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Lorraine Sanders

Shopping for a Good Cause: Fresh & Local

There’s no shortage of fashion events to check out this week, but one that’s at the top of our list is Fresh & Local, a shopping event tomorrow night that brings a handful of up-and-coming San Francisco designers together for a good cause with the added perk of free Champagne.

What’s the Deal: Revelation by ME, Sean, Benny Gold + More

Let's make a deal...

Revelation by ME: The Bay Area label known for reversible dresses and trend-conscious apparel that can be worn in multiple ways is offering 7x7 readers 20 percent off with the discount code 7X7RBME.

Sean: To celebrate its newest location, at 2163 Union Street, the exclusive U.S. retailer of French menswear label Emile Lafaurie is offering 70 percent off merchandise in its location at 1749 Union Street until the end of April. Also, a head’s up for San Francisco teachers: Bring in your school I.D. between April 23 and April 26, and the store will gift you with a $250 credit towards any Sean purchase.

Benny Gold: A sale in this local skatewear designer’s online shop brings a chance to scoop up the label’s original graphic t-shirts, caps, sweatshirts, button downs and denim at discounted prices. Especially intriguing: selvage denim men’s jeans for $138.60 (reg. $198) and signature tees for $21 (reg. $30).

Antique Zippos to Premium Denim: Reliquary Opening in Hayes Valley

With the trendiness of vintage being what it is today, you might expect a new store that stocks, among a great many other things, items from decades’ past to hype up its vintage inventory. So it was interesting to learn that Leah Bershad, owner of Hayes Valley shop Reliquary, opening this Friday, would much prefer to avoid that association.

Good thing the newcomer promises much to get excited about, above and beyond its old school offerings.

“I want it to be a curiosity shop of sorts,” says Bershad, a former designer for Old Navy.

Beyond Just Old and Secondhand: Vintage Fashion Expo

It would be easy to argue that most of what’s called vintage these days is, in reality, just kinda old or secondhand and either ironically fashionable because of its out-datedness or, in most cases, disappointingly ordinary. But vintage connoisseurs know that treasures from fashion’s past can be found in pristine (or close to it) condition – if you know where to look. This weekend’s Vintage Fashion Expo is one such place.

What’s the Deal: Marine Layer, y&i, Stellarocco + More

Marine Layer: The company’s new Retired Styles section in the online store is the place to look for deals on styles that will soon be laid to rest as the shop makes room for its latest stock.

y & i: Through Sunday, the Chestnut Street women’s boutique is offering 20 to 40 percent off select items and a clearance sale with merch starting at $9.99. Bring in this offer from their most recent newsletter to score 10 percent off any full-priced items.

Four Barrel’s Stylish New Neighbor

If you start to notice an influx of sharp-dressed men during your caffeine reconnaissance missions to Four Barrel, it will likely be the result (or fault, depending on your purview) of new neighbor The Common, which is leaving its SoMa outpost in favor of a new Mission location. When the doors to the new space open tomorrow, expect menswear with a small-batch, handcrafted approach – and free cocktails, if only during the opening event.

Spring into Fall this Friday

The word couture gets bandied about all too often these days, to the point that it sometimes seems as if anyone who touches a sewing machine feels it within reason to describe the resulting garments as such. So it’s always refreshing to see a local effort that not only uses the word as it was intended – to describe well-crafted apparel made entirely by hand – but does so in the name of a good cause.

What’s the Deal: White Elephant Sale, Carrots, FluffyCo, Mendel’s + More

These deals are for reals...

White Elephant Sale: Featuring countless bins and tables laden with secondhand finds, the largest rummage sale of its kind in Northern California is sure to attract crowds this weekend. Go early and plan to stay a while to get the most out of this two-day event benefitting the Oakland Museum and its programs.

Get Together: Mission United on Saturday

If you heart the Mission, then this weekend’s Mission United shindig at Public Works is one to add to your calendar. Not only does it offer fashion, music and a chance to dance around wearing a freaky mask (don’t fight it), but proceeds from the event benefit worthy neighborhood charitable programs at San Francisco General Hospital and its Dr. Rick Psychiatric Department Volunteer & Rehab Services, Root Division and SFSmiles.

The Dogpatch: Your Next Shopping Destination?

It’s an unlikely neighborhood to lay claim to the next hot shopping destination in San Francisco, but, nevertheless, the Dogpatch seems destined for that distinction, thanks to the long-anticipated opening later this month of the new MAC—Modern Appealing Clothing store inside a 170-year-old building renovated to house a collaborative project featuring the aforementioned retailer, Blue Bottle Coffee, Piccino Restaurant and DIG wine bar.

Scheduled to open on the 14th, the Minnesota Street complex is one we’ve been eyeing for so very long now.

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