Department 17 is off to a big year. Co-owned by local boys, Nelson Jang, Daniel Lee, and Adrian Putra, the indie menswear retailer kicked off 2012 with a strong move from their Russian Hill digs into a larger, more shopper-friendly space in Hayes Valley.
With the cushy square footage, the boys beefed-up their quality-first brand list, adding fresh faces like Reigning Champ (#4) of Canada, and Kitsune of Paris, to the roster.
The online store is still growing, but with their expanded reach, the site is already selling out of favorites like the Japanese-made Porter Layer 3way Briefcase (#2). Ideal for urban commuters, this clever bag switches from street-smart briefcase/messenger to action-ready backpack in seconds (and looks oh-so-slick in each mode). Keep an eye out for the re-stock on that one, and in the meantine, check out the rest of our spring/summer favorites from Department 17.
1. Outlier Three Way Shorts, $128
2. Porter Layer 3way Briefcase, $515
5. Porter Board Travel Organizer, $108
6. Crescent Down Works Montagne Parka, $370
7. Crescent Down Works Italian Vest, $210
Department 17 (78 Gough St. at Rose), open Monday, Wednesday-Saturday from 12pm-7pm; Sunday from 1pm-6pm; closed Tuesday.
Lily Ko (lily.7x7 @ gmail.com) studied fashion design and merchandising at Central Saint Martins and the Academy of Art University. In addition to writing for 7x7, Lily is an editor at SF Station, and works as a freelance stylist and apparel designer.