Those suffering from cases of label-envy would do well to make the new Sui Generis Women’s Boutique that opened recently in the Castro a regular stop on their treasure hunting missions. The destination for high-end consignment appeals with its sleek-meets-antique interiors and rare finds from coveted names from Lanvin to Oscar de la Renta. As if you needed them, here are our top 4 reasons to go:
- Ever-changing inventory: A constant influx of new merchandise from the owners network of consigners keeps the shop’s pretty racks stocked with choice apparel and accessories in, from our observations, pristine condition.
- Bargains in back: While much of the store space is given over to items with price tags over $100 (and in excess of $1,000 for gowns like the white Oscar de la Renta shown in the images here), the racks flanking the walls at the back of the store hold less expensive, casual items from labels such as Zara, Banana Republic and J. Crew. It’s a good place to look for cashmere cardigans and easygoing day dresses.
- New work from emerging designers: Owners Miguel Lopez and Gabriel Yanez
support the efforts of up-and-coming fashion designers by carrying a small selection of new apparel in the store. You’ll find work by Mexico’s Julia y Renata Franco, as well as Academy of Art alums Sergio Davila and Andrew Wedge among the shop’s fashion-forward new labels.
- Color stories: Apparel is organized largely by hue, so it’s easy to hone in on the different textures and shapes of the pieces hanging from the racks. For us, this made the shopping experience easier and more streamlined.
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