, there's much too much happening this week to keep it all to ourselves. So strap on your walking heels and get ready for some serious fall shopping:

Vivienne Westwood x Lee Launch Party, Thurs. from 6-9 p.m., 320 Grant Ave., Free: Get first dibs on the iconic British designer's latest Anglomania x Lee denim along with free drinks and tunes from the people behind the ridiculously popular Smiths Night SF.

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