Last weekend, we caught up with sisters and best friends, Nancy Hershey-Lalli (left) and Barbara Heckman (right), storming the amazing consignment finds at Cris, in Russian Hill.
Last month, Aether, a LA-based high-tech, high-function apparel company, anchored its striking, 34-foot mobile home-turned-store, in Hayes Valley. The pick-up-and-go operation (known as Aether Stream), features a working fireplace, reclaimed wood flooring and, most importantly the full spring line.
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.
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