If there were a time to venture to Berkeley, it would be now. 1809B Fourth Street to be exact. Amidst the promenade, lives sustainable clothing and accessory boutique, Convert. They do innovative eco things and the latest involves LA-based shoe designer Jeffrey Campbell and dead-stock fabrics.
San Franciso's beards and hippies have a new hang out. But dandies and professionals have a warm seat on the custom-made '20s-style train station bench, too. F.S.C. Barber still smells of woodchips, and it's open for business. Replete with vintage and reburbished furniture, an apothecary station, a 100-year-old mahogany pillared floor, a retail shop, and shoe shining station, Valencia Street's new barber lounge melds tradition with modernity.
Fashion is fast, and we, savvy shoppers, are always on the prowl for the next big thing. Sure, H&M is a staple and we love mega fashion houses like Prada, but isn't it great when you find a unique item from an amazing, emerging designer?
Local jewelry designer Kate Ellen is offering an exclusive discount to 7x7 readers for her new collection. Check out the goods at her Etsy Pop Up store (she's currently hard at work revising her own website). Type in welove7x7 at time of purchase and you'll receive 25% off your order! Christmas came early this year!
Photo by Philipp Striebe
Deals worth braving the frosty air for.
SenSpa: This weekend, treat your winter skin to the spa's complimentary mini facelifts and save $70 on their NuFace facials. While you're there, use your $25 "Senbucks" on their retail store, where all products are 10% off.
Philippa Roberts: Don't miss scoring 25-50% off feminine stone and gold jewelry at this Holiday Sample Sale next Thursday and Sunday, 12/9 and 12/11. RSVP here.
While most stray to gray sweaters during the cold months, Aimee Song prefers to turn the notch way up in leopard prints and slashed jeans. The San Francisco style blogger behind Song of Style has a penchant for adding a hardcore twist to her look and we love how she made it appropriate for Wintertime dressing.
If the thought of Black Friday shopping scares the bejesus out of you, there's good news. Signpost, the local community-powered deal site, just announced the launch of its free iPhone app. An extension of its member-driven site (which launched earlier this year), this new app will clue you in while you're out—whether it’s a steep clothing discount from your favorite boutique or a dinner special from a trendy local restaurant that would make for the perfect post-shopping date.
We always hit up La Boutique when we're in the mood for a unique fashion confection, but tomorrow gives us an even better reason to stop by. First Lady of San Francisco, Jennifer Siebel Newsom and funny girl Margaret Cho will be there to celebrate Jennifer's documentary, Miss Representation, and it's not just any party.
Designers like Burberry and Phillip Lim showed off copious amounts of shearling for Fall and like a self-proclaimed fashion fiend, I was to ready to commit myself — and my wallet — to a magnificent shearling collared jacket by Helmut Lang, seen above. However, right before the salesperson swiped my card, the BFF stepped in and asked me, "Do you really want to get that jacket? It never gets that cold here". Hmm . . . she brought up a good point. So now I pose the question, do SF and shearling really go together?