H&M visual merchandiser, Mark Jssn, was analyzing the (super sold out) Marni for H&M window displays when we stopped him on Powell St. Mark moved up to SF five years ago, from San Jose, and says he loves the city for, "the diversity of people and because SF is so laid back." And we love Mark's look for the nicely mixed (loose/tight) proportions and (high/low) brands.
Upon entering Metier you're immediately enveloped in a wealth of modern cuts and luxurious prints. The Union Square boutique houses a mix of American and European designers including Alexander Wang (#1), Graham & Spencer, Isabel Marant and Zero + Maria Cornejo (#5, #7), who seem to define edgy-luxe fashion. While the prices are often more than just a pretty penny, the artful clothing definitely warrants the occasional investment. For a lovely spring splurge, check out our picks from Metier's latest collection.
Fellas, it's time to get your green on.
This Saturday, bars across the city will be packed with Guinness chugging, "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" t-shirt wearing partiers, celebrating the one day when everyone is Irish -- St. Patrick's Day. While costumey is always in in San Francisco, we thought we'd round up seven non-shamrock-covered options for a stylish St. Patty's look.
What started out years ago as co-owners Catherine Chow and Corina Nurimba's baby, Azalea is now part one of a local fashion trifecta. Last year, Welcome Stranger and Rand + Statler rounded out the mix, offering a 100% menswear outpost and a higher-end niche, respectively. While the Hayes Valley brick and mortars are each their charming own (full of ripe, full-flavor brands, anchored by a wealth of denim), online, select goods from each boutique are available through Azalea's e-store.
Last May, Welcome Stranger, became the first of the three to launch a house brand that's produced right here in San Francisco. Among our favorites this week were three items from Welcome Stranger's in-house line (#2, #3, #6), and a pair of everyday Zig Zag chukkas (#1), going fast at $20 a pair.
What better incentive is there for spring wallet cleaning than to buy yourself a fabulous new piece to keep everything neat and organized? Luckily, the big color and bold pattern trends are alive and kicking in the realm of small leather goods, making these spring wallets every bit as lovely as they are useful. And with bold new designs like the McQ By Alexander McQueen studded orange wallet (#1), many of these can easily double as an evening clutch.
Last weekend, among the frenzy of tourists, athletes and fisherman, we found a fashion stylist, model and photographer at Crissy Field. Freelance photographer, Stephen Sun, was busy setting up the shoot, while ex-SF and now Sacramento-based hair and wardrobe stylist, Noelle Lynne, dressed JE Model, Keilina Jones in hot pink hot pants and a towering pair of Michael Antonio wedges.
BellJar, has long been known for their vast selection of gorgeous little things. The modern-vintage emporium (nestled right in the heart of the Mission), is always bustling with charming housewares, clothing, gifts and original art from their monthly shows.
This year, bright and bold are words to live by when selecting your spring shell, and taking on those spring showers. We scoped out seven lightweight options that are as practical as they are sporty-chic.
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