Like...design your own sparkler, hit up the Haight for pens and pads, and pop into Modern Citizen's latest pop-up.
New lady shoe spot in Berkeley will make you and your feet so very happy.
A bunch of months ago we went on about our mad love for up-and-coming Oakland footwear designer Shayla Dopp. Now, we're just as psyched to share the news that Dopp is opening the doors to her first, ahem, shoebox-sized store in Berkeley on Sunday, August 5th. To celebrate, there will be a lavender wine, music, and shopping (noon to 6pm). The 270-square-foot space is just as colorful and minimalist as the leather stunners themselves. (Yes, we'e still crushing on the Cindy heel). Dopp describes the boutique as "meant to evoke a mini palatial sitting room with colors of Pompeii frescoes, plants, and scores of colorful shoes." Yes, please. // 2115 Allston Way (Berkeley), dopp.city
Modern Citizen settles into new Pac Heights home for a spell.
The Cow Hollow e-brand moved out of its (long-term) temporary digs on Union Street a couple months ago. Through September, a new spot on Fillmore Street will serve as its pop-up HQ. Then, word is, it will head back to Union to christen its very first, true brick-and-mortar. Got all that? The current Pac Heights digs sport the familiar minimalist-chic Modern Citizen aesthetic. It's bright, homey yet spare, and you'll find racks and shelves filled with a mostly neutral palette of tops, pants, sweaters, accessories and dresses, as a well as a few home items. (We can't get enough of the Basik candles.) // 2053 Fillmore St, (Pac Heights), moderncitizen.com
Rothy's are even more adorable in girls' sizes.
Last week, SF's favorite maker of flats crafted of recycled water bottles introduced its first pairs for kid-sized feet. Rothy's girls loafer comes in a range of bold, bright hues and prints like Flamingo, Lemondrop, Jellybean, Cowgirl, and Camo. Available in toddler sizes 10–13 and kid sizes 1–4, they generally fit five- to 12-year-olds and sell for $65. Like the women's styles, the mini-me versions are washable, comfortable, sustainable and durable. Plus, they're kid-tested: Co-founder Roth Martin, who's been developing these pint-sized kicks for more than a year, had his daughters and other girlies put them through their paces. Available online and in store. // 2448 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights), rothys.com
Get your notebook, pen, and bento box fix in the Haight.
As of yesterday, an overwhelming array (in a good way) of writing instruments and stationery, travel items, backpacks, and old-school scrapbooks are yours for the ogling, and buying. Topdrawer, a Japanese-American retailer of the aforementioned goodies plus more, opened its third store in the city in the former Black Scale space on Haight Street. (Cow Hollow and the Mission are home to the other shops.) "Opening a store in the Haight, where historically there has always been that creative culture, is an exciting decision for us. We look to be in creative hubs just like this. We're very much looking forward to becoming a part of the community," beams Topdrawer president Peter Dunn. Peace, love and pens, indeed. //1409 Haight St. (Haight-Ashbury), topdrawer.com
Designing your own engagement ring is a thing.
Using diamonds grown in an SF lab, obvi. Vrai & Oro and the Diamond Foundry recently launched Design Studio, which allows users to customize engagement rings online. You choose all the details (i.e. setting type, band color and style, diamond shape, size and quality, high polish or low, blah blah) in an easy-to-navigate digital experience. Once created, your ring is 3D printed, and cast and set by hand in V & O's L.A. hometown. All the lab-grown, 100 percent carbon-neutral diamonds come from the Bay Area's Diamond Foundry, the second largest producer of above-ground diamonds on the planet. The process is fun and easy, and the transparent pricing is wallet-friendly (relatively speaking). Will you freak out if we tell you there are more than 3,500 possible style combos? // vraiandoro.com