May 26, 2015

Snap Judgment: Sanfranpsycho Hungry Like a Wolf Tee

San Franpsycho Hungry Like a Wolf Tee

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: the holiday season tends to kick our very-American appetite for excess into high-gear. Whatever it is you may hankering for this month, get in the mood with the Hungry Like a Wolf Tee, $27, designed by San Franpsycho co-owner Andy Olive.

Want to peruse this local label’s work in person? Head to their new-ish North Beach shop at 1314 Grant Ave.

Photography courtesy of San Franpsycho

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Don’t Miss: Storefront Holiday Pop-Up

Opening this weekend in San Francisco is STOREFRONT: Holiday Pop-Up brought to you by DNA (designers+artists) and Free Gold Watch. This free-to-attend event showcases local designers, designer vintage, art and great gifts in one sweet spot.

Here’s what you need to know:


Opening weekend: December 3rd & 4th
Hours of Operation: Saturday 12-6pm, Sunday 12-5pm


at Free Gold Watch Studio: 1767 Waller St (xStanyan)


Shop for your gift guide necessities from men’s and women’s clothing from Violet Boutique, great designer vintage, art prints, stationery, holiday dresses by Alyssa Nicole and one of a kind jewelry from Sophie Monet and best of local designers.

Get custom screen printed t-shirts done on-site by Free Gold Watch. Plus some exclusive items from DNA (the shop).

Complimentary drinks courtesy of Argo Tea and specialty cocktails by Root + Snap

Photography courtesy of Violet Boutique

This post sponsored by DNA (designers+artists). We love our sponsors and hope you will, too. They make it possible for us to keep bringing you San Francisco’s independent fashion news five days a week. SF’s New French & Japanese Style Source

Flora skirt

Are you a French fashion fanatic but can’t seem to find the time or money to book a flight, fly 5,000+ miles and scour the cobblestone streets of Paris? Mais pas pleurer! Newly launched, San Francisco-based online boutique Mikimoiselle is supplying stateside French fashion lovers with a well-edited shop featuring exclusive and hard-to-find independent designers hailing from France and Japan.

Raised in a bi-cultural home (her mother is Japanese and her father is American), founder and self-proclaimed Francophile Miki Carlton grew up in Japan and dreamed of working cross-culturally, and now she’s doing just that, searching far and wide to find the most unique boutiques in some of the best fashion cities in the world and curate them in one online shop.

The site name is a tribute to Carlton’s love all things French-Japanese fusion which combines the French “mademoiselle,” the French word for “miss” or “lady,” and Carlton’s first name, Miki.

To keep the merchandise original and fresh, Carlton takes several buying trips per year, with new deliveries arriving monthly and seasonally. The site currently features Fall/Winter 2011 designs by Antoine & Lili, Madeva, TURBO:wear, Pas Touch Douce, Lorina Balteanu and, coming soon, Un Jour Un Sac.

Volga hat & jacket

Volga hat

Shop owner, Miki Carlton

We sat down with Carlton for a brief chat about the launch, what she’s wearing right now, what she’s up to in 2012.

Your site just launched, how does it feel?

Very exciting! It’s taken about a year and half to get to the site launch, and it feels really good to have reached this milestone. Now I’ve entered into the next phase and my focus has radically shifted from “site launch” to “marketing, branding and sales.” The initial feedback has been very positive, which I am both humbled and motivated by.

Can you tell me a little bit about the journey to get here?

It’s been a very organic process, from the initial inspiration to sourcing brands to launching the web site. Five years ago, if someone told me I’d be running my own online clothing boutique, I wouldn’t have believed them. But I just followed my instincts, my love of fashion and bringing cultures together, and voila! Here I am. Of course there was a steep learning curve around starting a business, import/export issues, photography, ecommerce, taxes, etc., but have loved building something truly from scratch as well as a whole new community of designers, artists, (web) developers, photographers and other boutique owners.

Your online boutique focuses on artisans and small designers specifically from Japan and France. What is it that draws you to Japanese and French fashion? 

I grew up in Japan, and know that culturally, the French and Japanese have a lot more in common than one would think. Aside from the pride they both have in their country’s history, the French and Japanese both love art, fashion, food, and natural beauty. Many years ago when I first visited Europe, I was immediately struck by how much more similar Europe was (than the U.S.) to Japan. When it comes to fashion, the attention to detail you find in clothing and jewelry coming out of Japan and France is amazing, whether it’s the fabric, stitching, pattern or buttons. Take hosiery for example. While in the U.S. it can be an afterthought, in France and Japan, you can find tons of great hosiery both in department stores and stand-alone boutiques that are works of art!

What will we catch you wearing this season?  

It’s coat and hat season, and I love wearing my array of them — I love every single one I have and have collected them from near and far. With several of the coats, people often stop me in the street to ask where I got them. And adding a hat is a perfect way to accessorize your look this fall/winter. As I mentioned with hosiery, outerwear is something that should never be an afterthought. Be chic and get yourself a super stylish coat (or hat) — a little something different can go a long way.

Mikimoiselle will be hopping offline to show off her goods I.R.L. at Appel & Frank on Wed. December 7th. Details below:

Photography courtesy of Mikimoiselle

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The Do List: SF Fashion Events Nov. 28-Dec. 4

If you’re looking to shop local and give items made by independent and fabulous Bay Area designers, artisans and creative folks this holiday season, the next three weeks are your oyster. There are a slew of great indie shop opps on the horizon, as well as a beauty fundraiser for public schools and a launch party you won’t want to miss. As always, you’ll find the details on these and many more great upcoming events on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.

  • Pretty is as pretty does, right? Roll with that sentiment on Tuesday night during the kick-off party for the annual Maas Clinic Beauty for Books fundraiser benefiting San Francisco public schools. Bring five or more books appropriate for kids in grades K-8, and you’ll be able to pick from the medi-clinic’s stocking of free treatments (lasers, Botox, peels, among them). Local salons and beauty businesses will also be at the event to offer more beauty perks.
  • On Thursday evening, begin shopping local for the holidays at the Renaissance Center Holiday Gift Fair in SoMa. Many amazing local entrepreneurs and makers have benefited from the Center’s entrepreneurship classes and small business programs, and you’ll find many of them on display at this event, including Serial Cultura, Vanessa Gade, RGB Shop + Gallery and Taylor Stitch.
  • Also on Thursday, Hangr16 gets festive with the Wildlife Works Launch Party showcasing the label’s Ku Khanga collection of organic, carbon neutral t-shirts. The event will feature an exclusive exhibit of images used in the campaign and shot on location in Kenya by noted fashion photographer Peter Z Jones. It’s an invite-only party, and we’re betting many reading this are already on the list. But those who aren’t, well, use the power of Facebook.
  • A reason to cross the Golden Gate arrives on Friday evening, when the Designer Hub Opening Party takes over at Sausalito boutique and designer label Georgiou. The longtime Bay Area shop is opening up its mezzanine level to local designers such as Zoe Hong, Ken Chen and Danielle Pettee. The designers will be in-house design residents of the new space, and their work will be for sale there on an ongoing basis.

You can find details on all of these events and more happening this week on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.

We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Thread Show

Shoppers came in droves to support San Francisco's independent fashion scene

On a late November Sunday, there was something for just about everyone at Thread Show, whether you fancy rock star jewelry made from guitar picks, saucy lingere with skull face cut-outs or just an afternoon spent amongst designers, down tempo DJs, and fans of local fashion.

Founded in 2003 with ten events per year, Thread aims to be a dynamic, one day retail event bringing the latest and greatest offerings from the local style world’s envelope pushers together under one roof. On the day of its most recent San Francisco event, rainy skies turned sunny just in time for the arrival of the VIPs, who got a chance to scope out the sale before everyone else.

Take a look at some of fun finds we ran across at the show:

Creating art at the Art Kills Artists booth

Funky macabre jewelry at the Bela Koi booth

Happily macabre jewelry at the Bela Koi booth

Men's shirts and outerwear at the Bridge And Burn sample sale

Hand painted flasks, cases and wallets by De La Luna Designs

Hand painted vintage shoes by De La Luna Designs

Tees and artwork by The Ivorys

Fur and leather accessories by The Feathered Leopard

Colorful denim by Future Standard

The SF Giants logo bejeweled on a pair of guitar pick earrings by Rock N The Trend

Elvis and Fender guitar pick earrings from Rock N The Trend

Leather and semi-precious mineral jewelry for pets and humans by Rockhound Pets

Adorably edgy undies and lounge wear by Stephanie Bondar of Honey Cooler Handmade

Mannequin sporting a Stolen Sunday Scoodie (a.k.a. a scarf hoodie)


Photography by Alexandra Naughton

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Alexandra is a San Francisco writer with a passion for style and creativity. You can find her on Twitter @theTsaritsa