Now that another Outside Lands is under our belts, what event can playful San Franciscans look forward to next? Why, Burning Man of course!
In less than two short weeks, about 50,000 people will be Playa bound. If you’re one of them, you better hit the stores ASAP to get your outfits together before everything sells out. Here’s where to start:
P-Kok – The Lower Haight location of this eclectic boutique is a Burning Man accessories dreamland. Glittery shirts, textured tights, neon body suits, leather man purses, feathered hats, furry vests, and lightweight skirts, dresses, and pants perfect for the desert are just a few of the gems you’ll find in P-Kok at totally reasonable prices. 791 Haight St @ Scott.
Foxy Lady Boutique – Foxy Lady has not only a fabulous selection of sexy lingerie (like lycra ruffled hot pants), but they have dozens of colorful wigs and a truly awesome medley of fishnet stockings. 2644 Mission St @ 22nd.
Piedmont Boutique – A classic SF stop for all kinds of Burning Man doodads and fetish wear including rings, rhinestones, boas, tutus, and makeup. If you want one-of-a-kind costume accessories, this is the place to get them. "We make everything: all the clothing, hats and earrings," says Uti, the owner of the 39-year-old store. "If someone has a special idea, we can produce it locally in two days." 1452 Haight St @ Ashbury.
Fabric Outlet – Are you one of those super crafty Burners? Then the Fabric Outlet is the spot to go for the DIY materials you’ll need to sew up your very own marvelous get-up. They’ve got endless yards of tye-dye animal style ruffles, striped faux furs, stretch lace, designer trims, and loads more. 2109 Mission @ 17th.
Fantastico – One of those stores that seem to have everything (kind of like the East coast Christmas Tree Shops), Fantastico is the best option for extra frills. Come here for glow sticks, neon wire lights (perfect for lighting up your bikes and backpacks), petticoats, feathers, ribbon, fake diamonds, disco balls, and the list goes on. 559 6th St @ Bryant.
SF Party – With an entire page of their website dedicated to Burning Man, SF Party is ready for the burn. Look for lots of glow-in-the-dark items, leis, and ready to wear costumes. 939 Post St @ Hyde.
Buffalo Exchange – Your clothing is going to get trashed while out on the Playa (trust me) and Buffalo Exchange is the place to stock up on new and gently-worn clothes and shoes that you might not mind beating up a bit. If you have the patience to dig, you might score a few eclectic Playa pieces like a shiny purple vest or fluffy suede boots for cheap cheap cheap. 1555 Haight St @ Clayton and 1210 Valencia St @ 23rd. Crossroads Trading also a good bet.
The Burning Man website also has a long list of resources for ordering your Playa gear online. Lastly, don't forget your goggles, dust mask, and spray bottle, you'll be sad if you leave any of these at home.