May 24, 2015

News: New Collections, Fashionable Folks, Deals and More…


You know what “they” always say, when God gives you lemons, make lemonade. But what if you don’t happen to *like* lemonade? Huh? What then?

In other news…

We were oh-so-happy to hear from gr.dano that the fall 2009 collection (pictured above) is now available at 440 Brannan Studio.

After his appearance last week at San Francisco’s Paul Smith store in Union Square, Scott Schuman, a.k.a. famed fashion blogger The Sartorialist, posted about the experience and his pick for the best-dressed San Franciscan he encountered during his time in the City.

GAMA-GO is having a costume contest in the SoMa store this weekend. Stop by today or tomorrow in costume for 15 percent off your purchases and a chance to win the $75 gift card, awarded to the best costume.

Made Jewelry is going to extremes with its new collection, aptly dubbed Love + Hate.

We couldn’t resist how (surprisingly) lovable Ghostface Killah looked while signing merch and hanging out with fans during a recent appearance at the Shoebiz Adidas Concept Shop.

SFist’s Bag Lady goes under the seams for its interview with PACT underwear, makers of eco-friendly skivvies.

The Seventh Heart is not afraid to pair black socks and pale legs.

We are digging the fabulosity of the new Epice scarves now in at Metier.

Azalea has the coveted (by some more in a visual way than an I’d actually wear that way, but no matter…) Ksubi tie-dye jeans in limited sizes.

Bare (by UC Berkeley folks) has sealed the fate of several less-than-perfect t-shirts in our drawers this weekend. We’ll be slashing sleeves in no-time with the site’s how-to on D.I.Y. shoulder slashed tees.

We agree with Bell Jar that the shop’s new dresses by Carmalita, sold exclusively at the Mission boutique, are worthy of a twirl on the dance floor.

Lettuce now say that The Finer Dandy never fails to make us chuckle, especially when it comes to enlightening IM chats about salads.

Nooworks has posted some new shop pics to remind you not to be a stranger.

RED Jewelry by Alison Rutherfurd is now 20 percent off (for more about this local designer, check out our previous coverage of her work). Peruse designs on Flickr, then email Alison (at) redforliving (dot) com to order.

Black Out: You, One Hue and Shotwell


Wear black (like you weren’t going to be wearing at least something in that hue already…even if it’s your cell phone…or the bottom of your shoe…or…or…eyeliner!) for 10 percent off tonight at Shotwell. Also, $3 drinks. Also, DJs. Also photos by Micah Weiss and a free after party nearby at 800 Larkin.

You might say it’s the rare party where complete black outs would be most welcome….

More upcoming fashion-y fun….

Say So Long, Early Fall: Seams Boutique Happy Hour


With a distinct fall chill in the air and darker evenings upon us, warming up in a few new layers at tomorrow evening’s Seams Boutique happy hour sure sounds like a fine time indeed, especially when you add a few glasses of wine to the mix.

Stop in between 5 and 7 p.m. to check out brand new skirts from San Francisco label Alex & RA or get lost in the Union Street shop’s overflowing sale rack flush with dresses by Joie and everyday basics from Splendid. During the event, everything in the store is 15 percent off, and, this Thursday only, score an additional 50-60 percent off early fall staples gracing the clearance rack.

After you’ve seen the new jackets and sweaters from labels such as Milly and Charlotte Ronson, you may very well be more than happy to embrace the cold.

– SF Indie Fashion contributor Michelle Ruiz

More upcoming San Francisco trunk shows, sales and fashion-y events….

We’ve Got Big Love for this Dress

20th Anniversary Environmental Media Awards Green Carpet We were pleased as punch to learn from the folks at Academy of Art this week that the simply eco-chic dress donned by Big Love star and eco-advocate Ginnifer Goodwin to last weekend’s 20th Anniversary Environmental Media Association Awards, held in Los Angeles, was a clever design by students Priscilla Guimarais, Kumiko Haruyama, Nui Tanapornwattana, Audrey Wang and Tramaine Tillman – collectively working to create a collection dubbed 1Oak (One Of A Kind).

This is more than a simple strapless frock. Instead of traditional fabric, the students reused hospital scrubs that would have otherwise been tossed, then dyed, pleated and treated away using sustainable construction methods to achieve the final look.

The dress was part of a larger collection created as part of a class project devoted to showcasing sustainable design from inception to garment completion.

Just so ya know, this pic really doesn’t do the dress justice. We recommend taking a peak over at the school’s Fashion School Daily blog for some worthy close-ups.

[Photo: Courtesy the Associated Press]

Witch Way Did They Go? Probably to Bell Jar…



If the witches of the world were to gather together for a trunk show just in time for Halloween, we’d be not at all surprised to find them gobbling up moody baubles of vintage origins alongside dark and decidedly mysterious dresses ready to come along for their misadventures (who needs the broom and the black cat when you have a fabulous dress?) on what is no doubt for them the very biggest fashion event of the year.

And in that phantasmic spirit, it’s altogether fitting to learn that Gabby Applegate’s L.A.-based apparel label Witches (see images from the line’s March launch party here) will be holding court Wednesday night alongside Portland’s AK Vintage at Bell Jar in the Mission.

Witches and AK Vintage will be casting spells from 6 to 9 p.m. while bevvies abound. Select items from both designers will be on offer for 10 percent off during the event and Bell Jar is offering 25 percent off storewide.

[Photos: Top, AK Vintage poster; Witches dress]