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.
Karl's got his finger on the Impulse. It's been several years since his collection for H&M (remember?) and it's time again Karl Lagerfeld shares his chic signature style with the masses. Come August 31, at Macy's, “Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse Only at Macy's” will unveil.
Shotwell is out, well, moved, Crossroads is in. Though I was a fan of Shotwell being downtown accessible, I'll take recycled fashion in exchange. Berkeley-based Crossroads nabbed the Grant Avenue space for a summer pop-up shop.
It should come as no surprise seeing as how Crossroads already had their Buying Outpost at Shotwell every Thursday. The summer shop will operate their typical buy-sell-trade business, but for downtown types in a rush, dropping off your items and returning later to collect will certainly come in handy. Designer items are especially welcome.
A little over a month ago, we announced Madewell was opening shop in San Francisco. If you know crafty Madewell, you should expect that this will be no ordinary store — or opening party. To celebrate its San Francisco debut, Madewell and 7x7 teamed up to curate a local line-up to be showcased at the party this Thursday. We combed the city's best stores for some cool goods that complement the brand's youthful flair.
After teaming up with Tartine back in February, SF-born accessory brand Joshu+Vela is proving to be a team player. This time, a fashion twofer. Throughout the summer, craftsman meets craftsman at Common SF where a Joshu+Vela shop-in-shop will house the full range of backpacks and totes in all the colors.
The wedding industry is experiencing a much-needed redux. Un-bridal and classic bridal brands have contributed to newfound bridal chic; Anthropologie launched BHLDN, Vera Wang revealed her David's Bridal bridesmaid collection, alternative weddings are on the rise. It's an opportune time to step out of the wedding box and experiment in matrimonial mashup.
Now I'm thirsty. Whether you're looking to add to your collection or need a starter bottle, reusable water bottles are a simple way to help the environment, save money and stay hydrated. The main reason I carry one is to help eliminate the use of plastic — watch the documentary Bag It and you'll want to do something. Here's one thing. In a city full of fitness fiends, we have an extensive selection. Here's a guide to the city's coolest, all BPA-Free (BPA is a chemical compound used in manufacturing polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins; it's an endocrine disruptor that mimics estrogen).
Confession: I'd never been to HD Buttercup. Though I enjoy interiors, my place is packed solid, so I don't furniture window shop much, however I do want a new bed...When I caught wind of the SOMA furniture store's half-yearly sale I rode over and disappeared from reality for about a half-hour.
What's the next best thing to having your own boat? OK, a friend with a boat. Thirdly, it's channeling cruise with a cool dose of nautical chic. Campy friendships bracelets have experienced an apparent wind and roped, corded, and anchored bracelets are aloft.
When in doubt, give the gift of gluttony. It's party season and that means weddings, housewarmings, graduations, birthdays, and Giants games, are in full effect. And really, do we need an occasion to celebrate? San Franciscans love to party and we love our wine. Enter the perfect priced party prop: Swanson Vineyards' Modern House Wines. At $25 a pop, these conversation pieces will surely impress the party, and the host will love it most.