The focus this week is on locally-made goods – and we’re not just talking about what’s happening on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar. Throughout the City, the annual San Francisco Small Business Week coincides with the start of the inaugural SFMade Week. Add new resources for local designers, two notable fashion shows and a sweet pop-up shop, and we’re soon busy, busy, busy.
- The first Fashion Market SF Designer Workshop takes place tonight at the San Francisco Fashion Collective showrooms. During the new series, fashion pros and Fashion Market SF founders Karri Ann Frerichs and Leslie Lum bring their sales and marketing chops to the table to help designers in the process of launching their lines. If you can’t make tonight’s event, more of the small group workshops are on the horizon, so check the SF Indie Fashion Calendar for details.
- San Francisco Small Business Week means plenty of opportunities for local business owners (and those aspiring to join their ranks) to network, learn new skills and increase their visibility. Business owners will find Wednesday’s all-day free conference full of seminars on everything from finding local subcontractors to social media, while Saturday’s citywide Shop Your Neighborhood initiative is an excellent excuse to check out some of the independent boutiques in your ‘hood. Saturday also marks the start of the first SFMade Week from the eponymous nonprofit, whose work to help manufacturers of everything from messengers bags to artisan chocolate stay within city limits has landed it much recognition as of late. For fans of independent fashion, the SFMade Pop-Up Shop in the incubation space next to The Summit on Saturday promises a chance to shop from local names such as Kyler by Joy O, Sally Spicer, Rickshaw Bagworks and Tamo Design.
- The Black V fashion show on Saturday night intrigues for three key reasons. Not only does the “masquerade” fashion event means you can don pretty much anything you want and get away with it, it’s also a benefit for the fashion department at City College and one of the first times Project Runway‘s Jay Nicolas Sario has shown his work locally since his stint on the show.
- Continuing the spring student fashion show season, Sunday brings the annual City College of San Francisco Fashion Show, a runway event featuring the work of fashion department students in the always-flashy environs of Ruby Skye. This year, the school is going big for the show in honor of the fashion program’s 10th anniversary. That said, the ticket prices remain low, with admission starting at $10 for students and increasing to just $15 for members of the general public.
You can find details on all of these events and more happening this week on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.