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Gucci's Union Square store reopens with makeover, Heath launches a sunny new collection + more style news


The scaffolding is gone and Union Square's Gucci flagship is showing off a decidedly glamorous floor-to-ceiling renovation.

Plus, Noe Valley's new Monastery salon can't wait to lay hands on your sallow skin, Pac Heights welcomes an A.L.C. pop-up, and Heath Ceramics brings joy to the kitchen with a crafted-in-quarantine collection.

Bellissimo! Gucci unveils the months-long reno of its SF store.

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Yeah, we were significantly bummed last spring when the coronavirus kept Gucci's Cruise 2021 Fashion Show from taking place in SF (for the first time, no less). But the reopening of the brand's Union Square boutique, after a major makeover, has filled up our Gucci tank.

The 11,000 square-foot space—showcasing men's and women's ready-to-wear, shoes, luggage, handbags, jewelry, watches and eyewear—is sumptuous, dramatic and just the right amount of understated. Design-wise, it's a jaw-dropper. Highlighting the authentic architecture of the space, shoppers will find an eclectic mix of hard and soft materials, and a mélange of neutral tones with bright pops of furniture (the cherry red upholstery and sage green velvet!).

Overall, the decor is a brilliant jumble of traditional and modern, industrial and romantic. Nods to the label's Italian heritage punctuate the multi-level space, which feels much airier and brighter than in pre-renovation days. Even if you're not in the market for luxury designer goodies about now, it's worth taking a (masked) whirl around for the aesthetic beauty alone. Gucci Gucci ooh.

// 240 Stockton St. (Union Square),

Monastery skincare studio is ready to pamper your punim in Noe Valley.

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After six months of pandemic living, your skin is probably crying out for a mega dose of TLC. Now that SF has cleared the way for spa and salon openings, a visit to Monastery could be just the salve your stressed-out visage needs. (Facial for one, please.)

The spa and luxe botanical skincare line of the same name come from founder and esthetician Athena Hewett. Even though the Noe Valley studio's christening date was much delayed—yes, that dang coronavirus again—the products, powered by pure plant-based actives and cutting-edge science, have already gained a following from cool women like Garance Dore and Djuna Bel.

The studio itself has a serene, Cali-cool meets modern-Mediterranean vibe; the latter, an ode to Hewett's Greek heritage. There are several facial options and brow/lash treatments on the menu. Also, the strictest safety protocols, including special masks and plexiglass shields, are used during all treatments. Book an appointment online.

// 4175 24th St. (Noe Valley),

Praise be! A.L.C. pop-up on Fillmore gives us all the feels—and discounts.

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It feels like forever since we've spied any pop-up shops sprouting around he city. Happily, the just-opened A.L.C. store, featuring 75 percent off (and possibly more), ends the drought.

ICMYI: the NYC brand from designer Andrea Lieberman is known for bold prints, modern tailoring and effortless elevated essentials. Think wearable dresses, blouses, blazers, sweaters and accessories. What are you waiting for? Grab a friend, your mask and get shopping.

// Monday to Saturday 11am to 7pm, Sunday noon to 6pm; 2011 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights), @leapretail

Heath Ceramics' new seasonal collection is the pandemic baby we all need.

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On Thursday, October 1st, Heath Ceramics debuts its winter collection, Love and Hope. Literally conceived and born during shelter-in-place, the streamlined pieces were designed virtually by co-owner Cathy Bailey and Tung Chiang, clay studio director. The glazes and gradients are gorge—and simpler in process than past collections.

"This season, we wanted to tell an honest story of hope during an extraordinary time. This collection reflects the strength, pain, connection and love we have experienced this year. Woven together over a series of designs, our 'Season of Love and Hope' is a handcrafted expression of change," says Bailey.

Available in iconic and fresh shapes, the limited-edition collection includes: a bud vase, sprout vase, large teapot and small cups, plaza tray, small pitcher and butter dish. We're particularly gaga for the pieces in Yuzu (Wildflower and Light Grey hues are pretty, too). Like, who knew a teacup could bring so much joy?

// 2900 18th St. (Mission),

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