May 22, 2015

Snap Judgment: Ken Chen’s Allure Leather Jacket

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: the rebelliously chic Allure Leather Jacket, $950, from San Francisco designer Ken Chen. Check out the matching leather pants for the ultimate biker chic look or take in Chen’s latest during the SFFMA’s Fashion Week Runway Show 3: Avant Garde/Couture on Sunday in San Francisco.

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Runway Recap: CCA Fashion Show 2011

Convertible bike purse by Haley Toelle

At last week’s California College of the Arts 2011 annual fashion show, students’ design creativity was on display as graduating seniors presented looks ranging from the functional to the feminine, with sheer fabrics and asymmetrical one-shoulder pieces appearing in more than one collection.

Fashion show sponsor Surface magazine presented two awards at the end of the evening. Surface Designer of the Year went to Patricia Lucia Arroyo, who stole quite a bit of the audience’s attention with a sexy dress draped in chains. Johnny Paul Vera, with his bold and sheer feminine suits, took Surface’s second award, a New York City internship with Nicole Miller.

An opening segment, titled ‘Fashion Functional Gear’, came started the show with a wow-inducing its first piece, a slick convertible bike purse by Haley Toelle. The segment showed pieces from a class devoted to blending fashion and industrial design. Sustainability was another demonstrated theme, thanks to the use of natural and organic fabrics in many student pieces.

Check out these photos for other CCA fashion show highlights:

Hooded wrap coat by Jacky Safer

Graphic print slip dress and coat by Jacky Safer

Silk chiffon dress by Anna Huang

Suit by Johnny Paul Vera, recipient of Surface Magazine's Nicole Miller Internship in New York City

Second suit by Johnny Paul Vera

Third suit by Johnny Paul Vera

Zipper-seamed dress by Patricia Lucia Arroyo, Surface Magazine's Designer of the Year

Chain dress by Patricia Lucia Arroyo

Photography by Christophe Tomatis

Buckle Up: Chrome Customs Messenger Bags

You can now snag your own custom-designed messenger bag from Chrome, the local maker of messenger bags you’ll recognize by their signature seatbelt buckle shoulder straps. New color options and a variety of trims and materials are available for customizing the Mini-metro ($120) and Citizen ($140) models, both made in the company’s SoMa store.

So just how choose-y can you get? In-store sewing expert Michael Pablo will make your bag on-site using your picks from a materials list that includes weatherproof Cordura shell fabric in 11 color options (some limited and seasonal), seven truck tarp liner colors, four different velcros, two tape trims, limited glitter vinyl, a vintage patchwall and a choice of either black or chrome hardware for the buckle. You can also mix the black and chrome to make one contrasting buckle. Chrome also welcomes open dialogue with its sewing experts, “that could lead to more, imagination pending,” says Chrome public relations representative Corinne Avganim.

How fast will you get your bag? Expect bags to be ready in a week, if not sooner. “If they come in on a day where Michael [Pablo] is fairly free, they may be able to get their bag same day,” Avinnem says.

As for what Chrome expects customers to gain from the experience, it’s about more than getting a made-for-you bag. Company President Steve McCallion likens this service to the Jamie Oliver Project from the well known chef, whose mission not only teaches people how to cook, but also gives them an understanding of where food comes from.  Translating that to Chrome customs, McCallion says it’s about giving people an appreciation for building and the way their product is made.

Ready to check it out? Head to Chrome, 580 4th St (at Harrison).

Chrome Customs directions board

Chrome Customs design station

Chrome Customs design station

Chrome Customs Launch Event

Photograph 1 courtesy Chrome SF.  Photographs 2-5 courtesy Kizza Chadiha.