September 2, 2014

Find Student Fashion & Art at Atelier

It’s no secret that fashion students are a great source for unique, creative fashion that you won’t find anywhere else. The problem? Their work is rarely available in traditional retail settings. Changing all that – and making it easier for all of us to access all kinds of items by emerging design talents – is the recently-opened Atelier from the Academy of Art University.

Occupying the gallery space that has long piqued the interest of passersby on New Montgomery Street in downtown San Francisco, the gallery-slash-shop houses apparel, accessories, jewelry, fine art, gifts and items for the home by current students and alumni. Among the current offerings are apparel by gr.dano and Camilla Olson, men’s denim by GRP-E Denim, kid’s clothing by J-dorable and jewelry by Lynn Christiansen and Mike Feeney.

Students apply to display and sell their work in the space’s coveted spots, so what you see on view is a curated collection of items showcasing some of the best work coming out of the school.

Want to see it for yourself? Stop by Atelier, 79 New Montgomery St., Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm.

Take a look inside

Photography courtesy of Academy of Art University

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Fun House: Chillin’s Wonderland Opens in the Mission

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As Wonderland opened its doors on the Mission end of 24th street last Thursday night, we swung by to check out the new space from Irene Hernandez-Feiks and Houston Feiks of Chillin’ Productions. Inside, we found a veritable haven for fans of local, independent fashion. The gallery-boutique stocks accessories and apparel ($20-$250) for men and women by a diverse array of local talents, ranging from polished pieces by gr.dano and Verrieres & Sako to rocker-friendly tops by Venus Superstar and colorful, unique pieces from Silver Lucy.

“We’re going to have super edgy, hipster, funky to something that can go to work,” Hernandez-Feiks says of the variety hanging from the racks.

Guys will find a front section devoted to them, with Estrella Tadeo shirts and Rebel t-shirts accompanying Gytha Mander menswear. There’s also a small selection of items for kids, something Hernandez-Feiks hopes to expand in the coming months. Along with clothing, accessories abound, including LynnEyeStyle eyewear made from vintage frames (Hernandez-Feiks showed us a smashing Givenchy pair she had in stock), Sweet Meats pillows and Momoca hats – just to name a very few.

Shoppers seeking one-of-a-kind and custom apparel are in luck, as most designers available in the shop are ready and willing create made-to-order clothing and accessories.

The second half of the shop is a devoted gallery space, where monthly shows will display art and furniture created by local artists. In front, the shop’s windows await student art installations Hernandez-Feiks has in the works, thanks to her connections with local art and fashion schools.

“For me, it’s really important to support local talent, and we have so many good people here. I want to show people that in San Francisco, we can do really well. You can find a shirt that is made better than something in Bloomingdale’s,” Hernandez-Feiks says.

Our thoughts exactly…

Check it out for yourself: Wonderland, 2929 24th St., www.wonderlandsf.com.

Photography courtesy of Irene-Hernandez-Feiks

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Sneak Peek: Inside Gigi + Rose

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The doors have opened at Ghirardelli Square boutique Gigi + Rose, the new shop from San Francisco’s Kristina De Pizzol, the designer and retailer behind local label Delilah Crown.

Inside the candy-hued store, apparel and accessories for women and children await, among them plenty of offerings from local sources, including jewelry by Molly M  and Amando Trading.

Stay tuned for more details…

Photography courtesy of Evan Hiltunen for Delilah Crown

Class Act: SFSU 2010 Runway Show

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Local fashion fans stand to learn a thing or two on Thursday night, when students in the Apparel Design and Merchandising program at San Francisco State University showcase their latest creations inside the San Francisco Design Center’s Galleria during the school’s 11th annual student fashion show, Runway 2010: Nouvelle.

Along with student designs, the evening includes looks from Wee Scotty and the youth and tween designers who learn to sew at the local label’s sewing school.

Making the evening an even smarter idea, a portion of the proceeds from tickets ($15-$25) will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s human services programs.

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