The 150-year-old luxury retailer Gump's is back with new owners and a new (temporary) home—same whimsical treasures.
Plus, L.A. designer Anine Bing opens her dream boutique in San Francisco, Westward Leaning launches prescription eyewear, and two local indies, City Native Co. and Bob Cut magazine, make a tee.
Gump's is back in San Francisco, y'all.
(Courtesy of Gump's)
Welcome to Gump's 2.0. The storied retail institution has new owners (investment banker John Chachas and family) and a new Union Square home, situated a block away from its old palatial digs. Doors officially opened on Monday—great news for locals who mourned its bankruptcy and closure last December. The current Gump's iteration is being billed as a holiday pop-up and will be around at least through January. Although significantly smaller than the original, there's lots that's familiar: the heritage brands, the design store, the signature selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry, and the beloved Christmas Shoppe. "We know what this store means to so many, and we promise the same exceptional treasures, service, and sophistication that have long been the hallmarks of the Gump's shopping experience," explains Anne Chachas, executive vice president. Hmm, so maybe you can
go home shop again. // 250 Post St. (Union Square), gumps.com.
Jackson Square gets a shot of L.A. cool thanks to Anine Bing.
(Courtesy of Anine Bing)
The just-landed Jackson Street boutique marks store number 13 for seven-year-old brand Anine Bing. The label is known for luxe wardrobe staples with an edge, a la leather pants, slip dresses, and menswear-inspired blazers. The store aesthetic reflects the same restrained rocker-chic vibe—virtually ensuring it will become a hotspot for local It girls. We're looking forward to getting our hands on this graphic tee, these booties, and all the gold jewelry. As for founder Anine Bing herself? She's over the moon with the new space: "It's been a dream of mine to have a store in the Bay Area since the beginning, and now we have this amazing location in the center of it all. I love that San Francisco is full of amazing and powerful women who want to make our clothes part of their daily uniform." Can't argue with that. // 412 Jackson St. (Jackson Square), aninebing.com
Not so shady! SF's Westward Leaning wants to help you see indoors, too.
(Courtesy of Westward Leaning)
Just days ago, seven-year-old Westward Leaning launched its very first optical line, The Golden Gate Collection. The trio of unisex frames—Valencia, Sutro, and Claremont—comes in an array of colors like avocado green, champagne, and navy. Just like their classic-with-a-twist sunglass siblings, the prescription glasses ($195) feature WL's signature rhombus-shape inlay on the arms. Prescriptions are fulfilled online (have your RX ready): high-quality polycarbonate lenses are $99. Also noteworthy, 15 percent of the proceeds from the collection will go to Vision to Learn, a local organization providing free eye exams and prescription glasses to kids in need. P.S. Those who prefer a little bling with their specs, look into the three-piece capsule (within the capsule) Gold Rush. Each pair has 14-karate gold-plated inlays ($245). // Shop online, westwardleaning.com
Tee up the love with this local (x2) collab.
(Courtesy of Bob Cut)
Give and get all the feels when you slip into this "Thank You for The Love" tee. The unisex shirt comes courtesy of Mission District apparel maker City Native Co. and buzzy millennial-fave mag, Bob Cut. The 100 percent cotton tee has a vintage vibe and is a clear ode to '90s-era convenience store bags. "I wanted to create a design that spreads the love. We have so much hate in the world right now and if this shirt can brighten someone's day…then, damn, we did good," says City Native founder James Valerio. Made in the U.S., the unisex shirt (sizes XS–3XL) sells for $28. // Shop online at citynativeco.com.