Not willing to let a little rain deter us from our shopping mission, we set out for Hayes Valley on Sunday afternoon for the Capsule Design Festival. Held twice a year, Capsule brings together mostly Bay Area-based indie fashion designers and artists to sell their wares and show the public what they are all about.
Many of the clothes and jewelery on offer at the event can be found in local boutiques, but many items are available exclusively online or at shopping events like Capsule.
On Sunday, most of the vendors braved the elements, though some gave up on the day by lunch. There were far too many vendors to name them all, but here are some highlights and people we met:
Secession Art & Design, a gallery, boutique, and workspace in the Mission, features clothing, art and accessories from an array of designers and inventory that is updated every two months.
We met the crew from Rise, whose original artwork and clothing are inspired by nature and feature eco-friendly materials.
Stellarocco‘s 100 percent cotton tees feature modern botanical designs. Jamai Lowell from Animal Instincts Apparel hand draws all of his San Francisco-inspired designs for tees, sweatshirts and onesies. Custom is a globally-inspired street wear brand.
Another shop we checked out was Archetype, a boutique focused on independent local and international designers that are both artistic and sustainable. There were some clothing options for the guys, too. SAA-Z designs was there selling screen printed and embroidered men’s shirts.
You could find jewelry made with pretty much anything (scrabble pieces, maps, and bubble wrap, to name a few). The Weekend Store, based in Oakland, sells vintage jewelry made from typewriter keys, watch parts, books and more to make “beautiful things out of useless things,” according to owner Adjowah Brodie.
Sora Designs hand makes all of her vintage- and nature-inspired jewelry in San Francisco.
Last, but not least, Like Minded People sells “clothing for the conscious inspired by life.”
Photography by Christophe Tomatis