May 25, 2015

Quick News: Modify Watches Goes Giant

Quick news: San Francisco-based wrist wear brand Modify Watches has launched a collection inspired by our precious Giants just in time for the Playoffs. The fun, affordable watches come in signature Giants colors: orange, black and white. Each features plate options from top players, including Tim Linceum and Brian Wilson, among others.

The quirky watches are available on the brand’s website.

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New & Local in Ghirardelli Square: Jackson & Polk

Bringing yet more locally-designed style to Ghirardelli Square is new shop Jackson & Polk, the latest venture from Kristina De Pizzol, the longtime local designer of the Delilah Crown label and owner of whimsical emporium Gigi + Rose. Billed as the place to go for types who are “well-read with a sense of humor, stylish with an eye for comfort and modern with an appreciation for the past,” the shop features San Francisco landmarks on its walls and a mix of Bay Area-designed goods and well-known labels on its  racks.

It’s a notable arrival in an area heavily trafficked by tourists and a place for city dwellers and those from farther afield to hunt for apparel, accessories and gifts during their next trek to the Square. Stop in for Goorin Bros. hats, Chronicle books, Holga Cameras, kids’ items and apparel by TOMS, Nineteen47 and others.

Vital stats:

  • Who: Jackson & Polk
  • What: Store selling brands like Chronicle Books, Goorin Bros. hats, TOMS shoes, Nineteen47 brand tees, and Holga Cameras.
  • Where: Ghiradelli Square
  • When: Now! They opened August 10th.
  • How: Visit in person, online or call 415-765-9060

Photography courtesy of Ghirardelli Square

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Clothesmaker Cari Borja’s Miniature Muse

Selection from Cari Borja’s mini collections of Barbie designs

Cari Borja‘s latest muse doesn’t say much. But, not surprisingly, there’s still a story to tell behind the self-taught Bay Area designer’s new seven-piece mini collection, made entirely for Barbie (and her tiny waist).

The concept was initially conceived when Borja was asked by a colleague to design garments for a Barbie film series that will be submitted to the upcoming San Francisco International Fashion Film Festival. As costume designer for the film “Saffron,” Borja agreed. For her it was both a design challenge and a fun way to revisit her childhood love for Barbie dolls. At the same time, as any good parent would admit, much of what she does (both personally and professionally) is done with her children in mind.

“I had made American Girl doll clothes for my daughter, Royal, and she had just gotten Monster High Dolls. I figured when I got the clothes back after the shoot, they could go to her,” Borja explains.

What started as a fun side project for the designer and mother of two has turned into possibilities for much more.

“I am so in love with doing this very new little project,” Borja says.

Next, Borja would like to design clothing resembling her Dracula collection from BLACK V for her daughter’s Monster High Dolls.

“What I love about creating for dolls is that the combinations aren’t exactly what I would do for my clientele. I have much more flexibility since they are so much about fantasy, and I don’t have to think too much about the practicalities of an actual event, real body, or fit,” she says.

Currently, the collection is only available through her studio on 4th Street in Berkeley, where she hand sews her intricate garments. Don’t be surprised to find a lemonade stand outside her next summer sale (she holds them regularly, usually on weekends). Her children, like their mother, have the creative and entrepreneurial spirit.

The collection, made for a Barbie film series, will be featured in a film submitted in the Fashion Film Festival.

Designer Cari Borja in her 4th Street studio in Berkeley (Photo: Nicolo Sertorio,

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Party Seen: Wildlife Works Fashion Collection Launch

Wildlife Works' Kukhanga Collection features 100 percent organic cotton and subtle prints inspired by traditional East African traditional apparel.

Fashion for a good cause drew many out on a recent Thursday night to Mission boutique Hangr16 for the re-launch of the Wildlife Works Fashion Collection, a line of organic cotton, carbon-neutral clothing for men, women and children that helps create jobs in rural Kenya. Along with its socially-responsible take on style, the clothing appeals with simple shapes, neutral hues and easy wearability.

“We’re a conservation company with a fashion line, and basically the whole premise is based on creating jobs,” Creative Director Joyce Hu tells us.

Best known for its REDD carbon offset program and accompanying sustainable wilderness conservation projects, Wildlife Works brought its fashion collection, first launched in 2001, back to consumers this fall after a two-year hiatus. The collection ($28-$68) includes basic t-shirts, hoodies and scarves with prints inspired by traditional East African textiles. Leading the creative team, Hu aims to bring a fresh and fashion-forward approach to the company’s apparel. Styles like the women’s Siri top, with a cropped length and dolman-esque sleeves, exhibit this new direction.

Up until last week, the collection was only available online in the company’s web shop, but a selection of Wildlife Works apparel will be available for purchase through the end of December at Hang16.

Celebrating that fact at the launch party, which featured a collection of stunning images shot on the Wildlife Works project site in Kenya by fashion photographer Peter Jones, were many local fashion heads and supporters of the San Francisco fashion industry, including fashion bloggers, designers, design students and members of the media. Spotted on the scene were gr.dano’s Brian Scheyer and Jill Giordano, Urban Daddy editor Sarah Sung, Eco Salon’s Sara Ost and Rowena Ritchie, The Fashionista Lab’s Adelle McElveen and many others. See below for more faces and names from the stylish crowd:

Wildlife Works Creative Director Joyce Hu (left) and Shop Sweet Things' Jeanne Chan

gr.dano's Brian Scheyer and Jill Giordano

San Francisco fashion bloggers Kim Stokes of J'Adore Couture, Adelle McElveen of The Fashionista Lab and Mission Closet's Elisabeth Carr

Sugarlips Lifestyle Tips blogger Jacyn Siebert with San Francisco designers Yugala Priti and Sarah Liller

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Photography courtesy of Id/Ego Photography and Peter Jones (images two and three) for Wildlife Works

UK Style: Women’s Designer Clothing at Accent

Independently-owned British retailer Accent (one of our lovely SF Indie Fashion sponsors) offers a bevy of brands and current season trends for men, women and juniors.

Established in 1984, the family-run store, based in Leeds, England, stocks women’s designer fashion labels in its online shop. Among the women’s designer clothing at Accent, you’ll find apparel, footwear and accessories from featured labels such as Barbour, Belstaff, Religion and Forever Unique, well as harder-to-find brands like Ash and Evisu mixed in with big names that range from Miss Sixty to Tommy Hilfiger.

Clothing, shoes and accessories for men and juniors also abound in the Accent online shop, making it possible for the whole family suit up in British style without having to cross the pond.

A few of our favorite items currently available at Accent:

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