Tall, blond, and brooding, Thomas Moller, 54, worked as an abstract painter and collage artist in New York City for 30 years before nabbing the prestigious position of director of art at The Battery, a San Francisco private social club.
Before landing in San Francisco in 2003, fashion designer Camelia Skikos, now 39, spent her formative years under Communist rule in Romania, where, she confirms, “uniformity was the norm and individuality was harshly punished.”
In June 2010, just one year after Courtney Lake launched his home interiors blog, Courtney Out Loud, celebrity designer Nate Berkus asked him to appear on his (now-defunct) television talk show.
Lauded by the New York Times for buying Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg his “first” suit, former Facebook head of public relations Brandee Barker has since moved on to helm the communications consulting company, The Pramana Collective (whose name includes the Sanskrit word for knowledge).
It’s natural that local resin crafter Tina Frey, 46—renowned for her streamlined dishware, jewelry, and furniture—would draw inspiration from places. The lifelong globetrotter (her husband, Jochen, calls her a gypsy) was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Alberta, Canada, and abandoned plans to move to London to continue her lucrative career in finance.
Meet this year’s cast of tastemakers who are setting the tone for fashion in San Francisco.