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Chic, Masculine Travel Accessories for SF-Based Jetsetters

Such classic cinema as Out of Africa and Indiana Jones romanticized the image of rugged men toting well-worn luggage on breakneck adventures. Octovo, a new collection of leather travel accessories by San Francisco–based industrial design studio Ammunition, approaches the market from a calmer, but no less masculine, place.

The Inside Scoop on Ventana Inn's New Astrology Package

Perhaps its my skepticism in the nebulous thing called the Universe—where all things that are meant to happen, happen—that leads me to seek more concrete knowledge of my uncertain future. As such, I’m always in the market for a good astrologer.

Trend Alert: This Season's Marbled Design Movement

Spring's stoney design trend is so vein. 

Litography Project Maps SF's Rich Literary History

In the interests of full disclosure, I should tell you up front that while I’ve been an editor for a decade and a writer for as long as I can remember, I don’t like to read. I like to write and flip through magazines and watch television, but books have never quite captured me.

Berkeley Native Aaron Firestein Takes a Walk on the Wild Side With Bucketfeet

While Berkeley native Aaron Firestein, 28, claims that his college nickname, “Bucket,” was initially devoid of meaning (“My buddies just thought it would be funny to call me that,” he says), it was an unwittingly meaningful glimpse into his future. After a two-year post-grad stint in South America, Firestein moved to Chicago, where he began creating pumped-up kicks emblazoned with works commissioned from artists all over the world.

Local Designer Jay Jeffers Talks His New Book and His Favorite Spots in SF

Marking the 15th anniversary of San Francisco–based Jeffers Design Group, interior designer Jay Jeffers is celebrating the launch of his new coffee table tome, Collected Cool (Rizzoli; debuting on March 18), featuring 18 residential projects that put his daringly dapper style on the map.

SF Spice Shop Is Full of Flavor

This article originally appeared on California Home + Design

Like any spice hunter worth her, um, salt, Olivia Dillan, proprietress of Spice Ace, a San Francisco mecca of all things flavor enhancing, expertly briefs customers on the characteristics of the 300 spices, peppers and dried herbs in her inventory—if only to prevent bodily harm.

Behind the Lenses of SF's Best-Dressed Philanthropist

In 2012, after months of experiencing what felt like “having a heart attack but several times a day,” Joy Venturini Bianchi, the bespectacled grande dame of San Francisco’s philanthropic circles and the longtime director of Helpers, a local charity dedicated to the care of the developmentally disabled, was diagnosed with a rare stage IV cancer, which had spread to her stomach and colon. The doctors projected that she had two weeks to live.

Meet Planet Labs, SoMa's Very Own Spacecraft Design Studio

Planet Labs, SoMa’s very own spacecraft design studio, is counting down to this month’s launch of 28 satellites, each between the size of a toaster and a mini fridge, into the final frontier. For those of us not well-versed in space technology, this is an incredible feat. 

The Battery May Be Ken Fulk's Finest Hour

On the day of our interview, Ken Fulk texts me before jumping into his black Maserati: “I’m on my way. Sorry I’m late!” He’s rushing from a photo shoot for which he’s dressed in a magician’s get-up, complete with vintage tuxedo tails and a stick-on handlebar mustache.

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