photo courtesy of Two Birds)

French Stores Invade, Minted Pops Up + More Fashion News


(Above: LA-based leather company Calleen Cordero pops-up at Two Birds this weekend.)


Two Birds Trunk Show

Two Birds is always filled with sartorial goodies, thanks to a fab roster of brands such as Amanda Uprichard, Ali Golden, Sam & Lavi and Sanctuary. But Saturday, May 21 belongs to LA-based Calleen Cordero. A company rep will be on hand with a bounty of beautiful, boho leather goods—handmade cuffs, belts, handbags and shoes. Best part? Everything will be 15 percent off. Also, it's sidewalk-sale weekend in Noe so bring lots of totes. // Trunk show hours: 2pm–5pm. 1309 Castro St. (Noe Valley),

(photo courtesy of The RealReal)

The RealReal Valuation Office

Starting Tuesday, you're invited to bring your fine jewelry and watches to the RealReal's IRL valuation office. With successful offices in NY, LA and Chicago, the e-luxury consignment retailer decided it was time to open one in its home city (why, thank you). The free service, with certified gemologists and watch experts, allows you to learn the resale value of your treasures instantly. Consign on the spot, or simply walk away with a valuation document. No pressure. // Office hours: Monday through Friday 10am–6pm, by appointment only. 55 Francisco St. (North Beach),

Shinola Whisky & Words Event

Detroit and San Francisco come together in literary fashion tonight, as Michigan native, SF resident and author Robin Sloan talks with TechCrunch columnist Kim-Mai Cutler at Shinola's Jackson Square boutique. Sloan will discuss his best-selling book Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore and all things tech, culture and politics. Fittingly, Shinola's event partner is Write a House, a non-profit that renovates dilapidated homes in Detroit and gives them to writers who, in turn, add to the city's creative landscape. // Tuesday, May 17: 7pm– 9pm, 722 Montgomery St. (FiDi), rsvp_sf

(Photo by Taiyo Watanabe)


Bonjour, A.P.C! The French label recently opened its first SF boutique in Jackson Square, situated down the block from compatriot Isabel Marant. Hip Francophiles have been double-cheek kissing with delight, as they shop the full collection of men's, women's and accessories, plus select pieces from the Vanessa Seward line. The gorgeous space—with light oak floors, high ceilings and easy-to-shop alcoves—exudes a cool simplicity, a perfect reflection of the clothing itself, naturellement. // 407 Jackson St. (Jackson Square),

Les Lunes

In other France-takes-SF-by storm news…meet Les Lunes. The comfortable, chic and eco-friendly women's collections are designed in Paris and ethically made in Shanghai. The SF store is the first brick-and-mortar for the previously online-only label. The feminine skirts, tops, dresses and activewear are made of super-soft fabric sourced from bamboo. Men's underwear and tees are also available. Several more stores are scheduled top open in the Bay Area later this year. Magnifique! // 3027 Fillmore Street (Cow Hollow),

Minted Pop-Up

Art lovers, home-design junkies and indie obsessives, Minted Local has your name all over it. The global art and home décor marketplace is popping up in Union Square from Friday, May 20 through the end of October. Along with prime shopping, workshops and styling services, the child-friendly space will serve as a testing ground of sorts, where you can try exclusive products not available online—including collaborations with various SF makers. Also note: During the first week, 50 percent of all sales will benefit Every Mother Counts, a nonprofit, founded by Christy Turlington Burns, dedicated to maternal wellness around the world. // Store hours: Monday –Saturday 10am –7pm, Sunday noon–5pm. 222 Grant Ave. (Union Square),

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