I always love to share some “link love”, hoping that others will go check out the things that I found lovely. Recently I had a chance to spend some time with some great stylish women here in San Francisco that I thought other people would also like to know. These are very cool women doing very cool fashionable, creative, artistic things so give them some love and attention!
The Back Story
Photographer Julie Michelle put together a women’s networking group of a select group of women who have diverse skills and talents. We get together once a month or so to help each other out with all of the various things that we need help with. At the most recent meeting, I let the ladies know that I’ve gotten a little bit obsessed with blogging about crochet and that I was looking for leads on crochet artists, people to interview about crochet, crochet designers, etc. The ladies came through, handing me half a dozen leads to follow up on. Thanks gals!
The Awesome Location
The most recent meeting was held at an awesome fashion retail location / art gallery that I didn’t know about until now. It’s a really cool space which is why I wanted to let other people in the area know about it. The store (pictured above) is called La Boutique and it’s run by a charming, welcoming, friendly woman named Carole Harari. It’s located in a unique area of the city (414 Jackson @ Montgomery) that people say isn’t great for retail but is actually a really terrific neighborhood. It’s close to the bustle of Broadway in North Beach but in that area with the charming brick buildings and quiet tree-lined streets. What’s better than the location is the store itself. It’s large and airy and makes you want to look around. Carol brings in stunning fashion pieces from her favorite designers in Europe. Many of these items are unavailable anywhere else in San Francisco or even in the rest of the U.S. Carole carefully selects an array of items that have terrific style suitable for SF wear. The items (mostly clothing but also shoes, jewelry, etc.) are laid out in a really organized, easy-to-browse fashion that makes the store a pleasure to spend time in. The great design makes sense for a retail space that is also a gallery. Art rotates on the walls of the space and I’m excited to eventually head back there and see what else there is to see that I missed the first time around! Note: great deals for La Boutique have been mentioned here on SF Indie Fashion before!
Other Great Women
In addition to Julie, I wanted to make sure that I mentioned these other great women who are doing cool things in SF and showed some interest or support in what I had to say about who I am and how in love with crochet I am:
- Eden of Secession Art and Design. I have been meaning to make it to this gallery / boutique / workspace for a long time to check out the wearable art and other stuff that everyone has told me is awesome here. I need to make sure that I do that sometime soon – especially since I’ve now been told that sometimes there’s crochet work to see there!
- Annie of Poetic & Chic. This style, opinion, culture (and more) blog has had some cool successes recently like an interview with Hamish Bowles of Vogue who is involved with the Balenciaga retrospective at the de Young Museum.
- Genevieve of Lightbox SF. Lightbox SF provides the very important services of assisting artists in learning how to market their art through the power of social media and more. Hear that local fashion designers?! I talked to Genevieve for awhile about this topic and she really knows her stuff.
- Rachel Znerold. Rachel is an artist who paints, designs clothing and generally seems to add a touch of creativity to the world around her. Her fashion work looks really interesting. She uses vintage fabrics and used clothing items to make “upcycled” dresses and accessories. Lovely stuff – and I’m looking forward to crocheting with her in the near future!
I’m sure that I’m forgetting to mention some people. All of the women that I met were super awesome but I particularly wanted to highlight the great work that these ladies are doing. Thanks all!
This post originally appeared on Crochet Concupiscence.
Image from Anywear Girl