Strained eyes from online shopping? Oh, we've been there. Thankfully, the local fashion mavens at Tobi miraculously found the cure for too-much-squinting-strained-eye syndrome by -- get this -- enlarging the photos. So simple. So brilliant.
With their website revamp, Tobi decided to put the customer experience first. As the customer, we're loving it. No more need to press the enlarge button, and no more zoom necessary. When browsing, you get a row of large photos, that allow you to actually see the clothing before clicking to get the juicy details.
Upon stepping into Artillery Apparel Gallery, you're immediately faced with a huge, gold framed easel, holding a t-shirt, stretched like canvas, in various stages of painting. This is no upright screen-print job, but rather, hand-painted t-shirts by Artillery AG's owner, Ivan Lopez.
Lopez is straight up, born-and-bred Mission hip. After studying Industrial Design at Pratt and selling his shirts on street corners in NYC, he returned to SF and open Artillery AG right in his hometown hood -- the Mission.
The window displays around Union Square are all a flutter with fancy tutus and pretty pink pointe shoes, circling buzz for the SF Ballet's 2011 Season, opening with Giselle this Saturday evening.
The ballet is a classic place to see and be seen in SF. With that in mind, we're channeling our inner Gisele, and thinking long, lean and elegant.
Peter Philips, Chanel's Global Creative Director of Makeup, created Animating Chanel, a quirky video capturing Chanel make-up products transforming into robots. The video hit the web yesterday, and caused a nerdy-tech-meets-Chanel-chic ruckus in the blogosphere.
Carol Gilbert made her first handbag when she was just a little girl. She also made the fabric for that handbag by hand-weaving through a square loom, again, when she was just a little girl. Color us impressed.
Gilbert's passion for creating textiles and designing handbags evolved into Yorktown Road, a SF based company that fits our criteria for fabulous local design: unique, sturdy and well priced.
We want you to be belle of the ball, the Edwardian Ball that is. Stroll down to the Regency Ballroom this Friday for the Edwardian World's Faire, and Saturday for the 11th Annual Edwardian Ball, one of SF's most lavish costume parties.
Edwardian fashion is all about prim, high collars, ruffly frocks with oversized sleeves, elaborate hats with cascading plumes, and a whole lot of lace. Now, let's one, two step, and remix that a bit for 2011.
San Francisco women are smart, chic and active. For clothing that can handle our on-the-go lifestyles, Athleta just might be the answer.
Athleta is the latest addition to the Gap Inc. conglomerate, and opened its first retail store last Thursday in Pacific Heights. The brand focuses on modern activewear that suits a broad range of women living the modern ubran-outdoorsy lifestyle -- perfect for SF.
The Mission has many, shall we say, interesting smells. The one we like best? The oh so distinct scent of vintage clothing.
And while we have a soft spot for that musty scent, we love Minxy's Boutique even more for not having it. Minxy's is a one-stop vintage shop that flaunts everything from pointy 80s pumps to bold 60s costume jewelry, with decades of clothing in between.
Book those reservations, ladies, Dine About Town starts this Saturday. Whether you're heading out for a hot date or good times with the girls, top off your fabulous dinner with live comedy at the 10th Annual SF Sketchfest. Sketchfest 2011 kicks off today, with the hilarious Neil Patrick Harris,Candice Bergen and Dan Aykroyd heading-up this year's talent.
Surely saving a buck on dinner while supporting the arts validates a new outfit, right? We've put together the perfect mix of quirky-cute for this fun evening with a red boatneck dress, an elegant vintage-chic coat and playful cheetah print wedges.
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