October 2, 2014

Sunny Disposition: Mayfourteenth Spring/Summer 2011

The newly-released Mayfourteenth Spring/Summer 2011 collection of sunglasses features four new frame styles ($200-$220) in patterned hues ranging from marbled rose to yellow tortoise shell and blue snakeskin. As with previous collections, each piece in the line from local photographer Benjamin Belsky continues to be handmade using vintage Mazzucchelli acetate and fitted with optical quality CR-39 lenses.

For more on this local brand, check out our previous coverage. Below, you’ll find images from the current lookbook, which was shot in el Tigre outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina by photographer Pato Battellini and, the company notes, “inspired by the Rio de la Plata and the colors of its jungle.”

Photography courtesy of Pato Battellini for Mayfourteenth. Additional credits: Styling by Jazmin Calcarami; models Sophia Fenego and Jonathan Gesto.

Snap Judgment: Mayfourteenth Limited Edition Risa Sunglasses

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: Mayfourteenth keeps the funky and fresh feminine with its new limited edition Risa frame ($220), handcrafted from vintage Mazzucchelli acetate. A limited run of only 50 pairs means you may want to hurry and nab yours while they last.

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Photography courtesy of MAYFOURTEENTH

Guns and Shades Pop-Up ft. Mayfourteenth + Rare, Vintage Sunglasses

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Here’s your chance to dig into a summer essential from a local, independent source: starting today and running through July 14, Lower Haight pop-up shop Guns and Shades will be offering the launch collection of vintage-inspired eyewear from San Francisco brand Mayfourteenth, as well as a serious assortment of rare deadstock vintage frames from Gucci, Givenchy, Cazal and others.

Mayfourteenth comes from local photographer and designer Benjamin Belsky, who’s done time working with both Upper Playground and Goorin Brothers and has spent the last five years collecting vintage eyewear and schooling himself on the intricacies of acetate. The result is a six-style collection ($180-$240) for men and women that pairs old school sensibilities with contemporary panache, UV-protected lenses and layered frame colors that are anything but ordinary.

Along with Mayfourteenth shades, the pop-up shop promises Belsky’s handpicked selection of vintage sunglasses, priced from $100 to $1,200 for a rare pair of Cazal frames, and gold-hued weapon art by San Francisco’s Peter Gronquist.

“We’ve got a jackalope with uzis coming out of his antlers,” Belsky tells us.

Just try to resist that.

Party in person with the Mayfourteenth crew tonight during the opening shindig from 7-9 p.m., 252 Fillmore St., SF. Guns and Shades is open daily from 12-8 p.m. through July 14.

Photography by Pablo Franco for Mayfourteenth

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The Do List: SF Fashion Events Nov. 21-27

It’s the week of our absolute favorite holiday of the year. Things will be quieter in San Francisco fashion land until we’ve gorged ourselves on Thursday, but then there’s much to do. You’ll find us blurbing a few of our favorite events here and complete details, as always, on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.

  • First things first, enjoy cooking and baking and sitting and eating and talking and drinking and laughing and bitching and napping and cleaning and drinking and eating and giving thanks with your family and friends on Thursday.
  • On Friday, be ready for a deluge of San Francisco Black Friday sales, trunk shows and events. We’ll be rounding up the best of ‘em featuring local, independent sources in the next few days. Stay tuned for that.
  • The following day brings Small Business Saturday, a kind of antidote to Black Friday big box madness. We’ll be featuring a little something special on this nationwide initiative sponsored by American Express later in the week. But for now, know it’s the day to celebrate all those amazing small businesses that make our City so grand.
  • The same day, Molte Cose and Bella Cose owner Teresa Nittolo hosts a Holiday Bazaar and Fundraiser for Firehouse 8, an historic landmark building project that she’s been working on for months and months. The event offers a chance to shop from local artisans and designers such as Kathleen van der Spek, Lotta’s Bakery and Blue Ribbon Salvage and support the revitalization of a beautiful old San Francisco building into a new, multifunctional shopping and event space.
  • In Hayes Valley at Welcome Stranger, pop in on Saturday for the Mayfourtheenth Trunk Show and get an eyeful of this local sunglasses line’s latest styles while chatting with designer Benjamin Belsky.
  • All weekend, a reason to head slightly east comes with the year’s final installment of Treasure Island Flea. A holiday toy drive adds a feel-good element to the outdoor event filled with local vendors, designers and artisans. Bring a toy to donate to kids in need, and you’ll get in for free (reg. admission is $3). Other perks: parking is free, and the event is super kid- and dog-friendly.

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

Summer Style: Vintage Rocker Chic

Who says a delicate lace top will clash with a pair of grungy hot pink daisy dukes? Embrace your inner local style-loving fashion rebel this season by breaking all the rules.

Mix a pair of 50’s inspired cat-eye sunglasses with a modern body chain or embroidered flats with a laser cut top. While the following pieces from local labels embrace a laid back, warm weather vibe, they can all be styled to suit the temperamental San Francisco climate, making summer style possible despite the rain, wind and fog.

1.) Cat-eye tortoise shell sunglasses, MayFourteenth

2.) Hot pink, custom made shorts, Young Bones

3.) Ivory lace top, Anarchy Street

4.) Vegan-friendly, floral embroidered flats, Campbell x Convert

5.) Body jewelry, Litter SF

6.) Graphic tee, Bandit Brand

7.) Hot pink, laser-cut out top, Nasty Gal

Images courtesy of MayFourteenth, Young Bones, Anarchy Street, Convert Shoes, Litter Jewelry, Bandit Brand and Nasty Gal.

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