When we heard from Susanna Taylor, co-owner of new Noe Valley boutique Two Birds, that the only jewelry the chic shop will stock hails from local sources, we were understandably intrigued. After all, that’s the kind of thing we’re known to make quite a flap about.
“We are resisting many temptations and strictly carrying local jewelry designers because we want to support all of the amazing artists in San Francisco,” says Taylor, who opened the store last weekend on Castro Street with business partner Audrey Yang.
The pair met as buyers for Pacific Heights’ HeidiSays and decided to branch out on their own earlier this year. Local names on the shelves include Jennifer Tuton, Kathy Kamei and M. Stone, whose entire collection is currently sold in the store.
“[She] makes these amazing asymmetrical, mixed metal pieces, which include a lot of feathers that she gets from a family friend’s hunting lodge in Louisiana. She is just getting her business off the ground, and I literally took every piece she had because I’m obsessed,” Taylor tells us.
And while the shop focuses on contemporary women’s labels such as Elizabeth & James, Joie, Tucker, Haute Hippie and denim from the likes of JBrand, AG, Mother and Citizens of Humanity, Taylor and Yang are also opening the racks to local apparel labels, including Ali Golden, whose work has been profiled here and has also been picked up at Shotwell, and Bay Area-based Amour Vert.
Photography courtesy of Two Birds