Shop Talk: Ernest Alexander Opens in Hayes Valley + Common Scents Goes Digital

Shop Talk: Ernest Alexander Opens in Hayes Valley + Common Scents Goes Digital


If it's a fashionable way to spend, and happening in the Bay Area, we're talking about it in Shop Talk.

If on a recent visit to Hayes Street's Warby Parker you noticed the arrival of a stylish menswear shop nearby, you have happened upon the first West Coast address of Ernest Alexander, the New York City purveyor of classic men's shirts and accessories. Named among the best new menswear designers in the U.S. by GQ, the line keeps it simple, offering everything gents need (except for pants): fitted button-downs made with Japanese fabrics; bags for every occasion, from weekend to work to travel; printed neckties; and wallets. Cheers to a stylish autumn, gentlemen.  //  Ernest Alexander, 325 Hayes St. (Hayes Valley), of Lia Larrera)

San Francisco weather is unpredictable to say the least, so dependable and fashionable outwear is a necessity. Local designer Lia Larrera—an SFAI graduate and former participant in Macy's Fashion Incubator—has us covered. Her American-made Zvet reversible jacket is two water-resistant knit coats in one; marbled gray on one side, black on the other. Bring on the fall.  //  $398;

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After 44 years in business, San Francisco's oldest bath and beauty store, Common Scents, is closing at the end of December. The Noe Valley mainstay, which currently doesn't even have a website, will transition to become an online shop in the spring of 2016. In the meantime, stock up on all your sumptuous bath and skin care needs. It's never too early for stocking stuffers.  //  Common Scents, 3920 24th St. (Noe Valley), 415-826-1019  (Courtesy of Ashley Morgan Designs)

San Francisco jeweler Ashley Morgan has unveiled her fall collection, and we're gaga for some of her latest sparkling baubles. The theme is transitions—between light and dark, raw and refined, elegant and approachable...The collection looks as briliant as it sounds.  // 

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