Mission Workshop Expands, Plus More Openings and Holiday Parties

Mission Workshop Expands, Plus More Openings and Holiday Parties


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The Rebecca Minkoff sample sale is back! Once again it will take place at the Argonaut Hotel (495 Jefferson Street) in the Golden Gate Ballroom. This pre-holiday sale extravaganza happens this Friday, December 19 from 11am to 7pm, Saturday December 20 from 11am to 7pm, and Sunday December 21 from 11am to 5pm. Look for up to 75% off on all the ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, and accessories you need for holiday dressing. You might even find a gift or two!

On Thursday, December 18 from 7 to 10pm, your favorite little Castro independent jewelry store, Fiat Lux, is hosting a holiday party not to be missed. Head to to 218 Church Street for mulled wine, custom gem candy by the Sous Chef at Benu (!), 15% off everything, plus an exclusive giveaway with every purchase. 

In other jewelry news, a gorgeous new spot at the Marin Country Mart (2213 Larkspur Landing Circle in Larkspur) is now open, just in time for the holidays. Hutchinson is a creation of International Orange Spa founder Kary Chendo and Miranda Abrams. The tiny 100-square-foot space sells fine jewelry by Carolina Bucci, Temple St Clair, Monique Pean, Todd Reed, Cathy Waterman, Kendall Conrad, and Renee Sheppard. 

Les Mechantes, Styleseat, Rocksbox and Threadflip are teaming up for a holiday pop-up party tonight, Wednesday, December 17 at 6pm at StyleSeat's headquarters (218a Clara Street). Enjoy a complimentary manicure, cocktails, and a raffle while you shop. 

Mission Workshop, which makes weatherproof bags and apparel, has expanded its SF headquarters to include a new storefront and event space at 541 Valencia. The new retail store joins the original Rondel Alley workspace through a back wall, which gives the storefront direct access to Valencia. The new space will sell Mission Workshop bags along with the brand's ACRE and Advanced Projects series apparel.

Self Edge, your spot at 714 Valencia (at 18th) for Japanese and selvedge denim, is hosting a jewelry trunk show this weekend featuring work by Josh Warner, founder and designer of Good Art. Stop by on Saturday, December 20 from 12 to 7pm or on Sunday, December 21 between 12 and 5pm. The jewelry is handmade in Los Angeles, and Warner will be at the shop all weekend to chat and answer questions.

If the "Uber" of beauty services sounds like an awesome idea, you'll be happy to know that HiLovely has launched exactly that in San Francisco. Get beauty services and products delivered directly to you at home, work, hotel, or wherever through the new app. Just download it from iTunes, then upload your favorite selfie and payment information. Then order a blowout, makeup, lashes or "pretty party" at the location of your choice! Prices range from $50 for a blowout to $120 for a blowout plus makeup. 

Bloomingdales (845 Market Street) has a shiny new Hermes perfume counter. The new space offers a "Discovering Table," featuring ceramic bell jars where you can experience all the glorious Hermes scents. Sounds like a pretty great gifting opportunity. 

Academy of Art University has opened its own dedicated boutique off of Union Square at 657 Sutter. SHOP657 features brands created by AAU alum including Tommy Pham of San Francycle, Betheny Meuleners of Mansoor Scott, Cristina Palomo-Nelson of Freda Salvador, Agustin Sanders of Apartment 415 and Konstantina Tzovolou shoes. 

Legion at 679 Clay Street is hosting a holiday-slash-one-year-anniversary party on Friday, December 19 from from 4 until 8pm. It will also be the shop's first art show in a new upstairs gallery, featuring work by SF artists Emily Proud and Kristin Farr. Enjoy beverages from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers plus wine and snacks. Legion's neighbors from Eden & Eden, will also be having an event that evening, and they'll both offer discounts.

SF-based Spicer Bags had opened its first storefront in the Dogpatch. Spicer on Third at 2341 3rd Street features its own bags, plus American-made gifts and home decor including ceramics, gift wrap, jewelry, and dog accessories. 

DSPTCH has also opened its first storefront in the Mission at 786 Valencia. Look for packs, cases, slings, wrist straps, and keychains inspired by military gear, and made of materials including Ballistic Nylon, Duraflex hardware, and Mil-spec webbing. DSPTCH also carries merchandise from Reigning Champ, Multee Project, Snow Peak, Illustrated Example, and more. 

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