San Francisco baubleheads already know and love Fiat Lux, the Mission jewelry shop owned by designer and tattoo artist Marie McCarthy. Now they're really gonna go gaga for the brand's new Pac Heights store, an otherworldly space filled with local and indie designers plus piercings on tap.
Plus, Oakland woodworker Aleksandra Zee has launched a collection of wall hangings for Pottery Barn, and Copia Bags pops up in Mill Valley with a sweet discount just in time for Mother's Day.
Pottery Barn welcomes Oakland's favorite woodworker Aleksandra Zee. Hipster homeowners rejoice!
(Courtesy of Pottery Barn)
Most folks around these parts are familiar with Oakland artist Aleksandra Zee's signature chevron-slat compositions in dreamy shades inspired by desert landscapes. Her mesmerizing and seemingly simple works can be found at Kimpton's Buchanan Hotel in Japantown, all over IG, and now, drumroll please, at Pottery Barn. The collection includes three inlaid-wood designs (including a triptych) featuring large-scale diamond motifs in different washes of white, black, and camel. All stunning, naturally. And, yes, each piece is stamped with the artist's signature. Congrats, friend!
// Aleksandra Zee for Pottery Barn pieces range from $599 to $1299; potterybarn.com.
Mission jewelry shop Fiat Lux debuts glorious new store in Pac Heights.
Woah, talk about a contrast. Longtime fans of Fiat Lux in the Mission are in for a shock when they walk into the 10-year-old jeweler's new spot on Fillmore when it opens to the public on Saturday, May 8th. You see, unlike the original store's dark, tattoo-parlor vibe, the new space is light and airy, punctuated with aviary-themed wallpaper, gold resin drips (courtesy of local artist Caroline Lizarraga), cobalt-colored displays, and don't even get us started on the chandeleir in the back room. The Noz Nozawa–designed boutique is whimsical, luxurious, and crazy-chic with a vintage twist. Kudos to founder, designer, and tattoo artist Marie McCarthy for creating something so special.
As far as the stars of the show... Shoppers will certainly recognize many favorite jewelry designers (looking at you, BVLA) who are joined by new names including Harwell Godfrey, Celine Daoust, Victoria Walker, Venyx, and lots of vintage collections. But we're most excited about this: Exclusively at the Fillmore boutique, you can get your very own 14-karat-gold-fused bracelets. The dainty darlings are customized and permanently clasped to your wrist with help from the on-site arc welder. Piercings are yours for the asking, as well, folks. Make an appointment for either/both in advance.
// 1942 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights), fiatluxsf.com
Get a handle on a tote-ally great bag for Mom at Copia's Marin pop-up.
(Courtesy of Copia)
Whether she's a crossbody, tote or clutch type, Copia has Mom's bag…at 20 percent off. Through Mother's Day, founder Chase Allen Rogers is hosting a pop-up at the Mill Valley Lumberyard. (Bonus: a chance to score a yummy, gluten-free pastry at Flour Craft.) Shop over the weekend and get a tarot reading with your purchase.
We discovered and fell in love with the indie brand during early pandemic days. Handcrafted by skilled artisans in Argentina, the minimalist and luxe designs are available in leather, cowhide, and linen. Basically, something for everyone. Don't forget, you deserve a little arm candy, too. Can't make it to the pop-up? No worries, the same dealio (with free shipping) is available online.
// Pre-discounted prices range from $75 to $469; 129 Miller Ave. (Mill Valley), copiabags.com.